Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day One

It is so great to set aside things that we take for food! Be sure to incorporate time seeking God through his word and prayer. Remember His power comes from prayer. As your Spirit connects with God's amazing transformation begins to take place.

As my stomach growls, I am reminded of the suffering that Christ went through. Although we don't fast to induce pain, rather to connect with our Creator, it is a reminder that Christ denied his will for God's to be done.

Prayer: God speak to me during this time. I am desperate for more of you. I pray for your will to be done through my life. Overwhelm me with your Holy Spirit!

Friday, November 18, 2011


One of the biggest mistakes we make that impacts us in negative way, especially in the church world, is we learn to wear masks. We hide our emotions, our feelings, our everyone will think we are doing okay.

We wear masks so long, we often don't even know it anymore. We lie to ourselves so long, we begin to believe it's true. We say things like, "That's just the way life is." "We pay our taxes and then we die." "God's best seems to always be for other people." We then settle to live our lives by the world's standards and run headlong into a life, that in the end, leads to nowhere. On our deathbead with the tragic thought...that we missed it.

Here's what God's word says...

(2 Corinthians 4:2 MSG) “We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don't maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes... Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open...”

Last week, I spoke about one of the keys to life is to live it without any secrets. We spend way too much time trying to "mask" our issues and not enough time trying to fix them. At our church we have a safe environment to be who we are and to: live life...for real.

This coming Sunday, I will remove the mask of "our chaotic lives". I believe many of us will be set free from the "rat race" and find God's will to give us rest.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fresh Air

I have been preaching a series called, "Fresh Air". The goal of this series is to breath some "Fresh Air" into our relationship with God. The theme verse talks about someone in the bible that most people have never heard of... 

(2 Timothy 1:16 TLB) “May the Lord bless Onesiphorus and all his family because he visited me and encouraged me often. His visits revived me like a breath of fresh air.”

Onesiphorus visited Paul in prison and encouraged the Apostle Paul (Who wrote 2/3's of the New Testament). Even Paul had a time, in his walk with God, when he needed fresh wind in his sails.

So if your relationship with God has become a little are not alone. We all need some fresh air from time to time. Let me encourage you to stay on course, continue in The Word, pray with a purpose and a passion, and serve God the way He has made you...and oh yea, maybe you could encourage someone today and breath life into theirs.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 11: Prayer and the Process

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” 1 Kings 18:43–44, NLT

“How do I know God is going to say yes to my prayers?”
This is a common question many people have as they seek a confident prayer life. However, it’s important to recognize that prayer is not just about the answer; it’s also about glorifying God in the process of waiting for the answer. It is our responsibility to check our motives and believe God hears us.

We see an example of the process of prayer in this story of Elijah (1 Kings 18). Elijah climbed to the top of the mountain to pray for rain to come. As he waited for the rain, he continued to pray, believing God would answer. When he finally saw a small cloud, he told Ahab to get ready because the rain was coming. Elijah knew what to pray for, and God heard him the first time he prayed. But there was preparation that needed to take place in order for Elijah to receive the answer to his prayer.

Prayer is not just about the answer; it’s also about glorifying God in the process of waiting for the answer.

It is no mistake that God waited until Elijah had prayed seven times before He answered. In the Bible, seven represents completion. In this story, seven represents the completion of God’s process regarding Elijah’s prayer request.

God does not want merely to answer our prayers; He wants to spend time with us to prepare us for the answer that will come. Many times we want to skip over the process involved in engaging God in prayer as we wait for our answer. But it is this very process that works maturity in us and prepares us for the answers our prayers bring (James 1:4).

The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came.... Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory. —R. A. Torrey

Prayer Focus: What prayers of yours are still awaiting an answer? Throughout this fast, thank God for His process at work in you...and trust Him.

Day 10: Unwavering Faith

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. James 1:6, KJV

What do you expect when you pray?
When we pray with earnest expectation, we are exercising our faith. The earnest prayer of righteous people produces powerful results (James 5:16, NLT), and the most earnest prayers come from us when we recognize our need for God.

There can be a natural tendency to shrink back when praying for the seemingly impossible, but we must remember that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). If we know the promises that God has given us, and understand His character and the principles by which He works, we can pray with confidence and trust Him for the answer.

The most earnest prayers come from us when we recognize our need for God.
What has caused you to waver in your expectation with God? James reminds us that faith and wavering are actually contradictory—James says “nothing wavering.” Know that God never wavers in His love for you. You can trust Him completely.

There is no way that Christians, in a private capacity, can do so much to promote the work of God and advance the kingdom of Christ as by prayer. —Jonathan Edwards

When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do. —A. C. Dixon

Prayer Focus: What are you trusting God for in this season? How can you line up your expectations with the Word of God when you pray? Find promises in His Word that answer your need and write them down today.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 9: Clean House

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
—Romans 8:5–6

Have you ever looked at the top of your refrigerator or in the deep recesses of your couch cushions and noticed the filth that has built up over time? Even though we might clean on a regular basis, there are times when we need to go...a little deeper. We realize that what appeared to be clean on the surface was in all actuality, quite filthy.

The same thing can happen spiritually. As we go about our daily lives, there are things that can build up over time. Even if we worship, pray, and read our Bible regularly, the different temptations, pressures, and cares of this world can build up quietly and end up consuming our lives. Without even realizing it, we can lose our peace, joy, and passion for the things of God. Our service to God, which used to fill us with life and excitement, becomes a tiresome duty that we must fulfill.

Fasting is the deep cleaning that helps us take our minds off of the things of this world and instead have a refreshed focus on the things of the Spirit. Fasting offers an incredibly effective way to get into the nooks and crannies of our souls and bring all those dusty old habits, broken mindsets, and rusty attitudes out into the light of God’s truth.

Fasting is the deep cleaning that helps us take our mind off of the things of this world and instead have a refreshed focus on the things of the Spirit.

In fasting and prayer, our service to God returns to something we want to do rather than something we have to do.

One of the reasons for fasting is to know what is in us.... In fasting it will come out. You will see it. And you will have to deal with it quickly or smother it again. —John Piper

Prayer Focus: As you pray and fast today, ask God to show you any areas where you could use a refreshed spiritual focus. Pray as David did in Psalm 51:10–12 that God will cleanse your heart, renew your spirit, and restore the joy of your salvation. Pray with confidence, knowing that He wants to fill you with His life and peace.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 8: Hear Him

This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.”... And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.
—Matthew 17:5, 8, NLT

On the Mount of Transfiguration three disciples had an experience that showed us the Father’s plan for the New Covenant. Jesus took Peter, James, and John up to the top of a mountain where He was transfigured into His glorified state. Up until this point, the Jews had related to God through the Law—represented by Moses and the prophets, one being Elijah. Inspired by what he was seeing, Peter eagerly offered to erect three tabernacles—one each for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Then a loud voice from heaven was heard: “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” When the disciples looked up, they saw only Jesus.

You cannot earn God’s pleasure, but you can experience it to a greater degree as you follow Jesus Christ.

On that mountain God made it clear that we will only discover His pleasure by following Jesus. God’s grace is freely given to those who receive new life in Him. Sometimes, though, there are areas of our lives where we do not fully embrace God’s grace. There may be circumstances or areas where we still try to earn our way to the Father.

You cannot earn God’s pleasure, but you can experience it to a greater degree as you follow Jesus Christ. As you seek God today, ask Him for a greater revelation of Jesus in your heart. Then will you be reminded that you are a beloved child of God. And that He finds pleasure in you.

If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, “I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it.” But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness. —Charles H. Spurgeon

Prayer Focus: Pray for those who need to accept Jesus as their Savior.