Introduction

Biblical fasting in the abstinence of food with a spiritual goal in mind or for a spiritual purpose[i]. Fasting demonstrates humility and surrender before God. It also helps us to renounce the natural and invoke the supernatural[ii]. When we fast, we are intentionally making God our focus. When we deny ourselves, it allows us to spend additional before God in prayer and spiritual activity and to be more conscious of God and his presence for a set period. This extended focus brings us into a deeper more powerful relationship with the Lord.[iii] Fasting in January helps to set the spiritual tone for the rest of the year. Just as beginning your day with prayer can set the course for the rest of the day, the same is true of beginning the year with a fast.[iv] Jesus said, “this kind only come out by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). The focus put on God during a fast helps with the breaking of bondage and the deliverance from unwanted sins and habits in our lives. If one is not able to fast food, then a fast of social media or television can also be effective. The point is to deny oneself to focus more intensely on God. Fasting is a powerful discipline which can draw us closer to God and release blessing in our lives. Let’s have great expectation for our 10 Days Ablaze!

Pastor Vince Lambert
ROCC

Church wide beginning of the year fast: 10 days – 14-23 January 2019

23 So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer. (Ezra 8:23, NLT)

Days 1-3 – Fast 1 meal

Days 4-6 – Fast 2 meals (eat after 6pm)

Day 7-8 – Eat  1 meal

Day 9-10 – Eat  1 meal (soup and salad only)

Days 1-10 – Prayer daily

Days 1-10 – Read the Bible daily

 

 

Mercy

Lamentations 3:22-23

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!

His mercies never cease.

23 Great is his faithfulness;

his mercies begin afresh each morning.

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;

therefore, I will hope in him!”

The love of God never ends or runs low. We are loved with God’s that is everlasting. His mercies are new daily. Mercies is plural because extends to us all kinds of different mercies. Regardless of what happened yesterday we get new mercy today by God’s grace.

Application: Today, spend some time reflecting upon how God’s mercy has been extended to you and thank him for his mercy.

Day 2

Freedom

Romans 6:12-14

12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace

The Apostle Paul uses the term “let.” This gives the indication that we have a choice as whether to sin. We have sinful desires that constantly seek to get us off track. Instead people of God should pursue his presence. This should be a full commitment. If we are committed to God, we can’t also be committed to sin. Sin is no longer our master. Since Christ was resurrected was have a new position in Christ. THIS is who we are.

Application: Think about your level of commitment to God today. Repent if necessary and commit to bringing every area of your life under God’s power and influence

Victory

2 Cor 10:3-5

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

One of Satan’s main deceptions is to try to get believers to wage war in the natural realm. We as beleivers should not battle that way. We do not wage war in the natural realm but in the Spirit realm. As long as we try to battle in the natural, utilizing our own ingenuity instead of coming to God, we will be defeated. We use GOD’S weapons not our own. This that means we need to stay close to him so that he can work through us.

Application: Examine your heart to se if there is any place where you have used “human reasoning” instead of God’s wisdom. Ask God to assist you in removing any strongholds in your life that are obstacles in your living fully for God.

Truth

John 14:17

17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.

The Holy Spirit lives in us and leads us into all truth. He gives us guidance and wisdom no matter what the situation. We just need to commune with him daily in order to tap into the leading and wisdom that he has already provided.

Application: Seek God today in any area that you need God’s wisdom. Bring it before the Lord and seek his face for an answer

Choices

Joshua 24:15, 21-22

15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

21 But the people answered Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!”

22 “You are a witness to your own decision,” Joshua said. “You have chosen to serve the Lord.”

Joshua tells Israel that they had to make a choice as to who they will serve and follow. He does not coerce them, but he allows them to choose. The choice they make will have serious ramifications about the rest of their lives and their eternity. God’s gives us the ability to choose because he wants us to choose him from our own free will. The people respond by choosing God becaue they remembered what he had done. Many times, we make bad choices because we have forgotten all that God has done for us. We have to make choices continually each day for the Kingdom.

Application: Determine today to make choices that will glorify God in every area of your life.

Stewardship

Luke 19:26-27

26 “‘Yes,’ the king replied, ‘and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 27 And as for these enemies of mine who didn’t want me to be their king—bring them in and execute them right here in front of me.’”

We are to use what we have for the glory of God regardless of the amount. The servants were given different amounts, but as long as they were productive with what they were given they received the masters favor. God has given each of us gifts to work with in order to glorify him. It is up to us to be productive with them. How are you utilizing your gift today?

Application: Determine to use your gifts for the glory of God going forward. Seek God as to how you can utilize the gifts he has given you for the Kingdom of God.

Gratitude

Luke 19:17-19

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

Only one man returned to thank Jesus for his cleansing. The other nine did not show any gratitude at all. Because of his gratitude he received something extra. He was healed while the others were only cleansed. Cleansing is good. The healing was additional because of his gratitude. God’s people should show gratitude to God to acknowledge what he has done for us. When we do that it opens an extra opportunity for even further blessing and intimacy with God. The one who showed gratitude had a connection with Jesus the others did not. Be grateful today!

Application: Focus on 3 areas where you are grateful to God. Spend some time in prayer and thanksgiving for those areas.

Humility

Luke 14:11

11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Humility is a key principle in showing the character of Christ. Humility comes from knowing who we are and not needing to be seen in a certain way or be in a certain position. Humility is not thinking less of yourself it is being secure enough in God that we don’t need to press for position or notoriety. These people were trying to achieve their own position. As God’s people, we seek God and serve him wherever he puts us. We then rest in that and knowing it is best for us to follow God’s will.

Application: Ask God to continue to have his humility reflected in your heart today.

Rescued

Col 1:13-15

13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Paul reveals 3 keys truths the people of God can count on. We have been rescued, redeemed and forgiven. We must know and believe that we are forgiven and recused from darkness. Once we know that truth it changes how we live. We can’t allow ourselves to be deceived into believing anything else about who we are in Christ.

Application: Reflect upon your position in Christ. How does knowing you have been rescued and redeemed change your outlook today?

Justified

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

We have peace with God because we are now justified. We don’t have to quarrel or earn it, but we have peace with God and he has peace with us. He sees us as justified and not guilty. Not because of our own righteousness, but because of His. This effects how live and relate to God. We relate to God from a place of love and acceptance not from a place of condemnation. Hallelujah!

Application: Remind yourself that you are loved and accepted by God today.