Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY NINETEEN

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY NINETEEN

Discipleship is developed through a process of God-directed discipline. It is designed by the Holy Spirit to move us from a self-centered focus on life to seeing and dealing with life from His God-centered focus.  

It is imperative that we must realize that God’s discipline is going to bring us to a point of distress.  Our world is rocked, turned upside down, and nothing is working as it is supposed to.   We keep telling God what needs to happen when, where, how, etc., because He is seemingly not doing what needs to be done to fix this. So apparently it is up to us. 

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY EIGHTEEN

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY EIGHTEEN

Today, I want to look at the evidence of healthy soil.   The foremost evidence is the presence of fruit of the Spirit in our lives.  In Luke 8, healthy soil bears an ongoing harvest that increases its yield through persevering, thru pressing faithfully, diligently in to His presence.  In John 15, Jesus tells His disciples that they will bear fruit as long as they abide in Him.  Without abiding, we can do nothing that will result in healthy fruit.  In verses 9-17, Jesus defines abiding as a love relationship with Christ that is lived out in obedience in which it is possible to live as the friend of God experiencing His love, His joy, His peace through intimacy with Him.  But this will demand a life totally given over to the His agenda even if it means suffering for the present.  Abiding is not a matter of passive possession but of active pursuit through which we deny ourselves, take up His cross daily and follow after Him.  

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY SEVENTEEN

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY SEVENTEEN

We are living in a culture where so many Christian’s lives are in an anemic state.     Somehow, we have allowed ourselves to be lulled into the mistruth that God’s grace requires nothing of us.  The simple fact is relationship always demands responsibility.  This has been an essential part of God’s design from the beginning.  Those who come into relationship with Christ will always be called to join Him in His mission to impact the world.  We can never truly experience the fullness of His Spirit until our lives are fully surrendered to His will.

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY FIFTEEN

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY FIFTEEN

Revival is a term that signifies that life that has been allowed to ebb away has once again returned to vibrancy.  For God’s people it requires we take hold with fervency to the life Christ gives and intends for us.  To take hold implies a letting go, a rejecting of anything that is keeping us from Him.  Jesus said in Luke 9 that we must jettison our attachments to the life this world craves to experience the life He designed and desires for us.  

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY FOURTEEN

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY FOURTEEN

It is not uncommon to get so caught up in the demands of living that my passion, my energy for life dries up.  What started out as a simple diversion, to help relieve the pressures of the day, now has a stranglehold on me. My argument may be that these are “sinless” substitutes, but no matter, they have become weights on my soul that do not satisfy the ache of longing that is always there.  The essential element of life, my relationship with God, has been neglected due to a maxed out schedule and a weariness of mind and body that desires to be entertained rather than invest in the time and energy that a walk with Christ requires.  Attitudes have crept in that keep me hostage to my baser desires and emotions rather than those that glorify the Lord.  

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY THIRTEEN

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY THIRTEEN

I don’t like to wait. When I was younger I hated waiting for Christmas morning. I had a cousin who would sneak downstairs during the night, rip open several of his presents, take a peek, and tape them back up to try and hide the evidence. He hated waiting until morning! I hate waiting for my favorite author’s new book to come out. I think there is good reason “patience” is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23).  

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY TWELVE

Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY TWELVE

I fear so many in the church today don’t have the same attitude toward sin as this tax collector mentioned in Luke 18:13. So many think “lightly” of sin and don’t realize it puts a wall up between us and God. God is holy. A Christian cannot indulge in a life of habitual sin and not feel the tug of the Holy Spirit saying, “My son, my daughter…. this is not for you. Repent.”