We are drawing close to the end of this first stage (the first 21 days) of our 52 Day Challenge. This first stage has been focusing on the inward disciplines of study, meditation, journaling, and primarily prayer and fasting. It has been incredible to seek God’s face these past few weeks in this manner. To pour His Word into our lives, minds, and hearts in such uninterrupted and constantly hungry way has been so invigorating and difficult all at the same time. Our goal is to draw near to Him, to seek His face, to walk by the Spirit, in order to see His powerful work of the gospel magnified in our lives and in our church. Our prayer during this time is that resting in His Word and in His promises would move us to radical obedience to His call. ……….. THIS IS COMING IN THE STAGES TO COME OF THE CHALLENGE.
As you draw to and end this fast that you have been on for the past few weeks, and before we move on to the more outward disciplines in stage 2, I want to offer you some helpful thoughts and some helpful information in this post from Ronnie Floyd.
Your last moments on a fast are so important. They are so significant that I usually retreat for at least the last twenty-four hours of that time. I go into a local hotel or somewhere by myself. While there I open my heart one last time before God, sell out one more time to Him, listen to Him intently, and I write down what He says to me through His Word. In those last hours I read my journal of what God has said to me. While I do so, I highlight the most significant things. Following this, I then reread the highlights. Then I write down the final lessons I feel God has taught me and even those things I believe God is going to do. These would be my takeaways. Most, if not all of those, are on those highlighted areas. This again provides focus and clarity about the future. Clarity in life is imperative. Prayer and fasting can bring clarity
AFTER A FAST
After a fast God may release you to share some of your journey. Ask Him about it. Ensure He is releasing you to do it. Some would take a self-righteous view and state the importance of privacy saying, “We are to do all of this in private.” While we fast, we do need to be private about our journey. But remember that after two of Moses’ fasts were over, people found out about them because from those fasts we have the Ten Commandments. Somehow we know Jesus was on a forty-day fast. Somehow we know story after story in Scripture of what God did, so someone talked about what God did.
Therefore, you do what God puts in your heart to do. Just be humble about it, never boasting in anyone or anything other than Jesus. Remember, all for Him.
Oh, by the way, none of this would be possible to know personally or share with anyone if you do not write it down. Write down what God does in your life. Record in writing the spiritual breakthroughs God brings as you have prayed and fasted. You will never regret it. It is powerful, releasing, and energizing when you go back through it in the future. Reading about a breakthrough that happened before gives you greater faith knowing that, if God did that, He can do what may be a great challenge before you in your life. The practical discipline of writing down what the Lord is saying to you and doing within you will help you face the future boldly with God.
See you here tomorrow, STAGE 2 is going to be awesome!!!!!