CL Fast | Day 16

Watch and Pray | Tuesday, January 22, 2019

By: Pastor Jeff Rosales

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NKJV

I remember the day when I started to work out in order to get ready for a physical event, but due to other factors that were in my life it kept getting placed on the back burner. Once I started to restart I noticed it was very difficult to pick up a routine. I was used to sleeping in late and everything possible to get me out of working out, but I knew in my mind that it was very important for my event that was coming up and for my day to day health. I had to regain focus in working out in order to pass my events. The same goes for our walk with the Father.

There are things that can hinder us in our daily walk with God that will cause us to pull away from reading His word or getting into prayer. We are ambushed daily with instant situations or just a busy schedule that we tend to forget where our help comes from. Our flesh or our human weakness will fight what our spirit is trying to do, especially spending time with the Father and reading His word.

John 10:10 reminds us that, the enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy you, and the only way that we may know what the enemy is trying to do is to get connected with our Heavenly Father. So during this fast, watch and pray. Do not allow not your flesh to hinder your walk with God. Remember that your spirit is willing and that you can go to the Father as He leads you to carry out His will in your life.

Let us watch and pray!!

January 22

Old Testament

Genesis 43:1-44:34: God’s ways at times are beyond our natural understanding until He reveals it by His Spirit. Joseph had no idea that he would ever see his family again, but God always has a way when there seems to be no way. Again, Joseph is tested to obey God. He could have taken revenge on his brothers for all they did to him but instead he chose to do it God’s way.

Do you do the same when someone has wronged you or do you take the opportunity to avenge yourself? If you do, then you will eventually lose and your adversary will win. God is very clear in His Word about the actions we are to take. Obey and you will come out on top (Matthew 6:14-15, 18:21-35; Romans 12:19-21).

 

Psalms

Psalm 11:1-7:   Psalm 11:3: We must maintain the foundation of the Word of God in our lives or else we will not be able withstand the attacks of our enemies. The same goes for our nation. We must continually intercede for America and our city!!!!!  How do you change a nation and city? Read Acts 19:8-20 to see how a whole city was turned upside down, and multitudes were saved?

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 4:10-13: Look at the promises and benefits of walking in the way of wisdom and staying on the right path.

 

New Testament

Matthew 14:22-36: Notice when Jesus sent them to the other side, it was not until they got halfway on their journey that a great attack took place. Starting is important but how we deal with setbacks during the journey will determine whether we finish.

Many times when fear dominates our thoughts and emotions, we don’t even recognize when Jesus shows up to help. But look at Jesus: “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid!!!!!” The Word always tells us not to fear; the Lord will deliver us.

Peter steps out in faith – a new walk of faith, something he has never done. What did he step out on? The water can’t hold you up. He knew that because he was a fisherman by trade. But faith in the Word can take you where you have never been before and cause you to accomplish that which would be impossible without the Word.

Once he got out of the boat and started walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), then the winds howled and he went from faith to fear and began to sink. He got his eyes off the Word and started concentrating on the circumstances and they started to talk to him: “You’re going to drown. You can’t walk on water. It’s over for you! You made a big mistake trusting the Word!!!!” But Jesus saved him and told him that he needed to grow in his faith. Faith will keep you in your hour of trial, but don’t let the circumstances or fear dictate your results (Mark 11:22-24).

 

January 21

Old Testament

Genesis 41:1-42:38: Remember that God has not forgotten you in your trial and testing situation. His timing is in His hands. He has a season for you to come out and to be blessed, but you must stand in faith and continue to believe and be faithful (Romans 8:26-39).

Don’t give up or give in. Because of your faithfulness and endurance, you will be rewarded. Keep your praise going and confessing His Word. He will bring you through and put you in a great place (Hebrews 10:32-39).

 

Psalms

Psalm 10:12-18: God always is in control. Trust Him!!!!

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 4:7-9: Pray for wisdom and look at what she will bring you.

 

New Testament

Matthew 14:1-21: Being faithful to God can sometimes cost you dearly, even your life. Jesus heard about John’s death and turned up the heat on the devil!!! He went and healed people. Take that Devil!!!!

The young man had only a little until he put it in the hands of Jesus. He gave his best and look at the return (Matthew 14:20). You can’t out-give God. He will always bless you back with more than you gave (2 Corinthians 9:10-11).

 

CL Fast | Day 14

Remember, Focus, and Pursue God’s Plan | Sunday, January 20, 2019

By: Latisha Battle

“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. Deuteronomy 8:2 ESV (emphasis added)

Many people do not have a plan for their life, or have never considered one. But a time of prayer and fasting can be a moment in our life to “Remember, Focus, and Pursue God’s Plan.”

One way to do this is to remember God’s plan for us to prosper and be in good health; even as our soul prospers (3 John 2). In order to enjoy good health, we should desire to eat what God designed us to eat. In God’s Plan (The Bible) it states that our body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). And we are commanded by God to glorify God in our body (1 Corinthians 6:12-20).

As a saint of God, our mission should be to please God in everything we do! To humble ourselves, surrender our plans, and allow God to reveal His plans for our lives. Ephesians 3:20 states that “God will do exceeding abundantly above ALL that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (emphasis added). Therefore, there is Holy Spirit Power in us to live out God’s plan of healthy eating and obedience to His commandments.

Say right now, out loud; “YES, I CAN EAT HEALTHY!’’ God’s plan was designed to make His people stronger, wiser, and attentive with drive to pursue! Always remembering His love and promises for our life are the key motivations to keep moving forward with His plan.

Let’s Remember, Focus, and Pursue God’s Plan!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

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