CL Fast

CL Fast: January 7-27, 2018

CL Fast | Day 21

Our Belief is in Him Alone | Sunday, January 27, 2019

By Sarah Rutgers

“By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.” Hebrews 11:29 NKJV

There was no quick, Google search available to the Israelites on how to cross a sea when you’re in a bind, as the waters recede before you. When God opened up this impossible direction before Israel, He made known His will for that moment and they responded by faith, established in believing God and His promise to them.

The Egyptians also responded by faith to their own beliefs, which were established in their sight and natural observations. The Israelites had just performed it; therefore, the Egyptians assumed they could, too. The Egyptians, whose confidence was in their nature, were subject to the laws of nature. And the laws of gravity and ocean tides fell upon them, a sober reminder of man’s fallibility and misplaced faith.

God desires us to respond in faith to our belief in Him, to affirm our “Amen” (meaning “it is solidly, firmly, surely true and verified and established”) when we hear His Word to us (Romans 10:17). Everything we receive from God are grace gifts by faith, beginning with our salvation. “For by grace you have been saved through faith… it is the gift of God” and “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 12:3).

We have many good reasons for believing God, and our faith in Him prompts us to action in a firm “Amen” to His revealed will and the redeeming of His gifts of grace. We continue to “walk by faith and not by sight” our entire lives (2 Corinthians 5:7), which brings great reward. And since we do not live by our sight, we can have confidence we won’t be drowned.

Today is the final day of our CL Fast. So, as you have drawn nearer to the Lord during this fasting season, has it solidified your faith, your trust, your confidence in Him? Are you regularly redeeming the grace gifts He has purchased for you? Are you walking more confidently by faith and not by sight?

CL Fast | Day 20

He Makes All Things New | Saturday, January 26, 2019

By: Tasha Tubbs

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV

When a river flows over a dry place, it completely changes the terrain of what was once dry land. So much so that it would take a severe event, such as a drought, to change it back to dry ground.

When the Lord makes things new, it isn’t in the sense of Him simply brushing off those things that keep us from moving forward in life. He completely changes the landscape of who we are! He breaks the chains of our minds that keep us from perceiving truth. He tears down the walls that keep us from deeper relationship with Him. And He makes new our vision to accomplish His purpose for our lives.

As we draw near to the end of this fast, let us continue to commit ourselves to the Lord as He desires to do a new thing in us by turning what is tired, broken, and dry into rivers of life. He desires us to submit all that we are to be consecrated, renewed, and restored: complete change of terrain in our mind, body and spirit.

Let’s be refreshed in Him!!

CL Fast | Day 19

How Much Does This Cost? | Friday, January 25, 2019

By: Tiffany Youngblood

“Draw near to God and he will draw near to you…” James 4:8a NKJV

Often when I go shopping I will come across an item that I really want and it is missing the price. Immediately, I will search for the sales associate and ask, “How much does this item cost?” Once I am given the price, I stop to think: “Is this worth my investment?” In comparison with our corporate fast and our relationship with God, what will it cost you?

As you focus on the days remaining, are you going to focus on the foods you can and can’t eat? Or are you ready to go deeper with God? The Bible says, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a) In order to draw near to God, we must be willing to surrender and die to self.

The word “surrender” according to Webster’s Dictionary means: ‘(a) to yield to the power, control or possession of another upon compulsion or demand.’ Surrendering feels uncomfortable because it is action on our part. It requires us to let go and let God have His way during this fast. Once you surrender, you must listen effectively to God, read your Bible, and pray daily (2 Chronicles 7:14). This changes our perspective about the corporate fast and returns us to intimate fellowship and worship with God!

A dear friend once told me “In order to fully be who God has called you to be you must completely die to self. Count up all the cost, none of you and all of Him!” And so I challenge you to to take this time and commune with God. He is waiting for you.

Let’s enter the holy of holies together!!

CL Fast | Day 18

Humility | Thursday, January 24, 2019

By: Darlene White

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:10 NKJV

When we hear the word “humility” it may be taken as a sign of weakness, but it is not!

Humility is the ability to find your strength in Jesus and not elevate yourself above others. When we position our hearts like this, the Word of God says He will lift you up, exalt, and honor you and from Him you will receive strength that goes beyond what you could imagine.

As we fast together, let’s seek God for true humility, not only to be lifted up, but to lift others above ourselves. As we do this, we begin to see others through the eyes and heart of Jesus! Only then, can we walk in true humility, when we begin to see people the way Jesus does.

Let us seek to be humble in the sight of the Lord!!!

CL Fast | Day 17

Provision for the Assignment | Wednesday, January 23, 2019

By: Pastor Arthur O’Neal

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth…” Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV

After God blessed them and expressed His desired purpose for mankind in verse 28, then He shows them what He has provided for them to sustain their lives in verse 29. Notice the order– first, the assignment and then, the provision. After mankind sinned against God in Genesis 3:6-7, God kicked mankind out of His kingdom. Then He tells them that mankind now must eat from the ground through their own “toil” and “sweat” for food.

Outside of God’s kingdom, mankind now sees provision as his assignment. And therefore, we are taught to think, plan, and choose careers based upon what money and benefits are provided to sustain our lives. Ultimately, our dreams get disappointed by the responsibility for provisions.

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus teaches that we should seek out God’s kingdom and to stay in right-standing with God as our primary assignment. What about our provision? “…all these things shall be added to” us because God already knows what we need. In His kingdom, He takes on the responsibility for our provision as we stay focused on His assignment for our lives.

So, how can we apply this to a fast? You can rest assured that as you seek the Lord, wherever God leads, know that as His child, His assignment for you is His priority for you and He will provide the resources for you to accomplish it (2 Corinthians 9:10).

Let’s praise Him for direction and provision!

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