Fasting With a Purpose

As most of you know, Canvas Church is starting a corporate fast along with many other churches across the world.  A fast can be a very exciting yet unnerving time of decreasing your flesh and allowing God to increase in your life.  It’s amazing to see what God can do when we put the distractions aside and focus on Him.  I want to encourage those of you on the fast to focus on God and allow Him to move in your lives.

It’s important to have things set aside that you are seeking God’s direction on.  If you are fasting with your family, sit down early on and have a discussion about the things that you would like to see God do while you fast.  It is so encouraging to know that there are people standing alongside you and behind you as you seek God’s will in your life.  The Bible says in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

In setting these goals, though, it is important not to put God in a box.  He is so much bigger and more powerful than we can comprehend.  If we seek Him with all our heart and allow Him to work in us freely, we will see results far greater than we could ever have worked up or imagined on our own.  I think that, too often, we set goals along with the way that we will achieve them, and what it will look like once we have reached them.  By doing this, we limit God or even take Him out of the equation entirely.  He wants what is best for us, and He is waiting on us to allow Him to mold us into the person that He wants us to be.

It seems that when things get tough, as Christians, we have a go to verse that we quote.  For many of us, that verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  It reads, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  We usually take the verse out of context, though.  Jeremiah goes on to say, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and will bring you back from captivity.”  We have a role to play in this equation.  That role is to not only pray, but to seek God with ALL of your heart.  I pray that we would truly seek God in this fast or in this start of a new year.  I pray that each of you would allow God to work freely in you no matter the cost.

-James

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2 thoughts on “Fasting With a Purpose

  1. Giving God free reign in ALL your heart and life is one of those things I’ve always thought of as being “simple, but not easy”. We always seem to want to garner at least one place of control in our minds, hearts, and bodies. The truth is that wherever we allow Yahweh to change us, we will be more ourselves than ever before. The Word tells us that whomever the Son sets free, He has set free indeed. To me, that means that He will either give us the desires of our hearts, or He will change the desires we have to match up with what He has for us…it’s a win-win situation with Him.

    We simply need to allow ourselves to be convinced that He loves us more than we can conceive or even want. Change is exciting and scary, yet also yields a profound sense of satisfaction and achievement when we see where God has led us. We can truly see that He deserves ALL the glory!!!

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