Fasting seems to be such a lost discipline in our church these days. But it is when we choose to give up something for the One Who gave up everything for us, that we can deepen our intimacy with God. The question in this fallen world is not will we suffer, but rather, what will we do with our suffering. Php 1:29 says; “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him.” While we would rather focus on the believing part with its blessings and glory, the way we get to all that goodness is to endure the suffer that comes along with following Jesus.
The Lord taught me many powerful lessons through my Angel Pie’s trial with the most important one being what true love really is. God also showed me that love endures all things as it says in 1Co 13. In order to endure, there must be suffering involved. And it is because of, and in spite, of the suffering that I have come to a point in my walk with Jesus that I am really content, no matter what is going on around me. He has taught, and continues to teach me how to not allow the things outside of me to affect and infect me, but rather, to hold on to Him and affect and infect them instead.
If we are called my His Name, then we have to ACT like it, Church! It is time for us to stop allowing the culture to influence the Church! We are supposed to hold on to God’s Truth and influence the culture. We have allowed things to become backwards, my Friends. As I said above, we are not to be affected and infected by the world, but we are supposed to grow so we can lean on God and change the world instead. Even if we FEEL fear, we are not to ACT on that fear. It is time for the Church to trust God and respond in Faith, not fear. This is our opportunity to show what being saved is all about, not being better than the world, but certainly being different.
Today I hope you will join me in, not only continuing to pray, but also to fast. If you have medical issues and cannot go the entire day without eating, please fast from something and use that time and energy to cry out to God. As we continue to pray for comfort for those who have lost a loved one, healing for those ill, protection for those caring for the sick, let us also shift our hopes to the “reopening” of Life. Intelligently, responsibly pray for our leaders to ease us back into living on purpose for a purpose.
Would you leave a comment below and share what your plans are for today? I thank you my Friends and hope God continues to keep you safe and strong in Christ!
Until we meet again, keep lifting your eyes to God, He’s closer than you think.
<>< Peace, Diane