Daily Archives: January 9, 2017

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21 Days of Prayer/Fasting: Day Two

Welcome to Day Two

How did day one go?

During the next 20 days you are going to have a lot questions and experiences with God. Some of the greatest benefits may not happen until after your fast is complete. I can’t wait to hear the stories of how God does amazing things in your personal life, family group, work atmosphere, and beyond.

At Real Life Church, we believe anything you fast can provide spiritual benefit. While fasting is mostly attributed to food, anything you do with a desire to move closer to God will be honored by Him. I personally think it would be easier to fast food for a month rather than go without my coffee and facebook updates. Maybe you’re like me. Anything you cannot do without for even a day might be something your addicted to. Wouldn’t be an awesome thing to tell God, “You’re more important to me than ______ (fill in the blank). Therefore as an act of worship I’m ________ (not going to  drink any caffeine or even look at social media) for 21 days. Instead I’m going to talk to you and drink in your Word.” WOW! Think what that could do for your relationship with God.

ACTION STEP:

Before we go any further, I think’s a good idea to define what fasting is for you and what it is not.
Below is a portion of an article about this whole topic. Check it out then take a few minutes to define exactly what you are fasting, why, and how long.

The rest of this post was taken from the Christianity section of about.com.

What Fasting Is

In many cases, a spiritual fast involves abstaining from food while focusing on prayer. This can mean refraining from snacks between meals, skipping one or two meals a day, abstaining only from certain foods, or a total fast from all food for an entire day or longer.

For medical reasons or personal preference, some people may not be able to fast from food altogether. They may choose to abstain only from certain foods, like sugar or chocolate, or from something other than food. In truth, believers can fast from anything. Doing without something temporarily, such as television or soda, as a way of redirecting our focus from earthly things toward God, can also be considered a spiritual fast.

The Purpose of Spiritual Fasting

While many people fast to lose weight, dieting is not the purpose of a spiritual fast. Instead, fasting provides unique spiritual benefits in the life of the believer.

Fasting requires self-control and discipline as one denies the natural desires of the flesh. During spiritual fasting, the believer’s focus is removed from the physical things of this world and intensely concentrated on God. Put differently, fasting directs our hunger toward God. It clears the mind and body of earthly attentions and draws us close to God. So, as we gain spiritual clarity of thought while fasting, it allows us to hear God more clearly. Fasting also demonstrates a profound need for God’s help and guidance through complete dependence upon him.

What Spiritual Fasting is Not

Spiritual fasting is not a way to earn God’s favor by getting him to do something for us. Rather, the purpose is to produce a transformation in us—a clearer, more focused attention and dependence upon God.

Fasting is never to be a public display of spirituality—it is between you and God alone. In fact, Jesus specifically instructed us in Matthew 6:16-18 to let our fasting be done privately and in humility, else we forfeit the benefits.

While Old Testament fasting was a sign of mourning, New Testament believers were taught to practice fasting with a cheerful attitude.

Lastly, it should be understood, spiritual fasting is never for the purpose of punishing or harming the body.

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Expanding Your Capacity

“Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.””‭‭Genesis‬ ‭22:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/gen.22.1-2.nlt

The story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son has always been one of those that has bothered a lot of people. Why would God do that? This question is actually a mirror for many of the situations in their own lives. They ask, “Why doesn’t God deliver me out of this situation?” “Why would he Lead me here?”

To me, this all comes down to how you view God. If you see Him as vindictive or malicious you may have reasons for concern. However if you see God as a loving Father who wants good things for you, this story takes on a whole new meaning. 

God wanted to continue to bless Abraham and expand His world. However, in order to give Abraham what he had never had before, God had to deepen his trust, faith, and obedience. The point was never to actually kill Isaac (which we can see in the story) but to show Abraham that even when you do not understand, you can still trust God. Just keep walking down the road and God will reveal what you need when you need it. 

We can tell Abraham got it before the moment to sacrifice actually arrived. When Isaac asked where the sacrifice was going to come from, Abraham said “God Himself will provide the sacrifice.” 

When you go through seasons and situations you don’t understand, sometimes the best thing you can do is keep walking. When someone asks you how it’s going to turn out, you say, “I don’t know, but I trust God.” 

Too many people give up just a little too early when just around the corner is the key to the next level or God’s blessing in your life. 
Action steps:

  • Correct your view of God. 
  • Keep walking. 
  • When you don’t understand, that’s when faith comes alive 
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A Letter to RLC, All
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This Week at RLC>>> (1.9.17)

Hello. I hope your week is off to a great start. Here are a few things happening this week at RLC>>>

1. This Wednesday. This Wednesday we are beginning something new. We are beginning a prayer service that will be from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to worship and experience the presence of God.

2. This Sunday- Second Part of Our New Series. We will be continuing our new series entitled “It Is Written”.

4. 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. This is our yearly focus on prayer and fasting at the beginning of the year. We have actually been doing this since before we were a church.

5. First Sunday in February- Baptism. More details coming soon.

6. LifeGroups. LifeGroups will be kicking off right at the end of January. More information will be coming available soon.

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