devotion day 20

Breath, focus, share; these are fasting principles to remember in the next 21 days.

Take a breath - you will survive.

Focus - make some goals during this fast and then focus.

Share - God wants to hear from you; your joy, your pain, your frustration - everything.

Allow God to speak to you through the devotional below during your fast


from pastor jessie armstrong, rlc connections pastor

"7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!"       (Philippians 3:7-14)


If you had a million dollars what would you do with it? Would you buy that item you always wanted? Would you put it away into a savings for a rainy day (a really rainy day)? Would you buy a fancy car? Give it away to your friends and family?

 

The truth is, the most valuable thing on the face of this planet is not as valuable as the power of our Lord. That power - the one which raises people from the dead, changes the darkest hearts, heals the worst sickness and disabilities, brings comfort to the deeply grieving and give us dreams and words – is not just for Jesus. We have access to this mighty, perfect, mysterious power.


So why do so many believers walk in blindness to this power? Simple – because they are not willing to suffer through the giving up of: “I want”, “I need”, “I must”, “I can”. The grief that accompanies giving up earthly valuables in exchange for heavenly valuables seems too daunting, too painful. They hit a wall and believe the lie that they are not able to climb over the wall to experience the other side. They are unwilling to spend the time getting to know Christ more than they ever have before.


Sometimes we need a reminder of what is on the other side of suffering with Christ and sharing in His death. The truth is the landscape may look completely the same. What is different is us. ME. The power of God resides in me and . . .


I am filled with His glory.

I have a peace that surpasses understanding.

I live victoriously in the face of challenge.

I speak a heavenly language of love which heals hearts.

I have power to survive loss.


During this fast, we pray you have come to know Christ in a deeper way. You gave up food – a valuable commodity in this world. Food, however, does not compare to the goodness of His glory. During these last two days, press in, give up whatever you have been holding back. Talk to Him more than you have been. There is “infinite value” in knowing Christ. Believe and act on that kingdom truth.