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What does it mean to “target” my fasting? - Day 10

January 16, 2018

Look what the Lord has done already just in helping you make it this far in the fast. One of our pastors loves to quote the statement, “Every act of obedience is another invitation to greater intimacy with GOD.” Think about it like this, you are now 10 days of obedience closer to GOD than you have ever been!

 

Today’s Topic

What does it mean to “target” my fasting?

 

During your fast, writing your thoughts, prayers and requests down for later is absolutely a must. When 2018 comes to a close, and many times throughout the year after the fast, your personal fasting journal will bless you immensely with the awareness of just how much the Lord showed up on your behalf. 

 

From the basic definitions of “target” here are some thoughts to help train your mind as you write in your journal. 

 

(1) A target is a mark to shoot at. The target in fasting is to humble ourselves for more of HIS presence. Read your recorded thoughts, scriptures that are meaningful, sermon notes or song lyrics as well as your request out loud each time you pray. TALK TO GOD. Then target quiet as your mark—just listen. Be ready to take notes. HE eventually will speak. 

 

(2) A target is something or someone fired at or marked for attack. Your target in fasting is self. Attack your self. What has self-done for you compared to what you need and now are seeking from GOD? Self is most often what is in the way of our blessings. Confess your self-related issues to GOD during the fast and behold the wonders of how HE will help in those areas. 

 

A target can also be an object of ridicule or criticism. Ask GOD during this fast to reveal any unforgiveness, any unreleased offense, any critical or religious spirit in you that may be hindering the HOLY SPIRIT’s work in and through you. Target unforgiveness and offense ruthlessly and GOD will draw closer than you can imagine with peace like you’ve never known. 

 

Finally, a target is something or someone to be affected by an action or development. We are the targets to be affected by this willful act of fasting but so is GOD. We will receive more awareness of HIM and HE will be moved to draw us in even closer to HIS love, light, forgiveness and perfect will for our lives. 

 

You are 10 days in obedience closer to the lover of your soul and creator of this universe. Be encouraged. GOD is paying attention. Remember, every act of obedience is an invitation to greater intimacy with GOD.

 

Father GOD, we thank YOU for this opportunity to target together a closer walk with YOU! JESUS, You’re here, wonder working power, you’re here Emanuel and you never fail. Amen. 

 

What is God doing in your life through this fast?

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account_circle Michele Brock

MIRACLE!!!!! My neighbor just came over to apologize for a dispute we had in the fall!!!! We had a great conversation! I invited her to my church and she invited me to hers...she joined her church a couple months ago!!! After years of praying for my neighbors HE made reconsiliaiton possible!!!!! Looking forward to what he will do this year!!!! Breaking the chains that bind us to be free to LOVE one another!!!

account_circle Tyeisha Kennedy

The office space can be a real challenge, I found myself smiling with my colleague's chicken. But the holy spirit continue to be of help. I am filled with joy and encounters with the word continues to empower me.

account_circle Cherie southerland

Exceedingly abundantly above all all you can ask for or think according to his power that worketh in you..... God is able to do just what he said he will do he's able to fulfill every promise to you... don't give up on God because he won't give up on you... *He's able* *Detrick Hadden*

account_circle Emma Vosloo

I am keeping a journal and I realise I need more quiet time... just listening in silent meditation. If I can encourage anyone it is to read the Bible more and especially the psalms. There is great encouragement in the psalms. God bless all who ate in this fast. From South Africa.

account_circle Rosemary Turner

God, our God gets the praise. So grateful for this Community of faith. I wrote down spiritual goals and noticed discouraging thoughts trying to attack. So grateful that God said His grace is there for us. I heard some sermons on the radio that was Just what I needed to encourage me. So grateful that Jesus UNDERSTANDS and God's word is true. He has blessings in store and I give God thanks.

account_circle Renee West

To GOD be the glory great things he has done. Doing this fast is the best thing I could have done for myself, taking time to connect to God the father, reading and learning his words is not just going to bring peace and blessings to my life but also my loved one's knowing that I am able to give them this gift is very humbling. 🎵🎶"What I friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear What a privilege to carry everything to God in Prayer."🎶🎶🎶

account_circle Margareth Larose

I feel a sense of calmness and physical health, a sense of clarity and peace, a feeling cleansed spiritually and physically. Not my will but God's will be done. I can feel less me and more God already.

account_circle John & Kim Neill

Is the blog working okay for everyone else? There have been days with not one post and others with only a few. I really enjoy and am encouraged by what the others have to say. Could someone email me from the JFM and let me know? Thank you.

account_circle John & Kim Neill

What God is doing in my life through this fast is opening my mind to so many things. Taking things I've learned but adding to this, showing new ways to think and things to believe in. He is encouraging my faith and telling me not to be afraid but only believe and take a step and see what He will do. And He is encouraging me to rest in Him and not take all things I see and hear at face value but step back and let Him tell me what is really going on. I have found and written all the names of God and their meanings in the back of a notebook so I can understand more of who exactly He is.

account_circle Joann Mack

JoAnn-👐🏾Praise Him👐🏾 God is revealing things to me that I have asked HIM to teach me. He has confirmed that in this NEW season in my life Isaiah 43:18-19 is being manifested. He is humbling me to His ways...His will...His heart. I believe that He WILL Do Exceedingly Abundantly Above All I Could Ever Ask Or Think. Thank You JEHOVAH ELOHAY for Drawing Me Close To YOU❤️❤️❤️

account_circle Philip Haag

Enjoying the ability to draw closer to God and trust him more!

account_circle Mary Hayes

Thank you 😊 Almighty God I have seen a miracle already for my family during this fast ! Praise God amen 💫⭐️🌟✨💥

account_circle Robin Kopec

Thank you for reminding me to journal. Last years entries were so incredible as God showing me how to really reverence Him. Now I think it's how to give that same honor and respect to my husband and stay out of my own pitty parties. I love to read y'all's comments. I'm standing in agreement with your prayers. So grateful to know we're all going through these trials together and seeking Him.

account_circle Barbara McKee

Good morning. This is a good message. God has had me targetting myself and how can I better be of service to Him and show His love to others. Slowing down is so hard for me but My God knows this and is putti ng things in my path to do just that which upset me right at first. Then this morning He woke me up and I read my notes so far and some scriptures He gave me earlier at Church I went over and learned that when I ask according to His will he answers me...1John 5...then I listened to Pastor Franklins Fasting songs...Who could abstain from singing along with songs like " Give Up And Let Jesus Take Over" and " Little Talk With Jesus" I could not help but be joyful in the Lord and Worship Him. I am so glad Jesus is here for me and I am so glad for this ministry....Pray for me as I try to make friends and be of Service in the Church I attend. Much love and peace to you all.

account_circle Lena Wheeler

I have had some battles from the beginning of the fast with sick loved ones. I knew from the battles at the beginning this was going to be a great fast. It must be. The enemy is really trying to interfere.

account_circle Emeka Ememkah

God of Awesome Wonders. I'm eternal grateful. It's good to surrender to God. Increase my intimacy with You, O Lord.

account_circle Connie Galloway

Wow...this fast has been like no other...my 10 yr old granddaughter and my husband is participating for the first time....looking for continued healing for our family

account_circle Maria Barnes

I have a calmer spirit I feel closer to God each day. I have seen him intervene I areas of my life the past nine days. Thank you Heavenly Father.

account_circle Babita Prescott

Babita Prescott from Australia God is Pouring out his love on me. It’s my first year and in 8 days he has shown himself strong on my behalf. I love you my Lord and king

account_circle Allana Rita

I started my 21 day fast on 11 January and God has been doing amazing things in my life. I have had 2 great opportunities in days which I have not had in months. I pray God gives me wisdom and guides me to choose the best of the 2 opportunities to the glory of His name. I have also felt God closer to me like literally close. I am thankful to Him. I pray as I continue the fast that self extinguishes and God ignites..I pray that I draw closer and closer to His presence and my life changes for the better to the glory of His name

account_circle Allana Rita

I started my 21 day fast on 11 January and God has been doing amazing things in my life. I have had 2 great opportunities in days which I have not had in months. I pray God gives me wisdom and guides me to choose the best of the 2 opportunities to the glory of His name. I have also felt God closer to me like literally close. I am thankful to Him. I pray as I continue the fast that self extinguishes and God ignites..I pray that I draw closer and closer to His presence and my life changes for the better to the glory of His name

account_circle Ntombi Xamela

God is amazing I'm glad I took this opportunity to join in. There's so much calmness n healing in my family already. Praise be to God.