Daily Devotions

Day 3 | Fasting

January 10, 2017

Excerpted from Jentezen Franklin's 21-Day Fasting Bible Study

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” Psalm 42:1-3 NKJV

 

One of the hardest things about a fast is that it seems like the rest of the world goes on as normal, completely unaware of the sacrifice and the process you are undertaking. FOCUS is again the key! When you keep your eyes on others, you lose sight of what matters. That is why it is helpful to fast with others and in community. At the beginning of each year our entire church fasts together. We even have a local fast food restaurant that serves a special meatless chicken soup during the month of January! Having support and accountability go a long way.

 

Today, I want you to focus on gratitude. What an amazing word! We have so much to be thankful for! Did you know that your level of gratitude could have a direct effect on your attitude? What are you thankful for? Do you focus more on what you are grateful for, or on what’s not working?

 

Return to me is the call of Joel 2:12-14. Many times in life, there are hard days, even hard seasons. We’ve all been there. It seems as though one bad day, one harsh criticism or one failure can be all-consuming and cause us to look right past the many good things. Take a moment and read Matthew 6:25-34. As we said in day 2, there is so much in this chapter that relates to the fast you are undertaking, so do not rush through this reading. Take time to note the specific verses that speak to you, even date it in your Bible to reflect on later.

 

I believe that we have a choice when it comes to the way we see things. Some people are like thermometers; always alerting us when things aren’t right, and constantly a victim to the “temperature” in the room . . . which is never perfect. But others are more like thermostats. These people determine the temperature in the room. Their words, actions and even their thoughts set the atmosphere. Which one are you? As a disciple of Jesus, you bring light to every room you enter. But just like the Bible passage teaches, we can hide that light or we can let it shine.

 

Think About It

Take a moment to take inventory of all you have to be thankful for. What are the top ten things you are praising God for today?

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The things i got to be thankful for... For being with me and family when my husband was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991. For giving me the strength to face the loss of my husband when he passed away in 1993. For giving me a job in the Gulf the same year in Sept 1993 which enabled me to take care of the needs of my 2 sons who were then 16 and 10 years old. For taking care of them in my absence. For enabling them to have a good education. For giving them good jobs and suitable partners in life. For blessing them with children. For drawing them to the Lord and accepting Jesus as their personal Saviour. For uniting all of us in the same place in the gulf and for reuniting us as a family to stay together. For giving us the strength to face the challenges in life and for being with us intimes of illnesses. For God's grace and compassion and love for each one of us.

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I'm happy to be starting this fast I receive my resources just in time. my life has become very busy and between family and my job I had forgotten my first love. already in the first 2 days I have felt the presence of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit. thanks for all your help.

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I'm thankful that God is head of my life. I'm thankful for my family and my grandchildren. im thankful for seen and unseen favors from my Lord and Savior. I'm also thankful for what Hes going to do in my children's lives.

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I am greatfull to the Lord that I have the opportunity to join the body of people who are fasting. And that I live in a country where I am free to worship our God when ever I choose to do so.

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Great honour to put God first at the begining of the year to be part of this fast.

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A week ago I had reached out to a large client that I wanted to build their products for. Itwas a cold call. The company had received an architectural design award in Germany and I wanted to produce their product . Yesterday, on day two of the fast they sent me an email asking to call, I spoke to them for a couple of hours and we will work together building disaster relief homes for humanitarian efforts. When I h hung up the phone I thanked the Lord; this is only day two and I wasn't even asking for anything! Be encouraged. I am looking for breakthrough in every area of my life and I am excited to wake up in the morning to press in more with the Lord.

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Grateful for having this opportunity to fast……made me realise the top ten things in my life to be thankful for. Thank you Jesus