December Partner Letter
December 13, 2016
Start releasing the incredible power of fasting into your life.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Have you heard the story about Mr. Jones, who dies and goes to heaven? When he arrives, St. Peter is waiting at the Pearly Gates and takes Mr. Jones on a tour of heaven. The streets are paved with gold, beautiful mansions glisten in the sunshine, and choirs of angels sing the most beautiful songs.
But Mr. Jones’ eye is drawn to an odd looking building, an enormous warehouse with no windows and just one door. He races across the lawn and pushes open the door to discover rows and rows of shelves, floor to ceiling. Stacked on the shelves are thousands of white boxes. The boxes all have names on them. He finds the box with his name on it and opens it up. His mouth drops, his pulse quickens, and finally he says to St. Peter, “What are all these wonderful things inside my box? Are they the good things in store for me now that I’ve reached heaven?”
“No,” replies St. Peter. “They’re all the blessings God wanted to give you while you were alive on earth, but which you never received.”
This story shared by my friend Bruce Wilkinson strikes a cord with me. What could possibly keep us from receiving all the blessings God has for us in this life? He tells us in James 4:8 if only we will draw near to Him, He will draw near to us! You do not have to hide behind loss and regret. You do not have to be defined by failure and sickness. Your debt and mistakes cannot keep you tied down—when you realize there are answers in His presence.
How do you get in the presence of God? You remove the presence of everything else! That’s fasting. As you begin to take power away from your flesh, your spirit grows stronger. It’s time to conquer whatever stands between you and God—between you and the person you want to be!
That’s why I’m inviting you to join the fasting movement.
Matthew 6:18 makes it clear that what you do in secret, God rewards openly. When you devote yourself to Him in prayer and fasting privately, He changes things for you outwardly. God will pour out His blessings on you and give you favor among men. God will open doors you didn’t know existed. He will add things unto you over and over and over!
No one promised fasting would be easy, but God will not leave you in your desperation. As a matter of fact, Joel 2:14 says when we fast, “Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him.”
I want to help you prepare for your best year yet. I want to help you seek God like never before and discover the blessings He has waiting for you. Visit jentezenfranklin.org/fast to find our FREE fasting resources and watch for our 21-day fasting devotion beginning in January. PLUS when you request your 2017 Fasting Kit, you’ll receive all the tools you need to start your year fully devoted to God and focused on the plans He has for you!
I believe God is giving specific goals to this ministry for 2017, and we’re determined to reach even more people with the love of Jesus Christ! With the help of friends like you, we’ll continue giving hope to thousands of lost and hurting people by providing food and emergency supplies. We’ll rescue the suffering by providing safe places to live, proper education and freedom from bondage and addiction. We’ll continue broadcasting the message of hope to millions around the globe!
We have done so much—yet the need is still very great. Your support helps us continue to spread the Gospel all over the world. Thank you for every gift. Together, we are making a difference for the kingdom!
I can’t wait to see how God will answer prayers and pour out His blessings through our corporate fast this year. Will you join in January for our annual 21-day fast? I have seen first-hand the miracles that come from devoting the first few days of the year to God, and deciding to put Him first all year.
I don’t know about you, but I do not want to get to heaven and see all the blessings God had waiting for me sitting in a box. I’m going to seek Him first NOW!
In His Service,
P.S. Don’t forget to join the fasting movement at jentezenfranklin.org/fasting and request your Fasting 2017 Kit today so we can rush it to you! My New York Times bestselling book, Fasting will help you discover the power of biblical fasting and transform your life! Plus, you’ll receive tools to help you make this fast your best yet, and reach the potential God has for you in 2017!