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January 05, 2018

The beginning of the year is a good time to get things straight! We need to take inventory, tune-up, tune in and make sure we’re heading in the right direction. It’s time to get aligned.

When I think about alignment, I can’t help but think about my car. You could be traveling the smoothest road in the world, heading into the sunset. But if your car is out of alignment, it feels like you’re navigating a winding, gravel road in the dark! When your vehicle is out of alignment, your direction, your safety and your longevity are all at risk.

You probably have a pretty good guess where this is going …

There are two distinctively different definitions for alignment—both have significant spiritual implications. First of all, alignment refers to arrangement in a straight line, or in correct position. Secondly, alignment refers to a position of agreement or alliance.

If you want to be in the correct position to receive favor and blessing from the Lord, you have to align your priorities with God’s word! It’s time for a tune-up. We’ve got to put first things, first. Here are seven things God’s word says to do first:

  1. Get priorities straight: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).
  2. Mend relationships: Matthew 5:24 says, “First be reconciled to your brother …”
  3. Take authority: No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man.” (Mark 3:27).
  4. Give your whole heart: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).
  5. Seek inner purity: “For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also” (Matthew 23:25-26).
  6. Join with the body of Christ: In John 20:19 we see that even the disciples assembled on the first day of the week.
  7. Give God what’s His: That you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground . . . and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide” (Deuteronomy 26:2).

I hear the overarching message, the age-old antic, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts!” And it is true. You can keep your car waxed and polished, but if you don’t change the oil, align the wheels and keep everything under the hood in check, it won’t do you any good.

Our Father is the creator of life, the giver of dreams. Our hope and our future are His. When we put Him first and align our lives with His word, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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account_circle Shantell Neely-James

I participate in this fast every year. It has always such a blessing and it allows me to connect with God in such a deeper and meaningful way. I look forward to many revelations and the blessings of GOd.

account_circle Juliet Jose

This is my first 21 days fasting on the third I was attack by the devil where i got upset with a co-worker for something that could be easily ignored .He will attack but I will rebuke him in Jesus name.

account_circle Sharon Stovall

First time doing the 21 day fast, or any fast. Seeking through prayer closer relationship with God, freedom from an addiction, financial freedom,praying for family and friends, work situation. Thank you for this site.

account_circle Sharon Stovall

First time doing the 21 day fast, or any fast. Seeking through prayer closer relationship with God, freedom from an addiction, financial freedom,praying for family and friends, work situation. Thank you for this site.

account_circle Patricia Grant

I'm lining up everything to get in God's divine order Today is a better day of my fast day two yesterday was a little rough but have been meditating on the scriptures and the word of God to stay strong this is my first 21-day fast I have done other fast in the past

account_circle Linda Taylor

this is the 3rd time i've did the 21 day fast but the first time I have found this sight, so glad

account_circle Mary Hayes

Hello praying for my family members ! Healing , deliverance, protection and a blessed New Years !! And favor for a newly established learning center at my church .

account_circle C Wilson

Happy New Year All! I am very ecstatic in participating in another 21 days of fasting with Pastor Franklin, his congregation and believers all over the world. I am anticipating blessing galore, fruitfulness, spiritual growth and an awesome time as we all embark on this journey. This first message has been such a blessing, it has given me so much energy, food for thought and I am so anxious of what is to come! God bless you all as we unite on this marvelous threshold to experience and let go and let God do as He promises.