The Privilege of Fasting

“Fasting is a principle that God intended for everyone to practice. It is not a punishment, it is a privilege.” – Jentezen Franklin

Prayer and Fasting

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” – Is. 58:6

Fasting is a flesh denying activity. Only people who are striving to be obedient or are in great need of a breakthrough tend to practice fasting.

Fasting is important to help keep our flesh in check. We need to control this flesh rather than our flesh controlling us.

It takes a lot of discipline and strength to fast. Your flesh fights you most of the way. It wants you to give up, and give in and “feed me!”

All day long our flesh demands to be fed. You need God’s help to stay focused. When you are feeling weak and are losing your strength, that is a good time to pray and let the Lord minister strength and grace to you.

You can remind yourself of why you are fasting, and what you are believing God to do in your life of the life of somebody else.

“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33

Prayer and Fasting go hand in hand. The time that you usually spend eating, take that time and spend it in prayer. Seek God for His direction for you and your family. Ask Him to lead and guide you, to provide for all of your needs and the needs of your family.

When we put God first, He promises to meet our needs.

Shelly

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Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

“Can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re thinking about the yesterday all the time. Your past doesn’t equal your future.” – Jentezen Franklin

Which way will you go today?

Thank goodness that your past doesn’t equal your future!

Why is it that our past failures always seem to haunt us? Our failures so many times eat away at our confidence about our future.

We are fearful about what others may think, or fearful about going through something similar that was so painful and unpleasant in our past.

You can’t have a better tomorrow though, if you’re always dwelling on the failures of yesterday. If God has forgiven us, why can’t we forgive ourselves and move on?

Jeremiah said, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you, to give you a hope and future.” We must shake off the past and move on to what God has for us. Our past does not determine our future.

Haggai 2:9 says, “your latter days shall be greater than your former.”

God’s promises are true. They are yes and amen to all who believe them. We must believe that God’s Word is true and reject thoughts that do not line up with His Word.

Ask God what He has for you next. Forget what lies behind you and press forward to win the race. Find some promises that line up with what He has for your future, and never give up.

Read those promises every day and speak them out loud so they get down in your spirit. Keep your eyes on the prize!

Shelly

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Live Like He’s Dead?

“Don’t celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, and then live like He’s dead.” – Jentezen Franklin

Celebrate The Resurrection

We need to live in such a way that brings joy to our God.

He’s been good to us. He’s been so faithful; even when we were unfaithful. He never leaves us alone. He’s that God that created the heavens and the earth, and sent His most precious gift, the gift of His son. He never turns His back on us.

We are not Christians only on Sunday, or Christmas, or Easter. He has called us Sons and Daughters. That’s 24/7.

He says, “take up your cross, deny yourself, and follow me.”

God is not far off is some other galaxy. He is near. When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. Every step we take towards Him, He takes two steps towards us.

Since He died for us, we should live for Him.

Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Jesus “delights”… it makes Him happy when we walk in His ways.

We know His way because Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Isaiah 30:21 says, “This is the way, walk in it.”

So, if we are going to celebrate His resurrection, and what an awesome sacrifice it was, we must also live our lives dedicated to the one that gave it all.

He is worthy!

Shelly

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The Prodigal’s Advantage

What is the Prodigal's Advantage?

What is The Prodigal's Advantage?

Jentezen says he had the prodigal’s advantage…

“If you’re a child that has been raised in church, you might get pulled away, but the prodigal always knows the way back home.”

If you were raised in a Christian home by Christian parents then you know what it is to pray and trust God for just about everything. From your food, to your shelter, to your every daily meal.

Jentezen talks about being pulled away. We have a very real enemy that is doing everything he can to get you to give up on living for God… just as Satan did to Jesus in the desert. Satan said, “If you will bow and worship me, I will give you all of this.”

For a season, or maybe several seasons, a prodigal son may go his own way and do his own thing, but God will see to it that you find a pit and need some one to pull you out.

A prodigal son always knows his way home…

He remembers Mom and Dad praying and God answering. He knows where to turn when things get desperate.

And God, like the good father He is, always welcomes us back with open arms. He’s always quick to forgive. Love covers a multitude of sin. God’s grace reaches to the heavens.

When we humble ourselves as the prodigal son did, and we say “I’m not worthy. Just make me a servant.”, God is so faithful to take us back, put a ring on our finger and tie a robe around us.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance. – II Peter 3:9

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Remember The Rainbow. Never Again!

"Remember the rainbow... Never Again!"

“Maybe you’ve been to hell and back and you’re afraid it’s going to happen again. Don’t be! God has promised, Never Again!” – Jentezen Franklin

Genesis 9:16

The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.

Rainbows!

Sometimes we go through deserts that are hot and desolate. It seems like there is no life. What could exist out here in this place?

With no water, no shade, no provision… in those times it sees like things will never change. Things will always be hard. Will I ever get out of this desert?

Then, at the moment you feel like you can not take another breath, God comes through. He pulls you out of the desert. He brings you in to the shade, and gives you a drink. He sets a buffet before you.

Day after day, things begin to change. You get further and further away from that desert. God opens up the windows of heaven and pours out His blessings on you. You weren’t perfect, but you stayed the course and you didn’t give up.

Now, God is rewarding you.

But the enemy likes to come along and remind you of just how hot that desert was. He reminds you of that hard trial, and you fear going back there. The Bible says, “Fear hath torment.”

The enemy wants to torment you with fear.

God says in His Word to us over and over again, “Fear not, for I am with you.” It is not impossible to move forward into what God has promised you as long as you are looking behind you.

So, look at the rainbow as Genesis 9:16 reminds us and remember the covenant that God has made with you…

Never Again!

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Unexpected Crosses Jentezen Franklin

How did our Savior know the place where we could not go any further? That’s because our Savior collapsed under the weight and the load of the cross. He knows how far we can go. If you take the Bible anywhere from Genesis to Revelations and split it open, the Bible is going to bleed. Jesus carried the cross for you and for me.

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Complacency is Dangerous

"Your latter shall be greater than your past."

“Your latter shall be greater than your past.” – Jentezen Franklin

All of us go through times in our walk with the Lord where it seems as if God has removed his presence.

It is in these times that we have to walk by faith, not by sight or the way we feel.

Our enemy comes to bring false evidence. He tells us to bury our dream that God has given us. The enemy says, “God is not in it anymore.”. He says to to us that if God wanted you to be doing this, it wouldn’t be so hard. The battle wouldn’t take so long. If God was in this, things would be easier. Satan’s motive is always to get you to give up. He brings false evidence.

It is dangerous not to have a dream. Without a dream, we become distracted and lazy. God has a plan – a dream for our lives. Yes, there are times of transition, but remain determined to find direction. Do not fall into the trap of distractions and complacency.

The enemy wants us to believe that God is through with us; that God has moved on. He wants us to think our best days were yesterday.

But God says, “your best days are ahead of you.” You will do greater things than you’ve ever done before. God has not given up on you. God is not through with you.

Dream a new dream. Find a new path. Seek Him and don’t allow yourself to become complacent. Complacency is a dangerous place to be. Get out of there!

Proverbs 29:18
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.”

Shelly

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