21 January 2022 – Sacrifice

“…To obey is better than sacrifice…” – 1 Samuel 15:22 Discipleship, by definition, will require sacrifice. Jesus said that if we want to be His disciples that we will have to deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24). This, however, is not the type of sacrifice that Samuel is talking about. Sin requires a payment in blood (Hebrews 9:22), but God delights in …

20 January 2022 – Your Weakness, His Strength

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” – Ephesians 6:10 Many times we think that fasting will make us stronger immediately during the fast. But that’s rarely the case. Fasting is a time where I deny myself of the things that give strength to my flesh so that I can begin to …

19 January 2022 – New Mercies

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 I thank God that He does not demand perfection, He desires growth. In the process of maturing, sometimes we miss the mark just like a toddler stumbling as they are learning to walk. That’s where God’s mercy comes into play. He has …

18 January 2022 – Blow the Trumpet

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, ‘Spare your people, Lord. Do not make …

17 January 2022 – Rend Your Hearts

“‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity.” – Joel 2:12-13   To rend means to tear. What God is saying …

16 January 2022 – You Give Them Something…

“Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’” – Matthew 14:16 Jesus had just heard that His cousin, John the Baptist, had been killed. He went to be by Himself to pray and grieve, but the needs of the people wouldn’t allow Him time to do either. Jesus’ disciples saw the crowd and that …

15 January 2022 – Hearing the Commissioner

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” – Acts 13:2 Fasting is a way to shut out the noise in our hearts and minds so that we can hear God’s voice more clearly. This doesn’t mean that you will hear from Him …

14 January 2022 – The Idol of Appetite

“…Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” – Philippians 3:18-19 There are those that sing, “I am a friend of God” but then reject everything that He stands and died for. The cross symbolizes death …

13 January 2022 – Hangry

“I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” – Job 23:12 Food is pretty important. It keeps us alive. Our brains are wired to alert us of hunger when we haven’t eaten for a while. If we go too long without eating, other chemicals are released that cause us to become agitated – the term …

12 January 2022 – Hypocrite: The Actor Inside

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.” – Matthew 6:16 A hypocrite is an actor – one who puts on a show or puts up …