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Day 9 Are You Satisfied?

Are you Satisfied?


Matthew 5:7
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Fasting gets us back in touch with spiritual hunger. The more we put aside what we have, the more we long for what God has. Now, I am not talking about putting aside food forever, obviously.
Seeking God awakens the soul to a deeper nutrition than what food provides. Going without food (or whatever) helps us to realize that our appetites often crave things that won't ever satisfy.

WE ARE DRIVEN BY OUR APPETITES. ALWAYS EATING. NEVER FULL.

The problem lies with what fuels our appetites because the promise of fulfillment is attached to a hunger for the right things.
Do you hunger for righteousness?
Do you thirst for righteousness?

YOU WILL KNOW BY THIS FOLLOWUP QUESTION:
Are you satisfied?

Video Player LInk

Here is a link for and videos we post to the Facbook Group.

 

https://at-home.playlister.app/23affbdf-4528-4ae5-a231-40e0d5a21534/f7623b76-2cc0-4a14-9099-1a9f25d75501

Day 7 Good

After God finished creation He looked at it all and saw that it was very good then he rested on the the 7th day.
I like to think that as He rested He contemplated everything He had done and focused on the very good.

Can we pause today and think about this past week and take note of all the good? Can we spend a day forcing ourselves to think of the good and the very good and nothing else? 
Can we spend 1 day not trying to change anything or ask God for anything but just relax in His presence knowing that He is good.  Tell Him about all the good He has done this week.

Breathe in, breathe out and say, “God, you are good”

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Looking forward to praising and worshiping God and hearing His word with you this morning in-person and online!

Day 6: What has filled you with joy this week?

 Joy is a state of being, and it differs from happiness, which may come and go. Happiness is base on happenstance. Joy cannot be taken away. Joy because of Jesus' grace is continually with us. Joy because God is always near.

I am joyful and grateful for the response on praying for the ill yesterday. My heart is full of joy because I know that our church is praying. And praying matters!

Psalm 30:2-5
LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.
Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

 

Romans 15:13,
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”


What has filled you with Joy this week?

Try this Exercise to Help You Trust God More

I trust You, God

Alright, alright alright! : ) It’s day 4. His mercies are new every morning. Today we get to start fresh. Today we have a clean slate.  Last night at cfStudents we played games and had good laughs. We also talked about Jesus’ encouragement to not worry but to trust God.
Think about that today. What does it mean to trust God fully? 

Try this exercise:

Hold your hand out in front of you, palm up, like you have a hand full of marbles or coins that you are showing someone.  Imagine something that you are worried about and picture that is what you are holding. Perhaps you are showing that concern to God.  Take the next step. Turn your hand over, letting what ever you are holding fall.  While you do that tell God, “I trust You”.  He will catch it and take care of it or He will let it hit the ground and break. But He knows what is best and we can trust Him no matter the out come. Maybe we make too much effort showing God our worries and needs when He’s just waiting for us to drop them into His care. 
This only takes about 15 seconds to do.  See if is doesn’t help you to “Let go and let God”.  And do as often as worries come to mind 🙂

 

Jesus in John 14

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

 

Jesus in Matthew 6

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap not gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

 

Paul in Philippians 4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the God of peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Isaiah 35

Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with a vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will save you.’

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by weather, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and it is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.

 

1 Peter 5:6-8

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all you anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

 

And there are so many more stories and situations in the Bible that prove we can trust God!

Day 3

Day 3: What a powerful day of worship.

It is beautiful to know that we are all intently putting God in a prominent place in our hearts, in our minds and in our living, breathing conscious bodies. I am so enjoying this time with you. Thank you for putting forth your effort. Continue to go broke for Him!

 

There is power in lifting the name of Jesus! There is power lifting Him above desires to satisfy self. There is power is lifting Him above worry and fear. There is power in lifting Him to a place of full trust. Power to break free from the carnal ways and move full steam ahead into Christ's ways.
As John the Baptist so well put "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less"

 

When we focus more on Him we will trust Him more than ourselves. Who handles our worries, fears, concerns, and needs better, God or us? Jesus is clear on who handles these better.

MATTHEW 6:24-34 NIV

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

AND OUT OF THIS CLARITY HE ENCOURAGES US:

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Worship Him Today

Playlist Links Below:

Today get yourself ready for a time of worship together. Think about it all day: “I get to worship God with my peeps tonight!”  Prepare your heart.  Plan your day around it. Determine not to miss the opportunity even if you have to stop what you are doing to watch the live in your truck. Get the songs in your heart so that when we get together you are ready to praise and sing, and lift up hands and make Him first with out really thinking about it.  

 

Psalm 150:6

“Let everything that has breath parais the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Praise and worship is for every individual not just certain people.
Here is a preview of some of  the song 

 

Click Here For Worship Playlist on YouTube
 

Day 2

DAY 2:

Everything we have has been provided.  Yes we have worked, applied ourselves, tried to earn what we have. We like to think that everything we have we made happen. BUT our very existence is by the mercy of God and what we have is by His grace, for we certainly do not deserve it.
I caution myself not to go for self-satisfaction. You know the "I did this" attitude. I fasted and did holy things therefore I am good.  This is not for me or for my satisfaction.  Prayer and fasting is not a vehicle for promoting myself to myself or to others. This is meant for focusing on God, this is meant for prioritizing His will and His ways.

Dear God,
I think I am full of You but as I deny myself I realize that I am full of myself and my own thoughts about righteousness and holy living.  Help me to truly be poor in spirit. Help me to learn Your Son's teaching on what that means.  Help me to live in humble fellowship with you. I need you desperately. Like that song, "How Deeply I Need You"

How deeply I need you, my Lord
How deeply I need you, my Lord
Like the desert needs the rain, I need you
Like the ocean needs the streams, I need you
Like the morning needs the sun, I need you
Lord you are my only one
Here is my heart, I give it Lord to you
Here is my life, I lay it before you
Where else would I go?
What else would I do?
If I did not know you?
How deeply I need you

 

AMEN
(Song by Darrell Evans)

Day 1

Day 1 almost over.  

Any headaches? Hunger pangs? Impulse to watch that show, grab the phone to scroll social?  Whatever it is push on through. Go for Jesus. Tell Him how much you want to be more fully aware of His presence all around. Tell Him how thankful you are for every comfort you have in life. 

I don't "feel" anything special yet, and may not "feel" anything at all,  but as I reflect on my Bible reading from today (JOB) I can't help but desire to be honest with God like Job was through his struggle.  It doesn't really make sense to me why Job went through what he went through, but I see God's faithfulness to him regardless.

 

Dear God,
Help me to be completely honest with you about struggles and doubts AND help me keep my mindset focused on Who You truly are. Let me fully acknowledge Your faithfulness and Your sovereignty.  Father, I am not in a position to understand it all the way You do, I trust You.  --Amen
 

Bible Reading Tool

Having a reading plan is helpful when looking to get into the Word of God more.  There are many Bible reading plans available and many place to source them from.  My favorite place for jumping in on a reading plan is the Bible App or Bible.com.

The Bible App has a powerful search feature that supports typing in a word or phrase to query reading plans, verses and topics.  It's great!

Claudia Farr and I started with the Bible ReCap plan that will take us through the Bible chronologically this year.   cfStudents has reading plans on the Bible App that coincide with our topic each month.  

Not sure where to start?  Download the App and tap on Browse Plans then pick one and stick with it 

7 Daily Prayer Points

Here is a Link to download a printable copy of the 7 Daily Prayer Points that we are asking all to pray during our 21 day period of seeking God together.

7 Daily Prayers PDF

 

Book on Prayer

As of the date of the post you can download a wonderful book on prayer for free on Amazon via their free Kindle App.  It is called With Christ in the School of Prayer.

Just do a search for it from your amazon account to access and download to your reading device.  This link should get you there: 

With Christ in the School of Prayer: A 31-Day Study

Pastors G and B Discuss Prayer & Fasting

Sunday at 3:30pm Pastors G and B will have a live discussion about prayer and fasting. As far a I understand anyone with the link can watch to feed. If this link doenst work I will attempt to embedd the video here later.

Here is the link:

https://fb.me/e/14UWgAtTo

*Update: Not sure if I am able to embedd the video. At least not without another level of screen capturing and coding, at which I do not have the skills :) sorry

Our Time of Fasting and Praying Together

We are launching into a new season - the New Year. In the Bible often new seasons were marked by times of seeking God in prayer and fasting. Fasting does something powerful in the Church and in our lives.  Biblical fasting is generally defined as going without food and seeking God for an answer or a breakthrough. When we fast we seek and see vertical solutions to horizontal situations.  Fasting can fast track prayer, break bondages and addictions, give divine wisdom and humble our hearts.  Fasting is an attitude of "God what do you want me to do?" and "God, what do you want me to seek?"

There are three types of fasts we see in the Bible:

1. Absolute Fast.  No food. No water. Absolutes fasts in the Bible were divinely prompted and are miraculous due to the fact that the body cannot go without water for much more than three days. Moses and Elijah were both led by God into an absolute fast.

2. Normal Fast. This type of fast involves no food and lots of water. This seems to be the most common type of fast we see in scripture. Jesus fasted from food for forty days. Through out history Christians have fasted food for periods of one day to forty days and everything in between.

3. Partial Fast. We hear a lot about the "Daniel Fast" as a type of partial fast.   The Daniel Fast involves eating nothing of animals or animal products, no sugar or man made foods and drinking only water. Basically the Daniel Fast is eating fruits, vegetables and legumes.  Another type of partial fast could be only consuming liquid food such as broths, smoothies and juices.

I also want to point out that in Biblical times their forms of entertainment and distraction were mostly involving food.  Facebook and Netflix didn't exist. Movies didn't exist. Videos games didn't exist.  For some, fasting these things could be a greater sacrifice than going without food.  

As you consider what you will fast on this journey of seeking God together, the best advice I can give is to ask God what you should go without. Ask the Lord what you should refuse to do for 21 days in order to focus on prayer and seeking Him.  Anything you set aside for the purpose of seeking God will make a difference.  Think about it this way: if what you give up means something to you, it will mean something to God. God will honor your sacrifice.  He promises when we set out to draw nearer to Him, He will draw nearer to us!

The Goal

When we seek God in this way there are group goals and personal goals. As a church our goal is to unify in going deeper in God and to unify in daily prayer over some specific things. Please daily pray for the following:

  1. For Spiritual Awakening. We want people in our community, our friends and our families to  come into a personal and real relationship with Jesus.  First and foremost, we want souls to be saved. Pray for those that you know who don't know Jesus to come to know Him and those who have walked away to come back. Also Pray for those you walk by and interact with to encounter the living God!
  2. For cfParis to be strong in our faith in God.  We want our kids and students to be strengthened in their faith. We want our marriages to be surrendered to the Lordship if Jesus. We want us all to learn to pray and read the Bible and grow in our relationship with God.  We want for our strength in Him to be a personal relationship with Him. Pray that we would not make this all about a task list or an obligation but rather that we would be motivated to honor God out of our discovery of who He is.
  3. For Fellowship. Our middle name is Fellowship (Christian Fellowship Church).  Pray for our DNA groups and cfCommunities. Pray that meaningful connections are made. Pray that our fellowship will help us move from unbelief to belief in every area of our lives.
  4. For 3410, our building.  Pray that our facility will continually be used to draw people closer to Jesus. Pray that as the community uses the space that they would be more inclined to attend church. Pray for our daycare, Grow, that the kids and families we serve would grow in their faith. Pray for the success of Grow and pray for the success of events hosted at 3410.  Pray for provision for completing the building projects like the bathrooms in the back, the equipment for the kitchen and for a sign at the entrance.
  5. For Healthcare Professionals. Pray for the nurses, doctors, administrators and all involved in healthcare in our community. Pray for protection for them and their families. Pray for strength and encouragement in their daily tasks.
  6. For our Educators.  Pray for the teachers, coaches, administrators, office staff and all involved in education in our community.  Pray for protection for them and their families. Pray for strength and encouragement in their daily tasks. Pray for help with technology and the grace to learn and be flexible as things constantly change around them. Pray for breakthroughs with their students and their student's parents.
  7. For each other on this journey. Pray that we will complete what we set out to accomplish. Pray that all would be able to hear God and obey. Pray that we wouldn't give up, but that we would lean on God and each other. Pray for encouragement as we push into God together. Pray for answered prayers and breakthroughs on personal levels.    

On a personal level what is your goal?  You may have already thought of something. Perhaps you will seek God for a wayward child to come home, for healing in your body, for a breakthrough in finances, for a new job, or for a family situation.  Many of you probably already have something in mind, but if you don't, that's ok. Begin, now, to ask God what you should seek personally. 

I truly believe we are going to see some fantastic results during our time of prayer and fasting. Let's trust God, let's believe, let's be filled with hope, wonder and excitement as we begin this journey!

Seeking God Together

Seeking God

Just wanted to post here for those who do not have facebook.  We created a facebook group for communicationg and collaborating during our time of seeking God together as a church family. I will also be posting items here for those of you who do not connect on facebook.

We will have times of prayer, daily scriptures, questions and discussions during our 21 days of seeking God together. Being that this is a blog format you can comment and ask questions below.

Our time of seeking God together will begin on January 4th and extend through January 25th.

Our first question is this:

Does setting out to seek God through prayer, fasting and Bible reading intimdate you? Why or wy not?

 

Please respond below: