Endurance is an important part of your walk with God. When you get tired of fasting and feel low, it’s normal. It’s normal to struggle with feeling sorry for yourself. Nothing is wrong with you. Everything is right with you.
You are enduring. You are running. Run with endurance!
We live in a time where people follow their feelings, instead of following Christ. Feelings take the throne of our hearts, as one of the most commonly given piece of advice is to “follow your heart.”
Most people end up following their hearts right off a cliff! Our feelings can keep us from ever finishing anything that the Lord has called us to do. When the going gets tough, we need to rely on the Spirit of God, instead of our own strength. He will strengthen us. In Jeremiah it describes trusting in the Lord vs following your heart. Check this out.
““Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”
Jeremiah 17:7-10 NKJV
In the end times, Jesus describes a situation where people live completely for their feelings. Let’s look.
“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Matt. 24:10-13 NIVUK
We need to stand firm to do what God has called us to, in the face of faithlessness, hatred, betrayal, false prophecy and lovelessness.
In this world we will have trouble, but take heart, Jesus has overcome the world! Hallelujah! Fasting is a way of saying, “I don’t care if my body wants potato chips, I want to see the power of God at work in my life!” It says, “When I am weak, Jesus is strong in me.” It is a way of crucifying our flesh so that your spirit can be subject to Christ and built up and strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 3:10 says,”I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:15-21 NIVUK
For those of you in our area, today we are fasting and praying for our Revealed Ministry retreat. If you are not in our area or not connected, please pray this prayer for your church, pastor or ministry that you are involved with.
“Lord, I pray today for our ministry and its leaders. I pray for everyone in the Body of Christ who is working together to bring you glory. May we work for you and not ourselves. May your kingdom come and your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Fill our leaders with the knowledge of your will, so we can know you better and live lives worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus. Anoint our church, ministry teams, leaders and pastor with the power of tour Holy Spirit. May we have power, together with all the Saints to know how high, wide, long and deep is the love of Christ. Lord, this love is beyond knowledge and comprehension, but you give us revelation of your love by your Spirit. Pour your love into us and fill us with the fullness of God.
I acknowledge that you are a God of details. Please bring together all the details -even the ones we didn’t think of. Put your fingerprints on every bit of this retreat, in Jesus’ name. Wash us of sin. Convict us of sin and lead us in repentance and renewal.
May the women who attend our retreat experience the power of the deliverance of Christ. May the women who are thinking of coming be encouraged. Remove all anxiety in Jesus’ name. May they experience your life-changing presence and truth at our weekend.
Lord, you said the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. I am asking you to raise up more workers for the harvest field, in Jesus’ name. Raise up people to operate in their gifts in the Body. Whether it is being generous, serving, interceding, teaching, leading or any other gift, please let your Spirit raise them up out of fear or selfishness. Raise them up out of defeat and into victory, Lord.
God, bring in the harvest. Bring people to know you as Lord and savior. May we be a part of it- a part of your work, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen!