Last Sunday my church started a corporate fast for 21 days. It is day 5 and I feel great to be honest. I must admit that first day my stomach, and mind were having war lol . Now I don’t even hunger for food , I just hunger for his word and presence.
The bible says in Matthew;
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
The great thing about the fast is that your not just detoxing your body , but it allows you to truly depend on the lord. I knew what I needed to fast for , and from . I believed it is the perfect way to really hear from him. I am making sure during these next couple weeks I actively seek him because fasting without praying or reading is just a diet.
But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
I loved how my pastor taught it this past Sunday , he said fasting is not what God do for me , but saying “God what can I do for you”.
Today I meditated on psalms 119 – literally the LONGEST psalms ever lol. But MAN, when you really study it , and mediate it , it’s amazing . I read through it in two different versions (ESV,MSG) , and God was speaking me through ever other verse. So, I just want to spend some time pointing out some of the verses that jumped out at me.
V9-10 talks about how we can live a pure life unto him. And I love how the message bible depicts it;
9-10 How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. MSG
Let’s have an honest moment and say it is HARD trying to live a pure life when the world seems to be throwing everything at you. These last couple of days, I have understood that I ALWAYS have to be in his word. Having a 15-minute devotion is not enough to withstand the test and trails of this world.
V32 – This next verse touched my heart. I started to say out loud – Lord, I’ll say yes to whatever you have me to do , just show me how!
32 I’ll run the course you lay out for me
if you’ll just show me how. MSG
I committed that this year is not about what I am going to do , it is all about what he wants for me. So, I say YES. This theme of being obedient to his voice is going along with a new book I started by Lysa Terkeurst called what happens when woman say yes to God. I cannot WAIT to share more of it with you all!
Lastly , I looked at V67.
67 Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place,
but now I’m in step with your Word. MSG
These was reassurance to me. All the things i have gone through in life, caused me to be all over the place( My emotions, feelings, and actions) , because that was not what you wanted for me. But NOW I’m in step with your word. Being in step with his word has healed me , and it has delivered me from afflictions. Ultimately it has shown me his goodness.
Whew, there are so many other verses in that whole chapter , and I urge to take the time to study , mediate , and hear what God is speaking to you!
Praying for you all! LOVE yall.