Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
A time of fasting can open up so many areas of our lives. It reveals our level of discipline. It reveals our motives. It reveals our level of commitment. Will I be strong enough to keep denying myself something I enjoy? Will I continue to see the bigger picture for what this time is meant to be?
It also reveals a lot in our spirits. It gives us a more clear path to God’s presence because we’ve gotten rid of some of the ‘noise’ that usually separates us. It lets us see clearly where we usually have distractions. Saying ‘no’ to something serves as a constant reminder of what should come above all else.
Brandon will still make fun of me for how I used to approach fasting. My mind approaches everything in a very black and white fashion so I would get so wrapped up in what ‘fit’ into the fast that it became a distraction in itself. I had to learn that the point of a fast is to draw close. To make your mind clear. That God isn’t looking for a ‘thing’ to be done perfectly. He’s looking for his people to take their usually busy and distracted lives and focus on Him.
This time is meant to give us a clear vision into what God is doing in us and around us. What we experience in Him these 21 days still won’t touch what He has available to us! Many of us are tearing down walls! We’re praying impossible prayers! We’re dreaming dreams that can only be accomplished with the help of the Lord! And that’s what we’re meant to do! Not just for 21 days but for our lives!
We’re about to wrap up this time with a night of prayer and worship where we’re going to attack these prayers and dreams with the force of a whole Cultivate family in one room lifting our voices to a very living God! This thing is going to climax in just a few days so keep pushing! God desires to show up in your life in a way you’ve never dreamed of! We can literally go no where that is lacking His presence. You can’t eat something wrong on the fast and ruin it. You can’t mess up beyond where He sees you. He loves you and is pursuing you!
Tap into the amazing goodness that the Lord has waiting for you! YOU have a part to play in the greatness that He has in store for this church and this county and this nation. Pray this hard prayer and keep growing!
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.