Has it been twenty-one days already? As always (and I say this every year), this is a bitter-sweet day for me. Bitter (so-to-speak) in that I’ve come to the end of not only walking this 21 day journey of fasting, but that I come to the end of it with so many people I have had the honor of framing a devotional for. It’s been an honor, yet at the same time humbling, hearing how God has ministered to you through the daily fasting devotionals. This time is also sweet in that I get to have a cup of coffee tomorrow evening sometime (don’t judge me).  More importantly, sweet in that I get to see and experience what God has in store for the rest of 2017.

So where do we go from here? Is this the end of something or the beginning? Let me suggest that if you look at this as the end of a list of sacrifices and dive into life as usual – what life was like prior to the fast – you may miss out on something greater.

Let me put it in these terms. Over my lifetime I’ve often been intrigued by the construction of commercial properties. You know the skyscraper type. One of the intriguing aspects is one the initial phases of construction. I often see a lot of activity going on on the site but nothing seems to be happening on the surface. Usually it is because  all the efforts are going into digging and establishing a foundation.

So to, this fast is not the end. It’s only the beginning. It’s the beginning of building on the foundation you have established over the last 21 days. Build on the spiritual disciplines of prayer, reading the Word, spending more time in the presence of God, worrying less about food, doing less of what wastes your time and more of what has eternal value.

I’m standing in agreement with you for a supernatural year. May your (our) life be more sensitive to the voice and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May this year be a year of supernatural influence. May we serve as influential ambassadors of Jesus Christ wherever we go.

Let’s fast and pray that this would be a year of building on a strong foundation. Fast and pray that we would move forward not only in faith but also in action; doing what God has called us to do. Being what God has created us to be. May this be a year of not only expectation but also of seeing the manifestation of the things God has promised in Jesus’ name.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (http://www.biblegateway.com/)

Matthew 7:24, Luke 9:62, Galatians 5:16, Hebrews 10:23, James 2:14-17, James 4:17

Believing for a supernatural year with you,

Pastor Charles

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Ever sat down to think about what tomorrow will bring? No! Wait! The question is more like, “Ever sat down to worry about what tomorrow will bring?” Ever spend a day worrying about things you really have no control over? Yes, you’re seeing God’s provision TODAY but for whatever odd reason, you overwhelm yourself with tomorrow’s uncertainties? Ever been there? I have.

I can’t help but think about a line in Jesus’ prayer outline to his disciples: “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread…” Wait! What? Did He say, “Give us THIS day…?” What a promise given to us through the power of prayer! Every morning when you wake up, you have the promise to believe God for today’s provision. Though this does not mean that you can you live an idle, ineffective life, it does mean that you can depend on God all day, every day…for tomorrow will take care of itself.

Didn’t God test the people of Israel in the desert when he provide Manna? “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or not.” (Ex.16:4) God knew that His people would try to gather for many days in fear that God’s provision would run out.

Why do we become so anxious about the unknown? Worried about the problems that are yet to appear? Why do we hold back on enjoying the life God has given us? We hold back on emptying ourselves in His presence with intense worship and praise. Why? Don’t you know that tomorrow morning He has given you the same promise he gave you today – Daily Bread!

Fast and pray that you would have the understanding and faith to trust God EVERYDAY. That you would be able to walk in His provision EVERYDAY! That you would be able to pour yourself out knowing that He is pouring into you…EVERYDAY!

Fast and pray that you would be able to break every pattern of worry, anxiety and the fear-of-the-unknown syndrome that so often plagues God’s people. You can’t go back and redo yesterday. Tomorrow, well let’s just say it’s not here yet. But you can live life to its’ fullest today! THIS IS the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Joshua 1:5-7,9; Mt.6:25-27, Mt.11:28-30, John 14:27, Phil.4:6-7, 2 Thes.3:16, 1 Peter 5:7

Believing for Daily Bread with you,

Pastor Charles

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What if I told you that one of the greatest assets or blessings you have cannot be touched, smelled, tasted, or seen; at least not with the human senses?

Let me say it another away. Imagine you’ve been walking with a parent consistently for years. You share love, laughs, tears, and dreams together. All of a sudden – vanished! What do you do? You’ve been used to the audible voice, the touch, the smell, and the look of a person you loved; and now they’re gone. What do you do? What did the disciples do? Where they left alone? Were they abandoned?

I’m afraid that in a society where the only thing we perceive as real is what we can touch, smell, see, hear, and taste with our physical senses, we have missed out on our number one friend – the Person of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus did say, “I will not leave you orphaned.” So powerful is the person of the Holy Spirit that in moments when things seem sooooo difficult that you don’t have the right words to pray, “…the Spirit also helps in (your) our weaknesses; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).

It is the Holy Spirit that has been promised to you to serve as counselor, teacher, comforter, and one the makes intercession for you. Wow, could it be that in an effort to feel, touch, and physically hear, we have become too dependable on people, while the Holy Spirit waits to guide us, comfort us, speak to us and be our friend?

I challenge you during this time of Fasting and Prayer to welcome the Holy Spirit and seek a deeper intimacy and a keen ear to his voice. Why shouldn’t you if…The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God?

As you begin to take this challenge you will begin to get a sense of direction, hope and peace. You will get a deeper sense of compassion for others, a deeper connection with God and a sense that He is hearing you. Where is this coming from? From your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on http://www.biblegateway.com/).

1 Kings 19:11-13, John 6:63, John 14:26-27, Rom.8:26-27, 1 Cor.2:10, Eph.4:30

Hearing from the Holy Spirit along with you,

Pastor Charles

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Okay so we build, work, play, toil, and do so much day in and day out. Is it all worth it? Truthfully, it isn’t unless it is done with eternity in mind. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his own soul? (Mt.16:26)

The pressures and enticing (because they could be enticing) ways of this world could become so strong, that if we don’t live with the right perspective – an eternal perspective – we can become lost and intertwined and lose focus of what God wants for our lives instead of what we have simply become accustomed to. Yes, live life, and live it to the fullest, but do it with eternity in mind. “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.” (Rev.3:5)

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t be afraid to be different. At times it may even feel like you’re standing alone, but it’s okay. Many went through it before you. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…and truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)

Fast and pray that as you go living out your purpose in this earth and fulfilling your assignment, that your feet may be planted here but your eyes on eternity. Live as an ambassador representing your true home!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Mt. 7:13-14, John 3:16, John 14:1-3, 1 Cor.15:54-57, 2 Cor.5:6-10, 1 John 5:13-14, Rev.2:11, Rev.3:5-11

Investing in eternity with you,

Pastor Charles

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Definition:

au·ton·o·mous (ô-tn-ms)adj.

1. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: an autonomous judiciary; an autonomous division of a corporate conglomerate.
2. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed.
The word of the Lord says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). However, in a culture where it seems like “self” is king, many have misconstrued this freedom with an abuse of autonomy (defined above). Let’s not forget that the Word of God also says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you”(Romans 13:1-3).
By setting up someone as an authority over us, God is not saying that someone is more important to Him than another. But authority is required in order to maintain order and discipline. Authority is also required to guide people in the right path for their own good.
I can’t help but think of King David in the Old Testament. David had been persecuted by King Saul (primarily due to jealousy). However, when the opportunity presented itself for David to kill Saul, he didn’t. Instead he said, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” Wow.
God has placed people in authority all around us; just as he has placed you in authority over others. From parents to principals, pastors to police men; from the President to those in our city government – to name a few – God has called us to respect and obey authority. He didn’t call is to break His moral laws in the name of authority, but to respect authority.
Let us fast and pray for those in authority; whether we agree we them or not. Let us pray that we can demonstrate respect, civility, and submission to those that God has place in authority over us. Let us fast and pray that God would guide them and lead them to govern and lead with principals and values that would build up and not tear down. Let us pray that they would be open to God’s leading.
Think about anyone and everyone that is in a place of authority and take time to pray and fast for them.
Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on http://www.biblegateway.com/).
In submission with you,
Pastor Charles
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We are barely into the third week of the new year. There is no question, particularly if you attend church regularly, that you started your year with a strong, positive, and perhaps prophetic word for 2017. For many of us, we even began the year with a 21-day Fast. You had your mind set that this year would be different.

The question is, has everything gone as planned thus far? I pray it has. However, for many, things just don’t go as humanly planned. Maybe sickness tried to knock on your door. Perhaps you faced a financial issue, a relational breakdown or a mental attack. What are you going to do? Are you going to sink back in distress and allow negative thoughts to distract you from your God-given mission?

Allow this to be a reminder. A reminder that you cannot make the same mistakes you’ve made before. A reminder that you cannot allow the enemy to distract you from what God wants to do for you and through you. A reminder to remain steadfast and focused on the word God has given you. “But pastor you don’t know the challenges I’m facing,” you may say. You are right, I don’t. But God does and He has already given you the strength, the power, and the strategies to move forward and above your circumstances.

Let us Fast and pray for focus. There is too much at stake. We can not afford to waste time with distractions and mental anguish. Let us Fast and pray for a mind dedicated to believing and declaring God’s Word. Fast and pray that like Peter (Matthew 14:22-33) you can step out in faith and walk over the very thing that has caused you fear – because you know that Jesus is present.

As you move into the final stretch of your 21-day fast, I want to pause with you to remind you that opposition will arise, but you cannot allow it to distract, discourage, or detain you from the journey you’ve begun.

As we move through this last, Fast and pray for yourself and the rest of the body of Christ. Let this be a week of counting God’s blessings, seeing God’s intervention, and moving in new dimensions.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (www.biblegateway.com).

Psalms 112:7, 1 Cor. 15:58, Galatians 6:9, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 4:13,  James 1:2-4, James 1:12, John 4:4 

Praying and Fasting for a steadfast spirit,

Pastor Charles

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Ever find yourself wondering why you do the things that you do? Or have you ever met someone who gave an excuse for their current behavior that sounds something like this, “Well, my dad was the same or my mom or my grandmother was just like this…”

Well let me encourage you to realize that despite the shortcomings of those that came before you, you do not have to carry that “generational curse” any further. There may have been drunkenness, drug addiction, adultery, depression, financial chaos, laziness, poverty, (and the list can go on and on) in your upbringing or extended family. Maybe you are repeating the same mistakes as those before you and don’t even realize it. Well, what better time than now to bring it to an end.

Believe God for transformation (Rom.12:1-2). Believe God during this time of Fasting and prayer that He will bring to memory and give you the power to overcome those things that have tried to hold you back and hold you down. Believe God that the legacy you leave for those that will follow will be much different. They will follow in the liberty, integrity, character, prosperity, power, and greatness that you lived in…and not the bondages. You are more than a conqueror!! (Rom. 8:37)

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com)

2 Sam. 22:2, Psalms 34:19, John 8:36, Rom.8:15; 36-37, 1 Cor. 6:11, Eph.5:8, Col. 1:13

Believing with you,

Pastor Charles

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Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, wind down, and do it all again the next day. Sound familiar? That daily cycle of life has the tendency to cause people to limit their view to what’s in front of them. As a result, the life outside of that “vicious cycle” becomes very unfamiliar. But it does not mean it does not exist.

Within that larger scope of life are missionaries, pastors, families, and millions of people, here and abroad, that do not enjoy the comforts of life we enjoy. They need our prayers and they need our support.

While traveling overseas, I had a first-hand experience of the look of relief on a mother’s face when she was handed a bag with the most basic of foods – rice, beans, and flour. Or how about the appreciative look on a teenager’s face when handed a tube of toothpaste or a bar of soap – priceless.

“Oh man,” was the sound of discontent from a teenagers mouth during one of our mentoring nights in our city, when he found out that the food distribution we offer would not be happening until the following Friday night. When we probed a little further we found out that he had very little to eat and even when he would arrive at home the night, things would not look much brighter. Yes, here in America; in our own backyard (Yes, we got him some food. As a matter of fact, we when ahead and provided food for all the students present that night). This too is missions.

Fast and pray for the least of these. That we would be so moved that our prayers, time, talents, and treasures would become the answered prayers for the many that cry our to God for provision on a daily basis. Pray for our missionaries that are dedicating their lives to being the mouth, hands, feet, eyes, and ears of Jesus Christ to those around the world. Fast and pray that God would accelerate their work and the masses would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and that no weapon formed against them would prosper.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

2 Chron.6:33, Isaiah 49:6, Daniel 7:13-14, Mark 13:10, Luke 10:2, John 4:34-38

Praying for the world with you,

Pastor Charles

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What’s the sound you hear as you go about your day at work? How about at school, on the city streets, and just about anywhere else except a house of worship? Is it the sound of revival? Is it the sound of joy, greatness, purpose, tranquility? Or is it the sound of distress, worry, chaos, anxiety, depression and depravity?

Undoubtedly, our cities are in need of revival! The very word “revival” means to live again. We have more social programs, entertainment venues, and the like, all in the name of “helping” people live a “happier” life. Yet, debt, corruption, crime, drugs, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, divisiveness and so many other ills abound in ways never thought possible. We have more police officers yet people feel less safe? Have we forgotten, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”(Ps.127:1) It’s time for our cities to “Live” again!

Yesterday (January 20, 2017) was a historical day in America, as there was a (peaceful) transfer of power to an incoming President who ran a rather unorthodox campaign, to say the least. Whether you are in agreement with him or not, God’s Word still calls us to pray for him.  Conversely however, despite all the promises made from the inaugural podium, we must understand that fastest road to a great nation is not a man but a nation turning to God. We need a fresh wave of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to sweep through our cities. And it may very well begin with your (our) intercession.

Fast and pray over your neighborhood, government, school staff and administrators, your work place, police force and all public safety personnel, for city administrators and law makers, even for our churches. Pray that many, many of these places would be occupied by God-fearing, Spirit-filled individuals. That we would not only pray but also take the steps to be the hands, feet, and mouth of Jesus in our city. Fast and pray that the powers of darkness would have to surrender to the Light of the World!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

2 Chronicles 7:13-14Psalms 85:5-6, Isaiah 57:13-16, Habakkuk 3:2, John 10:10

Standing in the gap with you,

Pastor Charles

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What will the weekend look like in cities all across America? Where will many youth and adults alike “hang out?” What is the agenda on the streets? As we run our youth mentoring program every Friday night, I often see dozens of other youth throughout the city headed for the club scene.  As we go through the weekend I can’t help but wonder how many of these people will continue to live a life like the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-32), looking to satisfy a thirst (and hunger) in all the wrong places. Constantly indulging  in all sorts of habits and temporary pleasures – day after day, night after night- without ever encountering Christ. Why? Because few professing to have Christ, ever dared to confront them like Christ confronted the Samaritan woman. Not negatively, but with an offer of hope and eternal satisfaction.

I invite you to focus today on asking God to give you the boldness to share the great news of Jesus Christ. Take time to Fast and pray for the lost. The fact is that we are constantly surrounded by people that can benefit from you serving as the hands, feet, ears, and mouth of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself ignored His need for physical food, in exchange for the opportunity to lead this Samaritan woman to the knowledge of a Savior (Himself). How about you? Would you be willing to forget about yourself for a moment and share the love of Christ with someone else?

The step could be as simple as asking someone, “Hey, I am spending some time praying for people, when I go pray, what can I pray for in your life?’ That simple door could lead to the sharing of the love and hope of Christ.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Mk. 16:15, John 3:16, Rom. 1:16, Rom 5:8, Rom. 6:23, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Col. 4:2-6

Praying for the lost,

Pastor Charles

P.S. Write to us via e-mail, Facebook, or post on this daily blog…we would love to hear what God has done and is doing with you as you meditated on these devotionals and spent time in the presence of God! Blessings to you now and always!

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