Day 1 – 2017 Fasting (Monday)

On January 8th, 2017, posted in: 21 Day Fast 2017, Devotionals by | 7 Comments

You know we are in a tech-savvy society when my Day-1 Fasting article begins with a smart-phone analogy. Hey, if we can’t beat the phone frenzy then we might as well use it in our favor, so here we go.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the camera on my Iphone (no smart comments from you Android users), in an attempt to take a picture only to look at the screen and everything seems blurry. The first time this happened, a person much more tech-savvy than me said, “tap the screen on the person or thing you want to focus on”. What do you know? I tapped the screen around the face of the person I wanted to take the picture of and just like that, all of the focus when directly to that person. How cool? I really didn’t care if everything else was blurry. What mattered was that my focal point was clear.

Guess what? With so many demands on a day to day basis, our lives can become blurry at times. Truth be told, if we are not careful, we can’t tell the important things from the unimportant or the things with eternal value from the mundane.

As we embark on this 21-day journey of personal discipline and spiritual focus let’s set out eyes, our hearts, our soul on a Key subject. Let’s tap the screens of our lives and allow our spiritual camera to blur everything else out and zoom in with clarity on our life with Christ. May we be able to tune out (not that these other things are not important), the noise, voices and business that clamor for our attention. Don’t focus on your problems, focus on God’s possibilities. Crystal Mcdowell once said, โ€œInstead of thinking about how hard the test is, we can instead focus on asking the Lord to enlarge our understanding.โ€ Allow God to begin to bring clarity to every area of your life during the next 21 days.

Let’s pray that the next 21 days would be days of intentional focus. Days where we purposely tune out the non-essentials (allow the Holy-spirit to reveal what they may be) and focus on hearing the voice of God through fasting, prayer, meditation and the reading of God’s Word.

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/)

Psalms 19:14, Psalms 46:10, Jeremiah 29:13, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 12:1-2

Focusing with you,

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!

 

7 Responses to “Day 1 – 2017 Fasting (Monday)”

  • Lisa Hillegas says:

    21 days of intentional focus. Amen I’m in!!
    I look forward to this cooperate fast every January. For me it’s a time of refocus, refreshing, revelation and rest in the Lord.
    Thank you Pastor for the daily devotionals and scriptures that we can use to meditate on. This is a wonderful guide for us and its,awesome that as church we can all be praying on the same accord. Excited to be on this journey with you all!

  • UNI LOPEZ says:

    What a GREAT word & analogy Pastor Charles!!! I have been looking forward to your Fasting Devotions ALL year!!! Here is to the next 21 Days that we embark on this Spiritual Journey together as a family… May we ALL remain FOCUSED!!!

    Less of us & MORE of Him… Amen!!!

    Stay Blessed & Always Stay Focused On Christ

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Uni Lopez
    http://www.unilopez.com

  • Willie Ruiz says:

    Amen Pastor! What a word and what a way to start this fast!

    Intentional Focus! I pray that these two words will become the guide that we use to see this 21 day fast through. That as we go through each and every day we will be motivated and guided by these two words. That they would encourage us to continue to see this fast through to the end when sometimes we may want to quit.

    Thank you Pastor Charles for this word. God bless you and God keep giving you the strength to continue to feed is this amazing daily bread.

    Be blessed everyone.

  • Cindy says:

    It just so happens that I had decided to primarily focus this year’s 21 day fast in this area. I want to be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when He zeroes in on those areas that I don’t even know are hindering my walk, my blessings, my assignments, my relationships, or my growth. I don’t want to pray and fast with blinders on. I want to be truly submitted and exposed to His Spirit, alowing Him to work and correct all areas. At this age, I recognize that I can be set in my ways —- so I need 21 days of fasting, prayer and focus to handle the “ouch!” moments that are sure to come. There are areas of our lives that we KNOW need to change but I want God to work in those areas that I don’t even realive are stumbling blocks for me, or — God help me! — for someone else. I’ve prayed this for a very very long time. When i was attending a legalistic church all those years ago, I was always resistant and confrontational about some of the rules and regulations that needed to be followed as an outward sign of holiness. As much as I believed they were wrong, I really really loved God and I would pray “Lord, this can’t be right but if I’m wrong, change my heart and the way I think and help me surrender.” I have prayed that again over the years for one reason or another but I want it to be my focus for the next 21 days because this is a big year for my family and my church ….and I want to be sure that I am not hindering God’s plans for us in any way, shape or form.

    In expectancy with you all,
    Cindy

  • Jaciris says:

    Blessings

    As we begin this 21 day fast I have to admit I found myself a little scared. Yesterday was an intense day for me, from the moment I woke up till the moment I went to bed. This is the first year that I am doing the Fast because I want to. I must admit last year I did it but I didn’t fully comprehend the process that I signed up for. I was determined this year to research and really understand the purpose of fasting. I can say one thing and that is I’m in great expectancy. The enemy has tried to distract and destroy my destiny but God has pulled me through. Often times I fight with God telling him what he needs to do in my life so I know he exist. As I notice things more he has been silent and I have found myself desperate. Sometimes we lose faith due to our current circumstances but I believe in these next 21 days God will restore all faith lost. As we embark on this journey let us pray for one another and for others needs. The best part of serving is that God never lets us feel empty. There is that gratification one gets from helping others. And to our surprise when we help others God works on our behalf. As PC stated today’s focus is clarity . Let us find a way to bless someone today expecting nothing in return. Holy spirit today we ask for clarity and a transparent heart.
    Gby

  • Urbina Hernandez says:

    Yes and Amen Pastor!!! Glad to see this on the app. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Urbina Hernandez says:

    Yes and Amen Pastor!!! Glad to see this on the app. ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you!

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