Monday 9 September 2013

Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do a new thing. It springs forth now. Don’t you know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

Welcome to the first week of the Daniel Fast 2013.  We want to congratulate you for making the decision to do the Fast.  If you have never done a Daniel Fast with us I strongly encourage you to first check our blog for the Daniel Fast 2012 and read about how you do the fast.

For more than ten years now we have been doing the Daniel Fast at the start of each new year.  It is a time to reflect on the past twelve months, and to look ahead to the next twelve.  How did we live?  Where are we going?

As one gets older in the Lord it becomes increasingly more difficult to stir yourself up to love and good deeds.  We lose the taste for change; and we grow tired of paying the price to move ahead.  And yet the Lord is calling to all, both young and old alike.  He wants to do a new thing.

I will do a new thing, He says.

The Hebrew word is Khaw-dash which means something that is new, fresh, rebuilt and restored.  God will do something fresh, something that is renovated, something that is restored.  God can touch mud and make it into gold.  God can touch a filthy sinner and make him a royal son.

And God will do wonderful things in your life during these three weeks.  He will break chains of spiritual and mental bondage; he will bring refreshing to your soul; he will take you into a more intimate place with Him.  And the promise continues.

It will now spring forth! In other words, Now it will begin to grow.  How many things have you hoped for in your life?  How long have you been patiently waiting for God to bring forth certain changes in your life?  Now it will begin to sprout.

That doesn’t mean that it will suddenly appear in it’s full maturity and perfection.  But it does mean that you will begin to see signs of growth.

Early this past spring I planted some grass seed.  Then it snowed!  I was shocked to see snow in Paris so late in the year.  We actually had one of the coldest and longest winters in history.  I thought my grass seed would never grow.  Every day I went outside to see if if was growing.

Then, I had to leave on several different trips and was gone for a month.  And when I came back – still only dirt!

Then the cold ended; the ground warmed up; the sun finally showed itself.  And it seemed like over-night I had beautiful, luxurious, English grass!

What do you want God to do in your life during the fast?  This is not a request for God to change your circumstances.  Rather it is a cry to God to change YOU!

Let me ask you a simple, but difficult question.  If you had to chose between the blessings of God and the love of God, which would you chose?  You see, God changes those whom He loves.  And change isn’t always easy and fun.

What are the things in you life that God wants to change?  Write these things down and keep track of all that He does in your life during the Fast.  For God is restoring the soul.

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