Relentless 2022 Fast

What is fasting…

Simplistically, fasting means to refrain from food for a Spiritual purpose. The discipline of fasting releases the Holy Spirit, the favor, and the gifts of God in the lives of Believers. Fasting brings us into a deeper more intimate relationship with God. Fasting is NOT a diet plan. There are degrees of revelation of the Lord and some levels cannot be attained when we are casual and disengaged. We must have a desire to know God in a more personal and intimate way and take the necessary steps to break out of our routine and seek God in prayer, hear Him in our fasting and glorify Him through our worship as He deserves. When we do this, we unlock the door to new understanding and God will meet us in the place that we have prepared for Him.

Don’t worry, everyone’s fast may look different—some will fast for a set period of time like (6 AM to 6 PM), others from certain types of food (sweets, bread, etc.), programming, social media, or activities. No matter what or how you chose to fast, fasting is more than just abstaining. It is about replacing our comforts with spending time pursuing God in prayer and the Word in the place of the things you choose to refrain from.

Before fasting, you must ask yourself:

  • Why am I doing this or what are my motives?
  • What are the needs that I am desiring?
  • Are you prepared to attend to God, to minister to Him and exalt his name?

Fasting is not about us getting what we can get from God, but what we offer to Him in the form of our worship and expressions of gratitude and love towards Him.

For more information on the following click the button below “Fasting Guide” and get prepared to go after God with us!

  • Types of fasts
  • Specifics on the Daniel Fast (what you can eat, what not to eat)
  • ACTS Prayer Model
  • SOAP Bible Study Method

Day 21: Relentless Vision…

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Relentless Vision…

Vision and Purpose go hand and hand with one another. Here at Relentless Church God has given our Senior Pastors a clear direction for this house and when we get behind and serve, support both through our resources, finances, time, talents, and prayers we can be the hands and feet of Jesus and help bring this vision to fruition. Take time and read through the vision and decide how you can be a part of what God is doing at Relentless.

  • Relentless is a church that sees Christ as preeminent and people as priority.  
  • A church of many nations expressing love toward God through vibrant acts of worship, intentional acts of community, purposeful acts of generosity, and continual acts of selflessness. What is God’s Purpose for our lives?
  • A church that loves ferociously, seeing the value of the human soul as paramount.  
  • A church of transformed lives that are the calling card of the God we endeavor to introduce people to.  
  • Relentless is a multicultural, multigenerational, intentionally diverse body of believers, unlocking our gifts to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world 
  • We seek to introduce people to Jesus in such a way that they don’t want to live their lives without Him  

Prayer

God, I thank you for allowing me to make it to this last day of the Fast. I thank you for keeping and covering me over the last 21 days. I thank you for the insight and wisdom that you have given me throughout these 21 days. Father, I thank You for my Senior Pastors and their family. I pray that you cover and keep them in every area that we have focused on in this fast health, favor, wisdom, purpose, direction and vision that the vision is understood and carried out. I pray that You provide the resources for the vision; the right people to serve the vision, the funds and strategy to accomplish the vision. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

Week 3 – Reflections:

What have I learned throughout the 21 days of the Relentless 2022 Fast? What insight has God given me? What praise reports do I have?

 

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Final Word…

Remember the major benefits of fasting come after the fast is complete. That’s why it’s important to stick to it. Furthermore, your biggest tests and trials may not come until after. This is pointed out in Matthew 4 where the devil tempted God after He fasted 40 days and nights. So, we caution you to continue in prayer and be alert that these tests come to see if you learned the lesson or overcame that area in your life. So do not be discouraged! You’ve done great and we are looking forward to hearing all of the testimonies of what God has done throughout this fast so be sure to post them to our Prayer/Praise Wall at https://ourrelentlesschurch.com/prayer-wall/ or e-mail us at [email protected]. Blessings!

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Write the vision…

Welcome to Day 20! We have learned that without vision people perish and that God has uniquely purposed every one of us. Today our focus is taking what God has spoken to you personally and putting it down on paper, yes, I said paper. I understand that it is the age of technology, but did you know that when you write something down with your pen/pencil on paper you are 42% more likely to achieve it.

The LORD commanded the prophet Habakkuk to write the vision so that the one who reads it might run with the news.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that read it. Habakkuk 2:2

When you write the vision you are operating in active obedience to what God has asked you to do.  Acting on God’s instruction puts us in a position to receive His best. By writing down the vision you bring clarity to your thoughts and provide focus. Writing also helps you to remember what has been declared over you.

My Vision Statement

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Prayer

God, I pray that you remind me that I am a part of building and expanding your Kingdom. I ask that you give me a fresh vision for your purpose for my life.  Open my eyes, ears, heart, and mind to your vision so that I can live out Your purpose for my life. Remove anything/anyone that hinders me from discerning your vision.  Draw me closer to you in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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There’s a Vision Statement Over Your Life

Welcome to Day 19! As we approach the end of the fast, we have progressed with each tenet we have focused on over the past 18 days. We’ve examined first the importance of our health both naturally and spiritually, then moved on to understand what the favor of God is and how we can live in it, next we asked God for the wisdom that only can come from Him and most recently grasped what it means to live according to His purpose and as we prepare to wrap up for these 21 days of the first month of this new year what better focus to have than vision. Proverbs 29:18 warns us the following.

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.

Be confident that there is a vision statement over your life. What is vision do you ask? The facility, ability, or state of being able to see into the future. Your life, your blessing, etc. have been predetermined and can be seen in the vision statement God has for you.

Another meaning for vision is direction. When you know the vision of God for your life that is where you are directed to, the bible says his people perish because they don’t have direction or revelation for the future. Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint. They lack the prophetic revelation of God. When God’s word is not known and honored, people run amuck.

How does one come to realize the vision God has for you?

  • Looking to the Scripture for answers, allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
  • Using objective counsel to tell you what you need to hear, trusted wise counsel.
  • Coming to know His heart to understand His will, through prayer and study.

Prayer

Lord, I’m grateful that I can depend on you. Give me the ability to trust you more in every circumstance. Lord, as I take obedient steps toward our purpose, you remind me that I can trust in you because of who you are. Keep me close to you and prompt me to acknowledge you continually throughout my days. I thank you for the understanding of your will for my life is mine more and more each day. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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Purposed to be a blessing…

 It’s day 18, welcome! When purpose is realized, we can begin to function in the gifts and callings that God has given us. Understand that we have been anointed for the sake of being a blessing to others. God has gifted you in unique and wonderful ways and crafted you with abilities and talents to carry out your purpose. When you develop your God-given attributes and use them to serve other people in love, big things happen. But if you attempt to use your abilities in ways God didn’t intend, you’re destined for a life filled with anxiety, frustration, and failure. You’ve been gifted since birth.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

The building blocks of your purpose will always be found in the gifts He’s given you. So, as you are pursuing God over these 21-days for direction and insight for your 2022, what are you doing with what He has already provided you?

Have you signed up to serve with your Relentless Family yet? You can be a blessing by serving in one of the many ministries at Relentless Church or serving in your local community with Outreach. Take time today if you have not and complete The Relentless Emerge Growth Track and get started today at emerge-growth-track.teachable.com.

Prayer

Lord, I thank you for your blessing and favor today over my purpose. I ask that you touch my heart to stay in a constant place of giving you glory in everything I do. I thank you that every gift and blessing comes from you. I thank you for the heart to serve your people and push the Kingdom forward. Thank you in advance. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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Purpose is Realized in Serving…

It’s Day 17, welcome back. How many times have you heard people say, or maybe you’ve said it yourself, what’s my purpose?  As in the thing that I specifically was put on earth to do. A little different from what we discussed yesterday. We want to address our individual “thing” or how to find it? We are not alone in our pursuit of purpose that even in the Biblical days many sought out what they were to accomplish in life and often doubted when the very thing they were in pursuit of was revealed and Zacharias is not a stranger to this situation but the thing that is significant about his story is what he was doing when his purpose found him, SERVING!  Read Luke 1: 5-25 for the full story.

8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Luke 1:8-13

While you are seeking the answer to why you are here and what it is that you are to accomplish serve God and others. Serving is an act of selflessness that has many benefits for the one doing it from releasing endorphins and bringing happiness to the eternal rewards that are stored in heaven for you.

The truth is, it’s easy to find ourselves settled and complacent in life. And there are many reasons we can feel stuck, discouraged, or adrift; lose our enthusiasm for life; and forfeit our hope, sense of purpose, and peace. If you genuinely want to pursue your purpose and reach your full potential in life, then you must serve. If Jesus came to seek and save through serving and showing love, then we must also. Here at Relentless Church, we have countless ministries that you can become a part of after completing our Relentless Emerge Membership Class. The best part of serving is just like John the Baptist who was the product of Zacharias’ purpose did is that our serving helps to advance the kingdom’s agenda.

 

 

Prayer

Lord, I come to you seeking direction for your purpose in my life. Thank you for providing examples in the Bible of those who found their purpose in you. Thank you that if you have called me to it, then you will equip me for it. Allow your promises to overwhelm me when my purpose seems too big. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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According to His Purpose…

We’re so happy you joined us today for day 16! By now you’ve observed a pattern that everything we are seeking in this time of fasting and prayer comes from God and our relationship with Him. Cultivating a relationship with God is essential for your growth, development, and understanding of what God desires for your life. It is difficult if not impossible to operate in a calling or purpose for your life if you do not know what it is. How can you know if you do not know the one who created you?

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:28-29

The word purpose denotes that we have been invited to the kingdom of heaven and its privileges appointed to the office of our God. In Romans 8:28 we observe this promise for believers. It may not always seem like things are working out for our good when we are in the middle of a situation that seemingly is spiraling out of control and you can’t determine if you are coming or going amid tragedy, disappointment, frustration, etc. We ask God can any good come out of this? However, we must be confident that whatever the Father permits to transpire in our lives is designed to mold us into the image of His Son. When we see this that our lives are not controlled by random happenstance but orchestrated by an intentional, loving God and that all that we endure if we are called according to his purpose (hint, hint YOU are).

God allows things in our lives for one of two purposes—either to bring us into a relationship with Him or, if we already know him, to make us more like Jesus. What are you doing in your personal life to accomplish the purpose of God?

Prayer

God, I thank you that you planned me. I am not a mistake. You sent Jesus to die for me and I want to live for You. I thank you for loving me and calling me according to Your purpose, help me to live it out in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Applying Wisdom…

It’s Day 15 and we are nearing the end of these 21 days of fasting and prayer. What have you learned and/or experienced over the last two weeks as you have spent this purposeful time with God? Today we are looking at what it is to apply wisdom to your life one of the most important components of wisdom was going from head knowledge to application. Solomon the son of David and Bath-Sheba. 

Solomon was anointed to be king after David and like many transitions in life came opposition. But fret not, Solomon loved the Lord and like his father, who has been labeled a man after God’s own heart, Solomon too had a special relationship with the Lord. In the initial stages of his reign as king, he went to Gibeon a few miles from Jerusalem to the tabernacle to sacrifice to the Lord and it was during this time of worship that the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night (1 Kings 3) and asked what shall I give thee? To which Solomon replied that he was but a child in need of guidance. He asked God to give him a heart of understanding to judge God’s people that he may discern (know the difference) between good and evil and that excited God to the point that not only did he grant Solomon’s request but He went beyond wisdom and provided him with wealth, favor, long life and much more as detailed in I Kings 4:29-34.

29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. 30 Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all men—than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. 33 Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. 34 And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

Solomon was the wisest king there was and God allowed him to rule in such a way that no other had. Not only that but he was able to teach and write and leave a legacy of wisdom that we can partake in through the study of the book of Proverbs and put into action in our own lives these simple truths. Wisdom is the ability to know how, when, and where to put knowledge into action.

Challenge yourself to study the wisdom that was laid out got us by reading a proverb a day and jotting down the revelation God gives you about what you have read.

Prayer

God, You have already blessed me beyond what I deserve. You alone are worthy of my offering and my worship. Help me Lord to live a life that is pleasing to You and that aligns with your perfect plan for my life. I pray for wisdom like Solomon to make sound decisions and the ability to steward time and resources. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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Wise Companions…

A large part of everyday life is dependent upon the things and people that we surround ourselves with. Who/what we allow to influence our thoughts, tastes in music, food, fashion, etc., and ultimately the decisions that we make are heavily influenced by the company that we choose to keep? Our quality of life is determined by the quality not the quantity of the relationships that we foster. If you show me the five people that you spend the most time with, I can tell you almost without fail the type of life and quality of life that you have. We become who we hang around. 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us that bad company corrupts good character which is similar to the adage that you are the company that you keep.

The same is true in our spiritual life. If we are intentional in our faith, we find those who are further along in understanding the things of God as well as devote a substantial amount of time studying the word, in prayer and being obedient to the Lord to do His will, our life then becomes a reflection of an intentional pursuit of God with like-minded people surrounding us. Most important is the relationship that you cultivate with Christ, when you grow in this relationship it spills out into all your other relationships.

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13;20

Wisdom both comes from the counsel and example of those we allow to influence our world, when we are companions with fools, the wicked, then we will be destroyed, reputation ruined because we have been infected with their wickedness or ungodly ways. Therefore, wisdom is also a choice. As we have the responsibility of picking who we spend our time with and allow to have an impact on our daily lives. What does the fruit of the lives of those you spend the most time with showing you?

Prayer:

Lord give me discernment for those that are a part of my life. Lead me in my decision of who has access to me and who can speak over me. Allow me to be in tune with you and be obedient to what you tell me when you speak to me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

Week 2 – Reflections:

Let’s reflect. What has God been showing or revealing to you in prayer this week? What is speaking to you concerning favor and wisdom this week?

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Even Jesus had to Increase in Wisdom…

Hello and welcome to Day 13 of the Fast! Even Jesus had to increase in wisdom, Woah! What a statement, and if Jesus had to increase in wisdom, then we would be foolish to believe that we would not. In Luke chapter 2 the writer recounts the birth of Jesus Christ. He goes on to detail His visitation from the wise men, circumcision, and purification keeping the law of Moses, and then his presentation to the temple. Mary and Joseph marveled at the word that was spoken over him they completed all that was lawfully required of them. Mary and Joseph then packed up the family to return home.

During the time of the Passover Feast around the time that Jesus was 12 years old, the family went to Jerusalem as was their custom. First, we must understand the significance of Jesus’ age and time. For the Jewish culture, 12 is the age that young boys come into their adulthood. At this age, Jewish boys are known as “a son of the law” and put under a course of instruction where they are trained in the things of service in the temple as well as learn a trade.

The family again packed up to return home after the feast and Jesus lingered behind and stayed and instead found himself in the temple, sitting amid the teachers where he both listened and asked questions. Who are you surrounding yourself with? (We’ll get to that tomorrow). But Jesus found himself amongst the rabbis, Jewish scholars, or teachers, especially one who studies or teaches Jewish law. This was his first time in the temple as a pupil sitting and asking questions and answering among the elect and they were amazed as is pointed out in the scripture below

46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was [m]subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2: 46-52

What are you projecting and portraying? Have you increased in the wisdom of God and allowed him to pour into you so that others hear and see you and are amazed at God within you? You can, just pray this prayer with us today.

Prayer

Lord, I seek You for my life, allow me to increase in wisdom and stature and favor with You. I avail myself to you to do what you instruct me to, how you lead me, and when. Teach me to be diligent in the word and prayer to hear from you and move how and when you instruct me to. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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Wisdom Comes from God…

Welcome to day 12! Today we take another look at what it is to be wise or have wisdom. It has been said that “A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it.” The first and most important thing we need to know about wisdom is that wisdom comes from God. Without God’s guidance for application of what we know and the leading of the Holy Spirit as to when and with whom, you just know a lot. 

Let’s look again at the book of James to shed some light on this topic. Today’s reading comes from James 3”13-18.

13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:13-18

Here he discusses the difference between true wisdom and false. James is not speaking of the amount of knowledge man has, but his ability to live his life from day to day and properly apply the knowledge that he has attained, which is what truly counts.

Learning and growing as followers of Jesus is what will transform our old self into the redeemed person God is calling us to become.

Growing in wisdom with God won’t always make sense to people around us. But, as we gain insight from God, we can put it into practice and influence those around us. In this passage, we see that the writer points out several truths that are expressed when we walk in wisdom and ultimately that we prove wisdom by how we live our lives.

Take a few minutes and examine the text above. What sticks out to you? Then reflect on your own life, does it model what you read?

Prayer

Lord help me build my character to be in alignment with the flow of wisdom. Help me to live an honorable life, do good works, be humble. Guard my heart against jealousy and selfish ambition but let my desire be your desire for my life. Let my calling card be the truth of your word. In Your son Jesus name, AMEN!

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What is wisdom…

What is wisdom? Too often people confuse knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge according to Websters is facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education, the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Possessing the knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action. We can have all the knowledge in the world stored in our brains, but if we don’t know how to apply it and move that information to action, we don’t have wisdom. 

Well, what is wisdom anyway? Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. That’s the “natural” everyday wisdom.  But if we don’t know how to apply it and move that information to action, we don’t have wisdom. The wisdom we are trying to attain is Wisdom for Life. The wisdom to make not just good but godly decisions when we have choices. This type of wisdom ultimately and only can come from knowing Jesus Christ and following His ways. When He alone is our foundation, we can walk in freedom, victory, and hope. The book of James has been called the New Testament Proverbs due to the admonitions and exhortations written throughout this letter and displayed at the onset of the book in the scripture below.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

James lets us know that we don’t have to lean to our wisdom, which honestly is lacking, in this case, because when we are faced with issues or situations that we don’t understand and lack the Spiritual insight, we should to God in our ignorance and we will be rewarded with what we need. God loves when we avail ourselves and our teachable. Guess what, He already knows what we lack so we can be honest with Him. Pray this prayer with us today.

Prayer

God your word says If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God so I am asking you for wisdom. Lord open my ears to the Holy Spirit to be sensitive to know when to say or not to say a thing, what applies to a situation, and who to trust with information and decisions. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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God is for us…

Welcome to Day 10 of the Relentless 2022 Fast. If God is for us, then who can be against us? God has designed His favor in such a way that it 1. follows us but 2. comes with friends. Like the story that is depicted in Psalm 23, the imagery here is that there is no separation between us and God. By way of his redeeming grace at the place of resurrection and for our salvation when we become one with God HE is! Because He is, we shall not want. There is not a need that we have that our good shepherd shall not provide for us.

1 The Lord is my shepherd.

I shall not [a]want.

2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures;

He leads me beside the [c]still waters.

3 He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will [d]dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever. Psalm 23

You see sheep are not the smartest animals, therefore they have a large dependency on the shepherd to protect them from predators and to lead them on the path of where they are to go. Now, don’t be deceived, they are not timid, mindless animals. Sheep are stubborn, often hard-headed, and stinky, dirty animals, remind you of anyone? It’s not until we as sheep draw close to the shepherd that we begin to recognize His voice and respond to His commands, and He can lead and direct us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. In what other ways do you see God’s favor in today’s text?

Prayer

Lord, I thank you that I lie down in places that you have prepared for me, and you restore me, replenish me, lead me and guide me. I thank you that despite the things or people that try to come against me that You are with me and because of that I have everything that I need. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!

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After obedience faith follows…

Welcome back it’s Day 9! After obedience faith follows. Many have heard the saying that favor isn’t fair, and this is true. There is not a method or a recipe to prescribe to a certain level of favor, but we do know that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. We must consume a diet of the Word on a regular basis, to renew our faith and remind us of all that God has promised. We must become fully involved in the Word of God and render our undivided attention to what God has outlined for us in His word.

The word of God is the greatest tool that we have as a believer. It reveals His promises and blessings and contains everything we need to live our life as a Christ follower to the fullest. In the book of John one of the Gospels that tells of the good news of Jesus Christ, who He is and details His fulfillment of purpose here on Earth, in chapter 15 of this book Jesus presents Himself as the true vine. In the Old Testament Israel was first depicted as a vine (Psalm 80, Isaiah 5) that was planted by Jehovah, but the nation proved to be untruthful, much like many of us have been throughout the years. So here, in this text we see that Jesus is the true vine and are instructed to abide in Him in faith.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:5-8

It is simple, here God instructs us to abide in Him. It takes faith just the size of a mustard seed in God to see His favor come to fruition in our lives. How can we abide in Him? Through the meditation of His word, prayer, making time for Him, worship, fellowship with other believers – all for the purpose of growing in a relationship with Him. He loves us, and His desire is that we have His best. His favor is manifested when we live in obedience and faith in Him. We will bear much fruit and be His disciples.

Will you make time for the Lord today? Will you allow Him access to you, so he can cause you to be full of faith, bearing fruit, and glorifying to God? Pray this prayer with us today.

Prayer

Father, to abide in you is to grow and mature spiritually. Nurture my spirit and soul with your word. Help me to enjoy fellowshipping with The Spirit, to pray constantly, live a lifestyle of praise and worship as I abide in your presence. There are moments of pruning that comes with vines and help me to accept your love and training as I grow and mature in You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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How do we engage in the favor of God…?

Welcome to Day 8 of the Relentless 2022 Fast! How do we engage in the favor of God? Could it be obedience? That we comply and submit our will to that which God has ordained and outlined in His word that we open the door for His favor to come in? A familiar passage of Old Testament scripture Deuteronomy 28 is a pronouncement of the blessings of God that will befall His people as a result of obedience. I’m sure you’re thinking, wait a minute, didn’t you say yesterday that the favor can’t be earned? That is true that it cannot. There is no degree of good that we can do or tasks that could be completed, again that’s why Christ had to die for us. However, now that we are a part of the family of Christ, we do have responsibilities to uphold, and it is our obedience that permits us to experience the continued favor of God.

Read Deuteronomy 28: 1-9

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the country. 4 “Blessed shall be the [a]fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you 9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways

God favors us with the nearness of His presence when we spend intimate moments with Him the more that we pattern our life in patterns of prayer and study of the word. Another way is through His tangible gifts to us like healing, impartation of the Holy Spirit through evidence of speaking in tongues, natural prosperity such as finances and gifts and long life.

Prayer

Lord, I thank you for your presence in my life that you want what’s best for me, and you outline in your word the type of life that I can have when I submit my will to your way. I thank you Lord, that this year you’ll deal bountifully with me. Thank you for establishing me and blessing my life in ways I can’t imagine. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!

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Favor’s Link to Grace…

Welcome to Day 7 of the Relentless 2022 Fast. Favor has been linked to grace. Grace is also known as God’s unmerited or undeserved, unearned kindness.

The favor of God is evidence that God exists, it sets us apart when we can attain or acquire things we have not earned and do not deserve. The essence of God’s grace or favor toward us can be summed up in Christ’s death of the cross He paid a debt He did not owe for sins that we committed and still there are many who have not and will not accept the free gift of eternal love.

Grace is a gift. That’s received when we open our hearts/minds to God in faith through Jesus Christ. It cannot be purchased or earned. If it could then we would boast and brag about our achievements.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

God saved us by His grace and now we have been raised to heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Not as a product of anything that we could have ever accomplished or attained but by the special provision only granted by God’s favor bestowed on us. It is his grace not our faithfulness that we are saved, that we have been blessed and that allows us to continue by means of our faith in Him.

Prayer

Gracious and loving God, I thank You for Jesus. I thank you for salvation and that you see me for who I am, where I am, and you still love me. I thank you that your grace has saved my life.  I receive the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living, in the name of Jesus. AMEN!

Week 1 – Reflections:

As this first week of the Relentless 2022 Fast is coming to a close, let’s reflect on the time that has been spent with God in prayer and consecration. What has God been showing or revealing to you in prayer? What insight is He giving you about your health and His favor on your life?

 

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What is the favor of God…?

Hello, it’s Day 6 of the Relentless 2022 Fast! We are happy that you are on this journey with us and pray thus far you are experiencing something new and unique in the time that you’ve set aside for God. The last five days we have been focusing on our health physically and spiritually and as we turn the first corner in our fast it is our duty to seek God’s Favor for our lives.

What is God’s favor? We hear it in sermons all the time, it is mentioned in Worship songs, and we have all probably said at least a time or two, but what is it?

The word favor is defined as an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual. The favor of God cannot be earned it’s a sovereign decision of God. He is a loving God and looks down and decides to bless us with His favor. At its essence favor is an extension of who God is, love and given to us from the goodness of who He is in our lives.

3 Let us honor and thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has already given us a taste of what heaven is like. 4 Even before the world was made, God chose us for Himself because of His love. He planned that we should be holy and without blame as He sees us. 5 God already planned to have us as His own children. This was done by Jesus Christ. In His plan God wanted this done. 6 We thank God for His loving-favor to us. He gave this loving-favor to us through His much-loved Son. Ephesians 1:3-6 NLV

We thank God that in His plan and design for us He made us blessed. Nothing that we could achieve for ourselves, but He designed us this way. It is/was His plan for us. We must then decide that we will accept the gift. He chose us, then laid out a plan for us and it’s our responsibility to walk in it by growing and maturing in the things of God.

Prayer

God, I thank you for Your favor that’s unlike anything the eye has ever seen. There is nothing greater than your loving favor, I don’t deserve but You loved me enough to send Your son to die for me on the cross. Let me live my life like I know that Your favor rests on my life in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Get your weight up…

Hello and welcome to Day 5! The success rate of the millions of people each year who make resolutions for their health wanes after just a few weeks into the year. By week three more than 75% of people who made new year’s resolutions have given up. They had great intentions but no follow through. We don’t want this for you this year. As the saying goes failure to plan is a plan to fail. We have ZERO plans of failing!

In regard to our physical health, strength training involves physical exercises to improve strength, balance and your endurance. Often associated with weights but also includes techniques for calisthenics (for large muscle groups, pulling, bending, jumping), isometrics (planks, very little movement or change), and plyometrics (maximum force activities). By planning the types of exercises and which muscles you will be training each day, you are able to have a tangible picture of how you will be able to improve over time. As it is in the natural it is also in the Spirit.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;

My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;

Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,

And with my song I will praise Him.

8 The Lord is [b]their strength,

And He is the saving refuge of His [c]anointed.

9 Save Your people,

And bless Your inheritance;

Shepherd them also,

And bear them up forever.

Psalms 28:7-9

So, let’s plan our spiritual strength training to rely on God this year.  Plan to pray but not just pray but set aside to sit and listen and hear what the Spirit of the Lord has to say to you. Plan to get lost in God’s word, schedule time to study to show yourself approved so that you can rightly divide the word. Plan to spend time in worship exalting the name of our Everlasting Father. Plan time to read books that open your understanding, attend church and conferences to grow and develop. 

When we plan on God we will be strengthened. it is not in our might, or strength but in God’s. What’s your spiritual strength plan looking like? What steps are you taking to get fit in the Spirit?

Prayer

God give me strategy and a plan for the direction that you desire for my life. Speak to me and show me what I need to do to get in the place that you desire for me to be in 2022. I thank You for the direction that You are taking me Lord, AMEN!

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Be in good health…

Welcome to Day 4 of the Relentless 2022 Fast. When we focus more on the things of the world than the things of God, we find ourselves in a state of malnourishment. Where we have no Spiritual fitness and are often tired and weary from combatting the wiles of the devil and end up living a life outlined in defeat. But that is not the will or desire of God for our lives.  He desires that we not only be in good health physically but that souls prosper as well according to 3 John 1:2.

2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

This is not referring to financial prosperity, which I am sure that we all would appreciate, but that you may grow Spiritually in the things of God. Which we know has a far greater payoff than money ever could. There are a lot of Christians today who are sick Spiritually. What physical health is to the body, holiness is to the life of the believer.

The Hebrew word for “Holiness” is qodes, a word that highlights the realm of the sacred in contrast to everything common and profane. The adjective qados, “holy” refers to God and what belongs to him. We become holy when we belong to God, set apart for use. It’s in times like these when we are fasting and praying and renewing ourselves in God that we strengthen our Spiritual muscles to hear from God and receive our next steps.

Prayer

Father I believe your word over my life you said that your desire is for me to prosper in all things and be in health as my soul prospers, so my prayer is that you perform your word and bring it to pass in my life, in your son Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Welcome back; it’s Day 3!  Yesterday we talked about physical health. So many people take their health (physical, mental, and spiritual) for granted until it is lost. Perhaps we place too much focus in one area and not in another, believing that one outweighs the others in the grand scheme of things, but oh contrary. Our total health and healing as Christians are essential to our ability to operate in what God has called us to.   
 
Health is a part of the blessings of God for our life, but it requires participation from us. Stewarding your body won’t prevent all things from happening but practicing the disciplines of good health such as exercising, getting the recommended hours of sleep, drinking water, limiting sugar, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables allows you physically to be in a better state to combat certain illnesses and bounce back more easily from things like the common cold or a broken bone.  
 
An additional component to our health is what we consume mentally/emotionally. We are instructed to meditate on the word of God daily and surround ourselves with the things that please God and are pleasant. However, that is not always the case. We come in contact with so many influences from the shows we watch on television, to the music we listen to, to the people who speak in our lives daily. What are you consuming? 

In Proverbs, Solomon is being admonished to trust in the Lord with all of his heart and not to lean to his own understanding. Then is instructed with the following, that when we rely on God, not ourselves, and leave evil, then our obedience in this area brings actual health to our bodies.  
 
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh, In 
And strength to your bones. 
Proverbs 3:7-8
 
Turn it off, walk away, hang up the phone and protect your peace and your health. You are what you consume. 

Prayer

God, I thank you for my health, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. I thank you that every day you are strengthening me as I read your word and connect with you in prayer. Lead me, guide me in your truth, Amen.

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Your Body is a Temple…

Welcome to Day 2 of the Relentless 2022 Fast! Your body is a temple, that’s right,

New year, new You! We hear this, every year around this time of when people are discussing their New Year’s Resolutions and their number one goal is usually, to get in shape, eat right and to be healthier. This may look like signing up for a gym membership, joining a weight loss challenge at work, buying a new cookbook, or installing exercise equipment at your home. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a desire to be in a better state than you may have been at the end of the previous year with all the gatherings with family, delicious food and cold weather that accompanies the holidays, that may have done the opposite of motivating you to be healthy.

Good health is essential to fulfilling your God-given purpose on earth! We absolutely must take care of our physical bodies so that we are equipped to do what God desires to do through us in ministry. The significance of our physical bodies is outlined by Paul for us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 -20

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Here, he points out that our bodies are the temple that houses God’s Holy Spirit. What we do and don’t do in/with our bodies matters. So go ahead and sign up for that gym membership (Relentless Life Center is accepting new members :)), perhaps you should cut back on sweets and have them once a week instead of everyday, and by all means drink some water! Get it right and keep it tight we have work to do for the Kingdom.

Prayer

Lord, I thank You that I have a healthy a body. Your word says that my body is your temple so teach me how to best manage the place that brings you glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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What is fasting…

Welcome to Day 1 of the Relentless 2022 Fast. Today, we will lay some foundations for the next 21 days. If you haven’t already be sure to check out our complete Fasting Guide it contains a wealth of information that will be helpful to you for the duration of the fast. Each day you will receive a devotional where we provide some insight to the topic for the day but as a part of this fast, we want to encourage you to spend time in the scripture using the S.O.A.P. Study Method also outlined in the Fasting Guide to hear from God for yourself. Let us not delay and further and jump into today’s devotional.

What is fasting? Simplistically, fasting means refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. The discipline of fasting releases the Holy Spirit, the favor, and the gifts of God in the lives of Believers. Fasting brings us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. Fasting is NOT a diet plan. There are degrees of the revelation of the Lord, and some levels cannot be attained when we are casual and disengaged. We must have a desire to know God in a more personal and intimate way and take the necessary steps to break out of our routine and seek God in prayer, hear Him in our fasting and glorify Him through our worship as He deserves. When we do this, we unlock the door to a new understanding, and God will meet us in the place that we have prepared for Him. Fasting is not about the outward appearance, but what God will do inside of us when we put Him first and make Him the focus of what we are doing, not about what others can or will see.

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you; they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” 
Matthew 6:16-18

Don’t worry, everyone’s fast may look different—some will fast for a set period of time (6 AM to 6 PM), others from certain types of food (sweets, bread, etc.), programming, social media, or activities. No matter what or how you choose to fast, fasting is more than just abstaining. It is about replacing our comforts with spending time pursuing God in prayer and the Word in the place of the things you choose to refrain from.

Fasting is not about us getting what we can get from God, but what we offer to Him in the form of our worship and expressions of gratitude and love towards Him.  In this fast, we are focusing on what’s known as the “Daniel Fast,” we have prepared a Fasting Guide that outlines all the components of this fast. You can click the button below “Fasting Guide” and download that information or visit the church website. 

My Commitment to God for the Relentless 2022 Fast

Take some time and answer the follow questions.

I commit to fast from _______________ to _______________. (dates)

Why am I doing this or what are my motives?

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What are the needs that I am desiring?

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Am I prepared to attend to God, to minister to Him and exalt his name during this time?

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We have purposed as a church to focus on four major areas during this time to hear from God 1. concerning our health, 2. to seek God’s favor, 3. to seek His purpose and direction for our lives, and 4. to gain wisdom for life. We are glad that you have decided to join us on this journey for the next 21 days and can’t wait to hear all that God will do in your life.

Prayer

God on this first day of the fast we first say Thank You! Thank you for being a good, good Father, You’ve done more than I deserve and for that I’m grateful. Forgive me for my sins the ones that I have committed and those things You told me to do but I just didn’t listen. Help me to focus my mind and heart and turn towards You. Move anything and anyone that would try to get in the way of what You desire to do in me during this time of fasting. I avail myself to You. Speak to my heart Lord, take control of mind, block out the distractions and let this time be a time of growth in my relationship with You, I pray that you guide me concerning my health, Your favor my life, the purpose and direction that You have for me and that I may gain insight regarding Godly wisdom for my life. I love You and Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.