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Daniel Fast – Day 14, Sat.

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 21, 2009 by mikekeaton

Day 14 – John chapter 14

 

At Peace

 

“At Peace”, does this describe you?  When you’re at peace, there is a sense of stillness. You are hushed, quiet, and at ease. Wholeness and complete surrender reign. Have you discovered this peace

yet during your time of prayer and fasting?

 

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV)

 

I like the way the NLT translates this verse….”I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart…” peace of mind and heart, sounds good doesn’t it?  Just the opposite is more often the case.  It can be easy to worry with challenging economic times, international conflict and war, sickness, relational and personal dysfunction or difficulty, how can you not be concerned?

 

But Jesus promises His gift of peace. He clarifies with his disciples and us that this is “not” the same gift offered by the world – temporal, external, fleeting, conditional.  This is peace that is eternal, steadfast, deep, and pure. It’s also a peace that is powerful enough to calm the most of troubled hearts.

 

What is concerning you today? Is there a burden you have yet to release to God during this period of fasting? The fast is amost over, only a week left.  Surrender the concern or fear to God and receive His gift of peace today.

Dainiel Fast, Day 13 (a day late, sorry)

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 21, 2009 by mikekeaton

I apologize for not getting this post up yesterday.  The day got away from me, my bad.  Thanks for coming here and looking for it, though.  I thought to just skip it and move on, but then we would jump from 12 to 14, and to a type A, it just doesn’t work, anyway, here it is, I hope you are encouraged, by it.  Hang in there with the fast, in fact, purpose to finish the fast strong this week.  I am praying for you!!

 

Day 13 – John chapter 13

 

“Do you understand what I have done for you?” John 13:12 (NIV)

 

This particular day, Jesus didn’t speak in a parable, but he chose to powerfully illustrate serving by washing the feet of His disciples. And to ensure they “got it,” he checked for understanding.

 

No doubt about it, Jesus needed His disciples to understand the principle of serving one another and this extends to us who follow Him today. This is a very powerful truth for us today, because we live in a very “self”-indulgent society.  But not only does he call us to lives of service, he wants us to know that this is indeed the path to spiritual and supernatural blessing. He said – “you will be blessed if you do them.” Understand though that we don’t serve just to be blessed – that would contradict the very essence of what it means to truly serve others.  Consider verse 3 again, Jesus knew who He was, and how much authority and power was given to Him.  He did not have to pretend to be someone He wasn’t, He was Almighty, All-powerful God.  Yet, He laid that “right” and privilege to be “self”-indulgent, to get up and put on the apron of service.  He was such a great example of the true motive for serving others.

 

Somehow, in some spiritual and supernatural way, God has made it so that as we serve, He pours back into us through His generous hand of blessing. As you seek God in prayer today, ask Him to show you how you can overcome serving yourself, and grow in serving your family, your neighbors, your church, and ultimately your world.

Daniel Fast – Day 12 – Thursday

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 19, 2009 by mikekeaton

Day 12 – John chapter 12

 

A Fragrant Home

 

“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:3 (NIV)

 

Mary’s generous offering and act of worship has been written about, preached about, and sung about. It symbolized the anointment of Jesus’ body for burial. She lavished this expensive perfume on the feet of the one she loved deeply and offered us a beautiful picture of worship.

 

As I write this, I am listening to Eddie Kirkland’s song that we will sing this Sunday, “How He Loves”.  This song has to be one of my current favorites.  I get overwhelmed thinking about how much He loves me.  Today as we worship, (not just on Sunday, right?) we too can lavish our pure and unbridled affection – not on one who will be buried, but on our resurrected Lord. The one who paid the price for our sin and deserves our complete devotion. Oh, how He loves us!!!!!

 

Did you notice, the overwhelming impact of her act of worship – the Bible tells us that the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. As we worship Him with our words, our actions, our lifestyles, and our “eating” it also changes the atmosphere of “our house”, “our household”, His Temple, His Sanctuary.

 

May our worship of Jesus Christ today, whether in song, in words, in prayer or in the way we live, or the way we eat, impact our homes with the fragrance of a life changed by the one we worship. Talk about overwhelming impact? !

Daniel Fast- day 11-Wed.

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 19, 2009 by mikekeaton

Day 11 –  John chapter 11

Even Now

 

“But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:22 (NIV)

 

As people, who like to be in control, we prefer things to be done on our time schedule and the way we want them done. If they don’t happen when or how we want them to, we tend to get frustrated, stressed, impatient, or at worst, we simply give up.

 

In John 11:17-27, Martha believed that God could do whatever Jesus asked of Him, but it wasn’t on her timetable, how or when she expected it to happen. Martha didn’t know that Jesus would raise her brother, Lazarus, from the dead after he had been in the tomb for four days. Yet, she still believed that Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of God…” (John 11:27). She did not question Jesus’ ability, but she put limits on what she believed, He was able to do.

 

Jesus could have prevented Lazarus from dying, but He waited for a greater purpose; so many others would believe He was the Son of God. Sometimes, most times, God’s plans involve many others, besides ourselves.  We, however, don’t see the others, because most times, all we can see is our agenda.

 

God is always in control and He always answers our prayers; it just might not be the answer we want or in the time frame we would like. But God’s plan is better than our own plan. Is your faith in your own agenda or in God’s? We are about at the halfway point of our 21 day fast.  Now, could be a time for you to be focused on your agenda and timetable, but wait on God.  He is up to something really big.  Be challenged to believe that God knows what is best for us and that He has perfect timing. God can do the impossible-even now.

Daniel Fast – no post until Wed PM

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 16, 2009 by mikekeaton

hey “fasters”,

i will be out of touch for a few days, so, our next devo post will not be until late wed PM, sorry about that, but i hope you understand.  talk to you soon, please know i am praying for ya!!

Mike

Daniel Fast – Day 9-Monday, Feb. 16th

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 16, 2009 by mikekeaton

Day 9 –John chapter 9

 

Clarity

 

“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.” John 9:7 (NIV)

 

Right after Jesus announced that He was the light of the world, the Scriptures tell us of a man who was healed from his blindness in a strange yet spectacular way.  Jesus brought light to a man whose view was covered in darkness. He brought sight and clarity to one who could not see clearly on his own.  Do you ever feel like you are in the dark and can’t find your way?  Not sure what to do?  Which way to go?  What step to take next?

 

Don’t get lost in the clay and spittle; Jesus’ “process” may not always make sense, but it does produce what we all truly desire, and ultimately want – – Light where there is darkness, clarity when options clutter our view, and confidence to move forward in faith!  Remember, His ways are not our ways, and often His timing is not our timeline either.

 

Today, this same Jesus can bring clarity to your life and mine in a profound way as we seek after Him in prayer and fasting. You and I don’t know what lies ahead in 2009, or even next month. Yet we can have confidence that as we invite Jesus to lead us forward, let Him lead us, He will bring the clarity and vision that is only possible with Him and through Him.

Daniel Fast – Day 7 & 8

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 16, 2009 by mikekeaton

i apologize for not getting a post up yesterday or today, but the out of town trip(given to us by our church) messed that up (which was amazing by the way, thanks to all who helped with that, we were blown away by the kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity and of course, love). Well,  i followed the commands of everyone and disconnected, so i did not take my laptop.  i am sorry if you visited the blog only to be disappointed, but i pray for your understanding….i do want to make a simple devotional thought though about today’s reading from ….

John 8

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” -John 8:44-NIV

If you have not already, you will be tempted to think you “NEED” food, meat, sugar, or whatever it is you are fasting from.  the simple truth is this, no you dont!  Don’t listen to the “father of lies”.  He will lie to you and make you think you “need” whatever the item is that God has placed on your heart to fast from.

What we need is a closer walk with Jesus!  As we enter week 2 of our 3 week fast, rejoice in the Lord for the journey you have been on so far, for what He has revealed to you, for your endurance in Him, and as Isaiah says, “set your face like flint”, decide to persevere, stay focused on growing closer in your personal relationship with Jesus.

If you have “caved”, so to speak, and given in to a craving, don’t listen to the enemy who would tell you that you cannot go on, or, “i might as well give up”, don’t settle for “at least i made it one week”, don’t listen to the “father of lies”, his character only lets him do one thing…lie!  Focus on the truth…you can make it another day and even another week, remember what else Jesus said….

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32-NIV

Daniel Fast – Day 6

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 13, 2009 by mikekeaton

Day 6 – to accompany our daily Bible reading from John chapter 6

 

Bread of life

 

It’s easy to understand how the disciples might have been concerned – a massive crowd following Jesus needed to be fed and their only supply of food was a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. Maybe a select few would actually be able to eat. Jesus saw the multitude approaching him and tested Philip with a question:

 

“He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?’” John 6:5 (NKJ)

 

Jesus was not as concerned with the how of securing the bread, but was more focused on the where. Meanwhile, Philip and another disciple, Andrew, seemed more concerned with other things and replied to Jesus with all the reasons why the existing supply of food was insufficient and the problem seemed large and overwhelming.

 

“But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” John 6:27 NIV

 

Oftentimes, we find ourselves in a difficult or devastating situation and ask God how to escape. We can get lost in asking God why, wishing to be rescue, or offering our own resolution. We may provide more reasons of why certain solutions won’t work and overanalyze the process. Or we may simply resign and give up.

 

But God wants to test us – often by questioning not the how, but the where – in this case and more specifically, the Who – the solution will come from, God Himself, through Christ!  We see that Jesus was able to feed over five thousand that day and still had leftovers. He is quite capable of taking care of your specific situation.  Is God testing you during the fast? As you pray for relationships, finances, or work, shift your focus from the solution you think is needed, to who can supply the best solution for your life. Think not of the how, but the Who, Jesus, the Bread of Life.  He really is your best option!

 

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”  John 6:35 -NIV

Daniel Fast -day 5

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 12, 2009 by mikekeaton

After several days of fasting, you might be getting weak and tired, wanting food and constantly craving, I want to encourage you to persevere.  It’s time like these that spiritual breakthrough occurs.  The Lord will sustain you.  I am praying for you and so are many others.  The stories are coming in of how God is working and it is very encouraging to hear how God is moving in all of our lives and the first week is not even complete yet.  God is working, so be encouraged.

 

Day 5 –John chapter 5

 

Do You Want to Get Well?

 

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:6 (NIV)

 

How often we become consumed with the urgent. When things go suddenly wrong, they tend to draw us quickly to the place of prayer. For this man lying by the pool of Bethesda, his wasn’t a recent condition that plagued his life, but it was a condition he struggled with for a long time, 38 years long!

 

Jesus showed us that he is not limited to intervene in seemingly difficult situations that suddenly come our way, but his healing and compassion also extend to long time conditions. Even those we may have given up praying about, like maybe a friend or family member to be saved. Perhaps there are friends or family members in your life struggling with long-term issues, like illness, or disease.  Maybe there’s a problem that you have given up on, thinking you will never experience relief, like mistreatment from others, or an unloving spouse. Jesus’ act of compassion on this ‘single’ man, out of all those who were there waiting for the waters to stir, reminds us that God cares for us and for our issue and we can seek Him for an answer.

 

In this season of prayer and fasting, remember that nothing is beyond His reach, love, care, and His compassion.  So, Jesus asks you the same question.  Do you want to get well?

Daniel Fast – Day 4

Posted in 21 Day Fast on February 11, 2009 by mikekeaton

Day 4 –John chapter 4

 

Leaving your Waterpot

 

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”  John 4:31 (NIV)

 

Don’t you hate it when people say things to you and you don’t really know what they mean?  Then, you just look at them wondering what to say, but you don’t know what to say because you are not even sure how to take them or what they said.  I imagine the disciples felt this way when Jesus said…

 

But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”  – John 4:32 (NIV)

 

Jesus is the master teacher and He was very effective the way He taught His disciples, even though they, like you and me, often missed it.  I find great encouragement from the disciples, don’t you?  I know I miss it a lot as well.  I believe the reasons are because I am often just too focused on the here and now, and that is even more true when it comes to food.  Do you experience the same?  When it comes to eating are you more focused on satisfying your temporary cravings than you are considering the effects the food might have on your body and how that can impact eternity?

 

What if you “craved” seeing people get saved as much as you craved eating?  Many people are “starving” for someone to love them enough to put their own appetites aside and lead them to the ever flowing fountain of God’s love that fills, sustains, and overflows with life, life eternal!

 

The Samaritan woman left “her waterpot” at the well to go tell others, because she now had the living water within her and was satisfied!  .Who’s salvation, do you need to focus your fasting and praying on today?

 

“…Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (NLT)