Congrats! You did it! You spent 21 days in prayer and fasting. It is finished… or has it just started? My hope for all of us is that it has just started. Yes, the fast is over, but hopefully there has been real transformation in our lives that we can take into the new year.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
We are all works in progress until we see Jesus face to face. Let’s focus on taking one day at a time, one devotional at a time, and one prayer at a time. Let’s focus on one thing at a time that we want God to transform in our lives. Don’t try and transform everything; it will be too overwhelming, and nothing will change. Don’t forget that if you do fail, don’t give up!
Remember what Lamentations 3:22-23 says:
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
His mercies never fail. Every day, we have new and fresh mercies from God. One of the first thoughts we should have when we wake up is that God has given us a fresh start. What am I going to do with this day that the Lord has made for me?
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (MSG)
“Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”
This is the real goal for 2016: that we would become brighter and brighter and more spiritually beautiful on the inside as we become more like Jesus every day.
I want to thank everyone who took this journey with us. I love you all! We would love to see you tonight at our night of worship. It is a great way to close out our 21 day journey with Jesus.
Jesus, we thank you that we are able to draw close to you. We thank you for the transformation that you did within us over the last 21 days. God, we ask that this momentum you have given us would last. On days we mess up, God, we ask that we would be reminded that your mercies are new every morning and that we would never give up in becoming brighter and brighter for you. In Jesus name, Amen!