21 Days of Fasting

What in the world is all this “stuff” about 40 days of Transformation and 21 Days of Fasting? Is it just a new program or some emphasis that will soon disappear like so many other things we do? I hope and pray that it isn’t. We, the members of First Baptist Church Tryonza, need to experience something old something that is life changing, we need to experience the overwhelming, glorious, change, transformation that comes with a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and day to day growth that comes by walking with Jesus.  We need to be transformed into lovers of God and a people who love on another.  We need to give up the self love we all suffer from and start to love one another as Jesus taught us too.  Sunday we begin our 21 Days of Fasting.  My prayer for you and myself is that this will be a life changing, church changing, community changing experience.  May the power of God’s Spirit guide us.

Published in: on March 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

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Published in: on March 14, 2009 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Wednesday Prayer Meeting

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It was a great evening of prayer. After writting down the special prayer needs on our hearts, we exchanged them with another person. Then we broke up into groups of 6 for prayer. The presence of the Holy Spirit as we prayed together was evident. After our group prayer, I shared the 21 breakthroughs/transformations for fasting and 14 ways that we could fast. We will start our fast March 22.

Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Temptation and Fasting

Jesus spent 40 days in the desert during his time of temptation. During that time he fasted. He went without food as he spent his energy on diserning the heavenly Fathers plan for his life. Fasting is giving up something important to us and using the time and energy it consumed to learn more of God’s plan for us. At the end of Jesus fasting he was tempted by Satan and resisted him.

Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stop Wavering

Not only does God demand that we “wake up”, but that we “stop wavering”. If we are to experience the transforming power of God’s Spirit upon our lives, there must be a point where we are willing to say, “I will stand with God, no matter what, where, when, or why! That’s the direction for Sunday’s sermon. We have allowed our faith to become so “wishy washy”, (a term my mom would use) that the people who are part of our lives don’t have a clue as to what we believe and who we serve. Tranformation will only come through God and in order for that to take place we must be awake and we must stand solidly (no wavering) for the things of God.

Published in: on March 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm  Comments (1)  

Today is day 2 of 40…..have you served your God today?

An awesome service last night. I though it was going to be a disaster at first. We were running late, having a difficult time getting the music together. Started with a song that was different than we were use too. But in all the confusion, God was working. His Spirit was present and moving in our midst. We were all challenged by the scripture to “wake up” from our apathetic life style that served no one. It will be interesting to see what happens Sunday as we are called on to set aside time to get alone with God.

Published in: on March 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm  Comments (1)  

It Starts Today!

Instances in the Bible where God made major changes
and transformations after the period of 40

It rained for 40 days and 40 nights when God wanted to cleanse the world and start over.
(Gen 7:12 KJV) And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Noah waited another 40 days after it rained before he opened a window in the Ark.
(Gen 8:6 KJV) And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days (TWICE)
(Exo 24:18 KJV) And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
(Exo 34:28-29 KJV) And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
(Deu 10:10 NIV) Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and nights, as I did the first time, and the LORD listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.

Moses’ face shone after the 40 days on the mountain.
(Exo 34:29 KJV) And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

It took the spies 40 days to search out the promised land and bring back fruit
(Num 13:25 KJV) And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, one year for each day they explored the Promised Land.
(Exo 16:35 KJV) And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
(Num 14:33-34 NIV) Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. {34} For forty years–one year for each of the forty days you explored the land-you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.

Goliath came for forty days before being killed by David
(1 Sam 17:16 NLT) For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philistine giant strutted in front of the Israelite army.

Elijah strengthened by one angelic meal went forty days to Mount Horeb where the Lord passed by and he heard the voice of God
(1 Ki 19:8 KJV) And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

Jonah warned the City of Nineveh they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city. The people repented in those 40 days and God spared the city.
(Jonah 3:4 and 10 KJV) And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness
(Mat 3:17 KJV) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
(Mat 4:1-2 KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {2} And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

Jesus was seen in the earth 40 days after His crucifixion
(Acts 1:3 NIV) After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Published in: on March 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

40 Days

Can you believe it. Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4 will be exacly 40 days from Easter. Great events were marked by 40 days in the Bible. When God had something special to communicate to His people he often used 40 Days of preparation. I’m excited about what God is going to do at First Baptist Church Tyronza over the next 40 days. We will experience; 40 days of preparation, 21 days of fasting, evenings spent on our knees in prayer and times of renewal.

Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Time?

It's latter than you think...

It's later than you think...

We always think there will be more time, or we have enough time. But the truth is that time is limited for all of us and that if we understood the truth of God’s word, time is running out. Stay tuned, alert, plugged in for the next 40 days. We are redeeming the times for Jesus!

Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  

“Its’ Time” to clothe ourself with Jesus

10Love never hurts a neighbor, so loving is obeying all the law. 11Do this because we live in an important time. It is now time for you to wake up from your sleep, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The “night” is almost finished, and the “day” is almost here. So we should stop doing things that belong to darkness and take up the weapons used for fighting in the light. 13Let us live in a right way, like people who belong to the day. We should not have wild parties or get drunk. There should be no sexual sins of any kind, no fighting or jealousy. 14But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and forget about satisfying your sinful self. Romans 13:10-14

Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 12:36 am  Comments (1)