Pastor Alex’s Call to FOL Leadership and Body to Fast!
No Fear: Learning to maintain confident joy in Jesus when our entire world seems to be spinning out of control.
Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
Welcome to OctoberFAST 2017! You are in for a Spiritual Treat!
Many things vie for our attention each day. We are continuously inundated with personal matters, professional aspirations, family crises, financial limitations, and health. Feeling overwhelmed often causes us to choose things that help us detach from the pressures of reality so as to offer our souls a small break. There is nothing wrong with a much-needed reprieve. However, it may become problematic if the reprieve preoccupies our minds in a way that drowns out the small still voice of the Holy Spirit—who also, by the way, desires our undivided attention. Fasting is a time-tested discipline for quieting the heart and feeding the soul. It is a spiritual discipline used by God to “settle” our hearts by calling us away from the popular “respite centers” of overeating, web-surfing, texting, channel-surfing, shopping, business, drinking excessively, and socializing. This call to fast is a call to disconnect from mind-numbing activities in order to quiet our hearts and hear from God Almighty. Imagine God Almighty longing to say something to you that will change the course of your destiny! Remember, God is not willing to compete with others for our attention. This is why Jesus constantly stated, “If you have ears…listen up!” The focus of this year fast is “No Fear!” Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty seem to be at an all-time high in people around me. Christ wants His family to exude joy before our chaotic world through our faith, unity, character, and confidence in God’s world. We are fasting this October to overcome the fears that limit us from enjoying the life that Jesus died to offer us.
My Hopes for this fast:
- That we will fight fervently for quiet time alone with God to really hear.
- That God will overwhelm you with joy!
- That we will become more effective witnesses of Christ through our joy.
Grateful for Joy in Jesus,
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