Seek Him

Seek Him In Fasting

SEEK HIM IN FASTING - Various Passages

Fasting: Abstaining from food (or something else) for measured periods of time to increase my hunger for the things of God.

  1. We are all hungry for food (Matthew 4:1-4).
  2. Our appetite for food distracts us from God's will and work (John 4:1-8).
  3. We need to fast from food (or other things) in order to align our hearts with God's will and work (John 4:31-35).

By fasting we express our hunger and thirst for Jesus:

  •  to reign in our hearts and lives
  •  to revive our church, city and country
  •  to return to earth in glory

Practical Help:

Kinds of fasts:

  • Soul fast: refocus a specific area of your life - break into healthy balance
  • Selective fast: remove certain elements from your diet - no meat, no sugar
  • Partial fast: no food during specific times - 6am-3pm, sun up-sun down
  • Complete fast: no foods, only liquids - water or light juices

Keys to fasting:

  1. Have a purpose - reason to fast
  2. Make a commitment - choose kind of fast and set a time table
  3. Prepare myself physically and spiritually - gradually take food away, confess, filling, faith
  4. End your fast gradually - need to reawaken your digestive tract
  5. Do it regularly - make it a spiritual discipline

Doctrine

DOCTRINE: The Future

DOCTRINE: The Future

We are blessed to know the truth about the future.

1. Everyone will see Jesus

2a. Believers will reign with Jesus

2b. Unbelievers will experience judgement

3a. Unbelievers will exist in hell

3b. Believers will live forever in heaven

4. I will endure to the end

5. I am ready for the future

  • Matthew 24
  • Mark 13
  • Luke 21
  • Revelation
  • Romans 8:18-25
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:6
  • 2 Thessalonians 1 & 2
  • 2 Peter 3

Doctrine

DOCTRINE: God Our Father

GOD OUR FATHER - Ephesians 1

We are blessed to know our Father

  1. God's written Word reveals who God is (v. 1-6, 17-23)
  • God is sovereign - follow Him
  • God is wise - seek Him
  • God is good - trust Him
  • God is holy - fear Him
  • God is love - worship Him

       2. God's written Word reveals God's plan for us (v. 7-10, 17-23)

  • Unity in the Church through Jesus

      3. God's written Word reveals God's gift to me (v. 11-14, 17-23)

  • Inheritance through faith in Jesus

Money

THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT MONEY - Wisdom On Giving

WISDOM ON GIVING - Luke 20:45-21:6 and Various Passages

  1. Where does God want me to give? Give consistently to where God is working in my life.(Luke 20:45-47, Malachi 3:10, 1 Timothy 5:17-18)
  2. How does God view my giving? Give freely from a generous heart.                                 (Luke 21:1-4, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, 15)
  3. When I give to my church, what should I expect? Give God the opportunity to work through me.                                                                                                                          (Luke 21:5-6)

Money

THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT MONEY - How Much Is Enough?

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Luke 18:18-30; 1 Timothy 6:2-19

  1. When I focus on having enough money it is harder to believe that Jesus is enough (Luke 18:18-30)
  2. When I focus on Jesus as enough it is easier to believe that I have everything I need (1 Timothy 6:2-19)

2 CHOICES:

I can choose to focus on money and want more.

I can choose to focus on Jesus and enjoy everything.

Money

THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT MONEY - I Want To Serve God Faithfully With Money

I WANT TO SERVE GOD FAITHFULLY WITH MONEY - Luke 16:1-15

  1. Managing God's Money Requires Accountability (v. 1-2)
  2. Investing God's Money Affects Eternity (v. 3-9)
  3. Faithfulness with God's Money Leads to Opportunity (v. 10-12)
  4. Choosing to Serve God with Money Brings Clarity (v. 13-15)

I will serve God faithfully with money.