Fasting? Seriously? I’ll take a big mac, thanks.
Fasting has gone out of the window these days for most. But it shouldn’t have.
When Jesus was questioned about fasting he replied, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. “No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment: for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. “Nor do they put new wine into old wine-skins, or else the wine-skins break, the wine is spilled, and the wine-skins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wine-skins, and both are preserved”.Matt 9:15-17
Real growth in kingdom righteousness is like when new wine is put in fresh wine-skins. We are one month away from starting a new year in our Infantil Tary Kids Program and it is the heart’s desire of Alex and I that as directors of this kingdom work we are refreshed, washed and ready to break path in the lives of the kids who God entrusts to us.
The fear of the Lord is something that has gone out of the window for many people as well, but shouldn’t have. The author of the book of Hebrews speaks of it being a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. This is the verse the Lord showed me a few days ago when speaking to me about being prepared for this years ministry. It is found in Malachi 3:2-4,
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
Alex and I are on day 4 of a 7 day fast that we have committed to the Lord. When I was a child my mom used to wash my mouth out with soap when I said a bad word. Although I may not need my mouth washed out with soap anymore (although my words still do get a little colorful when I fight with my husband, and I need His help with that) I do need His cleansing and refining in my life.
We strive that the testimony of our lives and the work we do here in Nicaragua are pure and without blemish as we stand before the world as His light. I wrote this blog to invite any one of you who have been or still are a part of this journey with us to please join in fasting this week, Thursday/Friday or Saturday, if you are able, that we may receive new wine in our wine-skins this coming year and that we may be made complete in His righteousness, ready and able to do His will. We are all in this together!