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Daniel Fast Day 13

Daniel Fast Day 13

Cultivating Spiritual Hunger

 

Devotional Verse: Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness and He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild bests; and the angels ministered to Him.  Mark 1:12-13

DEVOTION:  Jesus pulled away from the world to pray and fast.  he also pulled away from the demands of the crowds, His ministry and even His closest friends to pray.  WE need to pull away at times from more than just food.  Including television, movies, facebook, twitter, cell phones, and the internet. 

These are avenues for mental and spiritual crowds to gather around us and drown out the Holy Spirit’s voice. 

We nourish our souls as well as our bodies.  We do so through reading, talking, socializing playing and entertainment.  When our souls are full of those things, we often don’t hunger for God.  Jesus said that “being spiritually hungry is a blessed state, because there, we can be sure of being filled with the food that truly satisfies our deepest needs.”  Matt 5:6 

Andrew Murray said ” Fasting helps to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice ourselves, to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God…Prayer is reaching out after God and the unseen, fasting the letting go of all that is of the seen and temporal.” 

Verses Psalm 6-7

So I read these verses and am wondering “Where does the correlation occur in the devotion?”   Then I re-read Psalm 6: verse 8-10 “For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.  the Lord has heard my supplication;  the Lord will receive my prayer.  Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;  Let them turn back and be ashamed.” 

When we go to God he hears us.  (Isn’t that amazing?)  I know I say that a lot, but there aren’t adequate adjectives in the English language to describe our God. 

So in this time of fasting, when we separate ourselves from the world, and get by ourselves with God, and deeply desire to go deeper with Him, we cry out, and the Lord will “receive our prayers.”  Separate ourselves and get along and quiet with God. 

 I encourage you, as I am encouraging myself to get some time away from the world; To be by ourselves with God. 

Prayer is a conversation with God.  Yes, it is a time to ask God for things, but it is time for us to press our lips together and open our spiritual ears to listen to what He would say to us.  

Get away, get by yourself in the quiet and spend some time listening for the voice of God. 

xoxo,

Brandi

 

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Daniel Fast Day 12

 

Daniel Fast Day 12

Praying Boldly

 

Today was good.  I am starting to get tired of the lack of variety of food choices, but I mean, We have nearly completed 2 full weeks.  It’s been a journey this far.  I am pretty sure that this next and final week will be glorious, but I am preparing for a difficult week as far as final temptations.  I can do this. 

I mean if Jesus made it 40 days w/o any food, I can make it 21 days just limiting my food.  I can do it.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Devotional Verse

“and it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, ‘Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel (Jacob was his name before God renamed him), let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and I am your servant. ‘ ”  1 Kings 18:36

Do you know we can come boldly to God and ask for things in Confidence? 

Devotional—God has already settled the issue of our access to HIm but we can be assured our access is not because of our own righteousness, It’s because of what Jesus did on the cross.  When we pray we come to God in the authority of Jesus’ name, and we can be confident that we will find grace, mercy, and perfectly timed help. 

Luke 9

Jesus sent the disciples out to heal and minister in the name of Jesus.  Jesus comes down from the mountain and is received by a man who has epileptic seizures.  The disciples could not cast out the demon.  

Jesus is “disgruntled”  and says” O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with You… Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child and gave him back to his father.” 

Jesus had faith, He commanded things to be so by the authority given from God.  We have the same authority, through Jesus ( as believers).  Faith as a Mustard seed, will move mountains.  We have to have the same Boldness that Jesus had.  He knew He was, He knows who HE IS! 

When are we going to realize that we are the children of God.  Just like we love our own Children, God loves us even more… because we are HIS children.  WE can and should come before God as a child to a Father, with Confidence.  He accepts us through the righteousness of Christ.  He loves us.  He wants to provide for us. 

He’s not waiting to shoot you down with how low and terrible you are.  He knew how sinful we were going to be.  The whole reason Jesus came to Earth.  He wants us to return home to Him.  His arms are open wide. 

He says to us ” What are your burdens, give them to me…What are your needs, I will give it to you.”  He’s a good dad. 

Go to Him Boldly.  Knowing He hears us. 

 xoxo,

Brandi  

 

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Daniel Fast Day 11

Day 11

TODAY WAS THE LUNCHEON….. CLICK HERE http://www.hark.com/clips/ntvffdnwzs-dum-da-dum-dum  

  I wondered as I walked up ” Who would I be sitting with?  Who was going to wonder, “What is this girl doing with salad dressing in her small zip lock baggy?   I enter the countryclub and find my seat.  I went ahead and poured my salad dressing on the salad.  To minimize the comments and questions about the fast.  It seemed to work.  

Chickasaw Country Club was SOO accomodating. They brought me a baked potato with Olive Oil and Sea Salt.  AWESOME!!!

 Every time I have been there, Their food has been fabulous!  It was very tempting to want the food on the buffet line, it smelled outstanding. I was strong.  This was a first luncheon to go to where I had to decline food in front of aquaintances or complete strangers.  It went well. 

Today I got aggrivated with myself! 

Two days in a row I have somehow incorrectly programmed my alarm on my phone! 

I mention it because I have gotten up later than intended both days.  ARGH!!! So I have felt rushed with my set aside time for the devotional!  Anyway….

Today Daniel Fast Devotional discussed Prayer and the Process

Devotional Verse “Seven times Elijah told him to go and look finally the seventh time his servant told him ‘ I saw a little cloud, about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.’  Then Elijah shouted, ‘ Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘ Climb into your chariot and go back home.  If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you! “ 1 Kings 18: 43-44

Isn’t it amazing how much faith Elijah had?   He knew God was going to answer his prayer and make it rain.  I pray that MY faith gets that strong. 

Devotion- God does not want merely to answer our prayers;  He wants to spend time with us to prepare us for the answer that will come.  

R.A. Torrey says.  the reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of the battle.  The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. 

 Isn’t that the case sometimes?  We think we can handle it on our own, then we can get in a mess and use our 911 call. 

We read out of Luke 8 for today’s devotional.

It was really good.  The thing that keeps coming out to me in this chapter and in the devotionals. … WE HAVE TO HAVE FAITH!!!  The ones that even had a little bit of it, received what they needed.  Jesus is just waiting to intervene for us.  We just have to ask for it, but WITH FAITH!  Why is it so hard for us to believe? 

We believe him for our ETERNAL salvation.  But then, when we, when I, ask for something in my day to day life…. it becomes a game of “do I really believe” He can and will do it.   Why is that? 

Well, I say during this fast.. NO MORE!!  No more will I believe that my God can do one thing and not the other things.   He can do all things.  He created the HEAVENS and the EARTH for crying out loud.  ( I am preaching to myself … can you tell?) 

It’s amazing how I try to box our God in.  In my mind limit him… when I know deep down in my SPIRIT., that God is “able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think”…Ephesians 3:20

I have been determined to climb up this mountain to get to the next mountain top (level of relationship) with God.  I am right in the middle of it. 

                                         The closer I get to God, the closer I need to be…. I’m hungry… and not for food, but for more of God. 

I believe that He will allow me to have it.  Don’t you?    

xoxo, 

Brandi  

 

   

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Daniel Fast Day 10

Day 10

     Today was a good day!  I ate a little breakfast and I had a couple earlier morning appointments.  Then at my lunch appointment I knew there would be sandwiches and deli type things.  I walked in and to my excitement there was a huge thing of bite sized fruit.   Yes!  I thought.  I now knew that I didn’t have to wait until after my luncheon to eat. I came prepared with my just peanuts-peanut butter and fruit spread sandwich on Ezekiel bread.   Tonight I had whole wheat pasta with a homemade red sauce.  yummy!  I had a small snack of hot tea and a hand full of walnuts. 

     Tomorrow should be interesting.  I have that “luncheon” to attend that I mistakenly thought was last week.  

………………………………………………………………………………..On to the “Steak” 

             Todays lesson is “Unwavering Faith” 

Verse: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering”  James 1:6

     There is a natural tendency to shrink back when praying for the seemingly impossible, but we must remember nothing is impossible with God–Luke 1:37

Luke 7 daily reading

Pouring out the love for Jesus

Jesus healed or forgave those that believed He could and he would heal or forgive them.  Over and Over in the 4 gospels.. Jesus said ” Your faith has made you well,”  or “Your faith has saved you” 

V 6-9)  a centurion servant of whom he was fond of was about to die…Jesus came to the house. The centurion says to Jesus…” Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You But say the word, and my servant will be healed.”  Jesus heals the servant and expresses his pleasure in the centurions for his faith was so great. 

v) 36-50 A woman in the city who was a sinner came and washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair”  She was pouring out her love on Him.  He said to her ” Your sins are forgiven. . . Your faith has saved you. Go in Peace.” 

So what stands in the way of God healing us or our forgiveness, or whatever it is we need…. Our Faith!  The faith that He can and WILL do it!  NOTHING is impossible with God! 

So I asked myself and I encourage you to do the same. . .

     Ask yourself… Where do I limit God intervening in my life because of lack of faith? Trust God!  He won’t let you down! 

Thanks for reading.

 

Be Blessed. 

xoxox,

Brandi

 

  

 

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Daniel Fast Day 9

Daniel Fast

 Day 9

     I know when I first started this blog over a week ago, I said that I would discuss what I am eating everyday.  Well, It has been true up until now.  I think that for the remaining part of this fast, I will just discuss any new things that I may be trying, or new hurdles I have had to jump.  The thing that I have found is that this fast is truly becoming less about food and more about HIM.  That’s a good thing, I know.  So, don’t think that I am skirting my commitment any because I am not going to dish out that much about the food. 

The bottom line is, There’s not a WHOLE lot of variety with the Daniel Fast. (with my picky appetite) I don’t think anyone wants to read, and I definitely don’t want to redundantly write that I had (blank).  Boring!!! So I am going to keep it small.  Then again, I may end up throwing in a few sprinkles of long food dissertations. Who Knows? 

      I have found that I am nervous about having the opportunity to eat these other foods again.  I had become so consumed by the food that I was eating.  I thought about it all the time.    Instead of just waiting until my stomach was empty, I was eating because it was time for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.  I don’t want to be that person again.  I want to make healthy choices.  I have for this fast and I want to forever sever the wants for sweets, caffeine, processed foods, too much meat, etc..  When eating meat, I hope to only eat chicken and fish. Occasional beef would be okay.  

I wonder how that is going to work with my family?    Well, we shall see …

Today was much-needed, but candidly, it was tough for me.  I got what I like to call a “spiritual spanking.”  You read right, I said Spanking. 

What exactly is a spiritual spanking?  A spiritual spanking is when you are reading in God’s word, listening to a sermon, or praying and God convicts (not condemns) you for something that you ARE doing that you shouldn’t be or ARE NOT doing that you should be doing.  Well, I got one today.  That’s for sure. 

 

Devotional Verse “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit, the things of the spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Romans 8:56 NKJV

     The devotion today talked about how fasting is the deep cleaning that helps us take our minds off the things of this world and instead have a refreshed focus on the things of the spirit.  There are areas in our lives where we haven’t even thought about cleaning up.  We have to go to God and say “Lord, show me those areas that I don’t know about, haven’t thought about in a long time, or don’t want to think about.  Help me to deal with them. Show me how to bring them into the light of Your Truth.” 

Today’s Bible Reading was found in Luke Chapter 6

    Read these Verses and see if they don’t jump off the page at you, like they did me

  • 31)” And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”
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  •  35)  “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”
  • 36-37) “ Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.  Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
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  •  41) And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
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  • 45)  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
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46) But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell.   And the ruin of that house was great

Aren’t these verses amazing.  They were Jesus’ direct words.  I nearly wrote the entire 6th chapter of Luke, but that’s because there is sooo much there.  I had to include the ones that jumped off the page.   I took my spanking.  I want to be different.  I want to be as much like Jesus as I can.  I had to ask forgiveness for some specific areas in my life.  It’s never hard, but I wanted to get it out there.  Its going to be a process to get there.   I asked the Lord, that the Holy Spirit be my referee and blow the whistle on me when I do, say, or even THINK to say things that are unpleasing to God. 

I know that this is going to free me up to be closer to God.  I encourage you to do the same.  You can ALWAYS get closer, no matter where you are in your “walk/journey” with God. 

Ask God to create a clean heart and renew your spirit and restore the joy of your salvation Like David did in Psalm 51:10-12 

I included a related song for today’s devotion.  It’s the prayer that David had as mentioned above.

 http://youtu.be/f8_NjoJ_060  Keith Green– Song “Create In Me a Clean Heart” Performed by Martin Smith of Delirious

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Fast Day 8

                       Day 8  (start of week 2) 

Hear Him

“Word of God Speak\” Performed by Mercy Me.

      All rights reserved (this is not owned by me)

 (this song, came to mind as I began writing this blog, Please listen and let it minister to you)  I love the line that says ” the last thing I need, is to be heard, BUT to hear what YOU would say”   Man-oh-Man!  I need to let that lyric sink into my spirit. 

So many times we have one-sided prayers.  We go into a conversation (prayer) with God saying everything we need and want to say, then instead of waiting on His response, we just stop talking and end the conversation.  How many relationships with friends and family would we have if all the conversations were as one-sided?  We wouldn’t have many, that’s for sure.  

Today’s  Devotional Verse:  ” ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.  Listen to him.'”and when they looked up Moses and Elijah were gone and they saw only Jesus.” Matthew 17:5, 8

Devotion:  they were on the mountain of Transfiguration.  Peter, James, and John hear the voice of God, but when they looked, only saw Jesus.  We will discover God by following Jesus. We need only to seek and look to Him.  Have you noticed that sometimes there are areas in our lives where we still try to earn our way to the Father.  I KNOW that I do.  It’s like I believe that some things I will never be good enough. 

 The thing is… I won’t!  On my own,  I will Never BE good enough for God.  None of us will.  That’s the reason why we have to go through Jesus.  He IS Good enough.  He was the only one Good enough to get us to God.  We had no other way.  We need to ask God for a greater revelation of Jesus in our heart.  Jesus gave all that He had.  He humbled himself to become a man and come to earth.  He knew He was the only way for our Salvation. He didn’t just come for the “religious/righteous” ones.  He came for anyone that would choose to believe. 

Luke 5, The bible Reading for today shows us in verse 30) Jesus is complained against for eating with Tax Collectors and sinners.  31) Jesus says ” those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  [ Jesus wasn’t waiting on anyone to get their life straight and be sin free]  He seeks out those who need redemption.  He doesn’t alienate himself from those that need restoration and require them to get cleaned up. 

His loving arms are wide open, waiting, to accept you for who you are… right at that moment you run to Him.  Then, the cleaning up of your life will come from Him. 

 

Oh… by the way.  The food I ate today.. was just more of the same except for two things.  I tried Polenta for the first time.  It’s like corn meal rolled up.  We sliced it and sautéed it in olive oil.  There may be a better way.  🙂  However, it was good. 

The second thing that I discovered was  fruit “roll up” cousins.  I found them in the natural food section in Kroger.  They were like 55 cents a piece and they were really good.  I chose strawberry and grape. 

Well, I am also finding that this is so much MORE about God and LESS about Food.  I mean,  I already “knew” this in my mind, but it has become a truth now discovered in my heart. 

 

xoxo,

Brandi

 

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Daniel Fast Day 7

DAY 7

Fervent Prayer

TODAY WAS CHURCH DAY! 

I am always excited to be in the house of the Lord with a body of believers.  Worshiping Our Lord, and Savior and hearing the Word that He has given our church through our Pastor, is amazing EVERY week.    It was also wonderful to be around other folks participating in the fast.  Everyone sort of encouraging each other.  It was great. 

It was my turn to bring breakfast to the worship team, so I brought something that I could eat.  FRUIT TRAY!  It was delicious.            I think everyone else enjoyed it too because there was only two small pieces left.   

I had to make a run to Kroger though to prepare for the coming week.  I got more fruit some Ezekiel Cinnamon Bread.  Some more peanut butter (ingredients peanuts only) A different kind of salsa with NO salt in it (hard to find) A dehydrated tomato toss…with some seasoning.  You are supposed to use it on Polenta, with rice or pasta and/or use it to top your baked potato. 

 Devotional Verse The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  James 5:16 NKJV

The Devotion spoke about our level of intensity, passion and persistence.  Many times, we can lose our passion in prayer. . . or lose heart, give up.  Elijah prayed that the soul of a boy would return to him (he was the only child of a grief-stricken mother) (God heard his prayer) He did as Elijah asked.  The point is BE PERSISTENT! 

Bible reading for today Psalm 3-5  David is Crying out to God to deliver him from his enemies.  He prays fervently, persistently with passion.  3:4 I cried to the Lord with my voice and He heard me from His Holy Hill. 

We need to continue to pray and seek God in those areas that we really need Him to help us.  Be persistent, Press in to God.  He loves Us, and therefore, He hears us. 

Xoxo,

Brandi