I want to give you a quick recap of our service yesterday. I wish I could describe to you how amazing praise and worship was yesterday…unfortunatly all of my attempts would fall way short. It was one of those things that you just had to experience. The Spirit of God was active…and you could feel the sense of anticipation building with each and every song. I love those moments when we as a church are able to get lost in worship. God has been so good to us.
We started a new series called, “Hungry.” And I believe that it is going to be the starting point to the next great chapter in North Shore’s history. Ultimately this series is going to take us up to and through a seven day fast. And yesterday was the introduction to the power and the victory that comes with a corporate fast.
2 Chronicles 20:1-25… Tells the story of King Jehoshaphat in a desperate situation and facing a huge army that is bent on their destruction. What is interesting is how Jehoshaphat responds to this threat. He doesn’t call in his military leaders or political advisors. He proclaims a fast. And that changed everything.
As we looked through the rest of this story we discovered that “fasting” does five things.
- It Refines your Position… removes you from the fight and allows God to fight your battles for you.
- It Refines your Stance… fasting gives you the strength to stand firm, and carry on even when it feels like you are about to be overtaken.
- It Refines your Response… fasting changes the ways that we view the promises of God. It allows us to respond to the future promises of God with past tense certainty.
- It Refines the Enemy… fasting makes clear who the enemy really is. We spend much of our time fighting the wrong enemy. Fasting removes the confusion.
- It Refines the Victory… Read vs 25 and try not to get excited. Not only did God save the nation of Judah. But he provided such overwhelming victory that it took them three full days to recover the spoils of war from a battle that they didn’t even have to fight.
I am excited to see where the Lord takes our people and this church as we come together on January 29th to fast. I know it isn’t going to be easy…and their are probably going to be times where it doesn’t feel like a whole lot of fun. But I am “HUNGRY” for more of God…I hope you are too.