Author: Destiny Gonzalez

The Power of Prayer //
Part One

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 

This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert kicked off our new series, The Power of Prayer. Throughout the next three weeks, we will be diving into what it means to unlock the power of prayer in our lives and see the promises of God come to pass through our prayers.

Every believer wants to have an effective prayer life, but very few understand how. The heart of God is for each of us to have a fruitful prayer life. Throughout our morning we took a look at Philippians 4:4-8 as a model for prayer over anxiety. A little anxiety in our lives can feel normal, but in Jesus we have access to total freedom from anxiety.

  • T: THANKSGIVING // Start with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:4 tells us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” When we rejoice, we enthusiastically celebrate and give praise. When we first give God thanks for all He has done in our lives, we put Him in His rightful place. Our praise is meant to precede prayer because praise gives us the perspective to pray.
  • H: HUMILITY // With humility, we give our requests to God. James 4:6, “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” When we pray, we want to come with a humble spirit, rather than entitlement, acknowledging that God is in control and will work all things together for our good. If we go in with pride, anger, arrogance, etc. we miss the heart of God, and ultimately miss the power of humble prayer.
  • A: ALWAYS ATTACK ANXIETY // The reality of life is that anxiety is waiting for us at every turn. Everyone has different things in their lives that cause anxiety, but one common weapon that we all have is prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to not be anxious about anything. God invites us to give our anxieties to Him, and He promises that He will give us peace. Anxiety is not meant to be something that we get used to dealing with, we have access to freedom from anxiety. When we give our anxieties to God, we put them in a trustworthy place.
  • T: TRUTH // Philippians 4:8 says, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” We need to let the truth of God continually renew our minds. When we intentionally spend time in the Word of God and allow Him to shift our perspective, everything changes. We go from anticipating the worst to believing for God to meet us in our everyday.

WE AREN’T MADE FOR SOME FREEDOM, WE’RE MADE FOR TOTAL FREEDOM.

We were made to live in freedom, and prayer is the key to unlocking freedom in our lives. When we give our anxieties to Jesus, we exchange our fear for faith, hope and love. Jesus is inviting us to pray. In that place, He wants to meet with us and give us breakthrough.

IN RESPONSE //

  • Use the Philippians 4 prayer model we talked through today. Whether you take five minutes or an hour of your day, we encourage you to pause and walk through each step of this prayer model. For a downloadable card to keep with you, click here.
  • Our Corporate Prayer Ministry has various events that you can jump in with throughout the week –
    • Jesus Hour // This hour of worship and intercession is every weekday from noon – 1 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium.
    • Encounter // Join us on Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium for an extended time of spirit-led worship, prayer and ministry.
    • Sign up for an hour of prayer // We encourage you to take an hour in the Prayer Room. You can jump in with an existing group or create your own. Visit our Corporate Prayer Ministry website to check out the weekly schedule and to sign up.
  • This morning, Jimmy mentioned the song, Look What the Lord has Done from the Brownsville Revival. If you need something to jump start your day with praise, check out this song!
  • If you are interested in learning more about the foundations of prayer, we encourage you to check out our past sermon series titled, Jesus, Teach Us to Pray.
  • If you are looking for resources on how to spend daily time with God, take a look at this packet.

Easter Sunday 2019

“…Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:5-7

This week we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus together at our Easter services! It was the sweetest morning as we worshipped and stood in the victory and life we are given because of Jesus. Lead pastor Carl Gulley shared a message centered around the story of Jonah. Though it seems like a non-traditional Easter message, the story of Jonah prophetically points to Jesus.

THE RESURRECTION OF JONAH POINTS TO THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, AND ULTIMATELY REVEALS THE PROMISE OF OUR RESURRECTION.

We spent most of our morning in Jonah 1-3. The Lord asks Jonah to go to Nineveh, a place that is full of destruction and wickedness. To Jonah, this request makes no sense. Still today, God will unapologetically ask us to do things that don’t make sense in the beginning but will ultimately lead to life.

Jonah disobeys, runs in the opposite direction and finds himself in the belly of a whale for three days. It would be fair to say that Jonah got what he deserved, and his story could have ended inside the whale. In his desperation, Jonah cries out to God and the Lord delivers him.

Our story probably looks a lot like Jonah’s. We can find ourselves feeling hopeless, stuck and in need of a Savior.

JESUS IS THAT SAVIOR.

“because just as Jonah was in the stomach of the sea creature for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights… But look – something greater than Jonah is here.” Matthew 12:40 – 41

Jesus willingly went to the cross and died for our sins. But the story didn’t end there. He not only took on all of our mess, but He overcame by rising from the dead after three days. We are now invited to stand in victory with Jesus, fully forgiven and made clean.

FORGIVENESS CHANGES THE GAME FOR EVERYONE.

This is the reason we celebrate! We celebrate our risen Savior who gives us hope and brings us from death to life.

Palm Sunday

“And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” Matthew 21:9

This morning we celebrated Palm Sunday with a message on the triumphal entry of Jesus. As. Jesus entered Jerusalem, worship erupted because people are naturally drawn to excellence. In the presence of Jesus, we can’t help but worship.

Before going into an extended time of worship, we took a look at Matthew 21:1-11. At the time of Jesus’ entry, parades and celebrations were common for kings and rulers. This entrance was different because Jesus was, and still is, the only One worthy of all of our worship.

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY STARTED WITH AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE.

Jesus told His disciples to go and get a donkey for Him to ride into Jerusalem. Honestly, it was kind of an odd request. The disciples had already seen Jesus as trustworthy, so no matter the request, obedience was normal. We are also called to obedience. When we choose to take that step of faith and obey, we see the grace of God personified. Obedience is the beginning of the journey into the glory of God.

JESUS CAME IN ON A DONKEY TO SAY, “I AM WITH YOU.”

Jesus didn’t ride in on a great white horse or on a chariot. He came in with humility to show us that He is with us, not above us. We express our worship when we too, choose to take on humility. When we go low, the enemy loses his advantage and we can see with a right perspective. Humbling ourselves draws the presence of the Lord.

WE WANT TO GIVE GOD OUR BEST, NOT OUR LEFTOVER ENERGY.

We worship through obedience, humility and in giving Jesus our best. When we choose to worship and spend time with Jesus first thing in the morning, we establish Jesus as central.

IF WE DON’T WORSHIP, THE ROCKS WILL CRY OUT.

We were made for worship. We declare victory every time we choose to worship regardless of our circumstances.

EASTER EVENTS //

Stations of the Cross: Stop by the Prayer and Equipping Center anytime throughout the week for self-guided prayer and reflection centered around the stations of the cross. This is a great activity to do with your family, as a Lifegroup or individually.

Good Friday Communion Service: This Friday, join us for a communion service at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. This will be a stripped-back, contemplative evening as we take time to pause and reflect on all Jesus did for us.

Easter Sunday Services: We will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at our Easter services at 9 and 11 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Be one. Make one. // Part Four

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NASB

This week young adult pastor Chase Moore sat down with senior pastor Jimmy Seibert to wrap up our Be one. Make one. series. Throughout our morning, we talked about evangelistic discipleship. Everyone is made for a relationship with Jesus, and He calls us to share with those who don’t yet know Him.

JESUS HAS CHOSEN TO PARTNER WITH US.

Once we experience the love of Jesus, we can’t help but want others to experience the same thing. Everyone is made for Jesus, and everyone is anointed to share the gospel. God made us for relationship, and He calls us to be His hands and feet in the world around us.

WHAT KEEPS US FROM SHARING THE GOSPEL?

  1. Lack of heavenly perspective // When we spend time in Word, worship and prayer every day, our earthly perspective shifts to an eternal perspective. Having an understanding of God’s heart for the world around us compels to step out and share. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you every morning and give you heavenly perspective for your sphere of influence.
  2. Fear // The spirit of fear continually cripples us and holds us back. We have to acknowledge that it is a spirit of fear rather than just human dynamic. We can also be confident that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is within us, so there is nothing to fear! Renew your mind with the Word every day and ask for peace to overcome any place of fear.  A good place to start is 2 Timothy 1:7.
  3. Going at it alone // We were made to thrive in the context of a missional community. God’s intent was not for one person to do everything on their own. We find that missional community in Lifegroup. Our Lifegroup can’t be about personal care, we want to be inviting more people into our family and into relationship with Jesus. If you aren’t. connected to a Lifegroup, we would love to help you find one! Just fill out this form to get started.

THE GOSPEL BECOMES MORE REAL WHEN WE ARE ACTIVE IN SHARING IT.

As a disciple, we want to be renewed by the reality of the gospel. As we actively share with those around us, we are reminded of the truth of the grace we are freely given. Evangelistic discipleship isn’t meant to be a one-off event, we need to integrate it into our daily lives.

IN RESPONSE //

  1. Pray // Pray and ask God for those around you to know Him.
  2. Build relationships // It’s not about seeing people as a mission or project, it’s about seeing people with a heavenly perspective. Take time to build relationships with your neighbors, co-workers and others that you interact with in your daily life.
  3. Intentionally reach out in your sphere of influence // Whether it’s the soccer field, the office or the grocery store, be intentional about connecting with the people you are around. Take time to pray and ask God who you can reach out to in your everyday circle.
  4. Invite a friend to Easter // Easter Sunday is an awesome opportunity to invite others to join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! Invitations are available at the Info Desk, feel free to grab a few to hand out.

Be One. Make One. // Part Three

“…choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.” -Acts 6:3 //

This week lead pastor Carl Gulley continued our Be one. Make one. series with a message on discipleship in the context of serving.

Throughout our morning, we took a look at the early Church in Acts 6. At this time the gospel is spreading, and a beautiful movement is unfolding. As the Church grew, there became a need for more people to step in and serve those that the disciples were committed to ministering to and serving.

THE CHURCH WAS MEANT TO BE BUILT THROUGH A PEOPLE.

The Church was never intended to be run off the backs of few, there is an invitation for all to be a part. Many leaders build their churches, organizations or families so that everyone needs them, but when you do that, your church gets built around a personality. The Church was meant to thrive and be built through people.

FULL OF WISDOM AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

In our passage, the need was to pass out food. The task seems simple, but the disciples asked for people who were full of the Spirit of God and practically minded. They wanted people who had a heart desire to fulfill the spiritual mission of the Church. The needs of our local church may look a little different, but our mission is the same, so we need the same kind of people.

WE DON’T NEED VOLUNTEERS, WE NEED PILLARS.

Volunteers show up and fill slots. Pillars set aside their giftings and go to the point of greatest need. When we choose to go to that point of need, we follow in Jesus’ footsteps because He went to the point of greatest need for us. Sometimes the role of a pillar is glorious and sometimes it isn’t, but their role is ALWAYS critical in seeing disciples made and the mission of the church advanced.

WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO SERVE ANOTHER, YOU ARE BEING A DISCIPLE AND MAKING DISCIPLES.

Our church is very similar to the church in Acts 6. We’ve been experiencing a lot of growth, but numbers aren’t the goal. Disciples are the goal. Our mission is to make disciples who encounter God, make disciples and live on mission in our city, the nation and the nations of the earth.

BE A PILLAR.

The church is built through a people, and we want you to be a part of building this church! If you are interested in being a pillar, you can fill out this interest form.

Be One. Make One. // Part Two

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20

Today senior pastor Jimmy Seibert and young adult pastor Chase Moore continued our series, Be one. Make one. by breaking down discipleship and sharing a few practical tools.

While tools and processes are helpful, we can’t let our focus shift from our relationship with Jesus. People and relationship are the centerpiece of discipleship. We want to walk out a life of encountering Jesus, and we want to help others do the same.

DISCIPLE MAKING IS LIVED OUT IN LIFEGROUPS.

This morning, we introduced four types of discipleship:

1.Peer Discipleship // These are small groups where we find accountability, encouragement and sharpening. Peer discipleship is found within the structure of Lifegroup.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

2.Mentoring // This is the investment and input of spiritual fathers or mothers into our lives. These relationships form outside the structure of Lifegroup.

 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” 2 Timothy 2:2

3.Intensive // The Antioch Discipleship School is a great opportunity for intensive discipleship. These are medium to large groups focused on growth through a seasonal experience and led by a trained teacher or leader.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

4.Evangelistic // The purpose of evangelistic discipleship is to introduce people to Jesus and help them follow Him. We find this by investing in two to three people within our sphere of influence.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Peer and evangelistic discipleship should be a continual part of our lives as followers of Jesus.

FOUR KEYS OF DISCIPLESHIP

  1. Discipleship is the genius of God // You will never be all Jesus has for you unless you’re investing in someone else. When we give, we end up receiving. It’s the way of the Kingdom. When we invest in others through discipleship, we end up learning more about Jesus.
  2. Discipleship is relational // People aren’t always looking for the right answer, they’re typically just looking for someone who cares. Building relationships doesn’t need to be difficult. Ask people for their story, and ask God about His heart for them.
  3. Discipleship is about modeling // Discipleship isn’t about being an expert, it’s about initiating relationships and growing together. We are called to follow Jesus and invite people to come along with us. Don’t ask people to do something you wouldn’t do as well.
  4. Discipleship is real time // Walking with people in discipleship is about meeting people right where they are. We aren’t calling people to do something, we’re walking thought life together and pointing one another to Jesus in every situation.

PEER DISCIPLESHIP AND MENTORING

We are committed to the presence of Jesus when two to three of us gather. Meeting together in discipleship is not about empathizing with one another, it’s about pointing people toward Jesus.

IN RESPONSE //

1.S.O.S METHOD // One practical method you can apply when reading the Bible together is the SOS method. This is a series of questions that can help you deeper dive into a passage:

  • S: What does this passage say about God, and what does it say about me?
  • O: What am I being called to obey?
  • S: What do I share with those around me?

2.Accountability questions // Go through a list of questions to help one another stay accountable, and to go deeper into what is happening in one another’s lives. It’s one thing to tell one another what we do and don’t do, but it’s another thing to go deeper and talk about the heart behind our decisions.

Download the seven questions we talked about this morning here!

Discipleship is all about relationships. We need fathers and mothers to call us up, brothers and sisters to call us out and friends to walk with.

Be One. Make One. // Part One

This week we began our new series titled, Be One. Make One. Throughout our series, we will be talking not only about what it means to be a disciple, but also what it means to make disciples. 

 To kick things off, young adult pastor Chase Moore sat down with senior pastor Jimmy Seibert to talk about what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus.

Discipleship is one person helping others become lifelong, obedient followers of Jesus who, in turn, help others do the same.

DISCIPLESHIP IS ABOUT ENCOUNTERING JESUS.

The goal of a disciple is not to do the right thing. The goal is to be with Jesus. If we re-align our goal and set our hearts on knowing Jesus, He will reveal Himself to us. Ultimately, discipleship leads us into greater relationship with Jesus.

DISCIPLESHIP IS ABOUT ABIDING.

As disciples, we are also called to abide. To abide means to remain. We are called to remain in Jesus; meaning we are bringing Him into every aspect of our day. From the seemingly little things, like which road to take on the way to lunch, to life’s big decisions, invite Jesus in. He cares about us, and He wants to lead us into the goodness He has for us.

TO BE A DISCIPLE, THER NEEDS TO BE SURRENDER.

Discipleship starts with surrender. In the Bible, we see Jesus call His disciples to leave everything to follow Him. Similarly, we are called to surrender our vocation, finances, relationships and reputation. The idea of surrender can seem intimidating, but we will always find Jesus to be faithful and to lead us.

When we lay our vocation aside and allow Jesus to be central, He will actually empower us for our vocation. If we idolize our relationships, we’ll miss Jesus. We need to put Jesus first in order to love people well. When we surrender our reputation, we find our identity, and we step into all Jesus has for us.

IN RESPONSE //

  • Surrender // Ask God if there is an area of your life you are needing to surrender. If we are willing to lay everything down at the feet of Jesus, we will surely find Him to be enough.
  • Risk // Ask God what He is calling you into in this season. Whatever it is, say “yes.” Our next ‘yes’ unlocks doors in the Kingdom.

Standing in the Storm

This week adult pastor Vincent Carpenter shared a message on persevering through the storms of life. Challenges tempt us to take our focus off of what God is doing. But God is faithful to meet us in the midst of our storms and makes a way for us to make it to the other side.

Throughout our morning, we took a look at Acts 27. In this passage Paul is on a journey to Rome when he gets caught in a storm and his ship wrecks. Paul made it through a seemingly hopeless situation, and ultimately made it to his destination.

When we find ourselves in a storm, it is common to wrongly assess the magnitude of the situation we are facing.

WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN A STORM, WE NEED TO KEEP OUR FOCUS ON JESUS.

Challenges tempt us to take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on what is ahead of us. In Jesus, we find hope, peace and courage to press on.

TAKE A LOOK AT THREE TAKEAWAYS WE CAN APPLY WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN A STORM –

  1. Don’t give up // Instead of focusing on how we can get out of our situation, we can look at our storm as an invitation to press into Jesus. We aren’t meant to be destroyed by our storms, we are made to withstand challenges because of the power of Jesus.
  2. Don’t go at it alone // When we are in a storm, we typically want to figure out who is at fault. Focusing on who is at fault only adds to our discouragement. When we press into Jesus and the community He has put around us, we can discern how to move forward.
  3. Don’t run away // When we’re in a storm, we can easily justify running away. Running away is just a shortcut that ultimately pulls us away from our intended destination.

Choosing to stand in the midst of a storm can seem challenging, but it leads to life. It’s not just on us to stand through the storm, Jesus is going to help us stand through the storm.

Let My People Go // Part Seven

This morning Lead Pastor Carl Gulley wrapped up our Let My People Go series. Throughout our series, we addressed various pharaohs that try to keep us in bondage. We also talked about tools and weapons that help set us free from our pharaohs. We started our series by looking at the story of Moses, who God called to lead His people out of Egypt. Today, we closed out our series by re-visiting that story. Throughout the course of the past six weeks, we talked about how to get free. Today, we talked about how to stay free.

While Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is dead and gone, there are modern-day pharaohs that still try to keep us enslaved and held back from all God has for us.

THERE ARE FIVE THINGS ALL PHARAOHS HAVE IN COMMON –

  1. They will always be fearful of who you can become // The king of Egypt feared that if the Israelites were set free, they would overpower Egypt. Similarly, lust fears the pure in heart, anxiety fears the faith-filled and so on.
  2. Our pharaohs will tighten their grip // The minute we reach for freedom, the enemy will tighten his grip on us, and actually try to make it harder for us to find freedom. Moses asked Pharaoh to let God’s people go. Pharaoh’s response was actually more oppression. Freedom from the things that enslave us will be a battle.
  3. Ultimately, our pharaohs will lose the war // The enemy will not win the battle for our freedom because our battles are fought with unusual weapons. God fights on our behalf and has ultimate victory because of Jesus.
  4. Pharaoh will always stage a comeback // Just as Pharaoh went back after the Israelites, the enemy will not let us go so easily. Satan may have lost the war for our soul, but he will still try to speak lies and take over our lives.
  5. God drowns our pharaohs for us // Even after experiencing freedom, we may feel like we’re still being pursued by a pharaoh. We can rest assured that God will stand on our behalf and remove our pharaohs for us.

HOW DO WE STAY FREE?

The Israelites, even after being set free, thought it would be easier to just go back to Egypt. Physically, they were free, but they still had the mindset of slaves. We know the enemy will not go down without a fight, and it takes a process with God to get out of the enslaved mindset.

JUST BECAUSE YOU LEAVE PRISON DOES NOT MEAN PRISON HAS LEFT YOU.

When we are enslaved our mindset shifts to believing we are imprisoned. The way we think will shape how we feel, and ultimately determine our actions. If we think like a prisoner, we’ll feel like a prisoner, and we’ll act like we’re still in slavery.  Eventually, we’ll find ourselves back in the place we were once trying to find freedom from.

STAYING FREE TAKES A PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION.

In a world where we want a quick fix, going through a process seems inconvenient and not worth it. God isn’t calling us to an easy fix, He’s calling us to transformation that will produce lasting freedom. In Romans 12:2, Paul says , “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Salvation is instant, but restoration takes time. We need the continual renewing of our mind so we will adopt a new way of thinking.

YOU BECOME WHAT YOU BELIEVE.

Every area where you believe a lie, you get trapped. Every area where you believe truth, you get free. As we allow our mind to be renewed by the truth of God, we will start acting out of that truth. A renewed mind ultimately produces a transformed life.

HOW DO YOU RENEW YOUR MIND?

  1. Read the Word of God // The Word of God is the truth of God. We need the Words of God to sink deep within us and become our thoughts.
  2. Declare the truth of God // When we continually declare the truth of God, we will have a mindset shift, and ultimately a lifestyle shift. If we believe what God says about us, we will act out of that place.
  3. Go to church // In our Sunday morning gatherings, you hear the Words of God that challenge you and engage in worship that takes you into who God is.
  4. Join a Lifegroup // We need to be around people that have a different perspective and allow them to speak truth into our lives. Being around the people of God ignites something fresh within us when we feel trapped.

Let My People Go //
Part Six

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

This week, associate college pastor Maddie Echols continued our Let My People Go series with a message on the power of prayer and fasting. Because we are in a spiritual battle for freedom, our weapons must be divine. Fasting, accompanied by prayer, is a weapon that has the power to bring breakthrough against any pharaoh we face.

Throughout our morning, we took a look at what it means to fast biblically.

WHEN WE ARE MOST SATISFIED IN GOD, HE WILL BE MOST GLORIFIED THROUGH US.

Fasting is more than skipping a few meals. It is believing for God, by His word, through His power and in His presence to both sustain us and move in us. When we fast, we create space for God.

WHAT IS FASTING NOT?

The purpose of fasting is not to gain approval from God or man. God is more concerned about our motive, rather than our method. The right method done with the wrong motive does not mean you are moving anything forward. It is actually called false humility and Jesus is not impressed by it. Fasting is also not our way of manipulating or controlling God to get what we think we need. Actually, when we fast, the Holy Spirit typically reveals what has control over us and leads us into freedom.

THE PURPOSE OF FASTING IS PROXIMITY TO JESUS.

Through fasting, we are communicating to Heaven our longing to be close to Jesus. When we fast, we give Jesus not only physical space in our stomach, but also space to fill our hearts with His presence. The object of our fast is not an outcome, it’s Jesus. As we allow ourselves to embrace our weakness, we give Jesus space to fill us and give us the power to overcome of pharaohs.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE FAST?

When we fast, the Holy Spirit brings consecration, activation and breakthrough.

  • Consecration // This is the cleaning out and cleansing that happens when we fast. When we are no longer able to turn to food for comfort, we are forced to face the things that are holding us back. We can then repent, meet with God and allow Him to cleanse and heal us.
  • Activation // When we fast, we are empowered to live out the Kingdom mission God has called us to. The disciples fasted in Acts 13 before they were sent out. Biblical fasting leads to God’s people being activated and sent out with a clear, Kingdom mission.
  • Breakthrough // In Matthew 17, Jesus casts out a demon from a boy and later says, “…this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” There is a level of breakthrough, that God in His wisdom and in His mystery has reserved for those who choose to fast and pray.

FASTING IS NEVER CONVENIENT. IT IS A CHOICE.

We might not ever feel like there is an ideal time to fast. However, fasting really does enable us to fight our modern-day pharaohs. As we create space for God within us, He intensifies our hunger for Him, and the by product is that the Holy Spirit consecrates, activates and brings breakthrough

IN RESPONSE //

As a church, we are setting aside time to do a church-wide prayer and fast, March 4th – 6th. We are believing for God to consecrate, activate and bring breakthrough among us like never before. Throughout the fast, we will have daily corporate prayer times at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. We also encourage you to visit antio.ch/prayer to sign up for an hour in the Prayer Room one day during the fast. To wrap up our three days, we will have a church-wide Prayer Rally on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m.

In the next week, we encourage you to pray and ask God how you can be a part of our corporate fast. As we create space for Him, we believe He is going to meet us like never before!

To learn more about fasting, download this guide.