Twenty-Four

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And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’
-Jesus, Matthew 21:13

Churches and people, just as nature, go through seasons. Churches change. Lives change. So we have to adjust. When our personal lives go a little off-line we do what is necessary to bring them back on line. When churches start to lose their perspective…it is time to make adjustments. Instead of seeking answers through the wisdom of men, it becomes a time to seek the wisdom of God.

Our culture demands that NOW is the time to seek God!

During the month of July 2015, City Church Texarkana will be going back online…online with God. Our vision, our focus, our lives will revolve around prayer. Our weekend messages will be on prayer. We will be writing blogs through July on prayer. We will be praying for you and on July 31, 2105 at 7 am we will begin 24 Hours of Prayer, hence the name, Twenty-Four.

Expect great things this month. I stand on the promise of God that he will honor persistence from His people.

Luke 11:8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

The message from July 4&5, 2015 addressed three concerns for prayer:

  • Revival
  • Friends and Relatives
  • City Church Texarkana

Pray for these. Be specific. Pray for revival in our own hearts and lives, life change in our friends and relatives, and direction for City Church. Also, we ask that you give us the names of your friends and relatives. We will pray for them by name and then on July 31 we will pray for them for 24 hours (first names only, please).

I wait in anticipation as to what God is GOING to do! Just to give you an idea on what to expect, God has already began a work in my life. Since my heart surgery I have had major problems with my left calf. Just to walk across the church parking lot was a cause for pain. This past weekend…the first days of our emphasis…God used two godly men to begin the process of healing. God used Patrick Bowen and Russ Nelson to place a healing touch on my leg. For the first time in a long time I am able to walk more than thirty feet without pain.

What else is going to happen this month? I don’t know…but I do know I believe in a God that is faithful and loves His children and His church. And I do know that if we are faithful in prayer…God will hear us, and the windows of heaven will open.

Dr. Robert H. McCarver
Directional Pastor
City Church Texarkana

It Was Only a Dream

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I read Rick Warren asks God to reveal insight into his messages while he sleeps. I liked the idea, so a few weeks ago I decided to do the same. I have noticed for years that I wake up at night for no apparent reason, so I concluded it must be God. Now when I wake up during the night, I simply ask God, “Ok, what are you trying to say to me?”

The whole concept backfired on me! I got more than I asked for…which isn’t unusual when you ask God for something. It was a dream, a vision, or a word. I’m just not sure what to do with it.

In the dream my wife and I rent an apartment (and don’t get bogged down in details and questions…it was only a dream). One wall of the apartment divided the space between it and the adjoining apartment. The problem was that it is was one of those accordion, movable walls attached at one end. The owner said, “No worry. It is locked and no one can open it into your side.”

The next day I come in from work and there are people all over our apartment. And not just people, they are all illegal aliens. Most can’t speak English. They are eating “our” food and watching “our” television. I remember asking one in my dream, “Are those really my bananas that you are eating?” So in my own rude way, I “kindly” asked them to leave.

As I am closing the wall a man is standing there, looking at me with a baby in his arms. He kindly says to me, “But there are no bathroom or kitchen facilities on this side. What are we supposed to do?”

My response to him?

“That’s your problem!”

I woke up…I realized the potential for evil within my own heart.

God quietly reminded me:

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat…”  -Jesus

Dr. Robert H. McCarver
Directional Pastor
City Church

WHY DID GOD TELL ABRAHAM TO SACRIFICE ISAAC? Jim Dennison

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This is a great article written by Jim Denison…

The week after my first son was born, I was scheduled to preach on Genesis 22 and the story of Abraham’s offering of Isaac. I had to change the sermon. As I told the congregation, I thought I didn’t understand this story before. Now I knew I didn’t.

Perhaps this text has bothered you as well. God’s requirement seems so unfair, so unlike a Father of love. And Abraham’s faith seems so far beyond human ability. As we’ll learn, both appearances are deceiving.

What did God ask of Abraham? The passage opens with a very confusing statement: “Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied” (Gen 22:1). The Hebrew word nawsaw means to test and prove something, to show that it is so. It does not mean to tempt to do wrong, but to test so that we can do right. God is going to give Abraham a faith test, one he will pass with flying colors.

Here it is: “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about” (v. 2). Remember that Abraham had waited 25 years for this son. When he was born God had promised his father, “it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned” (Gen 21:12). And now God told this elderly man, more than 110 years old, to sacrifice him to God.

“Go the region of Moriah,” to Mt. Moriah. This is the single most significant mountain in the world today. Where Abraham offered Isaac, David later offered sacrifice to God on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite (2 Sam 24:17-19). And so Solomon, David’s son, built his Temple here and made this rock at the top of the mountain the Holy of Holies (2 Chr 3:1).

Today this rock is enshrined in the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim structure completed in AD 691. It is the holiest spot on earth to the Jews, and third holiest to the Muslims. They both want it. And the Middle East conflict which rages today comes down to it.

But long before all of that, a conflict raged in the heart of an old man. He was to “sacrifice” his son here, to slit his throat and burn his body. To give up his beloved child, his heir and legacy and future, everything that mattered to him. To give it all to God.

And he passed the test. He and Isaac got up early the next morning and traveled by foot more than 40 miles over three days. He climbed up this mountain with him, and laid his bound son on this altar, knife high in the air. How did he do it?

By faith in God. He trusted his Lord, not just with his religion but with his life. Not just with what he could spare, but with his best. He knew that whatever he gave to God, God would bless. Hebrews 11:19 says, “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.” He knew that if God wanted him to sacrifice this son, God could raise him back to life. God could still keep his promises and make him his heir. God could do whatever God wants to do.

We see this faith in Abraham’s promise to his servants: “We will worship and then we will come back to you” (v. 5). And they did. We see it in his promise to Isaac: “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (v. 8). And he did, giving Abraham the ram which replaced his son on the altar of worship.

Abraham trusted God with his best, and God did more with it than Abraham ever could. He made this one child the father of the Hebrew people. Through his descendants God brought his own Son, who died on his own sacrificial wood as our sin offering to God.

And now because of what God did through Isaac, Abraham’s seed, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal 3:28-29). Through Abraham’s child we are all God’s children. All because he gave his best to God, and God blessed it and is using it still today.

What does God ask of us?

Now the Lord is calling us to do what Abraham did. He wants us to let him control our lives—every part of them. To put our families, and friends, and finances, and futures on his altar. To put ourselves where Abraham put his son. To give our lives to God.

Romans 12:1-2 is the New Testament commentary on our text. Hear these familiar words in a new way, through Eugene Peterson’s translation, The Message: “Here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

But even God can use only what we trust to him. No doctor can treat a patient who is unwilling to be helped. God is still looking for those with the faith of Abraham.

Conclusion

“Take your everyday, ordinary life—and place it before God as an offering”—this is the call of God. Who is Isaac to you?

original article below:
http://www.denisonforum.org/faith-questions/21-bible/50-why-did-god-tell-abraham-to-sacrifice-isaac

Are we prepared?

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A few weeks ago I went to Sam’s Club with my family and I ran into three old friends of mine from Boy Scouts. There may have been more there but at the time I knew for certain that there were at least four Eagle Scouts in that building. Later that day I began to think about our life trajectory. We came together as young neophytes eager to start a journey and ready to learn. Over the course of many years we learned how to build fires, cross raging rivers safely, survive in the wilderness for long periods of time with very little provision and so on. We studied emergency preparedness, first aid, and learned how to save people in many different circumstances. Two of those guys in that building saved a young boy who was drowning in the Mountain Fork River one summer. Every one of us had used emergency CPR at least one time that I know of. I was thinking about how we were always taught to be prepared, after all…it was our motto. Be prepared! It was comforting to know that if some dire situation would have taken place, in that building, if someone were to open fire, fall and break a leg, have a heart attack or lose one of their kids in the store, most likely we would have some learned reaction from our days in Boy Scouts and more than likely all of us would have had a few useful items on us that might prove useful. We were taught to always be prepared.

I thought about us, Christians, the Church. All of these old friends of mine were leaders among men, game changers, men whom other men listen to and create a response through that leadership. They know how to execute change, but in the only real area of preparedness that matters…were we prepared? Am I prepared?

I thought about us, Christians, the Church. I thought about Jesus.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Fathers house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. AND YOU KNOW THE WAY TO WHERE I AM GOING.”
John 14

I thought about us, Christians, my old Boy Scout friends, the Church.

I thought about it all. Our fall, how God prepared the skins of animals for Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness and hide their shame. The fact that God prepared a savior for us through his Son Jesus long before his birth. How He has given us his word, prepared by him, showing us how to understand faith, the assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.

Christians, are we prepared?

So many of us gather together in the Church each of us with our own specialized skills and hobbies. We bring so many different things to the table. We are blessed with different spiritual gifts and abilities. Some of know how to spit out a verse to someone whose sick, some of us know how give and serve well, some of us know how to share the truth of Jesus to others. But are we prepared? Are we ready?

Most of us would agree that we cannot be prepared for what we are seeing lately in our world. Evil is among us. Times are scary. We must have faith in the sovereign purpose of God.

“Do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring light in darkness and will disclose the purpose of the heart.” 1 Corinthians 4:5

But

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work.”

2 Thessalonians 2:1

One day, he will “shake not only the earth, but also the heavens.”

I am thankful that “the Lord is patient toward us, not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance. But, the day of the Lord will come like a thief.”

Are we prepared?

“The mystery of lawlessness is already at work.

One day, “The heavens will pass away with a roar, the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done will be exposed.”

Are we prepared?

As we wait for the new heaven and a new earth…are we prepared?

I think about us, Christians, my old Boy Scout friends, the Church.
Are we prepared Christians?

Patrick Duke
Member City Church

Forgiven

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To borrow a phrase from the great southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, let me say that, “I’m American by birth; southern by the grace of God!” I’m also a Tennessee boy, born and raised In Memphis. But I must say that my allegiance is pretty much divided now. Having lived in Arkansas 30+ years it has become my second home, and it is no mistake that we are called The Natural State.

I remember as if it were yesterday when Elvis was king. It was always sort of strange living in the same town with such a universal celebrity. Apparently at the end of his concerts no one would leave the facilities. People wanted him to come back out for another encore. On his concerts videos an announcer would say to the crowds, “Elvis has left the building!”

As is the way with everyone who lives, Elvis has “left the building.” He is dead and won’t be back. That is not out disrespect for the man…I even wear a pair of blue suede shoes. Hey, if you are from Memphis you have to own at least one pair.

It was also in Memphis that I met another Man. This was the same Man that after His death Mary Magdalene went to His tomb to anoint Him and was told:

Mark 16:6 And he *said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

The Apostle Paul tells us:

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

This weekend City Church has an great opportunity. There are people all around each and everyone one of us that will be looking for a church to attend. Do you realize that statistics tell us that 85% of people will accept an invitation to church…if someone would ask them?

There will be people here that haven’t been to church in a long time. Some haven’t been since last Easter. Some haven’t been in years. Many used to attend but for some reason quit…and now they are giving God and the church one more chance. Let’s be prayerful. Let’s be ready. Let’s be joyful. Let’s be willing to serve!

City Church Texarkana

Saturday, April 4, 7pm
Sunday, April 5, 8am
Sunday, April 5, 10am

In Christ Alone
Robert H. McCarver
Directional Pastor

“Live long and prosper”

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Last Friday we lost an icon from my/our childhood. Leonard Nimoy who played Spock on the TV series “Star Trek” passed away last Friday and “trekkies” everywhere in the world mourned. I remember as a child watching Star Trek in the afternoons after school and watching Spock and Captain Kirk escape all kinds of situations as they fought for justice. They never lost.

Spock was known for his logic (from his Vulcan heritage) but had traits of loyalty and self-sacrifice from his human side. One quote from Nimoy’s character I remember was from 1982:

“The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few.” As he gave his life for the Starship Enterprise and all her crew.

The New York Times in a interview with Nimoy quoted him saying:

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended. But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

I read that world wide more people are more aware of who “Spock” was than the name or person “Leonard Nimoy.”

What a great illustration for us that follow Christ. What if Jesus’ followers really started acting, living and loving as Jesus did? What if all we were about was letting people see Jesus instead of us? What if we were about making his name known more than our own?

In Gods word we read As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Our goal should be like that of John the Baptist as we read in John 3:30 “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

What if we could say  “If I had to be someone else, I would be Jesus?”

That’s the real way to “live long and prosper.”

Jim Turley
Associate Pastor
City Church Texarkana

6 reasons you shouldn’t give up on church…

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We read of people of all ages that are walking away from church. Maybe you know someone who has or is thinking of walking away from church. Read this article from Charisma Magazine and forward it to them as well, it will be a great encouragement to them. People seem unfulfilled or simply tired of empty religion. That’s why I am SO GLAD to be part of City Church. The unique and fresh approach of just being a family that celebrates Jesus!
Jim Turley
Associate Pastor

Check out the article below:

6 Reasons You Should Never Give Up on Church
J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma

i’ve experienced heaven on earth the past few days. I found it in Durban, South Africa, while visiting one of the most joy-filled congregations I’ve ever encountered in my travels.

It’s called His Church, and this 1,000-member multicultural church has many wonderful qualities: a loving pastor (a brave woman, Fiona Des Fontaine) who is committed to preaching God’s Word without compromise; a powerful outreach to the community; a healthy team of pastors who serve with no signs of competition or ego; and a Bible college where many young leaders are being trained.

I know there are many churches around the world today that have qualities similar to His Church. Yet many Christians—especially in the United States—are giving up on church because they were hurt by pastors or wounded by other Christians, or because they simply decided to “go it alone.” They are knows as “dones”—people who are “done” with church.

“Dones” might watch an occasional church service on television or meet with a few Christian friends over coffee for a casual Starbucks version of “church lite.” They still consider themselves serious Christians, but they want nothing more of pastors, tithing, scheduled meetings or church drama.

If you or someone you love has given up on church, I’m not here to condemn you. I’ve had my share of disappointments in church over the years, including some spiritual abuse. But I want to offer six reasons why you shouldn’t let a bad experience end your connection to God’s people.

1. The church is Christ’s body on earth. With all its flaws, the church is still God’s Plan A. Jesus announced before He went to the cross: “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Jesus intends to use the church—even in its weakness—as His primary tool to reach the world with the gospel. Heaven does not have a Plan B. Jesus is the head of his church (see Col. 1:18) and we are His hands and feet. To reject the church is to reject God’s ultimate strategy to bring heaven’s kingdom on earth.

2. The Holy Spirit has called us to work and flow together. When we were born again and baptized, the Bible says we were mystically unified with all other born-again believers and connected to each other by the Holy Spirit. The Lord also connects people in local congregations. This connection is holy and we should never make light of it or damage it. Paul told the Ephesians to “preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” by being in close fellowship with each other (Eph. 4:3). To reject this union of believers is to dishonor the work of the Spirit.

3. God accomplishes more through His corporate people than through isolated individuals. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit worked primarily through the nation of Israel, and through individuals who had special callings and remarkable courage. But in the age of the New Covenant, the Spirit dwells in every Christian believer, and the corporate church makes a much bigger impact. This is why Jesus told His disciples after He went to the cross that we would do “greater works” than He did on earth (see John 14:12). And because healthy churches can pool resources and organize volunteers, they are able to offer ministry to children, youth, families, singles, the needy and the lost overseas—in a way you could never do while sitting home alone.

4. God’s authority flows through His church, not through “lone ranger” Christians. Some people who’ve been hurt by church leaders feel they can never submit to another pastor again, nor will they honor a person who is called by God to carry the authority of a minister. Yet God has delegated to certain people the task of building up the church (see Eph. 4:11-12). It’s totally acceptable for you to leave an unhealthy church with poor leadership, but you should quickly find a new church where you can be equipped to fulfill your ministry. It was never intended for a Christian to live with a my-way-or-the-highway attitude.

5. It is by living in Christian community that we learn to love and serve. The Book of Hebrews was written to a group of Jewish Christians who were thinking of abandoning their Christian faith because of persecution. Some of them even stopped attending church, but Paul addressed their disillusionment by saying: “And let us consider how to spur one another to love and to good works. Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but let us exhort one another, especially as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:24-25). People who live in isolation find it difficult to develop character, and they often get discouraged; those who walk together in close fellowship inspire each other, and they improve each other just as iron sharpens iron.

6. If you leave the church because of hurt or resentment, you make it more difficult to find healing and reconciliation. It might sound spiritual to say you are pulling away from people to focus on God. But the New Testament says your relationship with God is directly related to how you relate to others. John wrote: “Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark” (1 John 2:9, MSG). People may have hurt you, but God will also use people to heal you. Don’t let the hurts of the past paint you into a lonely corner. Choose to forgive. Take a risk and keep loving.

Please don’t check out of church or give up on God’s flawed saints. There is no perfect church—and if there were, it would not be perfect after you joined! There is a place for you in God’s eternal family.

J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter @leegrady. He is the author of several books including his latest, The Truth Sets Women Free (Charisma House.) You can learn more about his ministry, The Mordecai Project, at themordecaiproject.org.

Read the full article here: http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/22520-6-reasons-you-should-never-give-up-on-church

Time for a “change”?

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I recently came across this story…. 

On July 14th, 2013, Mr. Van Niel, a season-ticket holder for Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, gave up his regular seats for one game at Progressive Field. Van Niel took advantage of a season-ticket exchange, which landed him, his brother, and his two nephews in Section 160 down the third-base line.

Throughout his life as a diehard baseball fan Van Niel had never caught a foul ball. But after changing seats on July 14th and showing up in Section 160, he snagged not one, not two, not three, but an amazing four foul balls. Just to give some perspective, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information, the odds of catching one foul ball in a pro baseball game are about a thousand to one. The odds of one person catching four foul balls in the same game are approximately a trillion to one.

Van Niel offered the following explanation: “Three of them were catches and one was a ball I picked up off the ground. The third one … I think I ended up sprawled across a few rows, and I got some cheese on myself. But the other ones were just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.”

A trillion to one? I looked up the seating capacity for that stadium and it seats 42,241 people. Think about that for a moment. This man regularly attends games and never is able to get a ball while sitting in his old seats; He changes this one time and is able to get four! You may ask yourself; what does that have to do with me? I think it is a teaching moment for us all. We are creatures of habit and we get in a routine and just go and go and go. We therefore get used to the results of our choices.

But, what if YOU changed? What if you did something a little out of your comfort zone?

I am reminded that little kids aren’t afraid to try anything. You walk into an elementary class room and ask a child “can you paint”” they will reply “sure!” How about “play a musical instrument?” Of course! Little kids will merely just try without thinking about the appearance and fear of failure.

I personally think we all can learn from these two analogies. What in our lives do we need to change? How about this one, what do we need to try?

In church we all have our “places.” You know, the “place” where we feel secure and we are used to going. What if…

√  You sat in on a children’s class and just became an encourager?

√ You went and helped out in pre-school and just helped hold a baby?

√  You got to church early one Saturday or Sunday and just said hello to people coming in to church or helped point people to where they could park?

You see Mr. Niel gave up his “place” at the ballpark and received a huge blessing. Just think if YOU took a chance and changed up “YOUR PLACE” at church and tried something different?

Let’s try and see…… Get with me and let me find you a new “Seat.”

Jim Turley
Associate Pastor
City Church Texarkana

The Days Yet Future…

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Got an interesting text from Ryan Berry last night. He asked me if I heard that Naghmeh Abedini (Saeed Abedini’s wife) was going to meet with President Obama. I hadn’t, so I looked it up. It seems that Naghmeh is on day 15 of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. How awesome is our God?

Today, January 21, 2015 is the last day of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting at City Church. There are churches all over the world that have joined together in doing the same. Naghmeh Abedini has been seeking an audience with the President for over two years… do we think it is by accident that she now can meet with President Obama? I am reminded of a scripture we looked at as we prepared for this time together:

Daniel 10:2-3   In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. 3 I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed. 

 Daniel 10:13-14   But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”

Daniel prayed and fasted seeking the Lord. Many of you have prayed and fasted over the last twenty-one days…God will hear us!

Continue to pray and seek God as we seek to follow Him and become a fellowship that is making disciples. We don’t want to get ahead of God…but we sure want to be there when He shows. Expectantly wait to see an amazing move of God at City Church in 2015…The Days Yet Future!

In Christ Alone

Robert
Directional Pastor
City Church TXK

Reset?

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National Community Church is observing ten days of prayer and fasting. They named the fast Reset. Their thinking: What could be more exciting than having God “Reset” our lives at the beginning of the year?!

Note some areas of our lives that NCC mentioned in a December 8, 2015 blog that may need to be “Reset”:

  • Does your health need reset?
  • How about your finances?
  • What about your marriage?
  • Your employment?
  • Your family relationships?
  • Your spiritual life?

I am confident in saying most of us have those “things” that need resetting. At times cities and nations need resetting.

When Jonah went to Nineveh with a word from the Lord that the city was going to be overthrown in forty days…the king of Nineveh had an immediate response:

Jonah 3:7 He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water.

He called for a fast…a fast with a purpose:

Jonah 3:8 But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands.

Fasting must be accompanied with prayer. Fasting is not about us!

  • We replace food or things in our lives in seeking God
  • We fast to draw close to Him
  • We fast to uncover sin in “our” lives
  • We fast to care for those far from God
  • We fast to be used in ministry
  • We fast to hear from Him

Does fasting work? Watch this:

Jonah 3:10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.

I expectantly wait for what God is doing even now as City Church fasts!