I hope the first week of 2022 is going great for you, as we start a new year! Right now, there’s big hope of what can happen and our hearts are set for the best outcomes and success.
Because of this, there are a plethora of materials that teach us time management, achieving goals, having a fitness plan, having time for ourselves and so much more. ALL of these are needed as we navigate our schedules, responsibilities and our dreams.
But I believe there’s something we can do that brings us into alignment with God and it sets the trajectory for where we go and what can be achieved.
I call this, Fast Forward!
To be clear, I’m not talking about fast forwarding a movie in a VCR (that’s old school). Or getting the fast pass at Disney World and furthermore, this is not about getting fast food even faster.
No, I’m talking prayer and fasting.
Something great happens when we FAST forward into the new year with expectations and focus on God. There’s something about fasting that aligns us with God and draws us closer to Him. It’s my belief, this is what we all want and it’s what we all need.
When we are aligned with God and drawing close to Him, we are positioned to receive what He wants to give us. This is not buying a miracle from God or twisting His arm to do what we want. No, this is seeking God and setting something aside for a set time, and believing that He will hear us and more importantly, we will hear Him.
This is big because God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. However, we can learn His ways and receive His thoughts by giving our lives daily to Him. Fasting helps us to do this because, when we set something aside, God is able to fill us up with more of Himself.
This is why it’s powerful when we Fast Forward into this new year.
“8. My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9
The beauty of these verses is this, Jesus gives us the opportunity to know His ways and to receive His thoughts for us. Our part, is to seek Him and when we do, we will find Him.
“12. In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”Jeremiah 29:12-13
Notice, when we seek Him, we find Him.
This is so important because, God has thoughts about us that are far greater than anything we have for ourselves. The truth is, over 80% of our thoughts are negative on a daily basis. This is regarding ourselves, others and beyond. However, God has thoughts about us that are full of His purpose and of His plan for our lives.
Therefore, if we let our negative mindset dictate what we do, it’s easy to miss what He wants for our lives because we’re believing the wrong source.
This is why I encourage you to Fast Forward
Into 2022 and join us for a time of prayer and fasting.
From January 9th-29th, we are setting time aside to seek God. To worship Him and give Him our desires, goals and hopes for this year.
It’s going to be great because, God is being empowered to work in our lives in ways we can’t see yet. He’s setting the stage for miracles to happen that we will receive as the year progresses.
So what are your hopes for this year? What are you believing God to do for you?
I believe nothing is impossible with God; therefore, when we Fast Forward into the year, we are positioned to receive what He has for us.
So, I encourage you to begin praying about what God would have you give up for 21 days. Plan what you’re going to do, so you’re empowered to do it.
Remember, it’s vital to fill up your spirit with His word, prayer, worship and being a part of church in-person or online. This helps replenish us as we feed on the bread of life, Jesus!
I’m expecting great things for you, me and our church. I’m believing the best is yet to come, and as we take the step together, we are going to position ourselves to receive all that He has.
Happy New Year as we Fast Forward into 2022!
May God be with you in great ways and may He cover you with His promises.