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First Friday Fasting and Prayer

Friday, March 07, 2008

Moving Forward on our Knees

First Friday Fasting and Prayer
March 7, 2008

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you not recognize for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless you fail the test.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

We are living in the last days where the scriptures say that people will hold to a form of religion, but deny its power over their lives by being too easily enticed by things or powers that corrupt them. (2 Tim. 3:5) It has been said that if the rapture came today, our churches would still be 3/4 full.

A true Christian who stumbles into sin will experience Godly sorrow, which leads to repentance (and a changed life), and afterwards their fellowship with God is restored. (2 Cor. 7:9-10) However, the cultural Christian (who may not truly be a Christian) demonstrates a life of habitual sin, and although he may experience grief, it is worldly sorrow and there is no real repentance (change in direction) in his life. Because there is only worldly sorrow, he habitually returns to his sin, denying the power of God in His life rather than living a transformed life. (2 Cor. 5:17) Repentance (admitting your are wrong (sinful) and turning around from the sin) is critical to living a victorious and growing Christian life.

Of course, sanctification (being purified) is a process. Just as a baby learns how to walk, Christians learn how to walk pleasing God. With a desire to be pleasing to God, a Christian will examine himself to see if he is in the faith. (2 Cor. 13:5). But, a problem occurs when Christians compare their personal walk with God to the walk of the guy sitting next to them. If they perceive themselves better then they assume they must be doing all right and the need for repentance is not recognized or is ignored. Thus, they continue living a carnal life in habitual sin and there is no real growth. The true test for a Christian is to examine themselves by the standards set in God’s Word.

During this First Friday Fasting and Prayer time, take the challenge to test yourselves to see if you are in the faith! I John is a great place to start to see if your life shows the characteristics of a Biblical Christian. Take the test….do you recognize Jesus in you?
Directions for the I John test:

As you read each verse, list all the characteristics of a Christian you can find in I John 1-5.
Now examine yourself to see if you are missing the mark. Make sure you resist the temptation to compare yourself with the next guy! Only use what you’ve discovered in I John to test yourself.
If you discover your lifestyle is different than God’s standards, then allow Godly sorrow to move your heart to confess your sins and repent( turn around) to be in line with God’s standard. You will then experience the power of a fellowship restored with Jesus and real growth.
After you take the I John test, take time to intercede for others:

“So He said He would have destroyed them –if Moses His chosen one had not stood before Him in the breach to turn His wrath away from destroying them.” Psalm 106:23

Intercession Guide

1. Take a moment to become a clean vessel for God’s use by confessing all known sins. (Psalm 139:23-24; I John 1:9) Walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:15, 18, 20)

2. As you pray, take time to use the suggested scripture below to guide you, seeking God with your whole heart (Psalm 119:2), listening to His instructions and being determined to be obedient to all He tells you. (Psalm 119:4-5)
3. Take every opportunity to share what you learn with others. (Psalm 119:13)

Pray for Yourself and Family:

* Revival: meeting the conditions set forth in 2 Chronicles 7:14

* Christians would realize God’s great love and draw upon His resources. (Psalm 1: 1-3)

* God’s wisdom and guidance for applying His principles in life and families may listen and learn from each other. (Ephesians 4: 31-32)

Church and Congregation and Leaders:

* Unity within the body. (John 17:11,21)

* Christians to be bold messengers of God, handling accurately the word of truth, and for the evangelization of the world. (Ephesians 6:19)

* Christians to be devoted to prayer. (I Thessalonians 5: 16-22) Consistency in their spiritual walk. (Ephesians 3:14-20)

* Movements of Discipleship within the church. (2 Timothy 2:2)

* Christians to take every opportunity to share Christ’s love and forgiveness. ( I Peter 3:15)

Community and Nation:

* Our nation to hunger and thirst after righteousness. (Matthew 5:6)

* God to expose any unrighteousness in our leadership. (Proverbs 10:9)

* Our leaders to hate the things that God hates and would demonstrate integrity. (Proverbs 6:16-19; I Samuel 12:14)
* Students and teachers to take every opportunity to teach what they have learned with others. (Matthew 28:19-20)

* World and those in Authority

* Spiritual Awakening in the world (Psalm 2)

* God to place Godly men in positions like Daniel, to influence the kings of the world. Pray they will learn humility and evangelism would be allowed. (I Timothy 2: 1-6)

* 1 Timothy 2: 1-2

Prisoners and those persecuted for Christ’s sake.

* Those being persecuted for being committed to Christ. (Psalm 91: 14-16)

* God to set free those imprisoned by drugs, alcohol, pornography and other addictions. (I Corinthians 10: 12-13) Pray for labors in this ripe harvest field.

* Those in jail will hear the gospel. (Psalm 69:32-33)
Thanks for praying. Your prayers move mountains.

Maranatha! He is coming soon. Are you ready?

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