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Diving Deep

by on January 18, 2012

In our second week of fasting we are challenged to go deeper in our prayer focus, doing as Paul said in “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,[1]  deeper in our commitment in the fast, taking our fast to another level of sacrifice (see earlier post Turning Up The Heat) and deeper in our expectation of spiritual breakthrough for us individually, for our families, churches and communities.  And many of you have reported significant breakthroughs in physical health and from spiritual bondage.  We are breaking some new ground in the Spirit and laying claim to new territory.  But let me remind you that what we are seeing in these early days are just a taste of the powerful current of the Spirit that Christ intends for you and me.   “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.[2]  The prophet Isaiah, of whom the Apostle Paul quotes says that these things prepared of the Lord come to those who wait on Him.  That brings us to a fourth area of deepening in our fast, that is in how God wants us, in this new year, to lovingly serve Him.  Yes, there are those who are content to sit on the sidelines and watch the progression of the Kingdom of God, but both Paul and Isaiah tell us that it is to those who lovingly serve Him that unimaginable blessings come.

So, midway through this second week, ask the Holy Spirit to show you, then strengthen you , to take authority over the strongholds that have held back victory in  your life.  For some, it may even be the discouragement or disappointment in not seeing the victory of breakthrough for an individual or situation you have been praying for.  In this season of fasting, be encouraged to take authority in the Spirit over those unresolved battles once again.  Laying claim once more to things seen in the spirit but unrealized in the natural.  Dive deep into the promises of the Word over your family, your finances and your future.  Lay claim to the future and hope that the Lord has conceived for you from the day of your physical conception.[3]   These are days of great opposition but of great opportunity as well.  Keep plunging into the deep, keep pursuing His presence, for it is those who endure to the end that scripture promises bountiful deliverance.

Today’s suggested scripture reading:  James 1

Pushing away and pressing in,

Pastor Terry


[1] 2 Corinthians 10:5

[2] 1 Corinthians 2:9

[3] Jeremiah 29:11

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