During the month of February we have started fasting and praying for spiritual breakthrough. I want to encourage you as you fast and pray, to follow through with what you have set in your heart and mind. Many are fasting a few days a week, certain food groups, or even social media. As you do, pray for God to reveal to you the path to a deeper prayer life and walk with Him. I think every year we have done this I have sensed both victory and discouragement. The enemy does not like the fact that we are getting serious about pursuing God so temptation comes roaring in. But don’t lose heart, we can overcome the temptation of the enemy of our soul and he knows that quite well. Jesus was up for the test in Matthew 4 when the devil came full force and tempted him to the very core. We see in the response of Jesus that He was all about the Father and every word that came out of his mouth was from God.
We must come to a closer daily relationship with God in order to fight off the schemes of the devil. The evil forces that are destroying this Nation are a direct result of men and women living in disobedience and ignoring God’s Commandments. We must saturate in the Word of God, fast and pray, and believe that God wants to do a new work among us. Doing nothing is not an option. Going through the routine of life is not an option. We need to continually commit ourselves to God and not settle for anything but a close relationship to a living God.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 to put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes. As we fast and pray, let us commit together that we want to see God break through on our men, our women, our church, and our nation.
For the next several weeks, we will take a closer look at the Armor of God. The men I have been meeting with have looked closely at this armor and it is good to continue to be reminded of the resoureces God has made available to us in this spiritual battle we are all in.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--
There are also several people who have started reading the Prophets on Monday. This one may be a little more difficult to stay on track than the New Testament reading we have done in the past. Let me encourage you to work through it and learn what God says through the Prophets. If you want to discuss your readings with others then join the Community Bible Experience group that meets on Thursday’s at 6:45 led by Jeff and Lynn Lease. They are in a different location each week so you will need to contact the church office in order to sign up for the email notifications.
This Sunday we will finish our series, “Onpoint: Living in Missional Rhythm.” I am looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene