January begins a new year, a fresh start, and another chance. In fact, a new calendar year brings new hopes and dreams. As much as we try to downplay it, and as much as the enemy tries to steal it, on some level we all hope that this year will be better than last year.
For those of us who don't feel this way, my prayer is that you will gain strength and resolve in the first series of 2017 called My Confidence is Coming Back. The reason that we are doing this series is because we don't want you to throw away your confidence. In fact, too often people throw away their confidence because it is tied to the wrong source. The world says our confidence has to do with ourselves, when the truth is that it has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Christ. We are confident because of what Christ has already done, what He has already won, and what He has promised to us in His Word. It is tied to God's promise for our lives, for this new year.
We believe that 2017 can be the best year of your life. That your confidence can return as you hear the voice of God for your life. 2017 will only be better if you more clearly and more consistently hear God's voice. The voice of God builds confidence in our lives. It gives us assurance in spite of our fears and circumstances and no matter what we face this year, when we hear God we can walk in confidence.
As part of our message series, we would like to invite and challenge you to a three-day fast from Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 25.
Start the year off right and discover the rewards of putting God first!
Join Pastor Adam, the staff, elders, and many others in our congregation on January 23-25. When you sign up, our staff and elders want to send you text updates as a source of encouragement and partnership as we fast together.
We look forward to hearing about what God is doing in your lives and in our community as we seek Him fully!
Here are a few additional verses to keep close to your heart during the fast:
Luke 4:1-2 (NIV) Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
Matthew 4:4 (NIV) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 6:16-18 (NIV) When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disﬁgure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Isaiah 58:6-7 (NIV) Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own ﬂesh and blood?
Acts 13:2 (NIV) While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Exodus 34:28 (NIV) Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.
Esther 4:16 (NIV) Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.
Ezra 8:23 (NIV) So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
Nehemiah 1:4 (NIV) When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
Daniel 10:2-3 (NIV) At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.
Joel 1:14 (NIV) Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
Joel 2:12 (NIV) “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”