About this time in the course of events for the Tribe of Judah, we find ourselves going in multiple directions to different cities and states. Everyone heading home for the holidays; everyone resting tired spiritual muscles and reflecting on a year of glory and defeat on the field of battle. We’re lighting candles for the Festival of Lights, preparing gifts and cooking goodies for Christmas, all while we set our minds like flint on the task ahead.
I say we are all going in multiple directions, visiting family and relaxing for a couple short weeks…and we do go in these separate directions right before we reconvene to go in just ONE.
One concentrated, focused, and sobering direction.
One ultra-humbling, breaking, trudging marathon of a direction.
You see, every January 1st, most of the staff and many in our discipleship school choose to enter into a three-week fast. We don’t push it on people or try to publicize it too much. We welcome questions about it. And we band tightly together to march up the 21-day grueling climb to fleshly death.
I don’t want to go into too much length now about all our reasoning for this particular fast, but I would like to say a couple things: One, there is nothing more difficult that I have done as a Christian. Two, there is literally nothing more rewarding and no time in my life where I have heard God’s voice so clear and seen Him move so unmistakably and effortlessly. Last, the Holy Spirit falls. That is all. He does…smoothly, quickly, quickeningly, amazingly. It is breathtaking.
One more thing, it isn’t because we are “doing something” to move God’s hand. No, it is because we are less in the way, less stubborn, and more dependent on Him…and because He has called us to. This is His deal. I just wanted to wrap up the year with a few thoughts on this as we prepare our hearts and alter our diets. May He shake the hills. May He cut us deep with the Word. May we ignite. And may the impact be felt in hell….
Jesus said, “…this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”–Matthew 17:21
More to come on the fasting front….