September 24 – Day 6

Keep going my friends,   I heard a testimony today of someone who thought they were not even hearing from God,  and then they realized their heart was subtly being changed. See, even if you think God is not speaking to you-  watch for it. I also know He is speaking to us as a church through individuals, so ask Him what He has to say to the church through you.    You are an important link in this chain, so keep persevering. Please let us know your testimonies of God’s interaction with you in these days.

In addition, here is an article from The Return site that I have found very helpful over the last few weeks, so I wanted to share it with you.

The Believer’s Covenant of Repentance and Prayer
Living in First Love Obedience and Power
(by Dr. Gregory Frizzell)

In The Believer’s Covenant of Repentance and Prayer, believers receive a practical biblical plumbline for ongoing growth and power. Regardless of theological slant, denomination or worship style, each of the seven commitments are God’s non-negotiables for obedience and empowerment.

While as believers we are wholly accepted in Christ’s righteousness, we are to press toward the mark because we love Him. (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3)
It is important to understand the commitments in this covenant are more than just some nice sounding prayers. They reflect the seven essential elements of fully empowered Christians. The prayers represent the key areas in which we are to grow for the rest of our lives. Prayerfully consider the essential commitments and the Scriptures from which they flow.

Some may consider all seven in their daily quiet time or simply
reflect on a different one each day. By so doing, we freshly surrender all major areas to God every week.   May we daily return to God in obedient, Spirit-filled living.

Seven Points of Obedience for Empowered Christians

1. Lord Jesus, You are worthy of my deepest love and continual worship. I confess and repent of any ways my first love passion, service or worship have become lukewarm, routine or ritual. By Your grace and Spirit, I covenant to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I will faithfully worship and serve You through my church. (Matthew 15:8, 22:37; John 4:23-24; Ephesians 5:18; Hebrews 10:25, 13:15; Revelation 2:1-4, 3:15-19)

2. Blessed Lord, thank You for grace to live daily in Your closeness, fullness and power. I confess and repent of any neglect in personal prayer, Scripture reading or Holy Spirit empowerment. By Your grace and Spirit, I will spend quality time in Your word and prayer for close listening to Your voice. (Psalm 119:11; Proverbs 11:30; John 8:31-32, 15:4-16, 17:3; Ephesians 5:18; James 5:16-18)

3. God because You are holy, I desire to revere You in ever-deeper holiness. I confess and repent of any neglect of daily love and spiritual cleansing, moral purity, godly relationships and denying self. By Your grace and Spirit, I commit to deep daily cleansing, ongoing repentance and full yielding to Christ’s Lordship. I covenant to grow as a disciple and a discipler of others. (Leviticus 10:3; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Matthew 16:24; John 14:15; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:6, 4:17)

4. Lord Jesus, thank You for grace to love and seek reconciliation toward all. I confess and forsake any ignoring of damaged or inappropriate relationships in my present and past. I covenant to fully forgive all who have offended me and seek forgiveness from all I have offended. By Your grace and Spirit, I will seek to walk in deep love and unity with my family, friends and all I encounter in daily life. (John 13:34-35; Matthew 5:23-24, 6:14-15, 17:20-22, 18:35; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 4:7-11)

5. Lord God, thank You for the power to build my family and relationships on the rock of Christ. I confess and forsake any failure to read Scripture and pray with and for my family. By Your grace and Spirit, we will regularly pray together and abide in your word. (If single,) I will pray regularly with a godly growth and accountability partner.) (Matthew 5:24, 21:18; Ephesians 5:24-6:4; 1 Peter 3:7)

6. Father God, I praise You for the power and privilege of being a witness for Jesus. I confess and repent of any failure to pray for global missions and lost souls. I repent of any negligence in sharing my faith. By Your grace and Spirit, I covenant to pray daily for the lost and witness to the gospel of Christ. I will boldly live out and proclaim the love and fear of the Lord. (Habakkuk 2:14; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 8:38; Acts 1:8)

7. Lord Jesus, I praise You for Your power to sweep the world in revival and spiritual awakening.  I confess and repent of any failure to pray for a revived holy Church, spiritual awakening and God’s glory to cover the earth. By Your grace and Spirit, I will daily pray for revival and spiritual awakening, for persecuted believers and for salvation to sweep Israel and the Middle East. (Psalm 85:6-7; Joel 2:28; Habakkuk 2:14; Malachi 3:1-4: Hebrews 13:1-3; Psalm 122:6)

September 23 – Day 5

Well done my friends! You are half way there! Keep it up!!! Remember Perseverance not perfection. God is changing your heart and mind!

I am also including some information on fasting. Hope it is helpful. I am so thankful you are taking this seriously! Thank you for changing the Kingdom of God.

Fasting during 10 Days
10 Days is a fast.
Whether or not there is a city-wide prayer meeting near you, everyone can enter into fasting during 10 Days at some level. How or if you fast is between you and God—but, you’re invited to fast! And fasting, when it’s done in the right spirit, is something that God sees and rewards (Matt. 7:18).
What does it mean to fast?
Fasting is:
• Giving up lawful physical needs and pleasures in order to pursue spiritual needs and pleasures
• An embodied way of humbling ourselves before God and an expression of mourning
• A physical form of prayer, an act of faith in God
• One of three “righteous deeds” commended by Jesus in Matthew 6 (Prayer, Fasting, Charity)
• An expression of our desire for the return of Christ (Matt 9:15)

Fasting is done voluntarily, not under compulsion. The type of fast that you enter into is between you and God. Here are some common ways of fasting:

3 Biblical Fasts: There are three types of Biblical fasts that are mentioned in Scripture:
1) A “Daniel Fast” mentioned Daniel 1 and 10. It involves eating only plants and no luxury foods.
2) A water fast (no food, only water), practiced by Jesus in the wilderness.
3) An “Esther Fast”, (no food, no water), practiced by Esther and also by Moses on Sinai.

Since these are explicitly mentioned by Scripture, they deserve special consideration by us although the Esther Fast is not recommended for more than a day and only if you are in good health. Pregnant women, the seriously sick, and young children should not fast, although Daniel fasts are safe for most people in most situations.

Other Types of Fasts include:
1) A “juice” or liquid fast, cutting out solid foods for only fruit and vegetable juices. This type of fast sometimes will include broths and some people use smoothies or blended drinks
2) A “media fast” is increasingly common as our phones, TV’s, video games, and social media have expanded into more and more of life. Even people in the world are recognizing the
need to withdraw from the many screens in our life. An old school version of a media fast
was abstaining from newspapers, novels, or other secular reading on the Sabbath.
3) Giving up anything for a specified amount of time (specific food or drink items, sex within marriage by mutual consent, luxury items, entertainment, sports etc.)

Caution: Pitfalls of Fasting
While my hunger for God led me into fasting, in my immaturity I made a number of major mistakes! There’s a temptation to pride in fasting that Jesus highlights in Matthew 6. We are encouraged to make sure that our fasting is done for an audience of one, not to show how spiritual we are or self-disciplined we are. While fasting is a “work of righteousness”, we should recall that apart from the cross of Christ, our righteous deeds (prayer, fasting, charity) are filthy rags! Here’s a few mistakes that I’ve made in my personal journey with fasting.

Things Not to Do
Zeal Overdrive! In my earlier days, I was very unimpressed with people who while fasting would drink coffee—how can that be spiritual? I was zealous and convinced that the more intense the fast, the more would be accomplished spiritually. At times, this drove me to unwise extremes. Then, as I got a little bit older and it became harder and harder to quit coffee (headaches, etc.), I found myself…fasting and drinking coffee. It’s funny how that happens. And you know what, God still enjoys it! Zeal is good, but what matters is the heart and obedience, not being as intense as possible.

Style over Substance: Because I had cut my teeth on fasting “Orthodox style” I tended to look down on other styles of fasting that were not rooted in that tradition or not sufficiently rigorous (in my view). However, what I’ve come to see is that no matter what kind of fast we do, it’s a matter of the heart and our obedience to God is what moves heaven, not our zeal and intensity.

Fast as the new key to spiritual breakthrough. When we set our hearts to seek God and decide to give up things as part of our hunger and thirst for God, it moves His heart.

Fasting does not make God do what we want
Like most good and powerful things, fasting can also do great harm. Perhaps the biggest error that people commit when fasting is treating it as a mechanism to get God to do what they want. Fasting carries with it a special danger of legalism and religious control, which can be quite subtle.
Several years ago, God spoke to me to stop fasting for a while. When I asked why, He shared with me that my past fasting had been pleasing to him, but that to continue at that time was “dangerous”. The fact that I felt disappointed that he was asking me to stop fasting (rather than happy and relieved) was a sign that I may have begun slipping into this temptation of seeing the free grace of God as dependent on my “good works”. It’s true, there is a reward for fasting. God releases grace through fasting. God can release grace to us in many ways. But what really pleases God are deeds done in faith. When we fast or pray thinking that our own righteousness is accomplishing anything, we are in danger of legalism and a religious spirit. Let’s guard against that and offer up our fasting as a voluntary and free act of worship to
Him—He is worthy of it!

The Purpose of the 10 Days Fast
Having outlined several common pitfalls related to fasting and shared some of my many mistakes with fasting (and trust me, there’s more in that well to draw from!), I want to conclude with a few simple pointers on why to fast, specifically during 10 Days.

Humble Yourself with Fasting: Rooting out Hidden Sin
You could camp out in James chapters 3-4 for the entire 10 Days and be just fine. There is so much wisdom here on how to be pleasing to God, and how to rid yourself of hidden sin. All of us have areas of “friendship with the world”, areas of sin that are hidden from our eyes but painfully obvious to God. How do you deal with something you can’t see? By humbling yourself, lamenting, mourning, and fasting, preferably with other believers. Remember, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” When we humble ourselves in the sight of God, He will surely lift us up.

Fasting is also a key to unity, as it is our fleshly desires that cause conflict among believers (James 4:1).
We will only find true Christian unity humbled at the foot of the cross, and fasting together is a way to humble ourselves.

Intercessory Fasting
In the prayer movement, we talk a lot about “intercessory prayer”. Intercessory fasting is the same thing, just instead of speaking to God with our lips and our mind, we are doing it with our entire body.
Daniel understood and practiced intercessory fasting more than any other person recorded in Scripture. Three of the twelve chapters of Daniel (1/4 of the book) center around his fasts. In Daniel 9, we see Daniel laying hold of a prophetic promise from Jeremiah by fasting, mourning, and prayer. The result is not only that God hears His prayer and the order to rebuild Jerusalem goes forth, but also that Daniel receives more and greater insight about the Messiah! Fasting moves God’s heart to intervene in situations, and on behalf of His people.

Fasting even moves God’s heart when practiced by evil people! In 1 Kings 21: 25, we read that “there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD…” Ahab is a preeminently evil person, perhaps the worst king in all of Israel’s history. He is described as “very abominable”. And yet, when he fasted, God said “See how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring this calamity in his days…” If God responds to the fasting of evil men, how much more to fasting of those clothed in the righteousness of His glorious son!

For the “fasting is only in the Old Testament crowd”, keep in mind that the greatest missionary movement recorded in Scripture began with a three day fast (Acts 13). Fasting positions us to be sent out by God to be part of the answer to our own prayers.

Longing for the Messiah to Come
The preeminent reason to fast during 10 Days is as an expression of longing for the return of Jesus. Jesus prophesies in Matthew 9:15 that a time will come when He is taken away from His earthly followers, and that in that day they will fast and mourn. These are the days we are in now, where we are betrothed to a bridegroom, but not yet married.

Symbolically, the fall feasts point to the second coming, just as the spring feasts pointed towards the first coming of the Messiah. How appropriate for us in this “in between time” before the Lord returns, to spend these days “longing for and hastening the day” of His appearing.
Most Christians are not getting this yet. I get more push back on this issue than any other when I share about 10 Days. That’s okay—let’s begin to tap into this deep well of Biblical revelation of our blessed hope; let’s begin to live from this place of longing for Christ’s return, and as we do so we’ll see the culture of the whole body begin to shift, until we are a united, spotless bride, clothed in righteous acts and full of desire for the coming of our Bridegroom.

By Jonathan Friz, 2019

September 22 – Day 4

Dear VBC Family –

I am beginning to hear stories of what God is doing in your heart and life through this time. Praise God!!  I can’t wait to hear your story,  feel free to get in touch and share! Tomorrow is our morning prayer.   If you are available, please feel free to connect.  Here is the Zoom link.    Hope you can join us.   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89615738622

Mourning for the Bridegroom

Longing for the Lord’s Return

In Matthew 9:15, Jesus says, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?  But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

In this passage, the Lord envisions a future season where he will not be physically present with the disciples.  Because of His absence and their love and longing for Him, they will enter into fasting and mourning.

10 Days is an opportunity to enter into the reality Jesus describes and predicts in Matthew 9:15.

 The Lord’s Return: Common Ground: Regardless of our various positions on the Lord’s return, I’m sure that we can all agree on one thing—Jesus is coming back!  As the Apostle’s Creed states:  “He is coming again to judge the living and the dead”.  So, while we may differ on various realities surrounding His coming, we agree on the basic fact—He’s coming again!

We are to Ask for His Return: I am also convinced we can agree to this, although it may not seem quite as intuitive:

God the Father wants us to ask for the Lord’s Return.

Have you ever considered that when we pray, “Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven,” that we are praying for the Lord’s return?  While I desire to see the Kingdom come today as much as the next person, we also need to understand that this prayer will not be answered in fullness until the Lord returns.

The final prayer in the Bible is a prayer for the return of Jesus: “Come, Lord Jesus”, so we’re clearly on solid footing with this idea of praying for the Lord’s Return (Rev. 22:20).

We are to Eagerly Desire His Return: Praying for Christ’s return is less about words and more about the posture and desire of our hearts. It’s not as though saying the magic words “Come, Lord Jesus” over and over again will cause Him to suddenly split open the sky and make all things new.  However, it is certainly true that He’s returning for a Bride arrayed in beauty, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.

A significant element of the Bride’s beauty is her single-hearted desire for her husband. 

There is an “appropriate” level of longing, desire, and heart preparation for the return of Christ that each believer is invited to experience, and that we are to display corporately.  By and large, believers are a long way away from this appropriate level of desire (from heaven’s perspective). Many of us are content with worldly pursuits, even thinking in our hearts “Lord, could you put that return off for a few years.”

We need to repent of a wrong heart attitude towards Christ’s return and embrace a Biblical paradigm where every day is colored by an eager desire for the fullness of seeing Him face-to-face.  This heart of longing for the return of Christ is likened to the longing of a Bride for her wedding day.  We are meant as the Bride of Christ to experience this same intense longing for His coming.

Mourning for the Bridegroom: Developing a heart of longing or mourning for the bridegroom is perhaps the most important aspect of the 10 Days. The return of Christ is described as a wedding, where we as his Church are the bride.  Can you imagine a bride who is just ho-hum about her upcoming marriage—“Darling, I love you, but…could we just put this off a few more years…or decades”?

Jesus is looking for the Church to desire Him and His return just as He desires us and longs to come to us.  The desire of a bride and husband to be joined is our clearest Biblical image of this desire.  I believe He’s looking for the desire of earth for His return to match the desire of heaven!

Once again, this is not about advancing a particular theological position.  Of the major theological positions out there on the Lord’s Return, who is opposed to believers longing for His coming?  Far from being suspect or divisive, it’s a clear mandate straight from God’s heart.

10 Days is an opportunity to enter into mourning for the Bridegroom and to connect at a heart level with the absence of Jesus Christ, an absence that allows sin, death, and hell continued influence over the earth.  It’s an opportunity to be part of a global prayer meeting of like-hearted believers who are saying together with one voice, in word and deed, “Come, Lord Jesus”.

Scriptures on Mourning for the Lord’s Return for Meditation, Prayer, and Study

  • “Mourning” (Matt 9:15, Matt 5:4)
  • “Groans and labors of child-birth” (Romans 8:23-24)
  • “Eagerly waiting” (Rom. 8:25, 1 Cor. 1:7)
  • “Watching and Praying” (Matt. 25:13)
  • “Longing for and hastening the day” (2 Pet. 3:12)
  • “Making ready/Preparing” (Rev. 19:7, Eph 5:27)

These Scriptures are just a starting point.  Open up your Bible, and let God lead you!

 September 21 – Day 3

Dear VBC Family –

Thank you once again for engaging in this time of preparation. I pray that God is beginning and continuing a good work in you. Remember it is about perseverance, not perfection. A heart more and more surrendered and obedient to Him. I am so grateful for who we are as a Body of Believers. Be confident that you are changing the Kingdom of Heaven by your prayers.
I am again attaching the prayer guide for the 10 days. Below is the second part of the prayer themes- intercessory mourning. Get get to stand before the throne on behalf of others. I know it will bless you.

Intercessory Mourning

Seeking the Fulfillment of four Major Biblical Promises Before the Lord’s Return

Daniel Chapter 9 is a model of “intercessory mourning”. Daniel is motivated to prayer and fasting by reading a statement of what God intends to in the Scriptures. He understands that God has declared that Jerusalem would be desolate for 70 years, realizes that 70 years has nearly passed, and begins to fast, pray, confess his sins and the sins of his people with mourning, asking God to bring captive Israel back to Jerusalem.

Passive or Active? Daniel understood God’s purposes in His time. Rather than take a passive approach, Daniel engaged with the promises of God through fasting, prayer, and mourning. He understood that God looks for human beings to partner with him in his actions in human history. Based on His example, we need to repent of a passive, prayerless lifestyle and begin to ask God:  What are Scriptural Promises that you have made that have not yet been fulfilled? How can we partner with you in intercessory mourning like Daniel for the fulfillment of your promises?

You Have a Role: As in the story of Daniel, we have a role to play in the fulfillment of God’s promises, the role of an “Intercessor”. An intercessor is a go between, an advocate who represents one side’s interests to another. God has revealed to us His will so that we, as human beings, will ask Him to do what He has already revealed He will do. Likewise, we have an intercessory role with our fellow human beings, to communicate the desires of God’s heart to them.

God’s Desire, Our Desire: When the desires of God’s heart become the desires of our hearts, and the status quo of this evil age becomes impossible for us to tolerate. The discord between what God desires and what we see in the world creates a tension in us that causes our hearts to enter into mourning for the fulfillment of God’s purposes. Our prayers are an essential part of God’s plan to fulfill His purposes and promises in as revealed in Scripture. (Rev. 5:8, Luke 18)

Here are four major promises of God that remain significantly unfulfilled. During 10 Days, we turn our attention to these things, lay hold of them by faith, and cry out to heaven for the fulfillment of all of God’s promises. Our God is still the God of Daniel!

Four Major Biblical Promises: Intercessory Focus for 10 Days
Like Daniel, God has made us promises that will be fulfilled before the Lord returns. All four of these major promises require our participation, both in prayer and action. Also, all four of these promises are interconnected and mutually dependent on one another. As we seek God for 10 Days, these four great promises dominate our times of intercession.

Promise 1: The Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to every nation and ethnicity 
Scripture: Matt. 24:14 “The Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole earth, as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Sample Prayers:
• Lord of the Harvest, send forth laborers into every tribe and nation.
• Father, send your blessing on the declaration of the gospel especially to the unreached, the poor, and the oppressed
• Father, let this promise be fulfilled “in our generation”.

Promise 2: There will be unprecedented, supernatural unity among followers of Jesus
Scripture: John 17:23 “Let them be one as we are one…that the world may know that you sent me and have loved them even just as you love me.”
Sample Prayers:
• Father, we believe in faith that “Jesus gets what He prays for.” Show us how we can be part of seeing Him receive the answer to His prayer.
• Father, we ask for the breaking down of historic enmities and barriers within the broader Christian community and the establishment of John 13:34-35 love for one another.
• Father, we believe that the unity you desire is one of holiness and truth, not of compromising your word. We pray for purity, fullness, maturity, and unity in the church our city, region, and around the world.

Promise 3: There will be a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Scripture: Joel 2:28-30 “I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh…Before the great and awesome day of the Lord.”
Sample Prayers:
• Father, we desire that the outpouring of the Spirit that began on Pentecost would continue and be increased in our day.
• Father, we ask you to release “the best wine, saved for last” (John 2)
• Father, we pray that your servants would be enabled to “speak your word with great boldness” and that you would stretch out his hand to “heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Promise 4: There will be Wide-Spread Salvation among the Jewish People
Scripture: Rom. 11:12, 15 “If their loss means riches for the Nations, how much greater riches will their fullness bring…For if their [Israel, the Jewish people] rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?”
Sample Prayers:
• Father, we pray for spiritual blindness to be lifted from Israel, and that Gentile believers would stir unbelieving Israel to jealousy (Romans 11:11,26)
• Father, we thank you for Messianic Jewish believers around the world who have come to know their Messiah, Yeshua. We rejoice in them and give preference to them in honor (Rom. 12:10). We ask for complete unity between Jew and Gentile believers in the Messiah (Ephesians 2).
• Father, we ask you to “pour on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication that they may look on the one whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son…” (Zech 12:10)

The Four Major Promises Summarized: The Lord’s Prayer is a fitting summary of all these beautiful promises:
Scripture: Matt. 6:9ff “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”
Sample Prayers:
• Father, let true justice be established on the earth and all the oppressed set-free
• Father, we ask for your great name and the name of your Son to be honored, revered, and loved by all people
• Father, we ask that our sins might be blotted out, that times of refreshing might come from your presence, and that you may send Jesus Christ…whom heaven must receive until the times of the restoration of all things (Acts 3:19-21)

September 20 – Day 2

My Friends,

At sundown tonight, we begin day two of our journey in preparation. I have once again attached the prayer guide, if you didn’t keep it from before. I am also copying for you the prayer themes for the 10days. I really enjoyed this document, so I will break it up over the next few days. Here is a great explanation of Personal Repentance. Hope you find it helpful.

Three Kinds of Mourning: Prayer Themes for 10 Days Personal (Repentance), Intercessory Mourning, and Longing for the Bridegroom

“Babylon refuses to mourn, but my people will mourn before I return.”

The 10 Days movement is a call to voluntarily enter into a season of mourning as the people of God, even as we call unbelieving individuals, cities, and nations to join us in humbling ourselves before the worthy “Lamb who was slain.” The expression of this mourning has three major expressions:

• Personal Mourning (For individual repentance and transformation)

• Intercessory Mourning (For God’s Promises to be Fulfilled)

• Bridegroom Mourning (Longing for the Lord’s Return)

Personal Repentance

Living a Transformed Life Real repentance is a beautiful thing, leading us out of false and fleshly mindsets and into the “glorious liberty” that is ours in Christ.

Understanding Personal Repentance: Repentance is much more than confessing our sins to God, although that’s often the first step. Repentance in Greek means “changing our mind”. It’s when our minds and hearts stop agreeing with lies and come into agreement with God’s mind and heart. As we are “transformed by the renewing our minds” we grow up towards maturity, “the fullness of the stature that belongs to Christ.” (Rom. 12:2 and Eph 4:13)

In Quietness and Trust: In order to enter into Repentance, we don’t have to “beat ourselves up” over every perceived failing or enter into intense introspection. If we’ll simply stop, wait on the Lord, and allow Him to be the focus of our mind and heart, he’ll begin to lead us into repentance and we can just follow Him. This simplicity in repentance will save us from legalistic pitfalls or spiritual pride that can accompany a repentance focus. This is real repentance. As Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

Humility: As we humble ourselves before God, we position ourselves to receive grace. As the Scripture says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” As this grace comes to us over an extended season (10 Days), we begin to experience spiritual renewal, like sap flowing back into the branches of a tree in the spring. This spiritual life, flowing from the heart of God, causes spiritual growth and maturity in each of us.

Right Relationships: One of the most important areas of repentance is related to broken relationships, especially those with others in the Body of Christ. Be sensitive to how the Lord may lead you during the 10 Days to reach out to and reconcile with other believers. It’s not all about Prayer and Worship. As the Lord teaches, it’s better to leave our gift at the altar and be reconciled to our brothers and sisters (Matt. 5:22-24).

This really works! It’s amazing to watch the work that God does in individual lives over these 10 Days. This season of consecration often begins a work of personal transformation that revolutionizes that individual’s life, and can often lead people into to new callings and ministries as well. Ultimately, personal transformation of individuals in the Body of Christ is the foundation on which everything else must be built. If we as His Body look like Jesus, we will see the changes we desire in the world!

Scriptures on Repentance, Humility, and Personal Transformation for Meditation and Study during 10 Days

• Matthew 5-7: How we think in the Kingdom
• Ephesians 1: Our Identity in Christ
• Ephesians 3:14-21: Our Trajectory in Christ
• John 13:34-35: How we should Love one Another
• James 3 and 4: Taming our Tongues, Wisdom from Above
• Proverbs 3: Learning Faith
• Romans 12: How we ought to live
• Exodus 20:1-17: The 10 Commandments

These Scriptures are just a starting point…open up your Bible and let God lead you!

September 19 – Day 1

My Friends,
Tonight begins our journey through this time of consecration and preparation.   Thank you for engaging in this challenge.   We are anticipating a move of God’s Spirit in each one of your lives as you commit to set yourself apart for His use.   Listen to the scripture that God gave me today.
“Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)
I want you to remember this is about perseverance and not perfection.   Ask God to speak to you through His Word and in His Spirit.   Make a choice to  put Him first in ways that deny your flesh (that is what fasting is all about).   This is all about a right heart.   Don’t give up!   He is purifying you!
I am proud of you for saying yes to God!