Matthew 6:16 "And when you fast, don't make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.
17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.
18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you."
The Bible doesn't say if you fast and pray! It says when you fast and pray. So fasting and praying is something that ALL of us are called to do.
It also says that we are to pray first for your country and it's leaders. My brother and sister in the Lord, we have got to deny self and do what our Lord has told us to do. We are to be obedient to the Word of God, not wishy, washy and do as we please.
If you love this Nation you will pray for her. So that we can led a peaceful life. Amen
1 Timothy 2:1-3
So take the time to pray for this nation with intercession the future of this Nation is counting on your prayers.
Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Are you truly a follower of Christ? Have you denied yourself for Christ? Do you tithe and give offerings to your local church? If God doesn’t have your money He really does not have your heart.
Do you do what God wants you to do, even when it is inconvenient?
Do you wake up on Sunday morning excited about going to church? Or are you trying to decide whether you are going or not? Are you witnessing and letting people know that you are a Christian even if people make won’t except you?
Is serving the Lord your first thought or your last thought?
Are you attending prayer and Bible studies when you can. Or do you think you have something better to do?
Serve God with all your heart, soul and body. Seek the Lord the Lord early, He needs to be first place in pour lives.
Confession: I put God first in all things in my life. Even when my flesh I don’t feel like it. I serve the Lord because he lived and died for me.
Prov. 4:7-8 "For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing. Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her."
I want to tell you the only real secret to getting ahead in this world. It's simple. Put the Word of God first place in your daily life.
But when you understand what I mean, it could be a revelation to you.
You see, the Bible is not just a textbook, a storybook or a history book. It's a handbook for living. It's the wisdom of Almighty God written down so that you can apply it to your everyday circumstances.
God says that Wisdom is the "principal thing." Principal means "first in importance." That means the Word of God needs to occupy the place of highest importance in all of your activities. I know from experience what an impact that can have on your life.
Spending some time every day reading something in the New Testament or Palms or Proverbs will change your life.
Set aside a little time to read, we must make time to spend time with the Lord in His Word, It will be transforming.
You'll be amazed at what happens in your life too, if you give God's Word priority. But let me warn you, don't wait until you think you have the time. Satan will see to it that you never do.
Just do like I did and set other things aside. Invest your time in the Word first and that investment will soon be paying off in every area of your life.
Enjoy your life in Christ. He loves you!
Romans 12:1 I renew my mind daily in the Word of God so that I can prove what is that good and acceptable will of God.
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.