Today starts week 2, we thank God for His grace and mercy to get us this far, and we ask for divine strength to continue The 40 as we have purposed in our hearts. Right now, you may not notice anything happening in the earth, but there is a shifting taking place in the heavens. The heavenly realm is moved when a son or daughter of God humbles themselves and lays down their life for The King.
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.
God’s eyes are upon you to strengthen you and sustain you. Invite Him to come and strengthen you even now. God responds to faith, as we see in Hebrews 11, and fasting is true faith in God as your sustainer. Humility causes God to move in a mighty way, and fasting and prayer actually turns God’s heart to mercy, grace, and compassion for those crying out to Him.
Let’s consider my two-year old’s favorite story, the story of Jonah. An unwilling prophet is compelled to obedience to speak a word of judgment to a horribly wicked city. He speaks a simple word “yet forty days and the city of Nineveh will be overthrown”, and the people believe God. These are not righteous God-fearing Jews, but pagan idol-worshiping, murdering, adulterous people. In spite of all this, they believed God. Every single one of these people, who did not even know our God, turned to Him and cried out in repentance, fasting, and prayer. The king offers this statement, “Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?”
The heavens were shifted over the region of Nineveh (more than 120,000 people), and God relented from what He said he would do. How is this possible? How is this even fair? Humility, repentance, fasting, and prayer shifted the heavens from judgment to mercy and grace. God has both justice and mercy, grace and truth in His nature. However, you have the power to shift the Heavens in your life and even the city or region you live in. God has placed you where you are for a reason, and He has called you to The 40 for a reason.
As you continue into week 2, let this be an encouragement to you. You are contending not just for yourself, but also for your family, your neighbors, your city, your nation, and the nations around the world. You have been given the ability to shift the Heavens! Don’t give up! Don’t back down! Press in to fulfill your purpose in The Kingdom even if you cannot see the change taking place in front of your eyes.
Jesus, help us to be the ones that come to you in humility, repentance, fasting, and prayer. We desire to transform our homes, neighborhoods, regions, and nations. We desire Your Kingdom to come in a mighty way, help us to be the ones that bring about this change, even as you change our hearts to come more into line with Your heart.
- Read Jonah 3
- Ask Holy Spirit to give you a heart for where he has placed you
- Ask to be the change
- Be obedient to all that God speaks
Be blessed to be the change that transforms every area of society as Holy Spirit accelerates The Kingdom in you and through you!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!