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days 1-20

day 1

Dedication to the Lord 

Isaiah 58:6 says “Is not this the fast that I chose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?”  Praise God as we start out this fast, let's dedicate ourselves to Him and let go and let God set us free! 


 Prayer 


 O Lord, there is no God like you in all of Heaven.  Thank you for choosing me before the foundations of time.  Your love for me never fails.  I make the decision to follow you all of my days and I ask for your help, especially over the next few weeks.  Help me to draw closer to you and may my conversations and actions glorify you today and every day.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen! 

 


Remember today to take time and praise God for your salvation and always being there for you!  

 
Read These Scriptures  

 
I Kings 8:23 

Ephesians 1:4

Ephesians 1:6-7

Ephesians 4:29 

 

 

and he prayed, "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.  I Kings 8:23 

 

 

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  Ephesians 1:4

 

 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.b 7He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  Ephesians 1:6-7 

 

 

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.  Ephesians 4:29

day 2

The cleansing power of the blood of Jesus 

Daily we should talk to God and confess any sins we have committed. Today, let’s focus on doing this as we continue on our journey to draw closer to God and making Christ our Center.


 Prayer 

 

Dear God in Heaven, I examine my heart right now and I confess my sins.  (Speak to God about specific sins you are remembering right now) Lord, I truly am sorry for these actions and I purpose to turn away from this (or these) sin(s). I put these sins under the precious blood of Jesus.  Help me O Lord to have the strength to overcome these sins and not repeat them.  I thank you for the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus that removes these sins from me as far as the east is from the west.  Holy Spirit, help me walk uprightly before you.  Thank you, Father, that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen! 

 


Meditate on the scripture reading today and let the cleansing Word of God lift you up to your seat with Christ Jesus in the Heavenlies!   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

 Romans 10:10

Psalm 32:5

 Psalm 103:12

 II Corinthians 5:21 

 

 

 

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Roman 10:10

 

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.”  And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.  Psalm 32:5

 

 

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.  Psalm 103:12

 

 

16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.  John 14:16-17

 

 

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,e so that we could be made right with God through Christ.  II Corinthians 5:21

day 3

Commitment to Seek God First

Now that we have dedicated and cleansed ourselves (remember that these elements should be incorporated into our daily fellowship with the Lord) we can start focusing on making Christ our Center by being doers of the Word and always seeking Him first in our daily lives.


 Prayer 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you today in the name of Jesus to declare my commitment to be a true disciple of Christ.  I know this requires that I lay down my will and desires and seek you for wisdom and direction in all my activities - today and always!  Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  Holy Spirit, you are my helper and you help me understand God’s Word and how to apply it to my everyday life.   Thank you Holy Spirit for leading and guiding me into all truth.   I desire from this day forward to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  As I do this, you said in your Word that all these things shall be added unto me.  Thank you God, that you keep your Word to me always! I declare these things in the name of Jesus. Amen

 


Remember the phrase ‘what would Jesus do’?  Consider that phrase today as you make decisions and choices.    

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Matthew 6:33 

John 16:13

 John 8:31-32

 John 14:15-18 

Psalm 119:105

 

 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33 

 

 

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.  John 16:13

 

 

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”   John 8:31-32

 

 

15“If you love me, obey my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,e who will never leave you. 17He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.  John 14:15-18

 

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.  Psalm 119:105

day 4

Think on these Things

As you think about yourself today, begin to picture yourself as God sees you.   God sees you through His Word!  Don’t picture yourself by the mistakes you may have made in the past, but renew your thinking with God’s Word.  Think about how you are a “new creation in Christ Jesus and old things have passed away! (II Corinthians 5:17) 


 Prayer 

 

Father, your Word teaches me that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.  Your Word tells me to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. I believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. Thank you, Lord, for helping me to see myself as a joint-heir with Jesus.  As a joint-heir, I am seated with Christ.  I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen! 

 


Put a new picture of yourself in the frame of your mind.   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Proverbs 23:7

 Philippians 4:8; 13

 Romans 8:16-17,37

 Ephesians 2:6

 

 

They are always thinking about how much it costs. “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it.  Proverbs 23:7

 

 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Philippians 4:8

 

 

For I can do everything through Christ,c who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

 

 

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:6

day 5

Bless the Lord O My Soul

As we fast and cleanse our bodies and minds from some pleasant food, drink or activities, let our souls magnify and bless the Lord! 


 Prayer 

 

Dear Lord, I praise you today that the joy of the Lord is my strength.  I’m glad to have this opportunity to draw near to you, so you can draw closer to me!  I receive the instruction of your Word to not look or act sad during this fast time.  Instead, I have the opportunity to take time to spend with you and thank and praise you for your goodness to me!  Praise God my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and I get to spend eternity in your glorious presence!  In Jesus name, Amen! 

 


Today, play your favorite Christian song and close your eyes and really listen to the song and focus on Him.  Be quiet for a while, just thinking about Him!   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Matthew 6:16-17

 James 4:8

 Revelation 20:15

 Psalm 103:1-4

Psalm 145

 

 

“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. 17But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.  Matthew 6:16-17

 

 

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.  James 4:8

 

 

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 

Psalm 103:1-4

day 6

Renew My Strength So I Mount Up with Wings of Eagles

 Deuteronomy 28:13 says the Lord will make us the head, not the tail if we do His commandments.  How high are you willing to fly with Eagles wings?


 Prayer 

 

O Father, I purpose to not grow weary in doing good.  Like David, I encourage myself to continue in you, even though circumstances and challenges try to draw me away from You.  Your mercies are new everyday and I receive your mercy and grace today.  Though my mind and body may grow tired, I declare today as I wait on you, I am renewed!  You help me to rise above the cares, concerns and obstacles of life.  In Christ, I have life and life more abundantly.  I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen!

 


Believe you Receive!   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Galatians 6:9

 I Samuel 30:6

 Lamentations 3:22-23

 Isaiah 40:31

John 10:10

 

 

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

 

 

David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God.  I Samuel 30:6

 

 

22The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. 23Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.  Lamentations 3:22-23

 

 

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31  

 

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 10:10

day 7

Create in Me A Clean Heart—Restore My Joy

Our hope is not in this world or any of its leaders.  Psalm 42:11 asks a good question.  Why so downcast O my soul? We find the answer right after, put your hope in God!  He is the answer to every question!


 Prayer 

 

Dear God, the more time I spend with you the more I realize that this world is going in the opposite direction of You and your Holiness.  My desire is to be holy as you are holy.  I recognize that I can’t do this myself.  But I believe your Word that says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Create in me a clean heart and restore the joy of my salvation.  My hope and my trust are in you!   Thank you for your joy and goodness to me!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 


Look around and find the beautiful things God has done in your life.   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

I Peter 1:16

 Philippians 4:13

 Psalm 51:10 

 

 

 

 

For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”   I Peter 1:16

 

 For I can do everything through Christ,c who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10 

day 8

Overcome by The Blood of The Lamb

Jesus went to the cross so that we can have an abundant life.  As we learn God’s Word, we find out that Jesus paid the price so we can have authority and power over the devil and evil works.  If God is the creator (and the boss) and we are His children, doesn’t it make sense that we are the heirs to that authority and power?


 Prayer 

 

Father, as I am learning to acknowledge you more in my daily life, I am finding out that you have provided for me tools to be successful in this life.  The blood of Jesus that was shed at the cross not only cleanses me from sin, but is a strong tool against the devil.  According to II Corinthians 10:4-6, you have given us weapons that are mighty in you, to take down enemy strongholds. The blood of Jesus and the Word of God are powerful tools the enemy cannot defeat!  I declare today, as stated in Revelation 12:11 that I overcome the devil’s attacks against me by the blood of Jesus and the word of my testimony – which is God’s word in my mouth!! Thank you, Jesus Amen!

 


Make the devil mad and plead the blood of Jesus over all that you do today and every day!   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Proverbs 3:6

Revelation 12:11  

 

 

 

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  Proverbs 3:6

 

 

 

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.  Revelation 12:11

day 9

Cast Down Vain Imaginations and Bring Evil Thoughts into Captivity

Remember what we learned several days ago? As a man thinketh, so he is.  Don’t let negative thoughts rule your thinking! 


 Prayer 

 

Today God, I choose to cast down negative or worrisome thoughts and purposely choose to meditate on Bible scriptures and positive thoughts.  I’m seeing through your Word that you have a good future for me and that I don’t have to stay trapped with fear, worry, doubt, and depression.  Thank you, God, that I can abide under the shadow of your wings and have peace that passes my natural understanding.  As I meditate and stay in your Word, you make my way prosperous and help me to succeed in all that I do.  You are good to me O Lord and I’m so thankful that your grace is sufficient and your mercy endures forever! Bless the name of Jesus! Amen. 

 


You can do it!  Turn the negatives into positives with God’s Word!   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Jeremiah 29:11

 Psalm 91

 Philippians 4:7

 Joshua 1:8

 Psalm 136:1-3 

 

 

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

 

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

 

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  Joshua 1:8

 

1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. 3Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1-3 

day 10

Pray for Wisdom—Revelation

Starting today and through the rest of our fasting and prayer days, we will be focusing on foundation scriptures from the book of Ephesians.  In this letter, Paul the Apostle is helping the body of Christ to learn to function together in love and to imitate Christ!   Each day we will take a portion of scripture from Ephesians to build and strengthen our daily walk, helping us grow up in Him-understanding who we are in Christ!  Wisdom comes through His Word!

 

King Solomon could have asked for anything, but he asked God for wisdom.  Scripture tells us that it is the principle thing.  After Solomon had the wisdom of God, God richly blessed him.  Seek God’s wisdom today! 


 Prayer 

 

Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for making me accepted in the beloved.  May you give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.  I’m grateful that you shower your kindness on me, along with all wisdom and understanding.  I receive wisdom from on high as my mind is renewed with the Word of God.  I can say I have the mind of Christ because that is what your Word says about me!  Thank you, Jesus!  Amen. 

 


You are made in the image of God!  Focus your thoughts today on how much you have learned about God and His ways since you have become born again!  You know more than you think!   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Ephesians 1:5-10, (KJV & NLT)

Ephesians 1:17 (KJV & NLT)

Romans 12:2

 I Corinthians 2:16

 Proverbs 4:7

 

 

5God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. 9God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 

Ephesians 1:5-10

 

 

asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.  Ephesians 1:17

 

 

 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:2

 

For,“Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.  I Corinthians 2:16

 

 

Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.  Proverbs 4:7

day 11

Enlighten the Eyes of My Understanding and Help Me Know the Hope of My Calling

God is on our side.  He wants us to understand His Word and our destiny.  Our part is to seek Him so He can reveal these things to us.  As we get to know Him, it is amazing the things we begin to understand.  Press in and find out even more!


 Prayer 

 

Father, today I am asking you to open the eyes of my understanding so that I can more fully grasp what you are calling me to do.  I understand that you have a plan for me and I know every believer is to press towards the high calling in Christ Jesus.  Your will for every believer is to preach the gospel and to do the works that Jesus did…and even greater works!  Help me to be a witness for you, Lord and to be strong and bold in my faith in you.  I pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 


Share with at least one person what God is teaching you.    

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Ephesians 1:18

 Philippians 3:14

 Mark 16:15-20

 Joshua 1:9

 

 

 

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.  Ephesians 1:18

 

 

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  Philippians 3:14

 

 

15And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.16Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.e 18They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

19When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.  Mark 16:15-20

 

 

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

day 12

To Know the Exceeding Greatness of His Power

How great is our God!  Sometimes we are challenged to handle our busy schedules and manage our own families.  Think of our God who planned out all of history and laid out everyone’s proposed schedules. Wow! That is powerful and He is letting us tap into that same power.


 Prayer 

 

Dear Lord, today I am seeing that as you have begun a good work in me, you are completing it.  You are changing me more into the image of Christ as I am continuing to pray and stay in your Word!  As II Corinthians 3:18 says, I am changing from glory to glory!  The work you are doing in me is equipping me to understand how to use the great power you have given to every believer.  You have given me authority over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall harm me.  Because you are for me, O God, who can be against me!   Thank you for blessing what I put my hands to.  In the name of Jesus, Amen. 

 


Spend some time today praising the Lord for the victories in your life.  

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Philippians 1:6

 Romans 8:28-29

 Ephesians 1:19-23

 Luke 10:19

 Romans 8:31

 Deuteronomy 28:8  

 

 

 

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Philippians 1:6

 

 

For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his 29And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 28Romans 8:28-29Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  

 

 

Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.   Luke 10:19

 

 

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Romans 8:31

 

The LORD will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.  Deuteronomy 28:8

day 13

To Know the Gift of God and His Grace to Receive the Power of His Promises

God’s grace is His supernatural help to do what we can’t do.  His promises are a yes and an amen!  We can trust Him to accomplish His Word as we do our part.  Our part is to do our best to follow Him and obey His commandments!


 Prayer 

 

Father, I know the greatest gift anyone could have is the free gift of salvation through Jesus’ completed work at the cross.  Your grace has saved me and is for me!  Thank you, Lord!  As more and more I become a ‘doer’ of your Word and not just a ‘hearer’, your blessings flow into my life.  I declare your Word and I am confident that your promises are a yes and an amen.  Your promises apply to me!  Holy Spirit continue to lead me and guide me into your truth so that I continue to increase in your freedoms and liberty. Thank you for your help!  In the name of Jesus, Amen.

 


God’s gift of salvation is free, but it will cost you laying down your will and your desires to seek Him and His kingdom first.  Think about changes in your life today that you can make to more closely follow Him.   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Ephesians 2:8-10

 Hebrews 10:36-39

 James 1:22-25

 John 16:13 

 

 

 

8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  Ephesians 2:8-10

 

 

36Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 37“For in just a little while,the Coming One will come and not delay. 38And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” 39But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.  Hebrews 10:36-39

 

 

22But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.24You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.  James 1:22-25

 

 

13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.  John 16:13

day 14

Recognize We Are ‘Builded’ Together A Holy Habitation of God

We are the body of Christ and there are all kinds of different parts.  God puts us together and we complete His Body with Jesus as our Head.  We each need to do our part and keep our individual temples clean and working properly so the whole body is healthy and ‘holy’ for God to dwell in! 


 Prayer 

 

Father, your Word teaches me that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.  Your Word tells me to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. I believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. Thank you, Lord, for helping me to see myself as a joint-heir with Jesus.  As a joint-heir, I am seated with Christ.  I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen! 

 


Put a new picture of yourself in the frame of your mind.   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

I Corinthians 3:16

 I Corinthians 6:19

I Corinthians 12:18

Ephesians 2:3-6

 Ephesians 2:18-22

 Romans 12:1-2

 

 

 

Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?  I Corinthians 3:16

 

 

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,  I Corinthians 6:19   

 

 

All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. 4But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:3-6

 

 

 18Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. 19So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.  21We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.  Ephesians 2:18-22

 

 

1And so, dear brothers and sisters,Do2 I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. n’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:1-2

day 15

The Name of Jesus

What is in a name?  Parents have the great privilege of naming their children.  When we became born again, our Father in Heaven gave us the name above all names- the name of Jesus!  We need to find out what is in that name!


 Prayer 

 

Today, I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in Heaven is named.  Praise you God, that you have given believers the name of Jesus! 

It is the name above all names and the only name whereby men must be saved.  You have instructed believers to pray in the name of Jesus and that if we ask anything you will do it as it lines up with your Word.  Demons, disease and afflictions must flee at the name of Jesus.  O Lord, your name is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.  We all praise you for your glory and might!  I pray in that awesome name of Jesus, Amen.

 


Why do people use Jesus Christ as a ‘slang swear’ word?  Maybe because the devil knows how powerful the name of Jesus is and he wants us to ‘curse’ that name and not be able to use that power against him!  So, purpose to bless and honor Jesus and thank God for giving us the name of Jesus!   

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Ephesians 3:14-15

 Philippians 2:9-11

 Acts 4:12

 I John 5:14

 Isaiah 9:6

 Luke 10:17

 I Chronicles 16:28

 

 

 

14When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.  Ephesians 3:14-15

 

 

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.  

Philippians 2:9-11

 

 

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

 

 

And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. I John 5:14

 

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

 

When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!  Luke 10:17

 

O nations of the world, recognize the LORD, recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong.  I Chronicles 16:28

day 16

The Riches of His Glory

We are told in I Timothy 6:17-19 not to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God who gives richly all things to enjoy.  God lays out for us how we are to enjoy life.  This enjoyment of life is not all about accumulating money!  That is the world’s way.  Follow God and discover the true riches money can’t buy.

Prayer 

 

Father, thank you for meeting all my needs today according to the riches of Your glory.  How amazing it is that you walk on streets of gold and that you have prepared a marvelous place for me to live – forever with you and all the family of God!  I purpose that in whatever I do, I will do it as unto you O God.  I will not be motivated to please people but to please you, Father!  As I serve you God, you reward me.  You bring streams of living water into the dry areas of my life and you cause crooked places to be made straight!  Thanks be unto God who always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus.  I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 


Do you have needs in your life?  Talk to God about the specific needs you have and as you read the following scriptures, apply God’s Word to these circumstances.  Begin to thank Him for meeting the need(s).  We thank Him before we see the manifestation.  That is faith!  Believing God for His promise, even though we don’t see it yet.    

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Ephesians 3:16

 Philippians 4:19

 John 14:3

 Colossians 3:23-25

 Hebrews 11:6

 Isaiah 44:3 

Isaiah 45:2

 II Corinthians 2:14

 

 

 

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Ephesians 3:16

 

 

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

 

When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  

John 14:3

 

 

But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. 25Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 24Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 23 For God has no favorites.  Colossians 3:23-25

 

 

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

 

For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.   Isaiah 44:3

 

This is what the LORD says: “I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.  Isaiah 45:2

 

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.  

II Corinthians 2:14

day 17

Be Strengthened with Might by His Spirit

The only way to be strong in the natural is to work out with some weights.  Strength doesn’t come by sitting around.  Being strong in the Lord is in the realm where God is – in the Spirit.  What are the exercises in the Spirit to be strong?  Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.  Only God’s Word make us strong in the spirit! 


 Prayer 

 

Father, I declare today, that I am strong in the Lord and in the power of Your might.  In the name of Jesus, no weapon formed against me can prosper.  Jesus has defeated the devil and all his works.  Thank you, God that I have been delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of His marvelous light.  I am an ambassador of Christ and every place where my foot has tread, my God has given the place to me.  In all these things, I am more than a conqueror through Jesus!  Praise the Lord for strengthening me in all these areas! In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

 


How much of His Word do you lift up daily?  

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Ephesians 6:10-12

 Isaiah 54:17

 I John 3:8

 I Peter 2:9

 II Corinthians 5:20

 Deuteronomy 11:24

 

 

 

10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:10-12

 

 

 

But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!  Isaiah 54:17

 

 

 

But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.   I John 3:8

 

 

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.  I Peter 2:9

 

 

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”   II Corinthians 5:20 

 

 

Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours. Your frontiers will stretch from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north, and from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.   Deuteronomy 11:24

Rooted and Grounded in Love – A New Commandment

day 18

Most people, whether they go to church or not, know there are 10 Commandments.  Over recent years the Ten Commandments have even become controversial!  Do you know that Jesus gave a new commandment in the New Testament?  It is the commandment of love!


 Prayer 

 

Thank you, Father, for continuing to work in me both to will and do your good pleasure.  I know that by faith, Christ dwells in my heart and that I am being rooted and grounded in love as I continue in your Word and in fellowship with you.  God, you are love and this love is beyond my natural understanding.  Your love never fails.  This love fills me with all the fulness of God.  May your love in me flow out to all those around me.  My mind is renewed to these truths and I praise you for doing exceeding abundantly above all that I can ask or think in my life according to the power that works in me.  Unto you O God, be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 


Look for opportunities today to demonstrate God’s love to others.  

 
Read These Scriptures  

 

Philippians 2:13

 Ephesians 3:17-21

 I Corinthians 13:4-8

John 13:24

 

 

 

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.   Philippians 2:13 

 

 

17Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.19May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:17-21

 

 

 

4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!  I Corinthians 13:4-8

 

 

 

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  John 13:24