Definition of Lifer:
One who belongs to Jesus, and chooses to join with like-minded believers at Life Community Church to worship Him, serve Him, and make Him known among an ever-changing community to find fulfillment in following the never-changing Christ
I can’t believe the Grayson’s have been in North Carolina for almost two months already! Time really does fly when you’re having fun! I want to thank you for your kindness and sincere welcoming of me and my family.
This Sunday, we will conclude our series on The Harvest. I pray God has changed you and given you a deeper love for Him and desire for sharing the gospel with a world who desperately needs Him.
As you continue to pray for this Sunday, I want to challenge you to go one step farther. I want to ask you to begin a fast with me on Saturday from 12:00pm until Sunday 12:00pm. I realize, for some of you, because of medical or other reasons, you won’t be able to fast the entire 24 hours. If that's you, would you consider fasting a meal, from social media, or from something that you feel you can’t live without?
Some of you may not be familiar with the examples and commands in Scripture to fast and pray. (Joel 1:14, Matt.6:16-18, Acts 13:2-3) Here is my personal definition that might help you understand the purpose of this particular fast.
First of all, let me explain what fasting is NOT.
- Fasting is not just going without food for a certain period of time. That is dieting.
- Fasting is not starving to make a political statement. That is a hunger strike.
- Fasting is not just for monks in the monastery or pastors and priests. It is for EVERY believer.
So, what is fasting?
- Fasting is simply doing without food to focus on God.
- Fasting is humbling yourself before God and seeking to grow in dependence on Him like you depend on food.
- Fasting denies us food and moves us out of our comfort zones so that we can see ourselves, our sin, and -- most importantly -- God more clearly.
So why am I asking Life Community to join me in fasting? We fast because we’re hungry for God’s Word and God’s Spirit in our lives. We fast because we long for God’s glory to resound in the church and God’s praise to resound among the nations. We fast because we yearn for God’s Son to return and God’s kingdom to come.
We fast simply because we want God more than we want anything this world has to offer us.
So, LCC, would you join me? Let’s fast for a deeper love and hunger of God. Let’s fast and pray, "Lord, here am I, send me." Let’s fast and pray that many would come this Sunday who do not know Jesus as Lord but would meet Him that day in a saving way!
“Desires for other things”—there’s the enemy. And the only weapon that will triumph is a deeper hunger for God. The weakness of our hunger for God is not because He is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with “other things.” Perhaps, then, the denial of our stomach’s appetite for food might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God. What is at stake is not just the good of our souls, but also the glory of God. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The fight of faith is a fight to feast on all that God is for us in Christ.
"What we hunger for most, we worship.” – John Piper in A Hunger for God
I love you, church! Let’s expect God to move mightily!