Prayerfully read John 14 – 15

We humans are creatures of habit. We observe, analyze and organize the things others do.

We measure ourselves against the disciplines of our spiritual leaders. We think if they spent 2 hours with the Lord every day and are this mature, then that is what I should do. Other times we think that we want to be just as radical as someone else. And still other times we hear people talk about revival, and we study what they did and how they got there in hopes that if we do exactly what they did, we too can have revival. Copying others’ methods puts our focus on them and what they did.

Instead, we must start where they started—with Christ Himself. Everyone wanting more of Him has to START and CONTINUE with the Giver of Life, and His Name is Jesus. ‘The Life’ is only found in Jesus who is ‘The Way’. Real growth only takes place when Jesus is the One who begins a particular work, and we simply obey His direction. As we fast AND SEEK HIM our faith will be focused on Him and not on what someone else did. He will be ‘The Way’ for us. He will revive us. He is our focus!

Remember: fasting, like all spiritual disciplines or methods, doesn’t have life in itself. It just puts us in the right place to have fellowship with Christ, and to hear His voice.

• Lord, help me to focus on knowing You.
• Lord, I continue to seek Your face for a fresh move of Your Spirit in my life, family, workplace, congregation, and in our nation.

By Pastor Niel Van Staden

More Than Enough – Day 7

Saturday – April 13, 2013

Good morning, Lord!  Today is another day You have made and I will rejoice in it.  I will also celebrate that Your provision for me is “more than enough”.  Thank you that as I totally yield my time, talents, and treasure to You, You have given me extraordinary promises:  “Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6: 38  Lord, expand my capacity to love, to laugh, and to give whatever You ask of me.  Prayerfully ponder Philippians 4.  Rejoice!!!

More Than Enough – Day 6

Friday – April 12, 2013

Prayerfully meditate on Matthew 6:1-21.  Note the importance Jesus gives to our giving, praying and fasting.  Father, thank You that when we give, pray, and fast, Your promise is that You see what is done in secret and You will reward us openly.  Thank You that You are teaching us that You are the treasure we seek.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)  Thank You that obedience to Your Kingdom principles always releases “more than enough” of Your provision.  Lord, give me and my family a generous, praying heart and lifestyle.