• Examples of fasting!!!!

    When believers “fasted and prayed” in the Bible, things happened, for example:

    The fast released people from the bondage of sin and addiction.(Matthew 17:21)

    The fast answered answered problems and gave godly widsom and direction. (Ezra 8:21-23)

    The fast broke negative mental and emotional habits. (1 Kings 19)

    The fast brought about healing and wholeness. (Daniel 1:1-21)

    The fast expanded and increased witness and testimony for Christ. (Isaiah 58:6,8; Matthew 5:14-16)

    The fast provided unusual power and protection from the evil one. (Esther 4:16)

    The fast brought revival for the saved and salvation for the unsaved. (1 Samuel 7:2-11)

     

  • Fast and Pray!

    Dear Friend,

    Jesus said to us, “Again I tell you that if two of you on Earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there am I in the midst of you.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

    For over two thousand years the church has historically honored the forty days prior to Easter by entering into a season of “fasting and prayer.” I truly believe that in this moment, we need to rediscover the reality of the power of fasting and prayer.

    Over the years I have asked those with whom I worship to enter this journey with me. We have seen God respond to us with salvations, healing and many breakthroughs.

    Yesterday I encouraged The Father’s House to intensify their focus with me. I am using this blog to communicate to my fellow Christ-Followers and to encourage us on this journey. I hope that whether you are a part of our Church family or you are part of our extended family, you will join us in this season

    We live in a very busy world that is bombarding us with information and with all kinds of news. Our world is crowded with voices seeking our attention. In the midst of these voices there is still One Voice that we must hear. The Lord has encouraged us, “to be still and know.”

    In my life there have been many times when I took time to “fast and pray” not to impress or to coerce, but to quiet my own soul.  These seasons were moments when I attempted to loosen my grip on the things of the natural world and tried to intentionally strengthen my grip on the things of God’s Kingdom.

    There are many people who have turned their lives over to Christ, but for whatever reason they have lost their passion for Him. I have had those moment in my life. We all know how easily the things of life can slowly steal our focus.

    It is through “fasting and prayer” that we can rekindle our passion for Christ. It is through “transformed” people that other people can discover Christ.

    You and I can agree in prayer for others. That’s right, if you and I will re-focus our lives on Christ, He will work through us to reach others with the Gospel.

    Please take time to join me on this adventure! I am praying with you and for you.

    Pastor Quintin

    Pray for transformation in our lives

    •That our passion and love for Christ makes a difference to those in our circle. (2 Corin. 5:20; Col. 1:28)

    •That we would love like Jesus and be shaped more into His image. (Phil. 3:12; Gal. 2:20)

    •That we would be faithful to run the race marked out for us. (Heb. 12:1; 2 Pet. 1:3)

    Pray for transformation in our families

    •That God will renew marriages, heal families and bring them back to Him. (Is. 61:1; Eph. 5:25-26) 

    •That God will open the hearts of family and friends to hear the message of hope. (Rom. 10:17) 

    •That this Easter season we will see thousands put their hope in Christ. (John. 14:6; Matt. 18:12-14)

    Pray for transformation in our region

    •For the mission of the Church to be strengthened (2 Corin. 5:18-21; 1 Tim. 4:13)

    •For each of our churches and our communion  to reach their region and beyond (Matt 5:13; 2 Chron. 7:14)

    •For Israel and all our outreach initiatives (Matt. 5:6; Luke 10:27)

    Other Resources

    • Daniel Fast:  The Daniel Fast is a great model to follow and one that is extremely effective for spiritual focus based on the book of Daniel, Chapter 10.
    • YouVersion:  This is a suggested devotional that includes several passages about fasting to encourage you with daily Bible reading, reflection and prayer. You can also download the free mobile app for YouVersion.
    • Bookstore: Stop by our bookstore for resources and tools to help you on this journey.
  • Prayer changes the atmosphere

    Prayer is the atmosphere of passion! When the atmosphere is correct it will rain, or snow! The atmospheric conditions allow for certain kinds of natural manifestations to occur.

    The spiritual atmosphere creates the conditions for certain spiritual manifestations to happen. Prayer changes the atmosphere! The way we speak of and to, not only the Lord but to each other is a powerful thing. What we are aware of or not determines so many things.

    Yesterday I spoke of my own passion to “know Him” and to “encounter His power.” Prayer is so much more than the voicing of our concerns, worries or needs to the Lord. Prayer a relationship of humble dependence upon the One who has come to share His life with us.

    He does not exists to bless our plans we exist to cooperate with Him in the fulfillment of His plan. Prayer is the on-going constant conversation between a lover and the be-loved. Prayer is a lifestyle! It is the rhythmic music of two lovers.

    Between the exchange of love miracles of restoration are the norm. To live aware of Him and of His love for you and for all of creation is part of the calling upon the life of a believer.

    To live in the sound of His Word and in the breathe of His Spirit is to be fully alive. To be alive with revelation of the Christ and the realization of His Power.

    If there is one thing that we all could do that would have an impact on the world… it would be to pray. In fact to become “Prayer.” To allow every moment, every word and yes every action be prayer.

    “Several weeks ago I took my Grandson to Lowe’s with me. We were standing in one of the isles when two men standing down the way started telling a story! The story was filled with very colorful discriptive words. 

    As I was trying to move Bubba away from the conversation he picked up on some of the language. Instantly he looked up at me saying, “Pappa, they said a bad word, tell them not to say that…. Jesus doesn’t like that!” I tried to shssh him but he simply repeated himself.

    Needless to say not only did the two young men hear him, but so did everyone in the surrounding area. You know what? The atmosphere changed. The two young men scurried from our presence.

    Your words can change the atmosphere. Your awareness can alter the conditions of your life.”

    What kind of atmosphere are we creating? What are the changes in our daily lives that would be more conducive to His Presence? These are two small questions that might help us to know Him and to encounter Him more and more!

    Christ Have Mercy!

    Lord Have Mercy!

    Christ Have Mercy!

  • The Christ-Formed Life

    So everyone knows that “gravity” holds us to this spinning planet. Without gravity we would all be flung out into space never to be seen again.

    Most of us grasp the importance of maintaining a “center of gravity.” Even walking requires a sense of understanding the “center of gravity.”

    Maintaining this “center” is what empowers athletes. If they do not instinctively know how to use the “center of gravity” their performances are affected.

    I believe that your “imagination” is the “center of gravity” for your life. If your imagination is formed and shaped by the Kingdom of God then your identity and life will follow the King’s design. We were created in the “image of God,” therefore we are “image-bearers.” The image that we bear flows out of the center of our imagination.

    Far to often we have surrendered our imagination to the world and not to the Kingdom of God. If the “center of gravity” shifts even slightly it affects our ability to live abundantly. The culture has great power to form our imagination, I believe that we need a serious response to this attack on our imagination.  A “counter-formation” of our imagination.

    We are entering into the season of the Lord’s Passion! This is a great season to find the “center of gravity” within our own imagination. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow our imaginations to be recalibrated by the “Story of Christ.”

    I have watched too many Christians lose their sense of “gravity” and go flying through space. Every year God has called us to remember His Passion, to remember the death, the burial and the resurrection of the Christ.

    We who were created in the image of Christ and who are called to be image-bearers need to take time to be Christ-Formed people.

    We are called to live a “Christ-Formed Life.”

    Paul tells the Galatians, “My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pains until Christ is completely  and permanently formed (molded) within you.” (4:19)

    The “center of gravity” for us is the “formation of Christ.” I want to encourage every believer to be pro-active this year in the formation of Christ in you. Which as Paul reminds us is “the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27).

    I am going to be ministering on the “Christ-Formed Life” beginning Sunday and moving towards Resurrection. I hope you get to follow along on our journey of reforming our imagination around Christ.

  • Change!!!

    “To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives. The closer we come to the heartbeat of God the more we see our need and the more we desire to be conformed to Christ. William Blake tells us that our task in life is to learn to bear God’s ‘beams of love.’” (Foster)

    Change, we all would like to see change, in ourselves, in others, or at least in the world around us. David wanted changed, Martin Luther demanded changed, John Wesley searched for change. There were many before us who longed for change just as we do. It is said of George Fox that “Above all he excelled in prayer…”

    Prayer proceeds change. All change, no matter if it’s personal or cosmic begins and ends in prayer. We can jump up and point out the wrongs of the world. We can cower in our own shame or we can enter into the prayers of the Saints. Change is and has always been the results of prayer.

    If it is in prayer that we learn to be “beams of love.” It seems to me that we should take the time to learn something about it.  There certainly are a lot of other beams being swung around out there.

    You can change your life starting today. Right now…. Go ahead! Start talking to the Lord. See there is change! You stopped —something to pray! Good for you!

    I recently heard a coach shout “if you can’t run a mile don’t jump into a marathon.” I have prayed, I have led prayer, and taught prayer. The main thing that I find is that people expect to pray a full marathon before they can run a mile.

    Just try jogging this morning!  You’ll change! The world around you … well lets talk another day!