“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up” (Psalm 5:3 NKV).
When we set out to seek God early, first thing in the morning, we meet distractions and disruptions. As we press through in our pursuit, it becomes second nature, even amid the hindrances. The benefits we reap from our endeavor help us stay on course.
When our focus is to seek God first, it affects everything else. It magnifies God, reminds us of His presence, makes the rest of our day flow in peace, and facilitates the practice of hearing from Him. It welcomes His will to be done His way, empowers us to confront whatever may come our way.
- Acknowledge God’s presence as soon as you are awake.
- Address Him sincerely, sharing your burdens, requests, and heart to Him.
- Ask Him for His wisdom and guidance.
God delights in our pursuit of His presence and hears our heart’s cry. We express our love and gratitude to Him for all He is, all He has done, and all He will do in your lives. It is from our personal relationship with God that everything else flows, from glory to glory!
Jesus is Lord of all or Lord not at all. All our priorities align with this truth. Our focus must be on building His house, not ours. We are His (spiritual) building and we belong to Him, so we must decide with Christ as the foundation.
We surrender all: spirit, soul, and body, to Him. We are to consecrate, commit, and dedicate ourselves to Him. We are entirely His. We are no longer our own; we are the property of our maker. We live in complete submission to our Lord, regardless of the cost, with sincere dedication—obeying moment by moment. We forsake all for His sake. As we occupy ourselves with building His house, He gives us riches in all that we need. All the divine resources are available to us.
The tendency is to see what we can achieve with what we have. As God’s fellow workers in God’s field, we must count on what He has: His materials, His strength, His plan, and His will. We should make no plan without considering our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We bring His reality to all we do, and our spiritual house gets filled with His glory, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 3:9-11 “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Our Heavenly Father’s will is for us to have the best in every area of our lives. What He has prepared for us might not be clear, but we can trust that it is much more than we can ask or think. It might be difficult to let go of the present because of the uncertainty of the future, the unknown. It’s in understanding our inheritance that we can walk by faith and trust God.
Parents know what their children can do because they watch them mature. They know that for them to walk in their ability to do more, they must let go of what they did at an earlier age. For example, when their children began teething and were being prepared for solid food, they weaned them from drinking out of a bottle. When they removed their bottle, the children got upset because they didn’t know it was to prepare them for more solid nourishment.
As we grow up as sons of God, there are some things that our Heavenly Father removes because He has more for us. Each additional step in our development requires a step of faith. We cannot see fully what God has prepared for us but can trust Him with the unseen. We rest in knowing Father knows best and enjoy our growth, from glory to glory!
Galatians 4:6-7 “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
Fasting strengthens us spiritually and increases our emotional and physical well-being. We can see results in some areas immediately, and in others progressively. As we reach new and enlightening levels of encounters with God, ourselves, and others, we discover its impact. Thought fasting, God moves hurdles and takes us fast forward into the glorious journey He has prepared for us.
With every encounter we find we are walking more in the spirit and less in the flesh; and some of our ways that we wanted to change are now changed because of the fast. The fast helps us advance in our journey. It helps us experience greater freedom and joy in Christ. We now are moving faster, free from what was holding us back. Our focus is sharper and our goals more defined.
Our transformation is spiritual, emotional, and physical. In every area of our being, we are moving quickly and supernaturally into new places in God, with God, and for God. We are advancing in a fast forward mode. When we see our progress, by God’s grace, we stand in awe of it and praise God, to whom all glory is due, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
It’s through feasting on the abundance of the riches we have in Christ that we can fast from what hinders our freedom. Our enemy throws fiery darts at us to destroy our destiny, but he can see that God has given us the opposite.
We feast on God’s peace when confusion comes. We feast on God’s love when rejection comes. We feast on God’s truth when lies come. We feast on all that we have in Christ to fast from all that comes from our enemy. We feast on drinking water so we can fast from sodas. We feast on healthy food to fast the unhealthy ones. We feast on good relationships to fast from those that may be hurtful.
Not only does feasting help the fasting, but the opposite is also true. When we fast and overcome the desires of our flesh, by God’s grace, we can feast. In Christ, we feast and are full. Hallelujah! Our spirit is strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The reward of a fast is a greater feast of the things of God. We fast and feast, from glory to glory!
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”