Friday, January 11, 2013

God is GREAT; God is GOOD

God is great; God is good.

A little over a year ago I read a book by Steven Furtick that talked about how rich in truth that prayer is. (Sun Stand Still, I think. I read a couple of his during that reading binge, so I'm not positive.)

God is GREAT! He is mighty, all powerful God! There is NOTHING that He can't do.

God is GOOD! He is the giver of all things, including mercy & grace. He is love.

I was reminded of this prayer this week as I did the devotional for our 21 days of prayer & fasting. Day 1 reminded me of how Great God is. "...recognize that I am God! I will be exalted over the nations! I will be exalted over the earth!" Ps 46:10 Day 5 reminded me of how Good Good is. "...fear The Lord & serve Him with all your heart. Just look at the great things He has done for you." 1 Sam. 12:24

I'm loving these little devotions! It's been an awesome day to just take time to recall all the great things God has done for me. What a faith-builder! What a spiritual boost to remember the muck & mire that God has brought me through & see that every good thing I have today is from Him.

My mind has been going non-stop this week & all of these thoughts probably warrant their own blog posts, but I'm just gonna spill it all out here! How are you guys doing on your devotions & fasting? The Dunns have had a really good week. I have a couple of dinner pics I might post, but we've tried to mostly have fruits & vegetables & used the other goodies to keep us fueled & on track.

After doing a little reading about the fast & speaking to a few other "fasters," a few thoughts really resonated with me:
#1-This is not a diet to lose weight. The food plan is meant to rid your body of chemicals & toxins, but overall, it's a fast. So "cheating" on it, or having "just a bite" of something isn't about it not affecting the diet. To me, this fast is about the commitment I made to God to do this for 21+ days. When I think about it in those terms, it means so much more to me.

#2-Don't forget that this is a fast. That's something that's easy to forget when we have so many great resources out there with recipes. I don't want it to become like I'm trying to find a way to work or manipulate the fast so that I don't feel like I'm doing without. I think the whole point of the fast is for me to do without. It's me lessening myself (just let me make up my own words :)) so that I can show God that it's important for me to put Him first. It's taking away the physical food that nourishes me & replacing it with spiritual food to nourish my soul. For me, it is also about nourishing my relationship with the Lord by showing Him that food is not an idol.

I pretty much always feel God's presence in my life most of the time (guess all my imaginary friendships paid-off). But, since we've started the fast, God's presence is even stronger. Have y'all noticed? God has been even quicker to convict me & His "voice" has been much louder. What differences have y'all seen since starting the fast? What has God revealed to you?

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