DAY 11: HOLY SPIRIT, WELCOME - AMANDA ROSSO

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“The one who keeps God's commands lives in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.” — 1 John 3:24

Growing up in church and being raised in a God-fearing home, I was always surrounded by the things of God, but there came a point in my life where I was confronted with the same questions Jesus asked his disciples: “But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). I couldn’t give God an answer; I realized that, all along, I had been living on others’ revelations of God when, in every waking moment of my life, I have been given access to know Him personally through the presence of the Holy Spirit. There was a deeper revelation of God’s love, power, and presence that was missing from my life because I was not rightfully acknowledging, treasuring, submitting to, and operating in the active power of the Holy Spirit.

From the very beginning, God’s greatest desire has been for us to dwell with Him in perfect unity and oneness. Through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, we now know that we have impenetrable, direct access to God, and that we are the temples of His Holy Spirit, our Advocate (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, John 14:26). Like a spiritual Airbnb, we have been given the honor of hosting His Spirit within us, becoming a place for God Himself to dwell! This is what ought to empower us to walk in the freedom and authority that Jesus died to win for us (Romans 6:20-23). I believe that God wants to reveal His love, power, and presence to a hurting world more than ever before, but as chosen conduits for His action, He is asking that we acknowledge, treasure, submit to, and operate in the power of His Holy Spirit more than we ever have in the past. We find hope, peace, restoration, healing, unspeakable joy, and everything that we need when we abide in Him. 

"'...Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty." — Zechariah 4:6

"Heavenly Father, I thank You that, through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ, You have given me direct access to Your presence and have made me Your dwelling-place. May the freedom I have to be one with You never cause me to take Your presence for granted. I am sorry if I have not conducted myself in a manner worthy of a place that You would call Your home. Help me to continuously surrender my desires and my will to You, so that Your will alone may be done in me. Today, I submit to Your direction and I welcome You, Holy Spirit, to dwell within me and around me. Teach me as only You can, and let everywhere that I go become a meeting place for others to come to know Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen."

DAY 10: THIS IS THE TIME FOR POWER - RICHARD TORRENEGRA

Isaiah 58:6-7 ESV

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

 

 

    When it comes to fasting, we seem to get the basic universal meaning of what it entails: refraining from food for the sake of getting closer to God. Nevertheless, we as Christians should have a more in depth understanding of the power of fasting and how our actions/prayers have a much greater impact during this time. Often times in the scriptures, fasting is associated with prayer as two powerful weapons in the kingdom of God when combined, so we should see it as such. Jesus shared that some demons could only come out by the union of prayer and fasting (Matthew 17). This is why our mentality should be “this is the time of power”.

 

 

    I encourage you brothers and sisters to challenge yourselves in your faith, prayers, and actions. THIS is the time for us to be bold in all things we do because the Lord’s desire is that the bonds be loosened, the oppressed be set free, the sick be healed, the hungry be fed, the lost be saved, and many more glorious things! All of which would come through the hands of God’s people who earnestly seek his face and his power. Strive to pray big prayers so we could all see how BIG our God is. Far more than pushing away a meal, let’s pray that the fears, bondages, and chains be pushed away as well! Lastly, do not neglect the power and necessity of serving, helping, and thinking of others, which the Lord desires we do much more when we fast (verse 7^).

 

 

Prayer: Father, change our minds and allow us to see the bigger picture, which is to see your kingdom come and your will be done. Give us faith to pray prayers that would change our lives and the lives of those around us. We ask that you would open doors for us to help others and shine your light in a mighty way, and we pray the effects of the fast would be revealed during the revival, and even beyond. In the MIGHTY MATCHLESS AND HOLY NAME OF JESUS. Amen!

 

 

DAY 9: CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW - MIRANDA PACHECO

Exodus 33:18 (NIV)

Then Moses said, “Now show me Your glory”

Moses is mid-conversation with God, and out from his lips come these five words, “now show me Your glory”. By asking to see the glory of God, Moses is also requesting to see the beauty of God, the greatness and splendor in His name. A request at this magnitude might seem outrageous, some might say crazy but in mid-conversation Moses grabs onto this understanding, that God is close, therefore, it would be crazy not to ask. Moses took advantage of a moment, recognizing the closeness of God built in him the courage to ask boldly and to believe for something he has not seen yet.

God is closer than we know, then what is stopping us from approaching Him courageously? Our request should be as bold as Moses. That while praying we would stop mid-conversation with God and begin asking Him, now show us Your greatness so we can see revival in our homes, in our city, and in our nation. In the midst of this fast we need to take advantage of these God given moments. Heaven is closer than we know, so let's use our voices to call down revival, allowing God to show us things we have not yet seen.


Prayer: We thank you God that you allow us into Your presence time and time again. There is no other name like Yours, and we ask You build in us the courage to ask boldly, to expect a mighty move of Your spirit. Our hearts are comforted by your closeness, help us embrace everything You’re about to do in our lives. Show us Your greatness, Your beauty, and Your splendor. We love You Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.  

DAY 8: FAITHFUL ANCHOR - AMARI TEMPLE

One of the deepest anchors of my faith is that God knows more than me. The presence of a boundless, omniscient God, free of restrictions gives me the courage to worship him without bounds and restrictions. I think about my favorite verse Nahum 1:7 I learned in children's church when I was 8. "“GOD is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, No matter how desperate the trouble." Nahum 1:7 (MSG)

This helps me to trust him and worship him more because he's saying "Hey, I love you, and I know everything you go through and I know that you love me and I am here for you at all times with whatever you need." The hardest thing to do is go through a tough time alone. I've been through some pretty dark times with my family and personally but knowing that the God of the universe sees all, makes everything just a little lighter on my shoulders. And the awesome part is that the verse doesn't say "I know who is living perfectly and those are the ones I'll help." which is something I've personally dealt with- feeling like God won't help cause I'm in a dry season or a backslidden position. that's not God. His perfect love trumps our imperfect nature every single time. God loves you and he'll never watch you drown.

Prayer: God, I love you. I thank you that you are with me at all times and that though people might fail me and I might fail myself you're always there and you'll never let me drown. Thank you for your power and for you unfailing love. In Jesus' matchless name, Amen.

DAY 7: OUR FIRST CHOICE IS THE SECOND CHANCE- BRIGITTE CORTEZ

“After a few days of this, Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit all our friends in each of the towns where we preached the Word of God. Let’s see how they’re doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John along, the John nicknamed Mark. But Paul wouldn’t have him; he wasn’t about to take along a quitter who, as soon as the going got tough, had jumped ship on them in Pamphylia. Tempers flared, and they ended up going their separate ways: Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus; Paul chose Silas and, offered up by their friends to the grace of the Master, went to Syria and Cilicia to build up muscle and sinew in those congregations.” 

Acts‬ ‭15:36-41‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Barnabas and Paul were ministry partners in the early church. They must have spent countless hours serving together and covering each other in prayer. If the very nature of their relationship didn't set the tone for a special bond, then certainly it was begotten when Barnabas came alongside a newly converted Paul to support his calling. In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas decide to go separate ways after disagreeing on who would help them in their travels. The question begs: why would Barnabas be so adamant about choosing a helper who had already quit once before?Surely Paul had reason to keep reservations about Mark. The fickleness of one member amidst a mission trip meant risk of exposure for the rest of the cohort. Disciples relied on each other's skills and craftsmanship to barter for food, clothing, and shelter. They leveraged each other's rapport in certain communities and linguistic proficiencies to ensure safety and provision for the team. Mark's team suffered when he jumped ship and Paul knew it. We can easily assume that Barnabas had a lapse of judgement for appointing Mark; however, I'm challenged to consider that Barnabas was compelled to encourage a brother who was struggling with shame and a sense of failure in his calling. How difficult must it have been for Mark to come back to the same church, with the same brothers he deserted, and remain steadfast in his assignment? Perhaps Paul, in all his zeal, could not see that the same Barnabas who stood alongside a former persecutor (Acts 9:27) also wanted to stand alongside a former quitter.

Sometimes, it is incredibly hard to look past the shortcomings of our brothers -especially when our ministries have suffered for it. We can feel betrayed or abandoned or even overwhelmed at the vacated positions and empty seats. While these are valid feelings, how much more effective would the body of Christ be if we were to comfort and encourage the reformed persecutors and quitters who have God-given callings to fulfill? I'm so thankful for Barnabas and the role he played in the life of Paul and Mark. How different the gospel would have been without them! Let us pray for hearts that would be compelled to encourage; and that it would be for the glory of God and the edification of his church! 

 

Prayer: Lord give us hearts that would be compelled to encourage & minds that would never second guess giving someone a second chance. Help us to forgive others & offer opportunities to those who may have failed us in the past. so that they may succeed in the future. We love you & this is all for your Glory! In Jesus Name, AMEN!

DAY 6: HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL- DAVID LOPEZ

Hebrews 10:23 New International Version (NIV)

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

The author of Hebrews is writing to a community of Jesus followers who are under massive persecution. They are being beaten, tortured, imprisoned and killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ and this is causing believers to walk away from the church. The author wants to address these people and encourage them to hold on to the promises of God through the hardships they are facing. He expects these believers to hold on “unswervingly”, but how? How could the author except these christians to hold on? How could he expect for them to endure the pain and the trails? Doesn’t he see what they are going through? The author expects these believers, and us to hold onto God’s promises by focusing on “he who promised” because “he who promised is faithful”. The author is so convinced about God and his faithfulness that he offers it as the solution to get through trials! God is that good! He is that faithful! HE is so faithful that we can hold on to hope and not shake. The focus of our faith was never on feeling of hope, but it was always on the One who gives us hope.  It’s important to note that the promise was never about the promise, It was always about the promiser. All we need to do is put the focus on our relationship with Him. I don’t know what promise God has given you, but know that if He promised it, He will bring it to pass because he is faithful. If we get a promise from God, we can be certain because of WHO he is! It will still be hard, it will still be uncomfortable but God can give us strength and comfort, so that we can wait for the blessing he will bring in and through our lives. Spend time with him, worship him, and put him first. In relationship with Him is where revival is found.

 

 

Prayer: Father, we thank you for your faithfulness. We thank you that you are always present and active in every aspect of our lives. We ask that you would show yourself present in our trials. Would you give us the strength to hold on to your promises and to hold on to you. We want to see your faithfulness in our lives so that we can give you all of the glory and all of the honor. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

DAY 5: OVERCOME THROUGH UNDERSTANDING - AYODIRAN FABIAN

In John 1:5 it says "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."(ESV)

Often when we read that verse we begin to think of winning battles & overcoming obstacles. We hear things like "You're an overcomer! You'll get through your current circumstance!" While this is true, with the power of God you can overcome great obstacles & persevere through difficult storms, that's not what the author of this narrative means here. See the word "overcome" used here in its original context is the Greek word: katalambano, which means: to lay hold of or to understand. That means what the verse says is "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it." In this life when our light shines in darkness, darkness doesn't quite get that. People look at that light & they question it. Some even want to put it out. The reason why the light does not stop shining is because it understands what the darkness does not. Light understands the truth: that Jesus is Lord, that there is hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ & that GOD IS REAL!

That being said those of us who understand these truths can only defeat darkness by taking the time to understand the brokenness that exist in the human condition. We mustn't judge our brother or sister who doesn't understand the truth, instead we must take the time to understand their story & learn what about their life has kept them from understanding the hope we have! God came down to earth to demonstrate this very thing, in order to defeat the darkness that had a hold of us He lived for 33 years in our shoes to show us He understands our pain! What a beautiful example set by our Lord Jesus! He would never have us do something He himself is not willing to do, we serve a humble God! So many people have been through so much hurt & it's our job to help them find healing in this hope! So today I ask you to be an overcomer: one who defeats the darkness through love & understanding! Today take the time to find out somebodies story, show them they aren't alone & share this wonderful hope we have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Prayer: Lord help us to overcome the darkness of this world by using the light of your love to understand the brokenness of the human condition. Help us to invest ourselves into others so that we can be used as change agents in the lives of many. Help us to bring selfless understanding into a world where many seek to only understand themselves. We can't do this without you Lord & we do it only so You can have the Glory. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

DAY 4: TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME - MARIA DURSO

When we think of fasting & praying for 21 days or 3 weeks or 504 hours it can seem quite overwhelming. It could kind of, sort of, feel like a lot of pressure if we are really being honest. What do I eat? What shouldn't I eat?  What should I pray for &  what shouldn't I pray for? Yet Jesus taught us to pray like this: "Give us this day our daily bread".
 

#1. "Give us" We are asking of Him. So that takes the pressure off of us. We know that only He can supply what we need.
 

#2.  "This day" He knows our day. He knows the day we live in & He knows the next 21 days.
 

#3. "Our" this bread is tailor made for us. Your bread and my bread might look totally different because God meets us where we are at.
 

#4. "Daily Bread".  He wants to pour out provisions that only heaven can supply. Daily answers, tiny morsels of revelation prepared just for us. There are sentences that He wants to speak specifically over us each day. Words of affirmation and encouragement.
 

All we have to do is relax and rely on Him moment by moment and all the pressure will seem to disappear. I don't think there is a greater way to please the Lord than by placing our trust in Him for each moment of our day for the next 21 days while expecting Him to lead us.

DAY 3: THE 16 MILE JOURNEY - RACHEL ACEVEDO

“Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still ON THE WAY, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.” John 4:50-51

Here we have an officer who travels all the way from Capernaum (his home) to Galilee (where Jesus was) to ask Jesus to come back home with him to heal his sick son. Jesus replies with this statement and immediately the boy was healed. However, the officer doesn’t find out this news until he is ON THE WAY back home without Jesus. Crazy right? This man had enough faith to walk all the way back home without Jesus, trusting nothing but Jesus’ mere words. To put the distance this officer travelled in perspective, these two places are 16 miles apart. If that were me, those 16 miles back home would have been filled with many questions and doubt. “What if this doesn’t work? I travelled all this way for nothing. Why couldn’t Jesus just come back with me?” Little did this officer know that the healing he was searching for was already on its way. It went before him. Can I encourage you, that the very thing you’ve been asking for from God has already gone before you, you just have trust Him at his word and GO. Can I take it a step further and encourage you to live and worship as though God has already answered? It’s when you live in His promise that the 16 mile journey is filled not with doubts, questions, or worry, but complete and total praise.

Prayer: Father, thank you that the very thing I need has already been sent before me. God I pray that I would have a heart that wholly trusts you and your promises. Today I surrender every doubt and worry at your feet. From this day forward I choose to praise and worship you because I know every answer is already on its way. In Jesus name, amen.

 

DAY 2: SOWING HONOR - GAGE JUNG

It says in Romans 13:7 (NIV) "Give to everyone what you owe them: if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. 

In today's culture there is this mind-set that you’ve got to watch out for yourself because no one else is going to watch out for you. I’m sorry but that’s not the right way of thinking. Many people have an orphan mentality that causes them to seek honor for themselves but that's not how honor works. Similar to humility you can't claim you’re humble because as soon as you do, you’re not. Humility is an action not a self proclaimed description. We must be careful to remember that sowing is an essential part of our growth as a Christian. We must sow so we can reap. You can't expect to gain without sowing. So how do we gain honor? We all ,deep inside our heart of hearts, want it! So how do we attain this in a healthy gospel-centered way? We sow honor into one another. We recognize the people that spent time and energy, even
money to make our lives better for the glory of Jesus. We should sow honor to our predecessors and our mentors. We should not only honor them with our speech, actions but also with our resources. A great man of God ,my father, taught me to give to those that have invested into your life. Give them gifts and honor them by picking up the check when you got out to eat. Show honor in your actions because as we all know actions speak louder than words. A culture where we honor with our words but don't really mean it is not the culture that I want to be a part of; I love honoring people with words but it has to be more than that. Sow honor with your resources. Support ministers even if the ministries are finding favor with God and might not need the additional finances. It's all about being obedient and not about you trying to figure it out. Logic is one thing but better than that is obedience. Let's sow honor into the leaders, servants, and mentors that have poured into you. Think of someone that has done that for you and start sowing honor!


Prayer: Abba Father, let the Holy Spirit help us to sow honor into our leaders and those that you have sent into our lives to teach us and help us to grow. All things are yours and may our hearts submit to letting go some of our needs to honor others that deserve it. Thank you Jesus for all that you have done to honor us. You gave up your comfort, freedom and even your last breath to honor us as your sons and daughters. We love you and we long to serve your interests and not ours. In Jesus name, amen and amen!

DAY 1: DO YOU SEE IT? - RYAN DIAZ

It says in Isaiah 43:19,  "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” 

In this verse the Prophet Isaiah is speaking to a nation in captivity. The Israelites are held captive by the nation of Babylon, and yet in their captivity Isaiah asks an audacious question. “Do you not perceive it?” 

See, often in life we can be held captive by our situations and circumstances. It could be that there's chaos at home and your parents are talking about a divorce, It could be everyone always told you that you were nothing and now you feel like nothing; Its these moments that can take our mind captive. We end up a prisoner of our situation feeling as if their is no way out. But church, today I want to ask you a question... do you see it? See even when we feel captive by your situation, God has made a way out for you. Jesus died on the cross so you no longer have to be captive but in fact you can walk in freedom. When you realize you're no longer a slave you can walk like a child of God. Though your situation might be barren like the wilderness, God's presence brings life like a stream. This is where revival starts: when we realize that God made a way for us. Do you see it?

Prayer: God give me new vision so I can see clearly what you have done for me. Thank you for making a way for me, so that i may walk in freedom, no matter my circumstance. In Jesus name, Amen.

ROAD TO REVIVAL: FAITH+HOPE+LOVE

Tomorrow we begin our 21 day fast, not just with the youth at Misfit but as a whole here at Christ Tabernacle. We are expecting God to speak to us as we take this time to sacrifice some things & spend some extra time seeking His voice together as a family. As we prepare for our 3 night revival entitled "Harvest" at the end of the month, we also prepare our hearts for God to move in ways beyond our greatest expectations. Join us on this Journey, we promise it'll be worth it!