Day Eight = Don’t Let it Get Away (40 day fasting challenge)

Day Eight = Don’t Let it Get Away

Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. (Psalm 32:6)

Fasting is to be coupled with time spent in the word, in prayer, and in worship. At the end of the day, the most used excuse in not including these emphases is “well, time just got away from me”. Don’t let it get away! Self-Control is a fruit of the Spirit and is more than just a virtue we can reach for. It is attainable.

By this time in the fast, most of us have at least thought about abandoning the mission. We have already gone a full week abstaining from whatever it is we have chosen and by now it may seem like that was good enough. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions not achieved is the one where we all resolve to exercise more, eat better and lose weight. Why is it that we simply cannot seem to finish what we have started? We use excuses like it was a valiant effort or better luck next time to appease our consciences. If you have slipped up, given in, or even given up on your fast it’s not too late.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

The scripture referenced above is the response God gave to the Apostle Paul. Paul was experiencing some trouble or more specifically a thorn in the flesh. Paul’s experiences with this thorn were unpleasant, and he inquired or rather pleaded to the Lord to remove it. What we can gather from this portion of scripture is that even the GREAT Apostle Paul experienced moments of weakness. The amount of strength or will power one possesses is not at all the point. The revelation of God’s perfect strength given to us in times of great weakness is how both Paul and we will be able to carry on and finish our journey.

As we continue our fast do not look for personal perfection or rely on personal strength. Look to God stay focused on His grace and His perfect strength. In doing this the rushing waters shall not reach you just as the psalmist wrote.


Published by Nathanstrom

Ordained Bishop with the Church of God; Cleveland, TN; Senior Pastor at Redemption Place Church of God Allegan, MI. Community Service Chaplain.

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