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21 Day Daniel Fast Devotional

Jan 22

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 20

Posted on January 22, 2021 at 10:40 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Empowerment (Readiness for God’s Work)
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Day 20

Read: Jeremiah 1:17-19 

Key Verse:
“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by
them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you,” declares the Lord,” – Jeremiah 1:17-19

Key Reflection: 
v. 9, God promises, whatever opposition that you face as a result of being a faithful vessel for God, you can trust Him to equip you for the challenge and be your strength.

Thought: 
When the Lord called me into the ministry, I had more questions than I had answers. I thought, surely Lord, you can do better than me. I also thought about the Prophet Jonah, fleeing God’s command to go to Nineveh instead of going to Tarshish. I thought about Saul being blinded by God on the Damascus road; so, Jesus could get his attention and humble him. Next, what crossed my mind was the story of Balaam and the Donkey. The Lord opened the Donkey’s mouth and caused her to speak against Balaam and save his life. After picturing these thoughts in my head, I accepted my call to the ministry and prayed that I would be an obedient servant. I thought when the Lord spoke to a donkey to get His point across, then surely, He could use me, not to equate myself with a donkey. I now understand that God will equip those He called for His service, and I just need to be a willing vessel to be used by God. I remember praying for a text for my initial sermon, and God showed me Jeremiah Chapter One. I could see myself in the text and understood how Jeremiah felt. Then I realized that whatever the situation I got myself into, I would stand on God’s promises and trust Him in endeavoring to do His will. His Word declares that you can trust Him to equip you for the challenge and be your strength.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, as we face life’s challenges and doubts and fears begin to creep into our minds, help us to remember that you are in the fight with us, and if you called us to it, you would see us through it.
You are my God and Deliverer in whom I trust, Amen.

Questions:
1. God empowered Jeremiah to go forth in his calling; what has God called you to do?
2. What challenges do you face?






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Jan 21

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 19

Posted on January 21, 2021 at 10:54 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Empowerment (Equipped with God’s Strength)
Friday, January 22, 2021
Day 19

Read: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 

Key Verse:
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong,” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Key Reflection: 
v. 9, The exalted experiences of the Spirit-filled Christian overbalance (feeling inadequate to handle) all he is called upon to bear for Christ’s sake. Whom God loves, He will keep from being exalted above measure, and spiritual burdens will be ordered, with grace to bear them, for the keeping down of spiritual pride. Simply put, thinking we can do all in our own strength. As we communicate our experiences, let us remember to take notice of what God has done to sustain us, as He provides us grace. (Brooks, 2001).

Thought: 
Thirty-three times I was placed on the medical linear accelerator (LINAC), which is the device most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. Twice there were chemotherapy IVs inserted into my veins. There was no one in the room beside me and that huge machine. One time after several days of this therapy, I heard clearly the voice of the Lord and actually felt his presence telling me that “I’m here with you, and this too shall pass.” When you are behind the walls of despair where and when no one is there but you, God’s grace is sufficient! In your most weak/vulnerable state of mind and situation, know that His strength is made perfect.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, only you can correctly analyze the contents of my tears and the state of my heart. Empower me to smile when I feel like crying, to love the unlovable, and above all to praise your Holy and righteous name, Amen.

Questions:
1. What is grace, and what does it cost to obtain?
2. Is it possible to help others when you need help? Why?
3. What do you tell others whom you know need the help of Christ Jesus?
4. How does God’s power outclass our weakness, distress, or helplessness?





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Jan 20

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 18

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 11:31 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Empowerment (God, Helper of His People)
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Day 18

Read: Isaiah 41:10-13

Key Verse:
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ “Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them— Those who contended with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing. For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you,” – Isaiah 41:10-13

Key Reflection: 
x. 10-11, Jehovah is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable. He has governed the world from the beginning and will until the end of time. Let the believer therefore depend upon Him as the God sufficient for him in the worst of times. He would not have His people to be a frightened people, for His grace can silence fears, even when there is the greatest cause for them, (Brooks, 2001, p. 160).

Thought: 
x. 10-11, Jehovah is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable. He has governed the world from the beginning and will until the end of time. Let the believer therefore depend upon Him as the God sufficient for him in the worst of times. He would not have His people to be a frightened people, for His grace can silence fears, even when there is the greatest cause for them, (Brooks, 2001, p. 160).

Prayer:
Beams of heaven as I go through the wilderness below, guide my feet in peaceful ways, turn my midnights into days. When in the darkness I would grope, faith always sees a star of hope, and soon from all life's grief and danger I shall be free someday, Amen.

Questions:
1. The Empowerment to go through difficult times was given during the Old Testament days of Isaiah. Can this message be applicable for us today?
2. Why should we not fear?





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