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21 Day Daniel Fast Devotional

Jan 20

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 18

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 10:35 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Remnant Work (House of God)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Day 18

Read: Haggai 1:1-6

Key Verses:

“In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, 2 “Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.” 3 Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” 5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”
Haggai 1:1-6 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
vv. 1-5 We, as Christians are being selfish and egotistical and not of God, when we seek to take care of our own interests and conveniences before carrying on God’s work in His church and in the community. If we desired true joy and real comfort, we would make God our friend by putting His interests first, otherwise such as we have will be fruitless, meaningless, and in the end worthless for none of it can be taken with us.

Thought:
It is purported that DL Moody once stated, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled.”

Prayer:
Pray to God about where He would have you to serve and all life decisions that should be made.

Questions:
How does God describe Himself in verse 1:2? What does this mean?

How does the message of Haggai 1:4 differ from the one in Haggai 1:2?
Jan 19

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 17

Posted on January 19, 2020 at 11:57 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Remnant Preparation
Monday, January 20, 2020
Day 17

Read: Ezra 3:1-6

Key Verse:
“Though fear had come upon them because of the people of those countries, they set the altar on its [c]bases; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening burnt offerings.” Ezra 3:3 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
v. 3 To see any branch of God’s work reestablished after long desolations cannot but open fountains of joy and praise in those who love God.  We should be thankful for even the beginnings of mercy though we have not yet seen the perfection of it!  For in all times and when we have enemies, the safest course is to keep on intimate terms with God through His Son Jesus who is our rock and our fortress and whose righteousness must be our confidence in all our supplications, (Brooks, 2001, p. 95). 

Thought:
Once upon a time, there was a tree. It was a lovely-looking tree, shapely, strong, and stately. But appearances are not always to be trusted, and they were not in this case. For the tree knew inwardly that its massive strength was beginning to wane. When the wind was strong it had felt itself shaking ominously and heard suspicious creaks. So, wisely, it took itself in hand. With much effort, it grew another branch or two and then looked stronger and safer than ever. But when the next gale blew, there was a terrific snapping of roots and, but for the support of a friendly neighbor, it would have been flat on the ground. When the tree had recovered from the shock, it looked at its neighbor curiously. “Tell me,” it asked, “how is it that you have not only stood your ground but are even able to help me, too?” “Oh,” replied the neighbor, “that’s easy. When you were busy growing new branches, I was strengthening my roots.” (Matthew 7:24-29, NKJV)

Prayer:
Father, you deserve the best we can give because all we have comes from Your gracious hand.  Help us to accept Your call to obedience and action.  

Question:
What areas of your life are hidden to God?  How can you get prepared?

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Jan 19

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 16

Posted on January 19, 2020 at 6:01 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Remnant Promise of Giving
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Day 16

Key Verse:
“And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,”
Says the LORD of hosts,” Malachi 3:12 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
v. 12  Despite the fact that His people have robbed God by not giving Him all the tithes that the law required if their repentant hearts will not cause them to reverse this and ‘bring all the tithes into the storehouse’, the blessings of God will be boundless and generous. Not only will His people receive blessing upon blessing, but He will defend them and make them fruitful so that other nations will call them blessed and the land will become ‘a delightful land’, (Malachi 3:12, NKJV). 

Thought:
Years ago a young man began a small cheese business in Chicago. He failed. He was deeply in debt. “You didn’t take God into your business. You have not worked with Him,” said a Christian friend to him. Then the young man thought, “If God wants to run the cheese business, He can do it, and I’ll work for Him and with Him!” From that moment, God became the senior partner in his business. The business grew and prospered and became the largest cheese concern in the world! That young man, J.L. Kraft became president of the Kraft Cheese Company! (Encyclopedia of Illustrations #1854).

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I have set aside the sacred portion from my income as you commanded me, and I have given it to your Store House according to your will. I have not turned aside from your commands, nor have I forgotten any of them; I have obeyed the Lord my God and I give freely and cheerfully.

Questions:
How do you feel after you tithe?  Is it a feeling of relieve, satisfaction?
 
Gratefulness to God, cheerfulness that you gave to God, or what?

Do you tithe or tip God?  Read/study Scripture before you answer?

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