On Monday, January 8th, we will begin our 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting as a church family. This year, we are going to use the four foundations for godly character. These are:
· The Goodness of God
· The Grace of God
· The Love of God
· The Call of God
We will spend ten days on each foundation, with a different Bible verse or passage every day. As you read each one, allow God to minister to your heart and mind, to reveal attitudes or thought patterns he wants to change. Alongside reading the Bible, pray for the Gate family, our leaders, ministries and local area. Share your prayers with others, so that we can pray in agreement. This could be done in connect groups, on the phone, via social media etc. Our hope is that we all grow closer to God and to each other during this season.
As you prepare for this 40 day of prayer and fasting you may wish to listen to a sermon by Pastor Yinka Oyekan by clicking on the link.
We look forward to you joining us on this journey as we ask God to prepare us for all he has planned for The Gate in 2018.
Thank God again for his goodness, that he loves each one of us and has an awesome plan for our lives.
Romans 8:28 (TPT)
So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfil his designed purpose.
As we continue our fast, ask God to keep on transforming your mind.
Romans 12:2 (TPT)
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.
There are so many promises in the Bible and they are all ‘Yes and amen’ in Jesus. Start speaking them over your life.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (TPT)
Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness. As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
Psalm 19:7 (NIV)
If we want to be refreshed or become wiser, we need to read God’s word. Go deeper today, maybe looking back over all of this week’s verses.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
James 1:17 (NIV)
Today, count your blessings and thank God for each one of them. If you’re having trouble getting started on this, ask a friend to help.
“I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.”
Psalm 27:13 (NIV)
Ask God to reveal to you how his goodness and love is pursuing you today.
“So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!”
Psalm 23:6 (TPT)
God gives us hope for this life and for eternity. Confess any fear of the future, asking God to replace it with his peace.
“Now arise, LORD God, and come to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
May your priests, LORD God, be clothed with salvation,
may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.”
2 Chronicles 6:41 (NIV)
When we see just how good God is and receive his salvation, our natural reaction is to be filled with joy that needs expressing. Let some joy out in praise today!
“As for God, his way is perfect:
The LORD’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him. “
Psalm 18:30/2 Samuel 22:31 (NIV)
We read yesterday that God is ‘the Rock’ and today we add to that the fact that his word is flawless and that he is our refuge and our shield. We can depend on him to protect us, but it is our choice to run to him.
“He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.”
Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV)
For the first ten days, we are going to focus on the goodness of God. We need to immerse ourselves in his Word to grasp his definition of ‘good’. In the place of feasting on food, we are feeding our spirit by feeding on the richness of the truth we find there.