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21 Day Daniel Fast Devotional

Jan 22

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 21

Posted on January 22, 2021 at 10:46 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Empowerment (We All Need It)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Day 21

Read: Luke 22:31-33 

Key Verse:
31 “[d]And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren,” –Luke 22:31-33

Key Reflection: 
31 “[d]And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren,” –Luke 22:31-33

Thought: 
As Jesus prepares to fulfill His purpose in providing salvation for humanity in fulfillment of Scripture, he had the Last Supper with His disciples, preparing them for His death. At the end of the solemn meal, Jesus tells the disciples that Peter will betray him. Not casting Peter out, the Bible says Jesus prayed for Peter. Knowing of Peter’s horrific display of fear to occur, Jesus aids Peter discern that no mistake is unforgivable. He prays for Peter’s strength and faith. This teaches that our faith in God will always prepare us and guide us through difficult times. This moment in Jesus and Peter’s relationship shows how we can empower each other even in a hard time. Through Jesus’ instruction, “and when you return, strengthen your brothers,” we understand that our mistakes and failures do not define us. We learn and grow from them through the wisdom of God that empowers us with strength and insight to move forward and beyond our present state. Thus, equipping and authorizing us to embolden our family, neighbors, congregation, communities, etc., as they face challenges.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, we ask you for your grace and mercy that accompanies us in the hard and challenging times of life. We thank you for empowering us as we go through our and pray you will return us better than before in Jesus' name, Amen.

Questions:
When and How does God empower us?




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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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