DAY NINETEEN - DON'T LOSE COUNT

If your flesh isn’t put in check, the only counting you’ll do while on this fast is how many days you have left until you can eat. But being mindful of your spirit, you’ll be compelled to count something far more important. Paul said, “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” (Philippians 3:7) In the previous verses, Paul lays out for us the staggering and impressive number of accomplishments he had while under the law of Moses. But when he surrendered himself completely to Christ, he gladly forfeited the things he had previously trusted in; the things that he had built his self-esteem on. 

     We are far too prone, in the natural, to pride ourselves in carnal things. We consider ourselves bold because we speak our minds, but Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” We think ourselves wise to remember when wrong was done to us, but 1 Corinthians 13:5 tells us that to love is to “take no account of a suffered wrong.” We entertain ourselves with memories of who we were before God touched us, but Galatians 6:14 says we ought to consider ourselves “crucified to this world, and this world crucified to us.” 

     But take notice of how consciousness has changed over the this fast. Your separation to the things of God has inevitably stripped away old behaviors and conversations. Count them. What kind of foolish jokes did you make before that you haven’t made in weeks? What things were you watching and entertaining yourself with that have now faded from your routine? Turn your attention to your spirit. You’ll become aware of a cleanliness, and a purity as God has purged you by The Holy Ghost. But this fast is only a stepping off point. A place of launching. As we continue in Philippians 3, we find Paul articulating his goals, with a supernatural determination: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,…Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:8,13-14) Consider that Paul, the great Apostle of the early church, was still pressing for a prize. Aiming for a mark. And keeping himself mindful of what was stripped from him as the power of God had progressively transformed him. Let is follow his example. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)


Personal Prayer Point:

“Father, make me aware of the changes you’ve made in me. Make me mindful of what’s been stripped away from me. Give me a disgust for even the small habits of the flesh that bring a harvest of corruption. I set my heart to press on to the higher mark of Your calling.”

Scripture to Stand On:

(Philippians 3:13-14 — Ephesians 4:22-24 — 1 Peter 2:11)

Corporate Prayer Point:

“Father, strip from this ministry the preconceived notions of how ministry should work. Let us not operate in a ‘business as usual’ mindset. We are believing You for the unusual works of the Spirit in our midst.”

Scripture to Stand On:

(Acts 19:11-20 — Isaiah 43:19 — Proverbs 8:12)