Since we talked yesterday about fasting and what it is, let’s talk about the thing that goes hand in hand with fasting. And that’s CONSECRATION. There is a difference between consecration and fasting that many people don’t realize or simply overlook. Fasting is abstaining from food. Consecration is devoting yourself to God by denying natural pleasures. During this season of fasting, make sure you consecrate yourself unto the Lord. The bible says in Joshua 3:5, “sanctify or CONSECRATE yourself, for tomorrow the Lord will do or perform wonders among you. “Wonders” in Hebrew means “marvelous, wonderful, surpassing, beyond one’s power, extraordinary things for you.” Consecration coupled with fasting positions you to see wonders. It allows you to see things from a spiritual perspective. So as we are fasting, let’s also consecrate ourselves to the Lord.
Here are some ways you can consecrate yourself in this season:
1. Limit or stop shopping
2. Limit or stop watching TV (ESPN, Netflix, Hulu)
3. Limit cell phone usage
4. Limit or stop using social media
5. Limit or stop listening to music
6. Limit your time spent with friends
7. Limit getting your hair/nails done
8. Limit or stop using the internet for recreation
9. Limit or stop playing video games
10. Limit or stop reading anything but the Bible
Let’s challenge ourselves during this season! During these twenty days of fasting, don’t forget to spend time today reading the Bible, worshipping God in your private time, serving in our church and your community. And remember to set aside that dollar for every member of your family so when we break the fast together on Sunday, January 26th each member of your family will be able to sow $20 in that offering. We will close our 20:20 fast with a worship night for family and friends that Sunday evening. We are anticipating what God is going to do in us and through us during these twenty days.