Thursday 14 September 2017

Only in heaven

Day 39 (14 Sept 2017, Thursday)

As you come towards the end of your 40-day fast and pray, take some time to reflect on how you have changed - in spirit, mind, and body.  The change in your body is probably more obvious as you may have lost a few pounds.  But time spent with God, particularly in fasting and praying, also results in a molding or our spirit and mind by the Master Potter.

However, if you are like me, no matter how much the molding, there always seems to be attitudes, thoughts and situations that are far from the godly ideal.  You may still struggle with ill feelings towards someone, plagued with unholy thoughts, and that particular family member still has not accepted Christ.  Even on a national level, things may not seem to have improved despite your most fervent prayers.  The blessed hope serves as a reminder that perfection will never be attained here, but only in heaven.

Hence, Apostle Paul, in encouraging the Christians in Rome, asserts, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
“Hold on to the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).  The time will come when God “will wipe every tear from (your) eyes.  There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  “…these words are trustworthy and true (Revelations 21:4-5).

A call for repentance

2 Chronicles 7:14
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn form their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Joel 1:13-14
“Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar.  Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.”

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly

Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
Repent on behalf of the churches for all her sins and short-comings
Repent on behalf of the families for all sins committed in homes
Repent on behalf of the nation for all her sins so that His mercy and forgiveness will flow

 Necf Malaysia

Download 2017 NECF Malaysia  40Days Fast & Prayer (Prayer Booklet)

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