Send Me: Prayer & Fasting – Day 19 – 1-27-2017
Day 19 – Friday 1/27 – Send me to: Build faith in others
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Today we shift our focus from the “lost” to as some would call them, “the found.” Your response to the voice of the Father speaking to you will take on many different looks. There will be ties you will be called upon to share Christ with one who is not yet believed in who Hs is. Other times you will be called on to build the faith in yourself and others. In this short passage from the Book of Jude there is one piece of instruction to focus on today – building faith.
This needs to take on two different flavors:
(1) Building up your own personal faith. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Building your own faith involves more than just sitting around thinking about being a more faith filled person. It involves digesting the Word of God. The Scriptures have been provided for you so you will read them and allow Holy Spirit to work them into your heart. When this is done, the result will be a much stronger foundation for your faith system and a greater understanding of who God really is because of the information found about Him in His Word.
(2) Building up the faith of others. This is very closely linked to evangelism in that it is simply sharing with others what you have already learned from the Word. Faith still come from the Word but now you become a carrier of that message in such a way as to cause others around you to also increase in their faith.
For both to take place you must not only hear the words spoken but you must allow them to sink into your heart. This is accomplished as you study and meditate of His Word. This is the very reason the sequence has been laid out so carefully during this time of fasting and prayer. You cleanse yourself so that you might hear the Word and then you are ready to respond to His Word. Simple! If you have truly applied yourself to this time of prayer and fasting, then you will be able to sense the strengthening of your spirit man/woman. This has happened because you have taken the time to make it happen. Now your response should be natural. You naturally will spill over your faith into the life of those around you. Be strong, Be bold, and Be sent!