Fast Forward: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: DAY TWENTY

DAY 20

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit”

Zechariah 4:6

In Romans 8:28-29, the Apostle Paul tells us that God is working all things for our good. He does not say all things are good, but that God is working in everything that happens in our lives for a definite purpose: to mold us into the image of Jesus Christ.  For this to happen it requires that my old life be broken down so that He can reshape us for His glory.

Brokenness brings deliverance.  Deliverance happens in our lives when our desperation drives us to dependence on God alone.  Brokenness will be revealed by two things. The first one is that all our diversions have broken down.  This is when we finally admit to ourselves that they don’t work – they never did. They are actually tools to our own destruction.   It is then that we are able to realize we need deliverance only God can give.  

The second follows on the heels of the first.  It is when we allow our failure to bring us to surrender.  The fact is there are many who are wallowing around in suffering who have never come to surrender.  This is when we come to the end of all our excuses, our schemes, our plans, our fighting, our defending, our blaming, etc.  At this point the door of deliverance stands wide open.  

This will require that we come to the Lord, Creator and Master of all things, unconditionally, with our hands open, ready to release all unbelief, disobedience, and embarrassment about what others think.  It means coming to Him ready to receive what He is doing, not demanding He fix our problems.  It means coming to Him with fists unclenched.  Our arms are too short to fight with God anyway.  It means we must trust the love of the Father, Who loves us enough to discipline us so that we might experience real life not just another rabbit trail. 

Read Romans 8:28-39. What does being more than a conqueror really means as defined by these verses?