To Fast or Not to Fast (Part 1)

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In many Christian circles, some sort of New Year fast has become the order of the day. Countless ministries will engage in Daniel type or 21 day fasts to begin the New Year. Fasting, when done in accordance with the Word of God, is always commendable. But it concerns me that much of the fasting occurring during the month of January has become nothing more than a fad or merely religious. 

The Bible warns us against fasting for the wrong reasons with those type reasons being anything that does not align with the will of God. In Isaiah 58, the Lord reveals the type of fasting that pleases Him. Fasting, then, is not to be self motivated or self glorifying but all about God and His agenda. 

In verses 1-4, Israel is indicted for her transgression which is identified as “defective worship”. Specifically, Israel was embracing the wrong concept of fasting. They were consistent in worship and sacrifice but purely selfish in their true motivation! 

So in verse 1, the instruction is to “Cry aloud, spare not (do not hold back); Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.” Verses 3 and 4 reveal the heart of their transgression – selfishness and unrighteousness!

Zechariah 7:4-7, reminds us that fasting is to be about godly motive and attitude. “Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months  during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me—for Me? When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for  yourselves?  Should  you not have  obeyed the words which the Lord proclaimed through the former prophets when Jerusalem and the cities around it were inhabited and prosperous, and the South and the Lowland were inhabited?’ ”

In other words, God pleasing fasting requires unselfish motives aso well as attitudes and actions of righteousness and obedience!

Keep in mind as we continue this particular post on fasting, the Bible commends fasting! We should fast and pray but we should fast according to the Word of God and not the traditions of men. Stay tuned for Part 2.

And Stay On Target! 

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We Missed It!

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There is a strategic purpose for a set of blueprints. They convey the vision of the architect to those who are called to construct what is ultimately desired. Any deviation whatsoever from the original plan can only produce something quite different from the original intent of the designer. When this occurs, three words immediately come to mind – We Missed It!

I believe those words ring greatly true for the church man has raised in comparison to the church Christ declared He would build (Mt. 16:18). In the heart of the Father is to build through Christ a household or a family (Eph. 2:19-22) and not some corporate organization. Men have erected that which is transactional and not that which was intended to be highly relational (Eph. 4:16). As a result, we have denominations and fellowships which are more hierarchical in nature versus being relational at their core as the Lord intended. In other words, we missed it!

Sons are what the Father desires (Rom. 8:29). Sons who are conformed in the image of His Son. The Bible is replete with the language of family and of a household (Eph. 2:19; 3:15; Mt. 10:25; Gal. 6:10; 1 John 3:1). The Word of God makes the consistent case for family over organization. Search the scriptures and you too will find that God is about family, His household and sons! We missed it! 

But thank God He allows “change orders!” Even though foundations must be “re-layed”, we must carry out God’s design God’s way! Who’s design will we trust? If we go on doing what we are doing, we will only get more of what we already have!

Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book: “When Sons Become Fathers”

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“At some point sons both natural and spiritual may more than likely become fathers. Preparing sons not only for the period of transition but their new role is the responsibility of the father whether biological or spiritual. Failure here has the potential of adversely effecting subsequent generations and ultimately aborting the destiny given to a family or a ministry vision” (An excerpt from When Sons Become Fathers by Apostle Reginald M. Holiday)

Life Trajectory

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The word of God teaches us that Jesus Christ is our example in all things. Today, let’s take a lesson from the life of Jesus concerning “Life Trajectory.” Life Trajectory is a phrase I want to stress especially to younger people. A life without proper trajectory is really just an experiment in unfruitful living. This does not mean that there is no benefit in a life lived without trajectory but a life lived this way will never be one that realizes it’s maximum potential.

Learning Life Trajectory means discovering who I am in God, what He has assigned me to do and learning how He wants this assignment done for His glory.

Now, in the life of Jesus we can readily see its trajectory. Jesus knew and walked out 3 things:

1) He knew Who He was

2) He knew what He was supposed to do

3) He knew how He was supposed to get it done

Therefore, if He is our example as Christians in all things; and He is. We are to establish our life’s trajectory based on the pattern or example He has left us. We need to know from the Father the three things Jesus knew as the Son. Pray about it. Listen and obey!

Until the next time, Stay On Target!

Leading or Loafing?

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As a leader, are you leading or loafing? In other words, are you leading at your maximum potential or are you loafing your way through life and ministry doing as little as you can with what God gave you?

In the final analysis, the difference between good and great is only just a small amount more effort. Determine today to use all you have been given to be all you can be and to go from loafing to leading if that be the case. And if you are already leading at your maximum potential, who are you helping to reach theirs? #LeadingOrLoafing

“7 Questions to Ask God” from the CEO’s of Ministry Institute

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“7 Questions to Ask God” from the CEO’s of Ministry Institute”

1) Where is my intimacy with You, God, based on Your desire for me personally?

2) Am I positioned correctly as a leader, to ensure maximum response Your mandates?

3) How effectively and consistently am I executing the 5 point CEO job description as an example to those entrusted to me?
– Provide Direction
– Obtain P, I, Rs
– Commission the work (yes, no or redirect it)
– Provide success (coaching, teaching and training)
– Obtain evaluation

4) How effectively am I carrying out the Great Commission and thereby keeping the core competent leaders You send?

5) How am I doing in ensuring a legacy with this work of Yours – by instituting effective succession coaching, a leader pipeline and leadership engine?

6) In the process of achieving Your vision am I adding value and empowering Your people through relationship, partnership and team building?

7) In the course of doing Your work, where is my love for people and how close am I to seeing things from Your eyes?

Stay On Target!

What is the Object of your Faith?

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Faith must have an object. Many Christians have allowed the object of their faith to be other things besides Jesus. Success, prosperity, fame, etc. pale in comparison to Christ! Put your faith once again in Him alone who can save you! If you have not strayed, remain faithful. His word promises that to the faithful, He shows Himself more faithful. Have faith in God!