Celebration / Concentration

For 21 days in January, we fasted together as a church so that we could begin 2017 with our hearts and minds set on God. Now that the fast is over, I want you to remember that God is not finished with us yet!

Ephesians 4:1-10—“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.”

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, ‘When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.’ Notice that it says ‘he ascended.’ This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.

Having oneness and unity is the direction we need to go. The Enemy wants to isolate you, and the way out of isolation is to come together. Our gifts are to work together for one purpose, and that is to fill the entire universe with God’s name.

What God does in you, whether through a fast or during any other time in your life, is always part of His plan to distribute Himself throughout the world. He gives little breakthroughs to show us that He wants to do even bigger breakthroughs in the grand scheme of His plan.

So while we are celebrating all that God did and is doing through us as a family, be sure to remember the reason for everything we do. The purpose of Jesus saving us is so much greater than just getting to go to heaven. True worship is doing your part for the Kingdom so that as many people as possible can experience the freedom Jesus offers.

Watch the full teaching of Celebration and Concentration.

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