Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Fast...Things to Consider

The following list is a compilation of "things to consider" that will be included with each of the daily meditations...

Things to Consider: Fast 2011

The following themes have been compiled with the hope that you might be better able to examine your life before God in the light of His word. They should serve as a mirror to help you discover where you are in life and where God wants to take you. There are twenty-one themes; you can consider one area each day of our fast or whatever best suits you. Please read the biblical references that accompany the themes to get a better idea of the subject. The subjects are not listed in order of importance.

This is our prayer from Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Day 1: Are your priorities in order according to God’s plan for your life? (Mt. 6:19-33)

Day 2: Are you seeking constantly to walk in a manner that pleases God? (Col. 1:10; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:13; Heb. 13:21)
a) Are you crucifying the desires of the flesh and living according to the Spirit? (Gal. 5:16-28; Rom. 8:5-9)

Day 3: Are you giving thanks to God in every circumstance of life? (I Thes. 5:17; Phil. 4:6-7; Psm. 100:4)

Day 4: Are you exercising living faith in your daily life despite your situation? (Rom. 4:17-22; II Cor. 4:17-18; 5:7; Hebrews 11:1-40)

Day 5: Are you actively pursuing God each day? (Psm. 27:4; 42:1-2; 61:1-4; 63:1-5)

Day 6: Are you fulfilling the royal commandment of love? (James 2:8; Gal. 5:13-15)
a) Are you forgiving others freely? (Matt. 6:12-15; 18:21-35; Eph. 4:31-32)

Day 7: Are you fulfilling your responsibilities in the kingdom of God? (Matt. 25:14-30)
a) Giving faithfully (Malachi 3:6-8; II Cor. 8:1-15; 9:6-11; Phil. 4:10-19)
b) Serving others willingly and in love (Gal. 5:13; Rom. 12:11)
c) As a peacemaker, actively seeking the unity of the Spirit (Matt. 5:9; Eph. 4:3)
d) Do you respect and love your Christian leaders and support them? (I Tim. 5:17-18; I Pet. 1-5

Day 8: Are you aware of unconfessed sin in your life? (I Jn. 7-9)
a) Are you willing to repent and change your lifestyle? (James 4:8-10; Psm. 51:10)

Day 9: Are you actively involved in the process of renewal and transformation? (Rom. 12:1-2; II Cor. 3:17-18)

Day 10: Is the fear of the Lord, expressed by reverence, obedience, trust, and worship evident in your life? (Deut. 10:12; Josh. 24:14; Psm. 33:8; 103:7; Pro. 14:27; Acts 9:31)

Day 11: Are you engaged in intercessory prayer for others (Ezekiel 22:30; II Chron. 7:14; Eph. 6:18-19)

Day 12: Are you constantly aware of the need to share the gospel with those who do not know Christ yet and take advantage of the opportunities God gives you to share your faith? (Mark. 1:17; 16:15; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

Day 13: Are you diligently seeking God by reading, studying, and meditating in His word day and night? (Josh. 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; II Tim. 2:15)
a) Are you doing your best to put God’s word into action in your daily life? (Matt. 7:24-28; James 1:22-25)

Day 14: Are you honoring God by constantly seeking His direction for your life? (Pro. 3:5-6)

Day 15: Are you lovingly fulfilling your responsibilities to your spouse, children, and extended family? (Eph. 5:22-6:4; I Tim. 5:3-8; James 1:27 I Pet. 3:1-7)

Day 16: Are you using the resources God has given you faithfully? (I Tim. 6:17-19; Eph. 5:15-20)

Day 17: Are you diligently seeking to fulfill the known will of God for your life? (Matt. 26:36-46; Jn. 4:34; 5:30)

Day 18: Are you constantly filled with the Spirit and joy in your relationship with God and in His service? (Acts 2:1-4; 4:31; Eph. 5:15-20; Phil. 4:4)

Day 19: Does your work ethic at home or in the job reflect the Christian spirit? (Eph. 6:5-9; Col. 3:22-4:1; I Pet. 2:18-23)

Day 20: Are you living a sober life prepared for the trials, temptations, and afflictions your are or might suffer? (James 1:2-4; I Cor. 10:13; James 1:12-16; I Pet. 1:13)

Day 21: Are you demonstrating compassion to those who are in need, affliction, suffering, incarcerated, discouraged, lonely, or experiencing physical complications?
(Lk. 10:25-37; Lk. 16:19-31)

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