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Isa 58:6-9 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?

 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’


In this month of January God is asking us  to prepare ourselves for the coming year through prayer and fasting.

As a church God wants to take us to the next level.

¨       To be more effective.

¨       To have more influence.

¨       To see more power.

¨       To have more authority.

Fasting is not for God but for us!

 When we fast whatever it is - the purpose is to draw us nearer to God. By doing so we will fulfil the Isaiah 58 passage about the fast that pleases God. We should ask God what it is that he wants us to fast, to give up or stop doing, so whatever it is we fast, we should spend that time in prayer and drawing closer to him.

 One question we can ask God is what is it that we need to fast, so that we change in that area of our lives and become more effective in our walk with Him and our ministries.

 God is looking for a people with:

A.      Surrendered heart.

B.      Sacrificial lifestyle.

C.      Supernatural mind-set.

 To surrender means:

¨       To relinquish possession or control to another.

¨       To give up in favour of another.

¨       To give up or abandon: surrender all hope.

 To surrender denotes the act of giving up one's person, one's possessions, or people under one's command to the authority, power, or control of another.

 What does surrender mean to us as Christians:

  1. To give up your rights.
  2.  What you own or what is yours
  3.  To trust in riches.
  4. Your time.

 A.    Surrendered heart

1.     To give up your rights

When we became a Christian, born again we gave up our rights to ourselves, to do what we wanted, to do things our way and we made Jesus Lord of our lives. We gave up our rights to us, to what we own, to what is ours and surrendered them to Jesus. This means in everything we put Jesus first and out of developing our relationship with Him everything else flows. Into our families, friends and work environments. In other words we become a blessing to others through our relationship with Jesus. Jesus said, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men. “ Matt 4:19.

The commission to us all, as his disciples, is to go into all the nations and make disciples, teaching them all things! Matt 28:19 & 20.

To make disciples, we first have to be disciples. We can only lead others to where we ourselves have been. Jesus teaches us that the water He gives us, and that we drink, means we will never thirst and will become in us a fountain of water, the Holy Spirit. John 4:14.

That out of our hearts will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38.

 Are you feeding on Jesus daily and being filled with the Holy Spirit?

Luke 14:26&27, 33. Leaving all to follow Christ. Surrender all.

New Living Translation

26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.

27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

 The Message Bible: “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple.

33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has, cannot be My disciple.

 The Promise of giving up all!

Matthew 19:29 - (Also in Mark 10:29&30).

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

Are your prepared to trust in Jesus and give up your security, your rights?

 2.What you own or what is yours.

Jesus expects us to give up all to follow Him and not look back. He says those who look back are not fit for the kingdom of God. This means we are to let go of our old life, our old ways, to surrender those things that take us away from doing His will, to give Him our full attention and to put him first in all things.

*Matthew 16:24 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

 Jesus says follow me 20 times in the New Testament.

 Matthew 4:19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

The disciples gave up their way of life, their livelihood, their homes and family, what are you prepared to give up to follow Jesus.

Luke 9:57-62. The Cost of Discipleship. Leave all to follow Jesus and don't look back!

57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”

58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”


3.     Trust in riches

Mark 10:17-21. Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honour your father and your mother.’

20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”

21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” *

24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!


4. Your Time - what you want to do!

Luke 10:38-42. Mary and Martha Worship and Serve

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.

40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

 Matthew 16:24 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

 Are you willing to surrender all? To surrender your heart!

To surrender your time - home - family - riches - your work - leisure - your rights - your time!

To pull up your sleeves. To put Jesus first. What about church involvement?

 Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.#

 What is it that Jesus is asking you to surrender to Him/give up or stop doing? What is not fruitful?

 Finally we need to remember that:

We no longer belong to ourselves - we belong to Jesus. He owns us, we are His!

 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

2 Corinthians 5:15 He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

2 Corinthians 5:17, 18 & 20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

 Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

 Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 So you died - you no longer belong to yourself.

 What is it that Jesus is asking you to surrender to Him/give up or stop doing? What is not fruitful?

There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.

What chain in 2013 was the enemy pulling that you need to see broken in 2014.

2014 can be your year of breakthrough, as you surrender those areas to God.

Pastor Robin