2018 Fasting Guide – Day Five

RESOURCES

Recognize God’s provision for us to be able to be ALL IN.


We have been formed by God in His image and in His likeness, and we have also have all been invested in by God. He has given to us all Time, Talent, Energy and Finance.


TIME

Everyone has the same exact number of hours in a day--twenty-four hours to be exact. And it is what we do with them that will make a difference for others, as well as ourselves. It can and will ultimately make a difference for eternity!

Imagine the fact that we have the ability to enlarge heaven and decrease hell’s population. But we do! It will take us deciding what is important and a priority of our time.

What we choose to give ourselves to can determine someone else’s life. If we are ALL IN, then we should be ALL IN for looking for the way to spend our precious moments with God so that we have precious moments FROM God to change someone else’s life.


TALENT

Everyone has gifts. We call them talent but the truth is that talent is just gifts that have been grown by embracing them and utilizing them.

The definition of talent is:

• ability
• an aptitude
• a special ability that allows someone to do something well

And the synonym is … you guessed it: GIFT! God gave us gifts!! Of course He did, and the Word tells us so:
But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk.
1 Corinthians 7:17 NKJV

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Matthew 7:11 NKJV
He is wanting us to show Him that we appreciate what we have been given and be ALL IN by utilizing the gifts He has given us for the Kingdom.

That means we must realize that when we seem to be a “natural” at something, it really means God has blessed us with something that we operate in that others may be challenged to do.

That is because to you it is a GIFT. To them, it is a challenge. We have a tendency to wonder why others can’t do the things we think are easy. Nothing is just “easy” we must recognize what a blessing it is that we have been given a gift that can be utilized to help others.

Ephesians 2:10 is very important because it explains what God has done and what we are to do.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
If you are ALL IN, recognize you are to DO something with what you have been given. There’s a difference between natural gifts and spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are given to advance God’s Kingdom.

It is easy for the enemy to get us to buy into the thoughts of what is and what isn’t our responsibility, so that we pick and choose what we will do with what we have been entrusted with.

But the Word will always tell us the truth of what our responsibilities are:

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
James 4:17 NIV
Those are strong words, but you see, Love gives. And Love Himself gave you gifts. With those gifts, you are to show love for Him by action.

The other thing we all have is:

ENERGY

Energy is defined as “the exertion of power and effort; usable power.” You see, we have been given usable power, on purpose:

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.
Exodus 9:16 NKJV

Think of it! What a privilege we have to know that God has invested HIS power inside of us and we GET TO declare His name in all the earth.

So everything we do and everything we expend our energy on can be utilized to destroy satan’s kingdom and increase God’s Kingdom. We can cooperate with God to destroy satan’s power over lives and release the life of God into them.

And God didn’t stop there; He gave us power that protects us as well!

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:19 KJV
God is ALL IN in giving you what you need. Will you be ALL IN in utilizing what you have been entrusted with?

Another thing we have all been given is:


FINANCES

Finance is defined as, “the money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group or individual.”

We all have something of substance that we are responsible for handling properly. If we are ALL IN with God, that means He comes first in that area as well.

The tithe, of course, is 10% of your gross income and goes to the local Church. We must recognize ALL we have has been given to us by Him in the first place. He has provided us 90% to work with after we give Him 10% to multiply to us! Your offerings multiply to you even more – you need to settle this forever. You can never out-give God! That is how the Kingdom of God’s operating system was set up by Him!

I can promise you from personal experience, and from all those I know who tithe, that God gives you back much more when you honor Him in this way than that 10% could ever get you.

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
Malachi 3:10 NKJV
Who doesn’t want MORE THAN YOU HAVE ROOM FOR? How do you obtain that? By giving of your resources! Putting your tithe in as an investment and believing God will be the one who multiplies it back to you is how you obtain it.

This is the only time God says to try Him (to prove Him—put Him to the test). When we are ALL IN we are ALL IN in every part of our lives. But He has ALWAYS been ALL IN for us and with us.

Let’s seal the deal with prayer:


Father,

I could never thank You enough for all You have done for me and provided for me, but I recognize the value of it. Today I am giving You permission to evaluate every part of my life and to make sure that I am actually willing to offer back to You all that you have given me.

I am sorry for any part I haven’t recognized, but I am excited as well as humbled to offer it all to You right now.


Gratefully,

Me

I Surrender – Hillsong

Gracefully Broken – Matt Redman

Here I Am Send Me – Hillsong

Resurrection Blood – Cody Carnes

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