Sunday Preview

December 30, 2011

My sermon this Sunday is called, “Preparing to Serve the King.” Daniel 1 tells the story of four young men who chose to eat vegetables and drink water rather than to defile themselves with the food and wine of the King of Babylon. Babylon was a powerful historical city that had conquered Jerusalem and taken Daniel and his friends as slaves. Babylon is also a symbolic city which represents the corruption of the world. Daniel’s faith and courage enabled him to resist the corruption of Babylon. He was rewarded by God with wisdom and understanding that enabled him to prosper.
We have an emphasis at Living Streams called “Fast, Pray, Worship” for the first twenty five days of January. We want to start the new year together with a focus on seeking the Lord and preparing ourselves for ministry. If you are going to excel in any area of life you must prepare yourself in order to prosper. In our relationship with the Lord, we grow one step at a time as we hear and obey the Word of God. We need the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and we want to hear the Lord as He speaks to us. Fasting is something men and women of God have done for thousands of years in order to tune in to the Holy Spirit and diminish the pull of the world in their lives.
Every one of us must resist the spiritual corruption in our culture. If there is something in your life that has an unhealthy grip on you, now is the time to let it go. You can chose whatever type or length of fast you feel good about during this season. This is also a great time to start reading through the Bible or begin a new pattern of daily worship. I’m hoping we will prepare ourselves together to serve the King of Kings and intercede effectively for those we love.

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