This Is Just the Beginning by Pastor John Kitterman
As we come to the close of the all church fast, we look forward to the rest of the year – a year of positioning. Regardless of whether you participated or not, whether you feel successful or had a difficult time, whether you started late or stopped early, I want to encourage you that this process, however uncomfortable, is one of positioning.
In the quiet moments when we intentionally and with humility position ourselves before God, we often hear His still, small voice. Nothing about the fast should cause you guilt because the apostle Paul wrote, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death,” (Romans 8: 1-2 ESV).
In the process of positioning ourselves before God we have the opportunity come before Him in the same spirit as King David who wrote, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalms 139:23-24 ESV).
The humility of the request aligns us with the words of Jesus when He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall inherit the earth,” (Matthew 5:8 ESV).
In humility, we drain the negative effects of pride from our lives. In humility, we acknowledge that every gift we have comes from God. In humility, we become instruments in God’s hands to implement His will. In humility, we agree that God is the potter and we are the clay. A position of humility sets the stage for God to move in our hearts.
As we step out of the January and into the rest of 2019, we do so with the knowledge that we are not condemned. Instead, for as Paul wrote, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15 ESV).
Let’s tackle 2019 together knowing that we are sons and daughters of the Most High God for whom nothing is impossible!