Day 21 - Personal Devotional

Well we made it!  21 Days of Prayer (and fasting).  Was it worth it?  I sure hope you believe it was.  The challenge for today is to not see today as an end, but as a beginning.  These last 3 weeks can be used as a launching point for a more focused life, to not slip back into old habits, but to continue in newly formed habits.  I have a friend who  a number of years ago was ministering at a church I was Youth Pastor at, and the Lord gave him a prophetic word for that church during that season.  Through my friend the Spirit said, “Don’t just step out of your comfort zone;  change your comfort zone.” 
What the Lord was saying was that when we step out of our comfort zones we often do so for a season, then revert back to what we are comfortable with.  Then it is easy for us to think that we’ve done our part, we stepped out.  The challenge was for us to change permanently our comfort zones.  Allow ourselves to be stretched to the place where going back to the way things were isn’t an option anymore.  That’s what 2 Corinthians 3:18 is referring to when Paul writes;  

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Did you catch that little phrase, ‘with ever increasingly glory’?  These 21 Days can be a destination, or they can be a launching point, a place you stopped for 3 weeks on your journey to increasing Christ likeness and Christ centred life.  Let the Holy Spirit continue to move you. Continue to sacrifice and fast and pray as a way of life, because there are still many battles to be won and victories to be claimed!

God bless you and the rest of 2019!  He is able to do increasingly, abundantly more than we could ask or imagine.  He is a good, faithful and loving Father.  

Mitch Rutledge