The Solution You’ve Been Looking For

July 19, 2016

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
Isaiah 58:6 NIV

My heart’s cry is to liberate the souls of humanity—not only from the suffering and turmoil all around us, but also the toxins and entanglements within.

The health of our collective souls determines the health of our societies—our communities, our cities, and our nations.

Could things be the way they are because we are the way we are?

I am on a campaign to empower people everywhere to grow into their most authentic, God-created, whole, healed, divine selves.

We won’t experience the Kingdom of God “on earth as it is in heaven” until we are walking in the fullness of life God came to earth to provide—and of course, this can only happen through a personal and vibrant relationship with the Provider Himself, Jesus Christ.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
John 15:15

As St. Augustine once said of the Lord, “You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”

Throughout the next 40 days, we as a ministry and as a community will be diligently laboring to enter that rest (see Hebrews 4:1-11). We will be locking arms and liberating souls as we partake in The 40 Day Soul Fast together.

I invite you to invite your community to join me for this time of exploration, consecration, and healing.

We will be stopping to look around as we are told in Jeremiah, “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jer. 6:16 NLT).

And as Jesus so gently implored, “Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29 NLT).

The 40 Day Soul Fast is about finding rest and restoration for your soul.

When all is well with the souls of humanity, all will be well in the world.

When you have peace in your soul, you will bring that peace to bear on the world around you—you will become the change you are hoping to see.

A prayer offered by The Rev. Noelle Damico, a respected clergywoman and activist who has coordinated fasting campaigns for social change, echoes my prayer for you:

May this fast be a time of purification for you, as you seek truth and clarity. May it be a time of divine encounter, when you experience the presence and power of God…May it be a time of re-orientation that you may name the patterns of injustice and commit anew to their transformation.
…Together, may we be the change we wish to see in the world.

May we all feel the presence of God each and every day as we “do our best to enter that rest” (Heb. 4:11 NLT). And as we take up residence there, may we become more acquainted with our authentic selves and equipped to walk in the light of what we discover.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:1 ESV

If you have ever felt stuck, hampered, or like something was holding you back—or sensed an undercurrent of tension or unease, doubt or uncertainty, or just felt chronically “sick and tired”—you need a soul detox.

Here is a testimony I just received this week:

The impartation I have received in these 40 days has not only healed areas of my soul, but has also impacted others. Tearing down the lies of the enemy and living in the authentic life God has created for me has liberated my soul and whole being. During these 40 days I have created a prayer declaration over my destiny, created my budget plan and financial goals for the next 5 years, I have written out my vision, and I have been blessed with a divine new career…

This is why I do what I do…and I want the same for all of you.

If you are reading this now, you are already in pursuit of greater empowerment! So take action and plan to join me for this 40-day soul healing and soul-freeing journey…

This is where we take it to the streets—where the rubber meets road—where the real journey to authentic, empowered living begins.

Be willing to look inside—be willing to tune out the news and media to courageously tune into what’s keeping you from fulfilling your potential

Too many cruise through life unwilling to read the signs posted within their own souls.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read,” wrote the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket.

Snicket opens chapter one of book seven in his series with this extremely insightful concept: “For instance,” he writes, “if you are walking in the mountains, and you don’t read the sign that says, ‘Beware of Cliff’ because you are busy reading a joke book instead, you may suddenly find yourself walking on air rather than on a sturdy bed of rocks.”

I am reminded of David’s resolute prayer in Psalms:

“Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with Your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere; I post Your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever You tell me…I’ll run the course You lay out for me if You’ll just show me how” (Psalms 119:29-32).

David knew there was no better signage available on the road of life than God’s Word. The above verse is preceded by, “Build me up again by Your Word” (Psalms 119:28).

Most people, even believing Christians, don’t give the Word of God much mind.

Most people go through life so engrossed and pre-occupied with either devastating news reports or mindlessly entertaining programs, they miss what is truly valuable and necessary.

As a result, they stay on the road going nowhere, building their life on air rather than on a sturdy bed of rocks.

Jesus taught, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matt. 7:24)—“like a man…who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock” (Luke 6:48).

This is what I have written The 40 Day Soul Fast to help you do—to dig deep and build the foundation of your life on the sturdy bedrock of your most authentic self.

“Embrace this Kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did…but also triumph over huge obstacles.”
Matthew 21:21

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