In preparation for the 2019 Daniel Fast, God convicted my heart and my motives. My desire was to hear from Him, seeking His guidance and intervention with concerns in my life and my family’s. However, I approached Him with idols and an unclean heart.
What idols are in your heart?
The passage in Ezekiel forced me to look inward at my own heart and the management of my time, talents, and finances. Each day, God gifts us with 1,440 minutes and the responsibility to steward His time. By writing down each activity of my day and the time appropriated, I discovered I had replaced pieces of my heart with worldly idols. Like the people of Israel, I too had allowed the culture/environment to steer my heart, my abilities, and my time. Because I couldn’t maintain and endure, slowly my heart began to turn away from the Lord.
Do we only honor God with our mouths instead of our hearts?
There were days I was eliminating the white space of my calendar with idols, allowing only 30 minutes of my 1,440 for my daily quiet time with God. Do we give God our leftovers instead of our firsts?
Idols had overtaken my heart, my mind, and my body. Much like the Israelites, we struggle with waiting on God, thus the creation of Golden Cows. Do we eliminate opportunities for God to show His sovereignty within our lives by “focusing on the short-term pleasures instead of the long-term harvest”? (Rick Warren)
Make this 21 Day Daniel Fast your burnt offering seeking to worship God not only with your mouth but with your heart, your mind, and your body.
1. Spend time in prayer asking God to reveal the idols of your heart, creating in you a clean heart, renewing a right spirit within you.
2. Write them down and let them go. Whether it be in your journal or on note cards, lay your idols down at Jesus’ feet, trusting in His protection and provisions.
3. Each day seek God in prayer, asking Him to hear, forgive, listen, and act.
4. Rejoice as God reveals to your heart His plans for your 2019. Rejoice as He opens your mind to understand His Word.
5. Be obedient.
Fasting idols instead of items,