As stated previously, I taught pretty extensively on fasting before we entered into it as a church. It was important that we were on the same page. Jesus and Paul mention several times in scripture about the importance of coming in "agreement" and remaining in "unity." When these two areas are in play, anything can happen. There were some who still chose to fast a certain food, or TV, or something of that nature, which isn't the true nature of a Biblical fast, but this year, we had the most participation in our church fast than ever before. I know of at least four individuals that fasted at least 21 days with no food at all. Myself and another elder in the church fasted 28 days with no food. Many others fasted all but one meal a day or would fast days at a time, then eat some, and go right back on the fast. As a pastor, it thrills you to know that your church people are standing with you and behind you on something you know God has led the church to participate in.
The Bible says that when we fast and seek God with our whole hearts, we will find Him and He will move in our midst. I tried to make it abundantly clear that we were not fasting to get anything from God, but rather, we were fasting to find ourselves closer to Him and in the process of seeking Him first, we know Jesus promised that "all these things" would be added to us. And this is exactly what happened.
Through the last few months of last year, individuals, family, and the church as a whole suffered through some major setbacks. It was both a humbling and humiliating experience. Questionable things were happening in many people's lives and the enemy was attacking in every way he could. By December of last year, we were facing for the first time since restarting the church, a decision on whether we could pay our bills, much less if my family could be supported. It was sobering to say the least. God has blessed our church tremendously and nothing done here is short of a miracle. The truth is everything that has been accomplished has done so by us taking steps of faith. I'm not sure if I've ever understood "steps of faith" any more so than I do now. Literally a step of faith is stepping out on nothing and trusting that God will provide the solid ground for your foot to land on. It's much like Peter walking on the water. And every time we have felt led to take a step of faith, God has always provided and given us the firm ground to stand on.
In many ways January for Free Point gave us some of the most solid ground we've ever stood on. Knowing what we were facing coming into the New Year and being very honest with our people in our Quarterly Conference held in January, we all knew we needed God to move. And move He did. In January we saw a complete recovery financially so we didn't have to worry about the next month. We still are having to trust God, but He showed He is still the God who supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory! But as great as that was, greater took place. Free Point saw 12 souls saved in January with 6 being new converts altogether. We witnessed and heard testimonies of how individuals had been set free from addictions and problems. Marriages started being put back together. Above all, healing began to take place in many lives and the testimonies are proof. We had individuals delivered by the power of God from oppression, some of which had lasted for 30 years or more. The freedom of the Spirit was in the house and people were touched and filled with the Spirit of God. I have no doubts that God did so much in January that we may never know the extent of it until some time later.
What God did for Free Point in January is just another example of His faithfulness and miracle working power. Truly, He rescued us and rescued a lot of people who were in need of His power and providence. God honored His Word as He always does and He provided for the needs of His people and His church. The Bible says that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and freedom. We experienced that with signs and wonders following, also as Jesus promised, in January. But the truth of the matter is, we as a church would be remiss if we let it all stop there. God doesn't come down on us and leave us as were the days of the Old Testament. He has filled us with His Spirit to do His work and His Commission. It is up to us to continue to seek the face of God despite the corporate fast being over. It won't be the last corporate fast of the year for Free Point, but I encourage everyone to make fasting a discipline and to continue to seek God. We have so much more to see. We need God's provision in our families and our church. The vision is great and is God-sized. We will only accomplish it through faith and unity. There are souls that still need to be saved, lives that still need to feel freedom, people who still need healing. May we be the conduit that power of the Spirit and especially, the love of Christ, flows through to touch a dying and lost world! May we allow the love and Spirit of God to pull us closer together in our homes and in our church. May we stand together in one mind and in one accord, for a house divided against itself, will not stand. But with God, all things are possible and if He is for us, and He is, what and who can be against us?
We praise the Lord and thank Him for His mercies anew, His grace like rain, His love everlasting, and His Spirit so powerful. We serve a great God!