Congratulations! You have made it through The 40. I pray that you have been blessed, encouraged, and inspired to delve deeper than you ever have before in your walk with Jesus. I remind you that often the things we were pressing into during The 40 do not always take place in the middle of the fast. Many times, they begin to evidence themselves afterwards. So, what now?
Celebration! After breaking The 40, celebrations are in order. You have committed to and completed something that many will never experience. Now is a time of celebration and thanksgiving to the Lord. Celebrate the end of The 40, but also with joy look to what the future will bring!
I encourage you to go back and review Celebrate to Accelerate for the reason behind why we began The 40 in the first place. I believe that as we have continually prepared our hearts and made them right in seeking The Lord over the last 40 days, each of us have been, are being, and will be accelerated into new levels in The Kingdom!
So, what’s next?
What happens from here?
My fellow believers, let the words of Paul bless us from his encouragement to the church in Phillipi:
Philippians 3:12-16 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
You and I have not reached the end of our walk with The Lord. We have not gone the highest, delved the deepest, or ran as far as we can run with Him. It is time for us to press on! Jesus has laid hold of you for His plan and purpose to come about through your life. It is time to continue on with Him. Keep moving forward! The high heights we have reached today will plateau and become tomorrow’s valleys compared to what God wants to do in and through our lives in the future.
What is the goal?
What is the prize?
It is more of Jesus! We cannot get more of Jesus by staying where we are. We must move more into line with Him. May our ears be open to hear more of what He is saying, and may we become increasingly obedient to all that He has for us!!!
What is maturity?
We must walk at the level we are at now, never returning to anything of the past. As we walk in this new place, let’s look to the next level with Jesus. There is always more! He always has something greater for us.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask for, hope for, or even imagine, according to the power that works in us,
This is my final encouragement for us in The 40, God has so much more for all of us than we could ever imagine. Their are always new levels, new heights, new mountains to be climbed, new countries to be taken for His name! I encourage you to ever seek Him to take you deeper and do more with your life. May you say today, tomorrow and every day from here on out, “Here I am, send me!”
Jesus, thank You for Your faithfulness to get me through The 40. I celebrate Your goodness, peace, strength, and life through every single day. I desire to walk in this new place You have called me to and to move even deeper with You. I desire to press on and keep moving forward! Help me to advance Your Kingdom in every area and keep moving forward!
- Keep moving Forward with Holy Spirit
Be blessed to walk in the fullness of everything God has called you to at this new level, and may you ever seek His Kingdom to be accelerated in and through you as you keep moving forward!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!