Week 4 - Resurrection Sunday NLFC (April 10, 2022 - April 17, 2022)
We continue our Week 4 corporate fast with a focus on Resurrection Sunday. Your love offering this week is for the New Life Church Building Fund. We ask that you give what the Holy Spirit guides you to give and to pray for NLFC so that we can continue to grow in our mission to be a Christ Centered, servant-first community with a Kingdom Purpose.
Day 28, April 16, 2022 - "Awaken Dormant Faith"
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
John 16:20-22 records Jesus saying, “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
Jesus is talking about his death-about the darkest day the disciples will ever experience. He knows they will be met with silence. But he’s asking them to wait. To hold on to the hope he offers them-the hope that lies beyond the pain and grief and doubt.
I’m strangely comforted by the story of the disciples on that Saturday.
We’re not alone in not fully understanding God’s silence. The disciples had lost hope completely. They were confused and shocked by the silence of that Saturday. Their doubt caused them to abandon the cause completely and stop believing in what Jesus taught.
But despite the silence, Jesus promises that joy is coming. In our times of pain, grief, misunderstanding, and confusion… In our moments where we are left wallowing in the silence of God and unanswered prayers… When we are stuck in our Saturdays-the days following our darkest moments, we can hold on to this promise-one that Jesus gave his disciples some 2000 years ago: joy is coming. A joy that no one can take away.
Share Your Breakthroughs!
We are anticipating that the Lord will move in our lives in mighty ways!
Throughout the fast, we invite you to share how the Lord is speaking to you or the breakthroughs you are experiencing. Share your experiences in the comment section below.