September 23, 2020

For the first time ever, we felt like we were suppose to move our annual corporate fast from January up to September. We started Sunday and today we’re on our hump day in the fast. My son isn’t fasting dinner so yesterday I took him to a burger place during his thirty minute break between high school classes and evening marching band practice. Of course he ordered this massive cheeseburger with a thick layer of bacon. It looked and smelled soooo good, but it didn’t torture me to sit across from him and watch him devour it. I’m actually really excited to be fasting and devoting my attention on God right now. The Lord and I are having a great time together!

You may think this is my belly speaking, but God has been encouraging me with the words, “Taste and see!” He gave me a dream with this theme before the fast, but then again on Tuesday night He gave me an incredibly vivid dream in which I was eating cake. I could taste the cake and feel its texture in my mouth. The dream was so real that I thought I was awake, and as I bit into the cake, I thought, “Oh, no! I’m fasting!” Immediately condemnation started seeping in. My dream had many other details, but I was reminded of Peter’s vision of God putting different animals in front of him and saying, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” Peter replied, “No way, God! I would never eat anything unclean!” God responded, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” God was dealing with Peter’s religious spirit and challenging him to step into grace because He was about to use Peter to bring the Good News to non-Jews.

I feel confident that God isn’t instructing me to wrap up my fast right now and grab some cake. He is challenging me to examine my life and repent from operating in a religious spirit. He wants me to experience His goodness in radical ways, but the spirit of religion will keep my mouth closed.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” – Psalm 34:8 NLT

This is my word from the Lord for us on this special Wednesday. As you’re dedicating your life to God this week, allow your natural, physical desires to be filled with His presence. Go to your Father God, wrap yourself up in Him, and tell Him that you repent from pursuing all of the things this world has to offer. Tell Him that you just want Him. You want to taste, consume, and fully experience His goodness. You want to see His goodness operating around, in and through your life. Taste and see!

His love is better than life!

Matt Neese

His love is better than life!

Matt Neese
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  • 9/23 Haggai 2, Psalm 117, Jeremiah 18, Galatians 1
  • 9/24 Zechariah 1, Psalm 118, Jeremiah 19, Galatians 2
  • 9/25 Zechariah 2, Psalm 119, Jeremiah 20, Galatians 3
  • 9/26 Zechariah 3, Psalm 120, Jeremiah 21, Galatians 4
  • 9/27 Zechariah 4, Psalm 121, Jeremiah 22, Galatians 5
  • 9/28 Zechariah 5, Psalm 122, Jeremiah 23, Galatians 6
  • 9/29 Zechariah 6, Psalm 123, Jeremiah 24, Ephesians 1
  • 9/30 Zechariah 7, Psalm 124, Jeremiah 25, Ephesians 2

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