Every year in January we kick off a churchwide fast and this year is no different. From January 19th-25th, we will be removing something from our lives that we depend on and intentionally choosing to depend on God instead.
Fasting is not “for God”. Fasting is a discipline that helps us learn to bring our bodies into submission so we can hear Him more clearly; Fasting is for YOU.
There are lots of things you can fast, many opt for food, but it can be anything you find yourself dependent on like social media, YouTube, caffeine, sugar, movies, video games, TV, etc.
When you remove that item from your life, spend time praying when you would have previously been eating a meal or watching television. Substitute natural things for spiritual.
We want to equip you and help you stay accountable by utilizing the YouVersion Bible App as we all go through the “7-Day Reset with Jesus” devotional. We will conclude the fast with an exciting Encounter Service on Saturday January 25th at 5PM at our Central Campus. Don’t miss this night of worship, prayer, and ministry as we gather and celebrate what God has done during our fast.
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
At Freedom House, we encourage fasting for 7 days each year in the month of January. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast.
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Join hundreds of thousands around the country in engaging Scripture. Together we’ll learn the importance of spending time with Jesus, experiencing the truth that Jesus changes everything. In Jesus we are reset. You can join this devotional on the YouVersion app or follow along below!
Day 1 - January 19th
This is where the journey begins. Whether you’ve followed Jesus for years or are just now getting started, Jesus stands ready to reset your life. As it says in Hebrews 12, “He is the author and perfecter of our faith.”
In John 8, Jesus meets a woman being rejected by the world. She’s guilty. She’s confused. She’s alone. Watch how Jesus stands up for her and offers her a new way to live.
The need for a fresh start isn’t hard to find. Every day we fall short of God’s best for our lives. We seek satisfaction in the wrong places, and we suffer as a result.
Over the last several years, hundreds of thousands have joined in a simple prayer, “Jesus, will you reset my __________?”
What is it for you? Your faith? Your self-image? Your relationships? Whatever it is, we all need a reset. And Jesus is the reset.
The goal of these seven days is for you to spend time with Jesus and experience the reset He has for you—one free from guilt and condemnation and filled with faith, hope, and love.
As you read today’s passages, look for the radical contrast between the world’s offer versus that of Jesus. He stands ready to meet with you. What is it you need Jesus to reset?
day 2 - January 20th
In John 4, Jesus crosses every barrier to meet this “Woman at the Well.” There is a race barrier, a gender barrier, a cultural barrier, an economic barrier and more! Just like He did for this woman, Jesus is willing to cross every barrier imaginable to meet with you right now.
No matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus stands ready to reset your life. As we read yesterday, Jesus stands up for us and wants to write a new chapter of faith in our lives.
But in order to come to Him, we must be willing to come in humility and admit our need. We no longer have to run after things that leave us empty because we’ve found something better—a relationship with Jesus.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus describes Himself as “living water” and later as “the bread of life.” When we drink and eat, we are always hungry again. But Jesus says when we come to Him, we are eternally satisfied.
Psalm 63:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
Come to Jesus with your need. Confess where you have fallen short. Invite Him to lead your life and satisfy your soul.
day 3 - January 21st
Nothing is more important than spending time with Jesus.
God isn’t interested in weighing us down with rules and requirements. Instead, He wants to transform our heart. This happens as we spend time with him.
In today’s passages, we learn from both Mary (Gospel of Luke) and David (Psalms) on how prioritizing time with God makes all the difference. In Luke 10, Martha is so focused on doing a good thing that she misses out on the best thing. “One thing is necessary,” Jesus says, and that’s spending time with Him.
Read today’s passage and ask Jesus to reset your time with Him to be real and deep. Read the passages. Turn on some worship music. Enjoy time with your Leader and Friend.
Over the rest of the week, we’ll look at what it means for Jesus to reset our time with Him.
day 4 - January 22nd
As individuals made in God’s image, we were made for community. This longing is at the heart of God and is evident from the moment of creation in Genesis 1.
Jesus modeled a life built on a relationship with God while also being surrounded by community. This community learned, struggled, and ultimately grew closer to God together. Later on, this group took on the name the Church.
Many people have had bad experiences with the Church, but if Jesus died for us, then we should love each other like He loved us (1 John 3:16). Church is meant to be a place of safety to share victories and struggles. We were meant to know Jesus together.
If you need a place to connect, check out freedomhouse.cc/lifegroups. We are in this together!
day 5 - January 23rd
If you knew that fifteen minutes a day reading a book would totally revolutionize your life, wouldn’t you make it a priority? In Joshua 1, Moses tells young Joshua that nothing is more important than spending time in Scripture.
While some view the Bible as simply a big, confusing book, Scripture tells us it is the living Word of God. In this way, the reason spending time reading it matters is that it allows us to hear his voice!
Luke 6:45 (NLT): A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
Spending time with Jesus deposits the things of God into your heart and life.
Today we’ll read the beginning of the Gospel of John, which starts with a beautiful description of Jesus as the Word. In other words, Jesus is the full expression of God’s heart, and the Bible is how we learn and pray for God’s heart in us. When we spend time in God’s Word, we are spending time with Jesus and will become more like Him.
Start your day with fifteen minutes in God’s Word and watch the change begin.
day 6 - January 24th
Yesterday we saw that nothing is more important than spending time with Jesus. Today I want to highlight the power of prayer in this relationship.
Many know the Lord’s Prayer by memory, but it can become flat and lifeless if we recite it as simply words. Yet this prayer was meant to model to us what honest, open communication with God can look like. The book of Psalms is filled with examples of this kind of prayer: raw, real, honest.
Rather than being our own personal genie, God is much more like a true friend. He’s someone we can come to when we’re happy or when we need to vent—and He welcomes us either way.
In Matthew 6, Jesus invites us to close out the noise and busyness of our lives to hear His voice. This is what prayer is all about. Prayer centers us with God. Not only can we share our joys and cares, but we can ask God for His. Prayer enables us to surrender, asking Him to reset our lives to look like Jesus.
Take time right now to pray “The Lord’s Prayer” as Jesus outlines in Matthew 6. Make the words into an expression of your own. Tell God what’s on your heart, and ask Him to make you more like Jesus.
day 7 - January 25th
A life spent with Jesus is a life on mission. When Jesus was on the earth, He was actively looking to bring the kingdom of God into earth—light into darkness, life into death. This is the mission He’s given us.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul describes his mission as knowing Jesus and making Him known. In Matthew 28, Jesus tells us to share the Gospel and teach others to follow Him.
We do this through our words, our actions, and our prayers. In a hundred different ways, God has equipped each of us to bring the light of Jesus into this world. The reset life is not only one that has become right with God, but one that seeks to bring life to others.
This isn’t about being perfect. This is about following and pointing to the perfect One. This process is lifelong, and our goal is not a destination, but a direction. Our goal is becoming like Jesus.
Today, in the last day of this plan, we’ll hear from Paul, one of the greatest missionaries on earth. Paul admits he hasn’t arrived, but he daily strives to know Jesus more.
This is the call for each of us. This is the reset life. Will you pursue Jesus each day of your life? If you will, we promise, your life will change, and this world will never be the same.