Our prayer and fasting focus is Matthew 3:11 today. “He will baptize you with The Holy Spirit and Fire.”
As we read Matthew chapter 3 verses 11-12 the context of these verses are “Repentance.” Now don’t let me lose you, keep reading. : )
John the Baptist came as one crying int the wilderness saying, “prepare the way of The Lord, make His paths straight.” He told the Pharisees and Sadducees to bear “fruit” worthy of repentance. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 & 20 “You will know them by their fruits…”
The purpose of a fast is to deny the flesh/soulish man.
John was crying out prepare the way by means of repentance.
The Greek word which we translate as repentance is metanoia. It comes from two root words, Meta and Nois.
- Meata: To change…in reference to metamorphosis – transfigure – transform
- Nois: Mind
Metanoia means to change your mind…change back to that original state before the fall of man…back to the way it was intended before the foundations of the world.
Our mind is the seat of our emotions…where we think and perceive from…that place where imagination begins and perception has no end. Ephesians 3:20
The fruits we are walking in are the result of our thought life…”as a man thinketh in his heart\mind so is he”…Proverbs 23:7
John told them in Matthew 3:9 “do not think to say to yourselves” part of their unfruitfulness (i.e flesh, soulish nature) they needed to change (repent) was their own hearts/minds from self-righteousness.
As I write this I hear Holy Spirit saying, “Search me, O God, and know my heart…see if there be any wicked way (unfruitfullness) in me…and lead me in the way of everlasting. Psalms 139:23-24 Everlasting life-Kingdom life-living in the kingdom.
I hear the cry of Repentance.
Change your mind, your heart…the way you perceive, the way you think…don’t be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…Romans 12:2
Baptism simply means to be immersed into; you go in one way and come out another…a total transformation. Repentance brings us to that place of immersion…transformation.
Our thought life and the mind of our heart can keep us from stepping beyond the veil of our flesh. It’s time to change our minds (repent)…to come into that place of transfiguration in the mount of The Lord. Go in today and fellowship…behold and gaze upon the beauty of His Holiness…it will change your heart.
Father burn up the chaff in our hearts and minds with your unquenchable fire today!!!
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Here is a pdf you can download of the fasting and prayer focus: Stepping Beyond the Veil fast