Weekly Wisdom

What is a Regenerate?
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The word regenerate by definition means: the process of renewal, restoration, and growth. Morally, spiritually, or physically renewed or reborn, restored or refreshed.

Regenerate is a 40-day journey in which we will undergo total spiritual transformation! It is a journey of self-inventory and the exercise of spiritual disciplines resulting in dynamic spiritual empowerment. As Christians we long for the ability to discern God's will, hear His voice and live according to His purposes. We might find ourselves frustrated or discouraged about where we are in our walk with God, feeling overlooked or ignored. But did you know, sometimes, it could be the things we are doing or even the things we are not doing that stand in the way of us walking in the fullness of all that God has for us?

Together, we will learn how a life of right choices and right sacrifices can open up the doors for God to do miracles in our lives. We will learn about the power of prayer, fasting and giving and how implementing these disciplines in our daily lives can throw open the gates of heaven and pour out tremendous blessing, renewal and revival in our hearts, relationships, jobs, communities and even our world!

In Jesus' sermon on the mount (Matthew 6) He says, when you pray... when you fast... when you give... He doesn't say, IF, He says WHEN. Fasting, praying and giving are meant to be part of our Christian walk.

We have the opportunity to renew our spirits giving us clear vision, renewed passion, restored hope... the benefits of a total spiritual transformation are endless. Regenerate is more than just praying, fasting and giving; it is making a decision to draw nearer to God.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30

Transformed by Prayer

One of the perks that come with being a child of God is that we have a direct line to the Father. This means we have the opportunity to go directly to God with our praise, thanksgiving, petition, confession, desires, fears, worries, cares... all of it, we can and should take it directly to God in prayer.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Did you know that you can pray anywhere at any time and God will hear you? While it is a good idea to set aside some quiet time, alone with God free from distractions, as Christians we often times let the legalism of this idea keep us from prayer. Remember, God hears your prayers as you're driving in your car, wheeling a shopping cart through the grocery store, pumping gas at the station... wherever you are you can talk to God.

What should I pray for? Here are a few things to get you started:

To Give Praise:

Prayer is not just about a list of wants and needs. Prayer is also the opportunity to praise God for who He is and what He has done in your life. Thank Him for His faithfulness and His provision.

Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Psalm 96:2

Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:1-5

God's Will:

Pray for God's will in your life, guidance and direction. Ask for the Lord to lead your steps so you may walk in His purposes for your life.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

God's Provision:

Pray for provision so your needs will be met and you will not be lacking.

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 

He will rescue the poor when they cry out to Him; He will help the oppressed when they have no one to defend them. Psalm 72:12

Forgiveness:

Pray for forgiveness. Confess your sin to God so that you may be forgiven. Pray for the ability to forgive others.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

Others:

Pray for your community, your country and the world.

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Luke 5:15

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Deliverance:

Pray for deliverance from anything that holds you back from living a pure and righteous life.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13

You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

Healing:

Pray for healing (physical, emotional, spiritual and mental).

O LORD my God, I called to You for help and You healed me. Psalm 30:2

As for you, I'll come with healing, curing the incurable. Jeremiah 30:17

May God Himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together-spirit, soul, and body-and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He'll do it! I Thessalonians 5:23

Transformed by Fasting

Fasting was a common spiritual discipline in both the Old and New Testaments. It is a practice that God intended for His people. We can experience tremendous breakthrough in our lives through the discipline of fasting. Fasting is a physical sacrifice we make for a spiritual purpose.

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer and petition, in fasting and in sackcloth and ashes. Daniel 9:3

Why should I fast?

Would you like to understand God's plan for your life?
Do you desire a deeper, more vibrant relationship with Jesus?
Do you need healing or a miracle?
Are there dreams God has given you that you have yet to see come to fruition?
Are there addictions you need to break free from?
Are you believing for the salvation of loved ones?
That is why the Lord says, "Turn to Me now, while there is time. Give Me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping and mourning." Joel 2:12

How do I fast?

Generally, when we think of fasting we think of going without eating for long periods of time. Actually, fasting can be done in many ways.

Fasting Food:

Full Fast - Drink only liquids for the duration of your fast.
The Daniel Fast - Eat no meat, sweets or bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
3-day Fast - You can do this as a full fast, Daniel fast or giving up specific food items.
Partial Fast - Maybe you want to fast from sun up to sun down or from 6am to 3pm.
If you have any health issues or other reasons why fasting or refraining from food for any period of time might be a problem for you, then you should clearly not undertake such a fast. If you are not sure if fasting is right for you, please consult with your personal physician before starting any fasting program. Also, if you begin a fast and experience any health issues or problems, you should immediately consult with your personal physician and follow his or her advice.

Fasting Activities:

What are you going to give up? There are many things you can give up for a fast, it doesn't have to be food. Consider giving up an activity that would truly be a sacrifice for you for the duration of your fast. For example: television, eating out, desserts, going to the movies, Facebook or Twitter, shopping, video games, golfing... you get the picture. The idea is to give up something, make a sacrifice for some portion or all of the 40 days.

Getting Started:

Begin with a clear goal. Why are you fasting? What are you believing God for? Direction? Healing? Restoration? Transformation? Pray and complete the entry in your Regenerate Journal daily. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and guide you through your fast. Pray specifically and often. Begin by confessing sin, asking the Holy Spirit to show you areas that you may need to surrender to Him and for forgiveness.

Decide what you will fast and for how long:

Prayerfully consider what you will give up for the next 40 days or for any portion of time during Regenerate. It is important to begin your fast with a very clear goal. Decide exactly what you will be giving up and for how many days. This will help you be successful with your commitment. Make this decision carefully and take it seriously. The idea is that you will replace the activity of your choice with prayer and Bible study.

What to expect when doing a full fast:

You may experience hunger, cravings, headaches, weakness, irritability, dizziness and various other symptoms as you withdraw from things like caffeine, sugar, etc. Remember that your body is making a physical sacrifice for a spiritual purpose. Go easy on yourself. Don't expect too much. Depending on your type of fast, you may want to tone down exercise, limit other activities and take time to rest. As you experience these symptoms, pray and seek God. In fact, pray and seek Him as often as you can throughout the day. Overcome your fleshly desires in order to achieve spiritual break through. Fix your eyes on Him, the author and the finisher of your faith! (Hebrews 12:2)

Transformed by Giving

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

Sacrifice is giving up something of value in order to embrace something of even greater value. We are called to give a life of generosity, giving freely of our time, talent and treasure. Giving is not just about finances, we are called to be generous with our time and our talent too! Take some time to pray and consider what ways you could make a sacrifice in the area of giving. Do you need more time? Perhaps consider giving God the best of your time. Do you need more help? Perhaps you look for opportunities to lend a helping hand to someone else. Need more love? Take this opportunity to give love freely and selflessly. Need more money? Ask God to show you how you can sow a financial sacrifice into His Kingdom. According to His word, we reap what we sow. We serve a VERY generous God who blesses us with great abundance.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-9

What to Give:

Opportunities to give are around every corner. Have you ever thought about giving in these ways?

Visiting people in the convalescent home
Tutoring students
Being a mentor
Helping a neighbor
Volunteering at a homeless shelter or a hospital
Serving in a ministry at the church
Using your talents to bless others
Cleaning up trash at a park or a school
Giving extra toward outreach, or building fund

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