Lent at GCC
This year at GCC, we are pursuing looking more like Jesus in everything we do.
As a community, during the Lenten season, we will be pursuing the wisdom and revelation that only comes from the heart of heaven.
Join us on Ash Wednesday (March 6) as we kick off our corporate fast running from Ash Wednesday - Good Friday and on Sundays for our series Wisdom + Sacrifice.
WHY ARE WE FASTING AS A CHURCH?
Psalm 25:14 (TPT) There’s a private place reserved for the lovers of God, where they sit near him and receive the revelation-secrets of his promises.
Fasting sharpens your spiritual sight and positions you to acknowledge God’s provision in your life. It redirects our attention and adoration towards THE source. I love this quote by Chethan Henry: “Don’t expect from man what God can do! Know the difference between source (God) and resource.” I believe this is a perfect way to frame our thinking around fasting. What is the source do you run to when you are in need, of any kind?
As we are journeying this year, with the common goal of looking more like Jesus, I can’t think of a better way to take our adventure together to the next level. With one heart, in agreement together, ask whatever it is, and it will be given to you. I believe God honors unity, it attracts heaven more than anything else.
God, we want more of you. We are asking for divine wisdom and revelation to see your fullness here on earth.
WHY DO WE FAST?
In Isaiah 58:5-11, the Israelites had reduced fasting to a religious act and the denial of food. In this passage, God speaks into the matter and outlines His heart for fasting.
The fast God chooses loosens chains, brings freedom, breaks every yoke, puts you in a position to share and provide for others, and turns your heart toward what’s on His. You see, God doesn’t want just a single day set aside to honor Him- He wants a life devoted, a lifestyle of prayer, worship and communion. Fasting can easily turn into something that is, intentionally or unintentionally, done for the wrong reasons. Love must be our motive. When we reach out beyond ourselves, God never fails to fulfill His promises to answer our prayers. When we come into alignment with His heart for fasting, he promises to lift the yolk of heaviness. Fasting can be an upgrade, breakthrough and turning point, shifting our focus from ourselves to God’s heart.
HOW ARE WE APPROACHING LENT IN OUR CULTURE?
You may be wondering why we’re intentionally celebrating Lent. Traditionally, in the liturgical calendar, Lent prepares the believer for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for six weeks or 40 days. Lent is typically accompanied by fasting as a way to enter into Jesus’ sacrifice and journey to the cross.
For us, Lent is about going after the fullness of God as a family and community. It’s not about remembering our sin or a mentality of ‘self flogging’.
There is a beautiful wholeness in identifying with the humanity of Jesus. God wants to be an integral part of our lives every day, not just when we are on the mountain spiritually or when everything in our lives is calm and at peace. He wants us to develop a lifestyle of devotion, no matter where we are at or what we are doing. For some of us, that may be while doing the mundane and daily tasks of life, amidst our hectic schedules or while in the ‘wilderness or desert’ times.
God promises to bring His light to every darkness, his righteousness will be your identity and His glory will surround you.
Fasting is about transformation not deprivation. Deep and lasting transformation comes from the inside out. Fasting will change the way you see things inwardly. It is about a separation unto God. Many times we have areas in our lives that need to be simplified. God must be the motivation or fasting can easily be reduced to just a time of denial. How do you go about choosing a fast? Do you find yourself allowing unhealthy comparisons to affect your moods and actions? Have you been weight led, food led, emotion led, addiction led, or comparison led instead of Spirit led? You may feel like you are ready for your faith to take a turning point. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and reveal an area in which you know will be an upgrade in your relationship with Jesus. He will be faithful.
Not everyone is in a position to fast from food. If you have a history of unhealthy mindsets around eating or are taking certain medications, you need to choose wisely. Everyone is in a position to fast from something. It could be TV, social media, alcohol, shopping, or some other habit or hobby. What are things that you may run to before God? Things that waste your time or that you may hide behind? He alone can be your source, your everything.
Fasting changes our perspective by changing our focus!
• Daniel Fast
Here is a great resource for what to eat/abstain from on a Daniel Fast.
• Fasting 1 Meal/day or 2 Meals/day
For example, eat within the window of 12pm-6pm, fast from 6pm-12pm.
• Social Media fast
*if you choose to fast from social media, we ask that you please stay connected to your email as we send weekly prompts, questions, meditations and prayers
• habit or hobby
Fast from any other habit or hobby that may take the place of THE Source in your life.
We'll be sending out weekly updates, questions and prompts from our Lenten series companion guide. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive those emails, use the form below.
The Humanity of Jesus | Ash Wednesday service
March 6 | 7pm
As a community we are on a journey to look more like Jesus and this Lenten season we're seeking God's wisdom and revelation in our life.
Join us for our Ash Wednesday service, 'The Humanity of Jesus', as we kick off our corporate fast. We encourage you to come for a time of worship, communion as we venture into our fast together and as we anticipate the start of our series, 'Wisdom and Sacrifice'.
Good Friday service
April 19 | 7pm (More details to come)