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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Day 7 of The Lent Soul Fast With Cassandra Mack

Cassandra Mack’s Soul Fast 40-Day Challenge

Day 7

Fasting From Negative Thinking

Today’s Fast: Today We Are Fasting from the thought that says… I am too messed up/too much of a lost cause/too far gone in my lifestyle to be used by God for His glory.

Have you ever said one of the above mentioned statements about yourself? Most people at some point in their lives have felt this way.

The thing is whenever we give our past more power than our future or perpetually live from the realm of a mistake that we cannot undo but we've wholeheartedly sought forgiveness for or we place too much stock in what other people have to say about us, we limit our own possibilities. And the higher reality of your life is this: YOU HAVE A PURPOSE. 

Although people can have a funny way of discounting those who have fallen on hard times, or who struggle with a personal issue or who have made a mistake that is so publicly humiliating that they can barely enter a room without a condescending giggle or a glaring stare, it's important that you don't discount yourself from the family of God or allow other people's opinions of you to become your own. 

The other piece of it is sometimes when we are on the receiving end of other people’s gossip because of a foolish choice we made or a sketchy past; we can become so consumed with shame that it robs us of our present purpose and dilutes our bright future. The good news is we don’t have to live our lives from the place of shame, because life is expansive enough, progressive enough, evolutionary enough and forgiving enough to allow us to come as we are and grow as we go along. God's purpose for your life trumps any mistakes you've made or any trauma you've been through.

If you are allowing your past or a habit that you can’t seem to break or a personal struggle; to hold you back in any way, before you count yourself out, it’s important for you to know that everyone has a blind spot, a weakness, an area of personal struggle that causes them to trip and fall.  Not one of us is perfect.

The reality of real life is… Everyone is trying to find their own way the best way that they know how. So, don’t walk around with your head hanging down because you’ve got a few issues that you’re working through, or you’re not where you want to be or you are so knee deep in the middle of your mess that it would take a tractor and two shovels to dig you out. No matter what and I do mean no matter what: Get up, Get dressed and SHOW UP for LIFE!

There’s a reason the Bible tells us to come as we are by way of the verse in Matthew 11: 28 which says… "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

If we waited until we were perfect or life was perfect to have life abundantly, we would be waiting until we were dead; and by then it would be too late.

Your personal growth is between you and God… not your friends, family, co-workers or church folk. Just because you’ve got some growing to do does not mean that you cannot take steps towards your success or allow yourself to serve as a blessing to others. We are all hard-wired for purpose, irrespective of our mistakes and bad choices.

Today is a new day!!!

It’s new because the sun has risen this morning.
It’s new because you have arisen to meet it.
And the risen version of you has the power and capacity to rise to the occasion and handle your business for today.

Remind Yourself:  "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11: 28)

PRAYER: You can pray the scripture from today’s message or you can pray about anything that’s on your heart.

FASTING with The Soul Fast Workbook: Take at least 15-minutes today to renew your mind and fast from negative thinking by intentionally taking your thoughts captive as you complete your journal entry for (DAY 7) in the, 

ALMSGIVING: If you are Giving Away $1 A Day along with us as part of your Almsgiving, don’t forget to pay-it-forward today. You can download my free Give Away $1 A Day Journal at the following link. Give Away $1 A Day

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With Love,
Cassandra Mack