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DAY 8: INTIMATE FASTING & FITNESS

PROTECT YOUR RELATIONSHIP AT ALL COST

One thing I know for sure is that when we are in relationships and things aren't going well, we contact our girlfriends and explain, complain, or cry about what is going on. What is going on in men's minds, why is he doing this, why did he say that? We have these conversations in the hopes of feeling a bit better afterward, and we frequently do; the question is whether you feel positive or negative. Relationships can make us go cookoo for coco puffs since we are exchanging feelings we had no idea existed. We have been focusing and concentrating on our relationship with the Lord and how to be intimate with Him.


We don't typically go to our friends and tell them that God did this and that. No, we're usually talking to our friends about what He's showing me, how He's growing me, how He takes care of me and my family, and how He's always there for me when no one else is. Our relationship with our Father can also be compromised at times. The enemy comes and lies to us, saying, "Is God really going to do that? Did He really say that?" Is He really going to accomplish it this time? The last several times you prayed, you got nothing, so what makes this time different? The Bible instructs us to put on the full armor of God. We must guard our relationships, our thoughts, our souls, and our emotions against deception. We must be conscious of how the enemy enters and attempts to mock us and our relationship with the Father. Many have abandoned the faith, they have compromised and have no heart for the Father, but we will fight till the end.


Your relationship with God is healthy, strong, and stable. Just don't compromise it, and sadly, we do just the opposite: we trade in our relationship with God for a bad relationship that appeared to be good, including compromising in sex, money, and other things. After Jesus had fasted for forty days, the devil spoke to Him, "If you bow down to me, I will give you all of the Kingdom." I have to say that the devil never stops saying those things in that manner, but what he does say piques your interest, and before you know it, you're in such a mess that you find yourself going to the Father and pleading with Him to help you get out of something that the enemy made appear so innocent but ripped your life apart.

 

Spiritual Awareness


I want to encourage you to continue fighting for your intimate connection with the Lord, doing everything you can for Him, and becoming disciplined about being in His presence and seeking Him on a regular basis. He's your friend, your father, and your inseparable partner. He adores you so much, I tell you! Fight for your relationship with Him and maintain it healthy and strong. You are incredibly lovely to Him, and He desires that you remain radiant at all times.

 

3 Scriptures To Mediate On And Questions To Ask Yourself

I heard something today that said, "There is an enemy who delights in your darkness." When I first heard this, I immediately thought of Intimate Fasting & Fitness With God. I thought, wow, I've been giving these devotionals to my sisters for the past week and a half because I want them to not be in the dark and to have an intimate relationship with their King. You must battle for your relationship every day, not just for yourself, but for everyone in your family, because the enemy does not care. Even if you are drained pray to the Lord, your Father, to fill you with His strength, love, and Holy Spirit. I know it sounds strange to ask for strength while you're tired, but remember how I gave you 1 Peter 5:8 last week? Don't be his prey, for the lion will attack anyone who is tired and worn out.


Ephesians 6:10

Joshua 1:1-9

Matthew 4:2


Scripture #1: How will you fight for your relationship?


Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.


Scripture #2: How can the Lord show you encouragement?


Joshua 1:9 NIV)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


Scripture #3: How has the enemy distracted you from God?


Matthew 4:8-11 (NIV)

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.


Closing Prayer:


Dear Heavenly Father


Thank you, Daddy, for another day and another day of protection and provision. I am eternally grateful that you have called me out of the darkness and into your wonderful light. Every day, I know you're waiting for me to come to you. I am strengthening my relationship with you, and I ask for your protection and to cover me while I seek you. I understand that the enemy does not want me to be close to You and that he wants me to lose sight of You. I will fight for my relationship with You, I will travel to the mountain top and the valley low because I know You will never leave me or forsake me. Continue to show me You and assist me in becoming the daughter You have called me to be.


In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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