2024 Holy Consecration
(The Message translation)
Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after: a day to show off humility?
To put on a pious long face and parade around solemnly in black?
Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, God, would like?
6-9 “This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice,
get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed,
cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.
Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once.
Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’
9-12 “If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.
For the next 30 days we will delve into this 30-day devotion titled,
"How to examine your life". Fasting and prayer is a biblical principle that opens us up to examine our lives as we get closer to Jesus Christ and develop our relationship with him.
Fresh Start is excited to bless our youth with new bibles this month! Also, we are asking that parents and families study the bible with your children. This generation is so important to God, and it is by his word that they will find love, hope, help, strength and healing. Please share any helpful resources that you use when studying together by clicking on "Join Discussion" above.