40 Days to a New You

Charlie Whitlow  —  February 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

This is no gimmick. Do you need direction? Do you need a break through? Does your marriage, family or business need a turn around? Could you stand to have God actively working in your favor? The truth is God is the fountain or source of every blessing-peace, health, a new start, a positive outlook, sound decision making & on & on! God is the most incredibly generous, bighearted, forgiving and unprejudiced being. He is the ultimate philanthropist! Obviously, drawing closer to him has a high probability of extraordinary results. And there’s the catch. We have a choice to make. Scripture teaches that IF we sincerely seek him, we will find him. Here are just a few examples—

  • Deuteronomy 4:29-Seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
  • 1 Chronicles 28:9-If you seek him, he will be found by you.
  • 2 Chronicles 15:2-If you seek him, he will be found by you
  • Psalm 119:2-Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
  • Lamentations 3:25-The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.
  • Hebrews 11:6-God rewards those who earnestly seek him.
  • James 4:8-Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

God takes notice of our honest effort and rewards us accordingly. So, I’m challenging you to a season of drawing closer to God—a 40 day season of seeking him with all of your heart. I just know that God is going to work something great in you & around you.

Remember, this is up to you. God’s hand is already outstretched. The question is, will you honestly outstretch yours to him?

Below are the 4 essentials to follow in order to get everything out of the 40 Days to a New You season. (Starts Wed Feb 22 & ends Sat Apr 7)

1.Don’t miss one of the Sunday Celebrations during this 40 day season of seeking God. I will be teaching a new series called “Jesus +                       in which we will examine the book of Colossians and it’s message for us today.

2.Determine the time slot you will pray in the Prayer Room. I’m asking you to pick a 30 minute or hour time slot to pray. For example, if you pick Tues at 3 am then you have Tues at 3 am during the entire 40 day challenge. Our goal is non-stop prayer to God Monday through Saturday starting Wed, Feb 22 & ending Sat, April 7. Get ready! God is going to rock some things. To pick a time slot click on “40 Days to a New You” on our website. Obviously, more then 1 person can be in the prayer room at a time! And you are free to sign up for as many time slots as you desire.

3.Choose foods &/or activities you really enjoy & go without them Monday through Saturday during the 40 day challenge. This is called fasting. It is a tangible expression of us saying no to ourselves & yes to God. (Exception: There is no fasting on Sundays! This is when we come together & publicly celebrate our life & victory through Christ.) For example: Jill & I will fast from TV, movies, non-essential spending (no shopping), coffee (Starbucks), alcohol, sodas, etc. So, go ahead & pick some things to do without…you will not die! & remember, no fasting on Sundays!

4.Each day of the challenge read & meditate on a portion of scripture. With a pen & an open heart journal your prayers to God, your thoughts & what you feel God is saying to you.

To participate sign up here & I’ll see you on Sunday!

Charlie Whitlow

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Lead Pastor of Community Church in Ashburn, VA

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