21 Days – Day 5

Hey Lifecoast church!

Today is day 5 of our 21 days of prayer and fasting! I’m so excited to see what God is going to do through these next 16 days of prayer. I know he is going to do amazing things and it will blow our minds! 

I wanted my devotion to follow our Lifecoast Bible reading plan, and today we are reading from 1 Samuel 14. In this chapter Israel is fighting the Philistines. Focusing on verses 1-15, the Israelites are hiding anywhere they could.  While they were sitting there hiding and waiting, Jonathan is probably thinking about the story of Shamgar, and how he killed 600 people with just a sharp stick. (If you don’t believe me read Judges 3:31) Jonathan probably thought, “Well, if God could do it through Shamgar, He could do it through me!” God had also promised to do great things for Israel. He promised that Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. (Leviticus 26:8) He’d won great victories against great odds before. So Jonathan says to his armor-bearer “come, lets go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few. (verse 6) Jonathan says to his armor-bearer we will let them see us and if they say, Wait there until we come to you, we will wait and not go up. But if they say come up to us; we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.


Jonathan is showing wisdom, not unbelief. To this point, he is not acting on a specific, confirmed word from God. Instead, he is following the bold hope and impression of his heart. He is humble enough to know his heart might be wrong on this day, so Jonathan asks God to guide him.


So Jonathan and his armor-bearer both show themselves and the Philistines shout out to them, come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson. Jonathan went up with his armor-bearer behind him, When Jonathan got to the top, the Philistines fell before Jonathan and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him.


Jonathan is prompted by faith. Significantly, he does not demand to know the whole battle plan from God in advance. He is willing to take it one step at a time, and let God plan it out. Faith is being willing to let God know the whole plan and only know our part one step at a time.

During these 21 days I want us to step out in faith and give it all to God and see what happens. When we step out in faith like Jonathan, God will kill any enemies we have in front of us, whether that be addiction, relationships, or anything else holding us back from him.

You can do this! Love you Lifecoast!

Tyler Barksdale



Day 3 Devo

Hey Church!
Today is day 3 of our 21 days of prayer and fasting.
This is normally the day that we start asking ourselves if God really wanted us to fast, or maybe it’s when we start imagining that were we just making it all up in our head. 😉 Trust me, God wants us to fast. But not so we can pat ourselves on the back. He wants us to fast so we can disconnect from the things around us and plug into all that He has for us this year.
I wanted to do my devotion following our Lifecoast Bible reading plan. When I saw that today was Acts 3, I knew exactly what to write about as God has been speaking to my heart about this. If you have time later today, take a moment to read Acts 3:1-10 to have better context into these thoughts.
In the passage, a man who had been unable to walk since birth was being carried to the temple gate. When the lame man sees Peter and John about to enter the gate, he asks them for some money. Then Peter says “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus, walk.” The lame man is instantly healed and begins to jump and praise God.
There are several timeless truths in this passage, but the one I’ve been learning is about our expectations of what God can do in our lives. More often than not, we tend to limit the power of God based on what we “think” is a realistic expectation of what we deserve. Just as the lame man asks for some spare change, we tend to ask God a similar question when it comes to our purpose. We can’t imagine what God may have in store for us, so we set our expectations low and pray for things that are realistic. I would even say that we tend to try and limit God much more than He limits us. God wants us to reach our schools, or workplace, our community. He wants us to see healing in our lives and redemption, and sometimes all it takes is a bigger vision and expectation of what God can do. But instead, we ask for something comfortable.
If you are anything like me, you have found yourself praying prayers like “God use me “if needed” today.” “I am available to do your work (but would prefer someone else do it if possible.)” Or even just non-specific and vague prayers like, “God, help me have a good day.” We assume that God has more than enough people changing the world for Him. Check Facebook, He doesn’t have enough people. And there is nothing wrong with asking to have a good day, but being specific and naming our dreams gives God the space to work a miracle. Trust me, the Kingdom needs people who are willing to dream big and ask for miracles.
God is looking for people to change Palm Coast for His Kingdom. He is looking for dreamers who dare to ask “what if.” “What if…God could heal me?” “What if…God could change my boss?” “What if God…could heal my marriage?” “What if….God could bring me purpose beyond my wildest dreams?” “What if….I could really change this entire county for the Kingdom?”
God wants Lifecoast to stop asking for comfort and start asking for life change. Just like the lame man, we can ask for comfort, for what we know, and what is familiar. Or we can ask for what we really dream of – freedom, purpose, calling, healing. Let’s be specific for the dream God placed on our life. When we start praying BIG prayers like this during the fast, we will begin to see incredible life change!
I love you Lifecoast and I hope this pumps you up to start praying big TODAY!
Ryan Antos

Wonders Multiplied

Over the last few chapters in Exodus we have read about 10 plagues that God has called on Egypt.

Now if you’re like me, you’ve probably just thought these were just a series of weird plagues to annoy Pharaoh enough to “Let My people go.” But then I started thinking, God has a reason for everything. So why these 10 plagues? What’s the point? What is God trying to prove?

So I did some research and here’s what I learned:
Egyptians worshipped many “gods.” Each plague was crafted to target the gods of the Egyptians.

Here is a list of the plagues with “god(s)” that was targeted:

1. Nile turned to blood – Hapi (god of the Nile)
2. Frogs coming from the Nile – Heket (Egyptian goddess of birth and fertility. She was depicted as a woman with the head of a frog)
3. Gnats – Geb (god of the earth)
4. Flies – Khepri (god of creation and rebirth and was depicted as a man with the head of a fly)
5. Plague on Livestock – Hapi and Hathor (goddess of love were normally depicted as having the head of cattle)
6. Boils – Sekhmet (goddess with power over sickness and disease),  Sunu (god of pestilence) Isis (goddess of health, medicine, and healing)
7. Hail and Fire – Nut (goddess of the sky), Set (god of storms)
8. Locusts – Osiris (god over the crops of the land of Egypt)
9. Darkness – Ra (god of the Sun and was considered the greatest of all the Egyptian deities)
10. Death of Firstborn – Pharaoh (was viewed as a “living god”, as was his son)

Why did God make these plagues happen? Well he tells us in chapter 10:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”
Exodus 10:1-2

And in today’s chapter:

The Lord had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”
Exodus 11:9

God wanted HIS signs and wonders to multiplied! He wanted everyone to know who He is for generations! He was making a statement. He is bigger, He is better, He is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, He is the One True God! There are no other gods before him!

I invite you to dwell on that today. Dwell on the fact that God has the power to systematically bring down all other “gods.” He is a jealous God and He wants our attention. And guess what? He is worthy of our attention, worship, praise and adoration.

So let’s give it Him today.

The Lost

In Luke 15, we find Jesus teaching the Teachers of the Law (Pharisees). The Pharisees are notoriously grace-less toward “sinners.” They believed that anyone who didn’t uphold the law the way they did were “sinners.” Now you can say someone who sins is a “sinner” the same way you can say someone who digs is a “digger.” But in Jesus had a different definition than the Pharisees did.

As we see in all 3 of these parables, Jesus has a heart for the lost (sinners). He paints the picture best in the parable of the “Lost Son.”

In this parable, we see a lost son who has wasted his inheritance and found himself starving in a pig sti.

““When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:17-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬


The father is a representation of how Jesus sees us. He is filled with love and compassion toward us, even when we are far from Him.

Not only does Jesus love us despite our sins, but he takes it further:

The father then orders the servants to bring the best robe, no doubt one of his own (a sign of dignity and honor, proof of the lost son’s acceptance back into the family), a ring for the son’s hand (a sign of authority and sonship) and sandals for his feet (a sign of not being a servant, as servants did not wear shoes—or, for that matter, rings or expensive clothing) [vs. 22]


Jesus gives us those same things.

  1. We are accepted into God’s family (robe)!
  2. We are given spiritual authority (ring)!
  3. We are no longer slaves to sin (sandals)!

The Holy Spirit has bound us together with Christ. Now, even though we may sin, we are not defined by our sin, but we are defined by our spiritual inheritance. We are now sons and daughters of the King of Kings. We now represent His name and His authority. And nothing can take that away. Our permanent title is now: Child of the King. Isn’t that awesome?!

In conclusion, even though we all fall short, in Christ, we are saints, we are heirs and we co-heirs with Christ of God’s glory.


Real Talk


So often we over-complicate christianity in general and especially prayer. We believe we need to use fancy words, we need to have the right posture (hands folded, eyes closed), and we don’t REALLY believe it’ll actually work. It’s just a nice thing to do.

What I want to do is to un-complicate prayer for you.

Check out this unconventional prayer: Ricky Bobby Prayer

Now that we had a laugh, let’s uncomplicate prayer!

Prayer is Plain – It’s simple, easy, uncomplicated.

When we pray, we need to remember God wants to talk to us. We don’t need to speak in KJV, with “thou, thy and whilst”  and other such words. What words do you use in normal conversations? Use the same words when you talk to God.

(See Matthew 6:7-8)

Prayer is Primal –  Is natural. It’s talking, yelling, pleading, crying, shouting

Can you yell? You can pray. Prayer should be an expression of what we’re feeling on the inside. If you’re upset, be upset. If you’re heart-broken, be heart-broken. If you’re sad, be sad. Cry, yell, plead, shout. Do it all. Be genuine.

(See the Prayer of Jabez 1 Chronicles 4:10; Jacob Wrestles with God – Genesis 32:22-31)

Prayer is Powerful – It works. It moves mountains, people, weather.

The best thing about prayer is that it works. It really does. We read all through Scripture these amazing prayers that accomplish the supernatural. As a kid, did you ever imagine you had super powers? Prayer gives us access to the supernatural. You want to see miracles happen? Pray.

(See Samson’s Prayer Judges 16:27-30; Elijah’s Prayer 1 Kings 18:42-45)

If we commit ourselves to having plain, primal and powerful prayers. If we break the mold of “perfect” christianity and we decide to just be real with God, He’s going to speak to us. When we speak from our core, he responds.

Me vs. Me

Me vs. Me

Have you ever found yourself in an intense wrestling match with yourself? Maybe put yourself in a sleeper hold? I know have. And luckily the Apostle Paul has too. So we’re not alone. Let’s take a quick look into Paul’s wrestling match

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15

Have you found yourself saying these same words? You don’t want to commit this sin, but find yourself right there again. You want to do something for God, but again you fail to do so. And this war continues to rage inside of us. But who is fighting this war?  What are the seemingly 2 opposing forces battling within us? Paul describes these forces as flesh, which is our human nature that seeks only itself, and Spirit, which is our heavenly nature that seeks God’s will.

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5

Be honest with yourself right now. How often does your flesh win? How often does your Spirit? If you’re like me, your flesh wins more often than you want to admit. So how do we win this war? How do get our Spirit to winning the battles? Through fasting and prayer. I know, revolutionary! Who would have thought?! But it’s true. Through fasting, as we give up the desires of our flesh it becomes weaker. Through prayer we are strengthening our Spirit and it becomes stronger.

So I encourage you to keep pressing in to the Spirit, pressing out the flesh and pressing on to what God has planned for you!

By the Spirit



12 So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:12-17 (HCSB)

Romans 8 is probably my favorite chapter in the whole Bible. There is so much to be taken away from every verse. I highly encourage you to read the whole chapter. In this passage Paul brings us this AWESOME truth! “We are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh.” I think if Paul was around  today he would have posted that on his twitter and finished it of with #boom. But that’s just my personal opinion.  

As believers I think we struggle to really grasp this truth. We tend to give way too much credit to our flesh. We often times listen to our flesh over the Spirit. Our Spirit tells us not to do something but our flesh says yes, so we do it. “But if we live according to the flesh we will die,” says Paul. He goes on to say, “But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

This is what this fast is all about. It’s not about starving ourselves or giving up stuff we like just check it off our Christian duty list. It’s about practicing putting to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit. If we can say no to food or certain types of food or social media or whatever you may be fasting from, how much easier will it be to say no to lusts of the eyes, lusts of the flesh, and pride of life (1 john 2:16) that we will face in the future.

What if we all decided that we were no longer going to be controlled by the flesh, but we were going to live by the Spirit? What would your life look like? What would LifeCoast look like? (Take a moment to answer these questions) Let’s not live by the Spirit for just these 21 days a year, let’s make this an everyday thing!

I dream that the Church as whole will no longer be people simply going through the motions or people who live like everyone except on Sunday mornings. But they will be a people who stand up and stand out. That people will look at the Church as the example, not the exception.

What do you dream?