Why 40 Days?

40 is significant in the Bible.
The number 40 has no secret or hidden message, nor meaning.  It simply means 40, whether 40 days (a behavioral challenge) or 40 years ( a generational trial).  It often seems to emphasize a spiritual journey that ends with a blessing.

40 days allows time for a transformation.
20 days to give up an old habit;
20 days to develop and build a new one.

I refer to this as replacement behavior where we are choosing to take a habit, sin, or stronghold out of our heart.  Yet that void needs to be filled as to not leave it vacant for sliding back into old habits, sins, or strongholds.

This is an intentional journey.  Life is not magically better at the end of 40 days.  It merely equips us to make needed changes.  It’s up to us to embrace the difference!

I encourage all of us to change one thing at a time… a desire that is prompted in God’s timing.

It rained 40 days to flood the Earth.
Moses fled into the desert 40 years.
Moses was on Mount Sanai for 40 days.
Israel spied on Canaan for 40 days.
The Israelites wandered the desert 40 yrs.
Goliath taunted Saul’s Army for 40 days.
Jonah gave Ninevah 40 days to change their ways.
Elijah fled Jezebel 40 days.
Jesus was tempted in the desert for 40 days.
There was 40 days from Jesus’ resurrection to ascension.

skin cells take an average of 40 days to renew.
red blood cells start dying off from 40 days onward;
just like our spiritual journey, they need to refuel and replenish!


Written by: Sheri Hollinger

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