For the last few years I have used Mondays to fast and pray. I try to set aside the first part of the day to focus on the Lord, perhaps reading the word, or praying specifically about something that is going on. Some weeks I have done well to stick closely to my plan, and other weeks I have had to miss it all together due to a travel schedule, something that has come up, or sometimes for a pure lack of discipline. Overall it has been pretty consistent though.
There are a lot of things that fasting does for us, but most of my early experiences with fasting were unsuccessful, and certainly unenlightened! A little understanding goes a long way when it comes to things like this, things of a spiritual nature that go against what the body is used to or finds pleasure in. Continue reading “This World Is Not Our Home”
This is a question I posed recently. It has been on my mind since a recent trip to the town where I grew up. I appreciate the feedback I got back from quite a few perspectives. It’s hard, but important I think, to have a mind open to someone else’s point of view. I need the perspective, really. No one sees things the way they are, not completely. That takes a lot of points of view, to see things from all sides. Thanks those who responded and helped me expand my view.
I want to encourage you, and me, to take some time to deeply consider this question.
As I glanced around the internet for an image that would help me communicate this question, I got what they call in Texas an “eye full!” There were a good number of points of view that I encountered there that went well beyond the direct feedback I received, and some strange ones at that.
What is it that God has been leading you to that you have been avoiding?
We know that obedience to God always looks like a cost to us before we move into it. This should not alarm us, and we don’t need to be surprised about it. It will always be this way, at least in this age….. After we enter into the obedience that God is directing us into, and we are established in it, then we can see that it really wasn’t cost, when compared to what God has added to us. We should also realize that the higher the level of obedience, the greater the cost can appear, and the longer it may take to see the fruit.
I want to ask you to do something now. Ask God what He wants you to do. He will tell you, though the larger direction may take more seeking. A casual approach to life is costly. We must seek the Lord and His will intently. But God wants you to know His will, and if you approach it seriously, He will communicate His will to you. The scriptures are clear about this fact. Continue reading “Preparing for the Days Ahead”
War is now, and greater war is coming. Many cannot see it. The war that comes will push out all the middle ground. There will be very little DMZ, and what demilitarized area there is will not be fixed ground. These battles, as with all, will have there ebbs and tides, but the time will come when there will be no place to hide from the battle that now seems so far away to many. How will we prepare ourselves? We can look around to witness what is considered by many to be very turbulent times. This shaking is minimal.