Some things God has revealed to me during my time of fasting…so far.
1) I REALLY love coffee and I’m starting to LOATHE hot tea. I want that punch baby! I want my Grandpa Melvin’s thick black coffee soooo bad! And that is a good thing, because each and every craving draws me closer to God and deeper in prayer.
2) God doesn’t expect us to sit and wait. We’ve misrepresented verses like Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Somewhere through the years we have convinced ourselves that that means we are to do nothing more than pray and sit around and wait for God to do something!
A couple things I have heard come from the mouth of people that make me want to pull large chunks of my hair out. “I’m gonna pray that someone will ask Joe to church and when God is ready he will come” “I’m gonna pray that God will provide food for the Smiths who’s husband and father just lost his job.” And then when someone does get Joe to church or provides food for the Smith’s then you actually think it was because of you! Really? Are you serious?
Did you ever think that MAYBE, just MAYBE, it was the person that prayed about Joe or the Smith’s and actually did something about it??
Everything happens in His time is true but the sitting and waiting part is anything but! There are times and situations when praying and waiting is all you can do, but there are more times when we need to stand up and be counted!
3) Jesus was a man of prayer AND a man of action and he expected the same of his followers. Read this passage from Matthew 9:35-37 & 10:1-10 and you tell me what is expects of us. (Which by the way is why these illustrations are in the Bible so we can relate and apply them to our life not just cool history stories.)
35-38Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" 1-4 The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives…
5-8Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
"Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
9-10"Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.
Let me sum that long passage up for you. Jesus said look, we got a big job here in front of us. We need to pray because we can’t do this without my Father’s help. Amen, now boys GET TO WORK! Get out there and start telling people about me, and by the way don’t start by trying to fix government or whatever you’re reading on the internet, no, start with the people where you live that no one will touch or talk to, all you need is lunch money, and as for tools…well you’ve got two feet, two hand, a mouth that works and a good head on your shoulders, that’s all you need. Save the world one person at a time! Training session over.
4) Just because the actions we take don’t work out like we expected doesn’t mean it was wrong and doesn’t mean it wasn’t His timing. We get way too caught in what our human mind conceives as the “right” action to take. Like asking someone to church and they say no. So we naturally think it was wrong and not God’s time. But God is working on several different levels. He’s working something in you by dealing with the initial rejection. Things like patience and devotion. And His plan and His timing may be for that person to step into to church years from now when the exact words they need to hear are going to be present. Just because it doesn’t happen the way you thought doesn’t mean it was wrong. Don’t forget Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. What’s going on in God’s mind is way bigger than we can deal with.
5) You have to be bold.
6) I really love coffee.
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Yes, Christy and I and a bunch of people from Ada are going out to the Miss America Pageant. Miss Oklahoma is from Ada and we thought this would be a cool once in a lifetime deal. Don’t tell me it’s not cool for guys to go to the pageant!
Pray for us in our travels…possibly leaving out a day early to beat this ice storm they are predicting.
Pray for my in-laws who will be staying at our house while we are gone, during the ice storm, with 8 and 5 year old boys and a house dog that’s not quite potty trained yet.
Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?