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Fasting Day 17 & 18

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Are You A Child of God?

If there is anything better than being a Child of God, it’s knowing that God used you in a way that you could have never imagined. As a Christian, what you do, how you live your life, what you say. It all has an impact. You might not be able to see it or feel it or even ever know you had one, but you have one. That’s why it’s so important for all who claim to have been washed in the blood of Christ to live as if they do. If you believe Christ is your savior, that He died for your sins and mine, then do your best to live like it! Just living like a Christian can have a bigger impact on someone else’s life then you could ever hope to imagine.

That is why it is so important for all Christians to unite together under one banner, Christ’s banner, and to put aside the petty differences that keep us apart. Do you believe in God? Do you believe the Bible is the final, authoritative word of God entirely inspired by God and only written by human ghostwriters? Do you believe that Christ died on the cross for not just your sins but everyone’s sin, so that all we had to do is believe that He is the Messiah and to live as He taught us to live and therefore gain eternal life in paradise?

Believing any one of those things is a good start to having a full and meaningful relationship with Christ and God and gaining, through nothing more than faith, God’s gift of grace and salvation through the redeeming blood of Christ Jesus. Praise God I love Him more each and every day!

Day 17

Writing these in the evening instead of the morning is quite an interesting endeavor. Generally for the current day I write my thoughts on where the Lord is going to lead me and offer up a sort of prayer asking Him to continue to guide me. While the day isn’t over, it might as well be for me. No more studying (which I did plenty of today, I think I got in at least two straight hours) as I just sit and relax and hope to find some time to just listen to the Lord before I go to bed. Since I am blogging in the evenings now, I will no longer put two days into my posts. It’s just too weird now.

Work today was actually pretty awesome. We did some business for breakfast and for lunch and when I left they were still steady. I was able to spend a good deal of time in the word today. It was such a blessing. If I get my drivers license back anytime soon, I will definitely make it a habit to head over to church to study at least once a week. It’s so peaceful there.

Day 18

Tomorrow is going to be a blessing, I just know it. God is getting ready for His grand finale during this time of fasting for Bridges Of Hope Fellowship. I just hope I’m ready to receive every last bit of blessings He is about to unleash upon myself, my congregation, and on the church itself. Our (well, really God’s) building project has taken off in ways you cannot even imagine. Go, check out A Unity Project (note, as of this posting the website is down, it should be back up soon) and prepared to have your mind blown away. This is what happens when God’s children become (God’s) Kingdom minded instead of (our) kingdom minded.

Fasting Day 16 & 17

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“It’s The End of the World As We Know It”

There are so many doom sayers and supposed prophets that try to claim one day or another will be the end of the world. Nostradamus and his followers say it’s 12 December 2012. So when is the end of the world? Well, we just don’t know. Christ Himself has implied that we won’t know when, but when He does come we will surely know it. So why are people so enamored by these false prophets who claim to know the end of the world by signs not from God? Is it because we’re just really curious? Perhaps. But why? Why does the end of the world enamor so many people? Perhaps it’s because they know, deep down, just where they are going. Those who believe and are faithful will go with Christ. Those who don’t and weren’t, won’t.

I don’t concern myself with the end of the world. I try not to concern myself with tomorrow. Today has enough troubles of its own to consume my attention.

Day 16

A very slow, boring day. I’m starting to really struggle with staying in any of my studies. I keep on saying, “Tomorrow I will do better.” But why not do better today? Tomorrow might not come and then where will I be?

Day 17

Another day, more procrastination. The days are growing short and the time will come where there will be no more days. What will I do then? If I wake up tomorrow (and I pray that I will), I will be taking my bible with me to work so that I might study afterward (I will be heading to the church and probably spend the day with pastor if it’s OK with him). I had other plans, but lack of planning on someone else’s part has changed those for me. That’s ok though. I can work around that. God probably has something else planned for me tomorrow anyway. There is never a time like the present, the right here and now, to start living in His will and for His will.

Fasting Day 15 & 16

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Waiting On God

God has shown time and again that He will move in His own time. Just look at the span of time between promising Abraham and Sarah a child and promising to make Abraham the father of all nations and Him actually fulfilling that (Abraham’s attempt at taking the lead not-with-standing). As far as I can tell, even between Abraham trying to take the lead and fathering Ishmael with Hagar and God fulfilling His promise to Abraham with a child from Sarah (Isaac) there is at least 10 years. If Abraham could remain faithful for another 10 years after his own attempt at helping God fulfill His promise, surely we can do the same.

I know it’s hard to not try and help God. We do it every time we make a decision without His input. In some things He’s ready to move almost as soon as we ask. In other things, He waits because He wants us to have patience and true reliance in Him. Don’t be the Abraham that fathered Ishmael with Hagar and be the Abraham that waited on God for Isaac from Sarah. Have faith and take heart, God fulfills all his promises!

I’m about halfway done with my Ephesians study, though I plan on going back over it again and again, even after I’m done fasting, because I want to make sure I pick up on every little thing God is trying to tell me. There is a lot to Ephesians and right now I’m going through and picking out the very first things that pop for me. I believe those are areas that He wants me to study in more detail on. Praising God for his awesomeness!

Day 15

Had an awesome word from the Lord during service on Sunday. I pray that I’m back on track for living and following in His will. That is all I really want from life. Yes, I would like to get married, and yes, there is someone I know that I would really like that to happen with but God may have different plans. I need to give up my own desires so that I’m ready when God finally does reveal His way for me. Whether it be 10 days or 10 months or 10 years from now. I believe this to be my time of testing in this matter. God knows where my heart is, but is it where His heart for me is?

Day 16

Because of how God is acting in the life of my bible study partner, I have decided that it would be best if we took this week off so she could focus in what God is telling her and drawing her toward in the Bible. God should always be first in our lives. Starting as of yesterday, I’m doing my best to bring Him back to number 1 in mine.

Fasting Day 14 & 15

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Believing For His Will To Be Done

When was the last time you completely gave up any idea of trying to control the outcome? I bet it’s been a while. While He knows how hard it is for us to give up any level of control, He still expects us to do so, for there is no other way for Him to completely reveal His will in your life and to receive all due glory and praise. He knows we aren’t perfect, that’s why He will move in big and small ways in our life. While He can do the really big things (things so big we cannot even begin to comprehend, like creating the whole universe in 6 days type of big), it’s in the really small things that I believe He gets the most glory because it shows a level of knowledge, intimacy and love on His part that no one else can ever show. Don’t just thank God for the big huge things He’s doing in your life, but also give him glory and praise for the small things that we don’t ever give a second thought about.

Sure, God has given me a loving church family, great friends, wonderful parents and sister and even a job; but he’s also seen fit to let me wake up day after day for almost 32 years. He’s given me relatively clean air to breathe, wonderful pets, food, water, clothes and memories of people, places and things that have left an indelible mark upon me. That have shaped me in small ways.

I’ll never forget my second real crush, Lisa Stanger. I’ll never forget my first attempts at dating with Cindy Watts (she says we weren’t dating, and I understand now it was more courtship than dating). I’ll never forget people like Toby Hester and Shawn Parker. I’ll never forget Kimbra Wilder or Darin Gish. I’ll never forget Freddie Birdwell. I’ll never forget Camp Horizon or the wonderful activity they are engaged in. These people and places and more, I will never forget. They left beautiful, positive notes in my life. I hope I was even half as memorable to them as they were to me.

Day 14

The day ended better than I had any right to have. God works like that. He gives us what we don’t deserve because we are faithful to Him, even if our faith is just the size of a mustard seed. He can work with that! I’m still nervous today about what happened Friday night, but it’s in God’s hands now. I’d like to pledge to do no more end runs around Him, but that’s asking more of me than I can realistically give. I’m only human and there are bound to be things I still try and control. I only pray that I’m just as convicted then as I have been previously. I spent a good deal of time in the word, though I haven’t studied Ephesians much more. I need to. I believe God is still trying to show me everything Paul had to say there and give me a greater understanding of it all.

Day 15

Today is starting out really good. I’m being prepared for the consequences today as well as for a wonderful word from pastor. May God fully open my heart and mind and soul to His word today. I need to hear it, I need to listen to it, and I need to apply/live it.

I wanted to write and tell you
How nice you looked today
I wanted to write and tell you
That I get lost in your eyes everyday
I wanted to write and tell you
But my hand was staid

I wanted to call and tell you
How much you mean to me
I wanted to call and tell you
Just how sweet you can be
I wanted to call and tell you
But fear overtook me

Walking in God’s will
Is where I want to be
Your hand in mine
Just you and me

I wanted to walk up and tell you
Just how beautiful you really are
I wanted to walk up and tell you
That I wanted to give you my heart
I wanted to walk up and tell you
But I never made it that far

Your friendship means everything
But your love would be grand
Your friendship means everything
So I hide my own hand
Your friendship means everything
I want that more than I can stand

Walking in God’s will
Just you and me

Fasting Day 13 & 14

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Sharing The Good News

Jer20:9 Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.

When the Spirit burdens us to share the Good News, we should not try and hold back. We will not be given more than we can handle, we just need to remain faithful to the Lord.

Day 13

God is full of surprises for me. I just pray that I haven’t stepped out of His will and in a very real way broken from His fellowship because of it. I didn’t break the food portion of the fast, but something else happened last night that, along with two possibly unripe bananas this morning, has left me feeling very bad. What I need to do now, though, instead of dwelling on what has happened, is pray for God to take care of this. I still love Him and believe in Him and His son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit with which He leads us.

Day 14

Today I need to double-down my focus in scripture. I did something, while I believe to have been true and honest, that has consequences that I’m only now starting to consider. Part of it is because I think I might have went ahead and did this on my own, outside of His will for my life. Today I ask that you pray for me and pray that I haven’t ruined a great friendship.

Fasting Day 12 & 13

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Adventures in…Marriage?

God has used this fast to bring me up in His word so much. While there is still a lot I do not understand, I am finding it easier to gain that understanding every time I study the Bible. One of the things that God has been pointing out to me in no uncertain terms is how I’m not only supposed to be a Godly man, but a Godly spouse as well.

Marriage is between one man and one woman. Marriage is forever. Marriage is an equal partnership. In marriage two become one and each have equal claim over the others being. Marriage is holy because God Himself created it long before there were any governments over man. Long before there were false religions and teachings. Marriage isn’t sexual perversion. Marriage isn’t between two of the same sex. Marriage isn’t the man dominating and subjugating the woman into a subservient position. Of marriage it is said that it is a fool of a man who doesn’t take into consideration the advice of his wife.

I can’t say that I understand all of it fully, or that I’ve even already incorporated those ideas completely into my way of thinking. Some of those are truly difficult concepts, especially coming from the background I do.

Day 12

God is continuing to work on my soul and bring me into a firmer standing of His word. I believe these past few days have been a test of my faith in Him and the armor He provides for every believer. I like to think I’m doing well, but only He can say for sure.

Day 13

First day on the new job and I didn’t falter in the fast! That was an accomplishment for me, considering I’m cooking all the food and, as any good cook knows, you have to taste what you are cooking. I’ve been able to get away without having to do so for now, but it will be a relief when I can taste what needs to be (and can be) tasted before being prepared for a customer.

I am a firm believer in the proper seasoning of food before it goes out, but in the culture of the county I live in, you can literally over-season food (even though to you it might not be) for the people around here. It’s a challenge learning to go with the less is more in this case. Of course that could also go for other aspects of my life, too. Sometimes less really is more, but you need proper discernment.

God is preparing me up for something great, I can just feel it. I just need to continue to be a faithful and willing servant of God and Christ Jesus. I will never be led wrong if I do.

Fasting Day 11 & 12

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Trusting in the Lord

I know I’ve talked about trust before, but in these posts I try to write as the Spirit leads.

So much of our lives deal with trust and relationships and the two are intertwined even further. We trust our banks to do good with our money. We trust the gas station not to water down our fuel with impurities. We trust the grocery store to not sell out-of-date or rotten food. Because we are dealing with people, though, sometimes that trust is broken. We find out that the bank has been misrepresenting itself and has been mishandling our money, sometimes even completely losing it. Sometimes we find out that the gas station is putting water or other harmful additives to our fuel to save a buck. Sometimes we find out the food we just bought from the high-dollar grocery store is two months out of date.

Even with all of that we still use banks, we still buy gas, we still go to the grocery store to buy food. Seems it’s easy to trust, and even retrust if it has been broken before, human institutions. Then why is it so hard for us to trust in God? Is it because we can’t see how He works? Yet you don’t see how the bank handles your money, you don’t see how the gas station owner treats his/her fuel and if his/her storage tanks are up to spec to prevent in- or out-seeping, and you generally don’t see how the food is handled or how long its stored for at the grocery store before buying it. How can we continue to have such a huge amount of faith in human institutions and so little (or even absolutely none) in God?

God has never broken His word, He has never condemned the faithful and innocent, He has never done anything to us we, as a sinful world, didn’t deserve. Yet He has given us blessings beyond counting! Look at this perfect world we live in. In all the known universe we still haven’t found another planet that is just right for life. Yet here we are on a planet that is just the right size, just the right distance away from our star (Sol), with just the right rotational period and orbit around the sun. Our atmosphere is made up of just the right amount of gases to enable us (and the rest of creation) to breathe. Just the right sort of liquid chemical (H2O) to provide for all our liquid needs (drink, cleansing, food growing, and even animals and plants that live in the water to provide us food). Yet there are those who don’t even believe in Him, much less trust Him. How much greater is God than our banks and gas stations and grocery stores?

In Matthew 6:25-30 Christ not only admonishes us to not worry about things in this life, but also to trust in God. If God can provide for the animals and plants and the rest of creation and they don’t even have the slightest inkling as to who He is, how much greater is it for us, who can know Him and be in fellowship with Him, to place our trust in Him who has provided for everything else? Will He not also provide for us, His greatest and most precious creation (Genesis 1:26-28)?

For my part, I aim to continue trusting in Him more and in man less. Man is fallible, and without Christ full of sin and rebellion. God is infallible and holy and righteous. It’s really a non-choice. If I’m willing to give more money for “purer”, higher quality food, why shouldn’t I be willing to give God the ultimate sacrifice? Trust in the Lord your God, for He is just and holy.

Day 11

Yesterday ended in an awesome note with a great prayer service. We had an awesome word from God through our pastor and than proceeded to seek God’s guidance in prayer over a variety of subjects that affect this local congregation. Pray with us as we seek God to raise up leaders and volunteers for the various ministries that He has called us to perform in our community. We are trusting in God for his provision, will you trust Him with us?

Day 12

Wow! Today is an awesome day already! With a beautiful morning and a desire to dig into scripture today that is burning in me that I cannot restrain to start off the day with, I cannot see anything going wrong today as long as I give God the fullest trust I can muster. I am only perfect in Christ’s cleansing blood, His crimson flow to wash me white as snow. With it I have no sin, in Him I live again!

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