Doing Life With God

Good morning!
Holy Father, I bless Your Holy Name! May You be glorified through Your people today! Raise up Your bride and awake her to the fact that she is mighty. Raise us up, Lord, raise us up…to prayer, to intercession, to selfless living.
Raise us up to lay down our lives and take up our cross. Raise us up to lay down the cares of this life. Raise us up to lay down our desires and let Your desires flood our souls. Raise us up Lord! Raise us up!
Raise us up to love unconditionally! Raise us up to forgive unendingly! Raise us up to touch humanity with Your love—to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to the world! Raise us up Lord to open our hands, hearts and even our homes to the refugees, homeless, poor and needy, knowing that as we have done it to the lease of these, we have done it to You!
Raise us up Lord! Raise us up!

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Prayers without answers are pointless.

Complacency and ignorance tolerate unanswered prayers.

its not illegal for there not to be a delay or process but we’re not designed for unfulfilled prayers.

Prayer is not me getting my way with God. Prayer is my response to His invitation to come boldly into His throne room and have discourse that alters the course of world history.  It is my chance to partner with God, to tap into His heart, to co-labor with God and through prayer help to release His will and purposes in the earth!

Selah

I have.

Have you had many struggles or perceived failures?

I have more.

I have asked God for a long time…why?

Why the need for fasting with prayer?

Why the added activity? Why does it add a dimension of power to the prayers?

Doesn’t the earnest prayer of the righteous have great power and produce wonderful results? (James 5:16 NLT)

I questioned why I didn’t always thrive or last through extended fasts (3-7 days).

During my life and the different congregations I’ve attended, whenever we did corporate fasts, much of our energy was spent on discussion of the types of foods to avoid and sharing recipes. We’d spend more time cooking fast-appropriate foods (Daniel fast for example), and a lot of time and money on juicers than we did praying.

Other times, during an individual fast, I found myself fasting for a number of reasons, but not accompanied with much faith.

Why does the enemy fight so hard to keep us from successful, prayer and fasting? Why is there so much controversy in the Body of Messiah over the need for Believers to add fasting with prayer?

Just the other day, during our annual School of Prayer, Holy Spirit brought revelation and freedom came! I am currently participating in our corporate fast for the month of Elul and I must say this is the most joy-filled fast I have ever experienced. I am hungry for my Savior’s presence. I am hungry for His Word. My faith is increasing and my flesh is dying. Not because of my own works, but because Jesus loves me and He showed me that He is for me and that His enemy has crafted a subtle plan to separate us. Now that the veil is removed, I can follow my Lord through this season of fasting with joy, just the same as a season of feasting. So I share with you my ah-ha! moment…

Our minister took us back to the beginning…

In the garden when God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree, Satan got man to walk away from their divine position as sons of God and having uninhibited intimacy with the Father; and to disobey and question God’s word. All those reasons we’ve learned throughout our spiritual teaching that caused them to sin, but the light bulb went off this week: the vehicle through which man manifested his rebellion to God was eating! Selah.

Eating separated man from God’s presence! Throughout scripture there are examples of God’s people allowing their appetites and food cravings to motivate them to rebel against God.

Esau despised his birthright, his position as chief (next in line) of the family because of food! (Hebrews 12:16 NLT)

 “Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.”

In the wilderness the children of Israel went after manna when God told them to rest. (Ex 16:23-27 NKJV)

Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none.

The Israelites grumbled about the manna and then wanted meat. (Num 11:4-6 NKJV)

Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? 5 We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6 but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”

They were even willing to go back to slavery or die just because of food cravings.

 And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:3 (NKJV)

And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Numbers 14:2 (NKJV)

I the LORD have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’” Numbers 14:35 (NKJV)

Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there. 4 Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? Numbers 20:1,4 (N KJV)

And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” Numbers 21:5 (NKJV)

Now we see that there is history as it relates to humanity’s strong cravings and even obsession with food to the point that one will walk away from Divinity; rebel against The Most High God and even crave death!

How much more should we be willing to deny ourselves, cling to God, and crave Him.

Since it is not my intention to write a book on fasting (at least not in this correspondence) I would like to entice you to study the privilege and position of humility in prayer fasting. Isaiah 58 is a great start. Then consider several examples of humility and prayer mixed with fasting in Scripture:

  1. Ezra (8 & 9) fasted for wisdom, protection and corporate repentance
  2. Nehemiah (1 & 9) fasted mourning and repentance for his people
  3. Esther (4 & 9) fasted for deliverance from destruction from enemies
  4. Psalmist (35, 69 & 109) fasted to humbled himself
  5. Daniel (9) fasted for revelation
  6. Joel (1 & 2) corporate fast for repentance and victory

There are more examples in the gospels and the epistles, but I’ll let you search them out. 

I’ll end with the portion from the Torah that Yeshua quoted to Satan when he was tempted at the end of His 40-day fast. Deuteronomy 8:3 (Yeshua’s quote in bold italics)

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that “man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”

Selah

Love

Posted on: May 19, 2015

Love gives up the right to be right.

Selah.

Offences.

Boy, are they hard to get over!

Did you know that you don’t have to?

I heard one famous Bible teacher’s perspective on offenses as a trap. Based on the original Greek word, “scandalon”, it’s a trap the enemy uses to snare people. I couldn’t agree more.

I’d like to break down the English word and take it from this perspective: Stay off the ’fence.

Or better yet…don’t get on the ‘fence.

Did you know we have a choice? I’ve always known that we have a choice to forgive, but never really saw the option of not being offended in the first place? Have you?

Has someone ever offered you a drink or something to eat that you didn’t like? Did you take it anyway or just say, No thank you.

Imagine someone offering you a glass of bleach to drink. What would you do?

Here are several translations of Proverbs 19:11:

1. The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. (KJV)
2. A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense. (HCSB)
3. Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. (NLT)
4. Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense. (AMP)
5. A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. (NIV)

Each of these versions tells us how glorious and virtuous it is to look over the fence.

Picture a barbed-wire electric fence…now imagine getting tangled in it. OUCH!

Wouldn’t it be much easier to walk away from it?

But our minds want to argue about our right to be right; or our right to give someone our opinion; or explain what they did; or…or…or…

And then, we’ve got to forgive after we’ve taken the offence…visualize untangling your clothes and skin from the barbed wire, if you’re still alive after being electrocuted.

Getting on the fence, off the fence and then forgiving is emotionally (and sometimes physically) draining or you could decide at the very moment that an offense is being handed to you to say, “No thank you.”

Selah.

Listen, daughter, pay attention and consider:
forget your people and your father’s house,
And the king will desire your beauty.
Bow down to him, for he is your lord.
In her chamber, the royal daughter is all glorious,
her clothing embroidered with gold.
In colorful garments she is led to the king;
after her, the virgins, her companions, are brought to you.
They are led in with gladness and rejoicing;
they enter the king’s palace. Selah

Psalm 45:10-11, 13-15

Ever feel like you keep reliving yesterday?

Like a hamster in a wheel?

January is over have the “resolutions” of the new year been kept so far? Are we making progress with our goals?

I don’t know about you but this morning I woke up feeling like Dan Akroyd in the movie “Ground Hog Day”!

I keep trying to kill (mortify) the desires of the flesh but they keep coming back! Not every day, but perfection is what I seek. Now I’m the apostle Paul (Romans 7): I do what I don’t want and don’t do what I do want…I desire to do good, but evil is always around so round and round we go!

Dan’s character kept trying to kill himself each day but every day was worse than the day before!

I was even feeling despair about the fact that I hadn’t been consistent in blog posting. But all praise to The King! As I was writing this post in faith (because I wasn’t sure how positive it would sound) God’s word came bubbling up in me…His Mercies are new EVERY MORNING!!

Hallelujah!

I am not as one who has no hope!

I don’t have to kill myself (figuratively). I am commanded to present myself as a living sacrifice…the Lord will do the killing.
His Mercy brings life!

“…Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy Hand has provided—Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me!”

Shout this part of the famous hymn out loud:

“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide: Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Ground hog…Back in your hole!!

Baruch HaShem!!

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