Well good things have happened since the fast. We got us a building “Praise the Lord” it’s at 824 Tennessee Avenue in Etowah Tn. Our first service is on 7th and we are expecting Great Things from God… Stay tuned for more
This weeks journey for work took me to Las Vegas for Interop 2010. That is the city known as “sin city” and there slogan is “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. Ruby came up for a couple days but I knew that she would have to go back and I wold be all alone in this city. A city with shows like “Peep Show” and “Humanity”, Slots machines at every turn and more cleavage than you can shake a belly dancer at, what is a young male to do when your wife is no longer around to slap you on the head when a pretty girl walks by.
After all I was In a city of no accountability and a promise they would not tell.
Is the spirit strong enough? Is the flesh that weak?
These were all questions in my mind not just for me but for every other person trying to live a Holy, Pure, and Clean Life before God. Surely God would understand, after all he rescued Lot from Sodom and he had compromised.
Oh wait… but at what cost?
The loss of his wife (Adultery), The loss of his little girls innocence (Fornication) …
Trying to find a way back to the hotel from dropping Ruby off, I was trying to find a shuttle back but everybody was closed, I tried calling the same service but they did not answer. I look across the street and notice a shuttle service called Showtime ( that was me Baby, No strings, No reservations, Im showtime). I venture over and negotiate a ride to the hotel, I noticed the man reading a book that later I would see was written by a Christian Author “Ted Decker”, maybe he didn’t know of it’s Christian ties so I strike up a conversation. Needless to say this man was a servant of Christ, as Brother Davis and myself talked about God, Church, Morals, and Values. I soon learned that while man makes slogans, and buildings, and populates them with sin. Through it all there is not a cloud thick enough, or a building dimmed enough to hide it from “God’s Eyes” and that God has his own version of accountability. while I have greatly exaggerated my flight to a sinful binge here at Las Vegas, the meaning and the thoughts from all men are true. That Sin nature craves a wild lifestyle (prodigal son) but resistance is possible when you fill yourself with Christ and the good things of the world.
So I guess to sum up my Las Vegas thoughts is what happens here does not stay just here as the Bible says “Be sure your sins will find you out” and that there was another “sin city” in the Bible called Soddom and Gamoorah and it did not end to well. So always strive to live pure and holy if your in Vegas or Tennessee for the eyes of the Lord are upon you.
Well this morning I had a breakdown, that’s right not a breakthrough (like normal people). I feel so useless in the kingdom of God, I got people relying on me to give them help and direction and I can get myself where I need to be. I see myself in this pit, it’s not deep and I can even see the edges, I’m jumping trying to touch the edges so I can pull myself out and I get so tired of jumping that I just slump down and quit a while. Then I seem to hear the sound of something stirring thinking it’s going to be a hand that lifts me out only to find nothing. So there I slump again, until I say enough and I jump a while and repeat the process.
I have been strong my whole life, fighting for people you can not fight for themselves, the lame, the crippled, the hurting. The issue is when you surround yourself with those that are struggling even worse there is no help to get you out of it. How did David do it. How did he setting in the cave of despair and then all the in debt, out of work, hurting people that surrounded him how did he fight his way out?
I never saw this before from 1 Sam 22:
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.
3From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” 4So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.
Now look here is David in his Stronghold (That place of safety, non failure, not defeat) but it also is a place where God had not called him. It was though were David felt a little peace and happiness. He knew he wasn’t fulfilling his God give Goals.
However the answer comes in Verse 5:
But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
Judah means “Praise” – That is how David found his way out!!!! WOW! Worship/Praise is our key to getting out of this thing. You just got to step out not worry about failure or disgrace and do what you can for God and praise him the whole way.
So Last night was not to bad good/bad times. Day Three not sure if today will be my last of a total fast. I am praying and seeking God to see. I know I still need some answers but nobody gets answers on a fast it comes the weeks after. You got to sow first before a harvest and Fasting is the water on the seed.
“As David stated in Psalm 42, ‘Deep calls unto deep.’ Week 1 is that first step down the path to your breakthrough. The first step is many times the hardest step, but as you walk through this journey, you will find that God is there to meet you at every critical point along the way.” Jentezen Franklin
On your second day of fasting, remember:
1. Drink lots of water
2. Rest to conserve your energy
3. Pray…The second and third days are the hardest
So late last night was pretty hard extreme headaches and hungry. Never before seen so many commercials everything from “50 cent wings” to Taco Bell Sandwich Tortada but I am honestly doing ok… Everyone says the 2nd and 3rd days are your hardest and they may still be as I am still early morning. I will say I have never been asked to as many Free invites to lunch in my life. Even my mom who never calls and asks me about dinner last night gave me 20 questions about what I was going to eat. I ended up having to tell her to get behind me Satan lol…. Oh well I have been praying and also expecting good things to happen.
Fasting brings one into a deeper, more intimate, and powerful relationship with the LORD. When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to things of God. (JF)
“As the deer pants for the water brooks
So my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“‘Where is your God?’”
-King David [Psalm 42:1-3 NKJV]
OK so I am starting out on my fast. It’s still early, real early, but I wanted to outline a few of the public things I am praying about.
- Grow Closer with God (This is a given, but virtually immeasurable)
- A building for Church On Fire to be housed
- Healing for Ruby
- Financial Breakthrough
- A renewed vision and focus
My Mental state is good at the moment and these are my goals today:
- Substitute my meals for prayer
- Keep Focused stay away from food
- Drink Lot’s of water (I brought 6 5- 24 oz bottles)
The Lord has laid on my heart to go on a fast. I am not detailing how long I will be on it as I know the enemy wants to cut it as short as possible. Check the Blog out daily as I post my progress feelings and frustrations.
I do want to ask a question, has anyone else noticed that as soon as you say I’m going on a fast, that the hunger pain and cravings start whats up with that lol talk to you tomorrow.
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