I have died. Now what?
I have died. Now what?
How can I be about my heavenly Father’s business if I do not know what His will is for me?
AN INVITATION TO ALL WHO LOVE JESUS TO FAST & PRAY!
Fasting Through The Frenzy
Sunday 12/11/2016 – Thursday 1/19/2017
As 2016 draws to a close, we face not only the stresses of the “holly daze”, but also find ourselves in one of the most challenging times in the history of our world. With that in mind, we at Fellowship at the Crossroad invite our Christian brothers and sisters to join with us, wherever you are, to reverse the trend by drawing closer to the Lord, as He draws near to us – by Fasting Through The Frenzy. This will be a time of 40 days of focused fasting, prayer, and repentance – in accordance with 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 58:5-14, and Matthew 6:16-18. We ask that you read and pray over these scriptures as you embark upon this time.
We realize that not everyone can go into a “full fast” for 40 days. So we are asking you to carefully, prayerfully seek the Holy Spirit as to what degree it is reasonable for you to fast at this very pivotal time. For example, we are having 2 light meals per day eliminating all “meats and sweets”.
Some may choose to participate only for a day during this time period. Some may want to “fast” from the Internet or some other interest for specific periods of time. Fasting is not always about food and drink. Do what will work for you that will allow you to draw closer to the heart of our Savior. What’s important is that – by participating in this time of fasting, prayer, and repentance – it opens the opportunity for you to withdraw more fully from the world and its cares, and to come closer to our Heavenly Father through our Lord Jesus. It is a time set apart and prioritized where we can listen to His Still Small Voice, heed Him, seek His will for our lives, and intercede for our loved ones, the body of Christ, and for the souls of this fallen and lost world. And especially ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us!
You do not even need to “sign up” publicly, unless you wish to – as a sign of commitment to this undertaking. This can be done in the quiet of your own home. God is Love! So we hope that you will join us, right where you are, in seeking to know Him better than ever, as these challenging days unfold.
May our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of our Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit bless you abundantly according to His loving will, during this time and always.
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I’d like to share with you a really good experience I had today. After finishing a brief errand at the grocery store, I’d just finished putting a few groceries in the trunk. I was locked in and tucked away behind the steering wheel, when I noticed a very frightened looking woman (probably around age 40) with no coat on (It’s about 35 here today) approaching my car. She was thin, looked very haggard, and was crying. She approached crying and apologizing for even coming up to the car. It seemed safe, so I cracked the window a bit and asked her if I could help her. She kept repeating how sorry she was to ask for help and even for approaching my car. I assured her it was OK.
Her story was that she lives in a small town quite a distance away, and her husband, who works in Chicago (around 90 miles from here) had taken the wallet and checkbook out of her purse without telling her. She didn’t know about it until she started to get a few things at the store (I suspect it was the Goodwill Store right around the corner). She asked if I had a dollar or two, that it would really help. So I looked in my purse and handed her a $10 bill. She was very, very thankful, and still crying. I told her to just take it and do what she needed with it, and it will all be OK. I promised I would pray for her.
Just this morning the Holy Spirit put me in touch with a lot of scriptures about the love of money and how no one can to serve God and mammon. There were other associated scriptures specifically about not being attached to wealth, and the willingness to bless others. The synchronicity was not lost on me. As she walked away and I started the car, my heart just went out to her. I checked the rearview mirror in the direction she had come from. She was nowhere to be seen.
The words of Jesus drifted into my mind: “As much as you have done unto one of the least of these, you’ve done it unto Me!”
Additionally earlier in the morning, when I was browsing through Christmas cards, there was one with a golden retriever on it that said, “It is more blessed to give than to RETRIEVE.” Point taken! God’s sense of humor is clearly top drawer. So it seemed like I was more than given the hints and prepared. Then came the opportunity.
It’s been a very good day!
Although teary eyed and prayerful all the way home from the store, I also felt more elated than I have in a long time to experience the realness of God in this way. Maybe things like this happen to a lot of people, but most of the time I find that must go along on faith, without a lot of obvious occurrences like this one.
I’m not sharing this in order to get points for standing on the street corner with a trumpet, to announce my “almsgiving”, but to share what for me was an event of amazing synchronicity, divinely set up, to be able to share with someone who was really in a pinch. Something that doesn’t happen every day. (Maybe if I’d pay attention better, it would.) Who knows, as we once again approach the “Holly Daze” where so many people go into panic mode, if there will be more opportunities to provide a bit of relief? It always seems more meaningful when the opportunity comes walking up like that than it does when “relief” organizations with a lot of overhead come making their appeal to our guilty consciences.
What if we could just get into the habit of blessing in tangible ways all the time? In fact, such opportunities may be only a practice run for the other things Jesus asks of us, such as, “If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6:33-35)
“… freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
Considering that depth of expressing His love, I have long way to go.
1 Timothy 6:5-10
2 Corinthians 6:10
Practical Applications of God’s Proclamations and Promises
Ponder, Personalize, Pray!
Psalm 23:5. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
Sometimes these days, when perusing many a Christian conversation thread, one wonders just how connected believers are with the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Holy Spirit and the promises of God. Sometimes what comes across expresses more doubt, fear, and reactionary attitudes, rather than confident expressions of trust in our all sufficient King of kings and deepening desire for communing with Him.
God’s promises are perhaps better called proclamations of His beautiful, loving will for His children! It’s so important that we take Him at His word, especially these days when the adversarial forces are really out there and giving every impression that they are going to overtake the world.
While there may be rough sailing ahead circumstantially, what do you see in Psalm 23:5 about God’s provision for His sons and daughters in the midst of adversarial confrontations and situations?
How might this personally apply to your own situation?
What is the meaning of the “”oil”? What is the “overflowing cup”?
You may find it enriching to go to this link http://biblehub.com/psalms/23-5.htm for more references and use the commentary found there for help. It’s a good place to begin, as you pray and contemplate these passages.
Also remember Psalm 1:1,2 – “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.” Take this truth to heart as you ponder, personalize, and pray Psalm 1 in its entirety.
Write a prayer based on Psalm 23:5 and Psalm 1:1,2 expressing your faith in our LORD in the midst of challenges. Remember to also include your thanks and praise. Pray it often today.