Fasting Through The Frenzy


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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Prayer When In A Pinch

Sometimes we need to admit, “Well, I fell off the prayer wagon again. Life has become chaotic because of it…” But here’s another way to approach it.

When it gets chaotic like that, it can be seen as an opportunity to simply aim our awareness and focus heavenward in the midst of the chaos. It is a time to “practice the Presence” of our Lord Who is omnipresent, and omnipotently connecting Heaven to earth for us as we acknowledge Him right then and there.

I think of it this way – The Captain of our souls is not only present in the quiet port, but He’s also the One present when caught in the tempest, helping us to navigate it, seeing us through. Sometimes “prayer” consists simply in acknowledging that this is how it is and handing the wheel to Him. No, God is not our co-pilot. He is fully in command. Have Your own way, Lord. Take over. I’m not able to do this, but I know You are more than able, and I thank you for it. (See link below.)

In the beginnings of our travels with Jesus, it is often a matter of falling off the prayer wagon, but getting back on again – as far as a regular special prayer time is concerned. “We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer…,” the old hymn encourages us! The important thing is to climb back on the prayer wagon! If that is your intention, God helps you honor it. It’s not always perfect, especially at first, but He’s still there… He is really pleased that you’re making the effort, and can indeed open up life to better facilitate it.

Walk or stumble toward Him, and He runs toward you!!!

Here’s a good psalm for enforcing His promise (Deuteronomy 31:6) to never leave us or forsake us, especially in a “pinch” when it’s not easy to “feel” very spiritual.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven,
You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol,
behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalm 139:7-12)

Additionally, it is always good to remember the simple Jesus Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!” He invites us – “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” (Psalm 50:15)

This little prayer seems almost simplistic, but when you call out to Him, His mercy is what unfolds His miracles – which means for you that you can sail on through “the impossible” and not let circumstances get you down. Feelings can be deceptive, but we walk by faith, not feelings or sight.

“But the lovingkindness (also translated mercy) of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear (deeply reverence) Him, And His righteousness to children’s children.” (Psalm 103:17)
A little audio visual – Jesus Savior Pilot Me (please excuse the ads at the beginning if they show up…) Enjoy!

Something Someone Needs To Hear

Someone, whoever you are, this is for you:

Sometimes there are people in your life who are running their game, & they get very good at it. They get you to buy in – often by eliciting sympathy. “Feel sorry for me. Take up my cause. So and So is wronging me.” Duplicitous as a Clinton $3 bill. Track record of putting others on a trail of tears using this tactic. Pray for discernment and direction.

Eventually, in spite of efforts to make you believe otherwise, the ruse gets exposed. It always does. You’ve been lied to, or at best been fed half truths. It’s the set up to get your buy in.

In the end, it all boils down to knowing when it’s time to hold ’em and when it’s time to fold ’em. Your life needs to go on, and if someone’s sucking it away because they don’t actually have a life or a real identity, but have a tendency to leach on and draw from yours, with a history of the same, it’s time to draw the line, and say, “You don’t get to come across this line anymore!“

Don’t feel bad about it.

And if you’re a praying person, the confirmation of your suspicions is the answer to your prayers – the signal that you don’t need to accept this anymore. You may have been, or stand the chance to be, host to a parasite, their next stop – if they can pull it off.

Or you may have the gnawing sense (that does not go away) that you simply need to cut the ties with this person.

Very often sensitive, caring people struggle with this – their greatest strength – compassion – can also be their Achilles’ Heel because they don’t have an “off” button for shutting it down. They get conned into things, taken advantage of. They can easily become enablers to whatever the game is.

Your “messages” (to the rest of the world, the situation in question, and to yourself) need to change from, “I’ll do everything possible for you,” to “I’ll do what I can.” And let it go with that. Be in the integrity of that. You are not infinite God; you are finite you.

Trust in God. Eventually you will see things, and hear that Still Small Voice saying, “Time to fold ’em.”

Then get up and step away from the table.

And don’t look back.

Related Scriptures:

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:6)

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

Simple Response To Complexity

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Each day in some way, most of us are confronted with something that troubles us, something or someone for which we seem to have no answers. When this happens, instead of wringing our hands in frustration or worry, we do well to turn to our Lord. There are many promises He gives concerning those matters too big for us to handle.

But what a Friend we have in Jesus, what an amazing “Friend in High Places” He is! Why is it that so often we think, “All we can do now is pray,” when the very first response to “the impossible” ought to be – without a thought – to take it to the Lord in prayer, trust, and leave it there?

Following are a few promises where He invites us to find our answers in Him. It is good to approach these prayerfully, studiously, and with openness to what they are saying to you. It is good to quietly read and ponder them in context, cross reference them, study them, and really take them to heart. There are many more, for “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge…” (2 Peter 1:3-5)

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

“So I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9,10)

“Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:5,6)

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (1 John 5:14,15)

“For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:3-6)

Oh, how vast and bountiful is our Heavenly Father’s willingness to share His mind and his answers with His children who will seek Him whole heartedly! May we always first hasten to Him whenever we are confronted with any complexity when there seem to be no answers… We may not have them, but He does!

Victorious Prayer: Understanding Our Standing & Standing In Our Understanding

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:78, KJV. See for entire context verses 1-8)

The following is a sketch at best. Maybe more like a coloring book – it’s for you to fill in the “colors” and the details – contemplating questions and anwers.

Here Jesus speaks a parable concerning a judge who neither fears God nor respects man. A widow comes to him – persistently – to make her case for legal protection. Finally he grants her what she wants. One gets the impression that she comprehended where she stood. So she refused to give up her petitioning of him. The Master used this story to illustrate “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. This was “the” faith He would be looking for at His coming: persistent standing in our understanding of our Redemption in Him.

Somehow as I pondered this, I was reminded of Revelation 12:10-12. Our understanding is based on our standing in Christ, and what is already in place: salvation, the kingdom of God, and the authority of Christ. The accuser, the adversary, has been thrown down. The Luciferian occupation is over; he’s done – no legal right to us! Why? Because the blood of the Lamb paid the price of our freedom from him. Satan’s head is crushed. We are free! And whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

Therefore, when we pray, we do so in light of this understanding. Prayer can be seen as the “word of our testimony” that this is so – proclaimed upon our petitions to our Heavenly Father. We come boldly to the throne of Grace, often and persistently, through and in Christ. Yes, boldly. Just as this widow came before the judge. Not beggarly! She knew the score. She knew where she stood, and she took her stand in her understanding and refused to budge. Do we know the score? Does our praying reflect it?

This is “the” faith which the Son of Man will look for at his coming.

Prayer ought always to take us to the foot of the cross. Who and what were crucified there in Him? Who and what were buried with Him? Who and what were raised up in Him and seated in Heavenly places? Out with the old self, in with the new creation! “… put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesian 4:24)

What follows is “… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”? (James 5:16 KJV)

So do we pray as if we’re dead, or as if we’re resurrected, and even ascended spiritually? After all, God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ! (see Ephesians 2:6) Thus in prayer, we need to take our stand on our understanding, which reveals to us a spectacular vantage point, in Christ – “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.” (Ephesians 1:21,22)

There is no reason to give up in prayer. No defeatist attitude here! Once the understanding is given, then we must take our stand in our understanding, and “… be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Thus prayer speaks to the primary activity of the Church, the Body of Christ on Earth – His house of prayer. Our Earth Mission, which has not changed, encompasses the eviction – through prayer – of that which no longer has any right to the human race!

In conclusion, Victorious Prayer means understanding our standing, and standing in our understanding! To our Lord be the glory.

Watch And Pray, Lest You Be Hacked

I’ve been losing track of friends lately whose accounts have been closed on Facebook. I don’t know whether some accounts were hacked, or shut down, or if persons simply bowed out. Others are complaining of being hacked on Facebook, and are threatening to shut down their own accounts. Social networking has become a rather unsocial space. Personally I experienced such a hacking attempt recently, but it was caught via email, interestingly enough. Let’s say, there are some links that you shouldn’t open. If you have an inner “red flag” about it, then you should heed it.

This is a 21st century form of forced “boundary crashing”. It could be called “cyber-trespassing”. Trespassing goes back a long way to the first wave of the Watchers’ incursion, of which Enoch writes – the Fall of angels that precipitated our Fall.

Maybe that’s why we pray “forgive us out trespasses”? Something to contemplate.

Hacking depicts to me a spiritual lesson:

Be sure, there is an “invasive presence” afoot on this earth which knows its time of occupation here is drawing to a close. The “eviction notice” was given on a bloody hill called Calvary over 2000 years ago. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made it so, as He ransomed us with His blood from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

The unfoldment of this eviction notice characterizes the last two millennia of history. It is a reflection of that eviction notice to these forces, which must happen in each and every one of us, so that we may be restored to our Home and our inheritance as the sons of God in Light. This is a very real matter that is meant to flesh itself out in our life through the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not pretend. It’s not “religion”. It is implied in a vibrant and ongoing relationship of complete surrender to the Work and teachings of Jesus Christ and to the Holy Spirit, in order to bring us through to the finish – among those who are called to it and who hear His Voice, the Voice of the Good Shepherd seeking out the lost and entangled in this world system.

Let us therefore humbly watch and pray, surrendering ourselves without compromise to God Who is our Father and Who is infinite Love, so that our very beings are not further “hacked” by our formidable adversary, “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith…” (From 1 Peter 5) It’s clear his target for spiritual hacking are the ones who are “the resistance”, yet not by carnal warfare, but by the Way of Jesus Christ – mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds.

This is the quintessential “hacker” of Souls who waits like a hungry lion!

As Jesus said to His sleeping disciples at that very darkest hour, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation…” Lest you be “hacked” spiritually by that which is always looking for chinks in the armor. Prayer without ceasing is the way through – unbroken fellowship with the Holy Spirit, not just talking but listening.

Originally published on my website