Archive for February 17th, 2008

Fasting Thought Of The Day

Fasting is what happens in the Bible when Israelites and Christians prayinghands.jpgsurrender the entire person — heart, soul, mind, spirit and body — to God. It is the inevitable bodily manifestation of a unified person offering herself or himself to God.  When we make it a technique, we shift it into spirituality.

My claim is that the spiritual person in the Bible fasted; fasting did not make the person spiritual. The spiritual person’s prayers, etc, were answered — not because they fasted but because they laid themselves out before God totally and the body of a spiritual person fasted. A person feasting on God himself is not hungry for anything else. Fasting did not make the feast; the feast made the fasting.

Making Mistakes

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I received an email today asking a great question…

“Regarding the bookmarks in the Feb. 17th service, that say “Go after a dream that is destined to fail unless God intervenes” and “keep making mistakes”, is this a reflection of Holy Spirit-filled and/or scriptural advice?” 

Here is my response.  I thought I would share it with all of you because I believe there is the chance of misinterpreting what is meant by this statement:

Thank you for your question – it’s a great one!  As I read through Scripture I see so many instances of people acting out on the “God inspired” dreams and visions that I am overwhelmed. 

  • I think of Moses going to Pharaoh to ask for the release of the Israelites from slavery. 
  • Joshua leading the Israelites around Jericho with nothing but a few horns. 
  • Esther going to King Xerxes to ask for the lives of all the Jews that were to be put to death. 
  • Noah building a boat in the middle of the dessert with no water to be seen – it actually had never rained prior to that time, ground was watered by the dew that came up from the ground at night. 

The list goes on and on. 

  • Joseph sticking with Mary even though they had not yet been married and now she was pregnant (and he didn’t “do it”).

In all of these situations God had revealed to them a dream.  They could have said, “It’ll never work.” and gone about their business.  But instead they chose to believe that with God’s help these dreams would be fulfilled.

Mistakes.  The first person that comes to mind would be Peter.  Not only is he referred to as the disciple with the foot shaped mouth but he is known for his brash, quick tempered responses.  These would, in my mind, all be looked at as mistakes.  However, Jesus doesn’t make mistakes when He calls us and He knows that some of us need more “work” done in our lives than others.  Peter went on to preach and speak to thousands and the beginning of the early church was lead by him.  There are many times in our lives when we need to keep making mistakes because if we give up after our first try we will never accomplish what God has called us to do.

I hope this has helped answer your question.  May we continue to make mistakes knowing that over time we will get it right and His will will be done through us!”

So, any thoughts?  I’d love to hear back from you about my response.