Blue papers, 18AUG
Well at church today we had a powerful service with a call to prayer for 50 days and fasting for 21… I have lots of things that I could fast from – food and other – we were given blue strips of papers to think about what is on OUR AGENDA vs GOD’S AGENDA – but I didn’t have a blue paper, so I just stuck my nametag up in the pile at the end of prayer at the rail – I gave up my nametag – the Lord knows my name and I probably was vainly wearing it anyway to want people to know me…. And besides, I struggled with it during the service as it kept coming off getting stuck in my long hair while singing… So I saw this calling to fasting as a good time to acknowledge a prideful desire to be known in my new church is that PRIDEFULNESS that I should just give up to the Lord – and as for meeting people, guess what? the Lord is handling me meeting new people PLENTY FINE – He always does…
I have been so blessed to be welcomed into that church with a wall of friendliness just like the wall of voices that hit me when we started singing… wow those people sing!!! I am the newest member of the band – I fit in as if God had that in mind, hmmmm…
Why? Why give up my agenda? Why am I called to be in a band? To raise my voice in praise? To make disciples – that is the paramount reason to be in a church and out from a church – to make disciples. This congregation’s taglines are “to know God, to make Him known, to live the Abundant Life, and to be an authentic Christian community” – all to make new disciples. People forget our existence is to help new folks follow the Lord – church is not about the music or the munchies – not about what you get out of the service but what you put into the worship – it is for us to find the direction and strength and gain ideas to GET THE WORD OUT – it is for us to get spiritual feeding and then go out and feed – “BE THE CHURCH” as my previous pastor “PJ” used to say – meaning to go out from the doors and work thru the Holy Spirit thru the Great Commission make new disciples for the Kingdom!!!
If you want to work on the Great Commission then you have to figure out how – what skills – and where – ACTUALLY YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT – JUST ASK GOD – HE ALREADY KNOWS YOUR SKILLS – YOU DON’T GET UNLESS YOU ASK!
Blue papers or not, I personally should give up lots of things – but what really zapped me well in this sermon was the fasting for boldness – for exercising demons out – Matthew 17 – for having faith – that is powerful fasting for a certain reason – “Because your faith is much too small. What I’m about to tell you is true. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it is enough. You can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ And it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
A month of prayer couldn’t come at a better time!!!
A month of fasting? well – as for food – it is time to get myself back into better shape – better health – I pray to increase the chances of God moving my mountain by moving myself first – that is a good mountain to move!
OK – I am ready to start the book of Acts… from the first verses it looks like a good read! I hope we can journey together if I “get my Acts” together LOL…
Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Note – I am now only 6 weeks behind posting – this post was 6 weeks ago and I am pleased that the Lord broke my fast by making me write – I also have been catching up backlogs – AND praying – AND seeing differences in both the boldness that I am praying for AND I have lost weight – yeah – my fast from excessive carbs was perfect timing and not only did I get encouragement from my church band family, I got a plan. Not only did I get a plan, I got purpose once again from the Lord – and He is moving the mountain that is me – in 6 weeks low carb I have lost some weight, noticeably… My prayer is to tell people that indeed God is alive – and He has tremendous strength to impart to each of us… All you have to do is be OPEN to His plan. Amen!