prayer

Consecration by Jonathan Edwards

jonathan edwardsI claim no right to myself—no right to this understanding, this will, these affections that are in me; neither do I have any right to this body or its members—no right to this tongue, to these hands, feet, ears, or eyes.

I have given myself clear away and not retained anything of my own. I have been to God this morning and told Him I have given myself wholly to Him. I have given every power, so that for the future I claim no right to myself in any respect. I have expressly promised Him, for by His grace I will not fail. I take Him as my whole portion and felicity, looking upon nothing else as any part of my happiness. His law is the constant rule of my obedience.

I will fight with all my might against the world, the flesh, and the devil to the end of my life. I will adhere to the faith of the Gospel, however hazardous and difficult the profession and practice of it may be.

I receive the blessed Spirit as my Teacher, Sanctifier, and only Comforter, and cherish all admonitions to enlighten, purify, confirm, comfort, and assist me. This I have done.

I pray God, for the sake of others, to look upon this as a self-dedication, and receive me as His own. Henceforth, I am not to act in any respect as my own. I shall act as my own if I ever make use of any of my powers to do anything that is not to the glory of God, or to fail to make the glorifying of Him my whole and entire business.

If I murmur in the least at afflictions; if I am in any way uncharitable; if I revenge my own case; if I do anything purely to please myself, or omit anything because it is a great denial; if I trust to myself; if I take any praise for any good which Christ does by me; or if I am in any way proud, I shall act as my own and not God’s. I purpose to be absolutely His.

—Jonathan Edwards

Heart Transplant Update

It’s been nearly 3 years since Chris’ heart transplant. Chris is doing well and even though there are still challenges, he is stronger everyday.

I love this “spiritual heart transplant” verse, too!

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)

New Fasting Book

I just bought this book by my friend, John Bankas. It is a new release that I am looking forward to read. John is a passionate person who loves Jesus and longs for a move of God both personally in his life and WAY BEYOND! You will learn a lot from this one.

Click the link to go directly to Amazon and buy it now!

Fasting Outside the Box: Fasting Guidelines for Beginners

Long Time Plans From God

O Lord, I will honor and praise your name,
for you are my God.
You do such wonderful things!
You planned them long ago,
and now you have accomplished them.
Isaiah 25:1 (NLT)

The joys, sorrow, desperation, satisfaction, excitement, or phase in life we find ourselves in my be a surprise to us, but these are not a surprise to God. No matter the situation, we must learn on a continuing basis to allow our Heavenly Father permission to guide us through the deep waters of our journey.

It works something like this:

  • God knows
  • God plans
  • We listen
  • We wait
  • God implements the plan promise
  • We are humbled and respond by humbly shining light, giving glory, to Him.

I just put this in a nice easy package, right? But with God, we should never do that. It all comes down to the TIMING of the ONE who created TIME ETERNAL. And that’s not you or me.

The powerful verse here in Isaiah 25 is that God DOES have the last word — HE ACCOMPLISHES … It’s not our strength or perhaps even our battle, it comes down to OBEDIENCE and FAITH.

Sing a Song of Sadness

sad song prophetToday in Isaiah 5, the prophet is calling people out in the form of a song. It begins innocently enough, but quickly takes a turn. A turn of truth. In our world, nation, cities, and even in our families we could actually join along in some of the verses found there.

These are sickened words of the reality of the times. Many have rejected the truths they know through learning God’s Word.

Bottom line to this chapter? JUSTICE. God WILL get the last word.

Other places in the Bible mention that God is JUST — AND — FAITHFUL to forgive us and help us to REALLY LIVE. We can find our way – path – to start with at least, by gazing intently at His purity and holiness.

Hostile

Hostile is the focus in my prayer and Bible study time today. As I begin reading in Isaiah, it is obvious that things — actually PEOPLE– just aren’t right with God. And we know the challenge that Isaiah has before him, don’t we? Here are my “first thoughts” in bullet point form.

First, recognize the spiritual destruction all around you.
Second, be sure you understand your own spiritual condition, checking yours against the complacency and corruption.
Third, examine the rewards of choosing God over idols, complacency, culture that is contrary to His teachings, selfishness, and just plain pride.
Fourth, get ready to speak forth the Word of the Lord with confidence and boldness.

Ok, let’s START there. It IS only day ONE of this prayer season, after all!!

Why I Chose to Isaiah to Start

Tomorrow, (Monday, May 3) our church is beginning a 21 day fast. It can be something other than food, like Facebook, the Internet, LOST, 24, The Biggest Loser, or really anything. It’s what I’m calling “New School Fasting”. I will BEGIN by spending a lot of time in prayer and reading through the amazing book of Isaiah.

I recently saw pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Sacramento, California. One of the things mentioned there was that the book of Isaiah was the only full intact scroll to be found. I was intrigued and inspired to examine this wonderful book of prophecy, promises, encouragement, and hope. I am also leaving a lot of “God” options open with this journey. We always TALK about not putting God in a box, right. Sometimes big good expectations do not turn out to be GOD expectations. So I going forward with GOD ANTICIPATION!

What are your first thoughts going forward into this seeking/finding adventure?

If you want to listen to Sunday’s message online, just click here. It will help you get/stay up to speed on what’s up. Remember you can begin or re-start your FAST at any time. But I challenge you to do your best to keep at it and really make God the center of your seek/find time.