God is in the Opportunity

How often do you pray as Jesus did on the Cross?  “God, I really wish you do this thing for me.  God not my will, but thine”.

For me, that is a tremendously powerful prayer.  It says that I have a preference, but acknowledges that God’s way is always best.  It means God is in the opportunity. 

God has strongly impressed on me that although events appear to be about me because it in earthly terms they may be.  But from a Spirit perspective, they have little to do with me and everything to do with others.  So as events play out and touch others, God is at work to do His good will and pleasure. 

God has a plan for each of us.  Each of our responsibilities in the plan is obedience.  I think I can and have met God’s plan as best I knew or know how.

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Riddle: How do you Fast & Feed at the same time?

Four guys and gals were caught fasting 3 days this week.

They only had liquids and waited to see how God would show up. I have taken the liberty to post their dialog here, but for privacy have stripped their names from the text.

Prefast Guy One: Hey guys, only a few hours to go till it’s a liquid diet for three days. One question, did we qualify if coffee is in the mix? In my book, coffee is in, but the real question “Gal One” says is whether sugar/sweetner can be used? What do you all think?

Personally, I think sweetner (splenda) should be OK, but that’s just me talking. Let me know what ya think. See ya Wednesday morning at 6:00a.m.

DAY ONE:

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Guy Two: God bless!

My thoughts are anything liquid is a go, but it is really a personal thing. The true Adkins says no caffeine. I’ve chosen to ditch caffeine in support of Guy Four ditching ‘DIP’. Anyway, enjoy the hunger. God will bless. I will be praying for each of you many times throughout the day.

Your partner in hunger,

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Guy Four:Hello all!
We can each make this a personal thing as to what we do and don’t do. I wouldn’t worry about the details, just do what your heart tells you. I have to take medicine with food every morning. So I will have one piece of dry toast as opposed to the “full meal deal” each morning. I know in each heart is the desire to get closer to our God, and that is motivating each of us. I am happy to be in this with a really fine group of people. I believe that the focus on Him, the fasting, and the fellowship makes God smile.
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Guy Two:Great thoughts! Yep! Got to nix the full meal deal. What’s for lunch? Got to get to work. I’ll catch you in Ezra. Keep running. You are setting a good pace.

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Guy Three: God, I’m not sure what each of us are feeling as we step into this. Lord, my desire is that each of us will experience moments (maybe even hours!) of increased focus on you. You know what those things are in my life that most distract me and I’m asking You to help me lay them aside. Paul is always saying “…to know You better…’ and he was intimate with you! How close is close? How ready am I to know You beyond my present? Father, come meet us where we are and let us look back on this time as spiritually enriching beyond our expectations. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Guy Three:

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu7R7ZO2PVU&feature=related


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Guy Two: Thanks Guy Three: ,

Good job on the inspiration. I’ve been pondering what I should be praying for. Usually, when I have fasted I have had a burning need for something. This time it is more about closeness.

DAY TWO:
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Guy One: Hello everyone, we are nearly 2/3 done with the three day food fast, yahoo! I can tell you that I am doing far better than I had imagined…I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t think much about eating (hard to believe I know). I can also tell you that my focus on God’s working in my life is sharp, and I guess it’s because of this fasting.

I pray that all of you are doing well also. I’m looking forward to the South Beach diet on Thursday (I know, some of us are doing the Atkins). Speedo swim suit here I come!!

Carry-on y’all,

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Guy Three: Holding up well physically. Had some weak feelings at moments but fought through them. Amazing how conditioned we are to feeding ourselves (hungry or not). I’ve determined that I seldom experience anything close to hunger. I just eat when it’s time to. There is a freedom that comes in a fast, don’t you think? And you are right…a sharpness of focus. Your senses are just more pure. Fasting is such a core spiritual discipline that it’s amazing it is not a larger part of my life. Hmmm…good for me physically, emotionally, spiritually…no wonder I seldom do it…it works too well! Maybe I’ll change that.

Do they make Speedos in size 82?

DAY THREE:

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chocolate-cookie.jpgGuy Two:Thought you might like to be in on the fun. I saw a hot chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven placed on Guy Three’s: desk. It was signed from the Tempter. I wonder………

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Guy Three: Wow! It was actually the most difficult thing I’ve experienced in the last 3 days! Two freshly baked cookies, still warm, yelling out my name! I grabbed them and went and put them on ?????? desk! Get behind me, satan!

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Guy Two: Awe Man! That was my cookie. I want it back. Tomorrow is another day. The hunger strike will be over. Just kidding about wanting it back. I can still smell the memory. Thanks for enjoying my warped humor.

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Guy Four: That’s not funny. I just got home from cleaning, the whole church smelled like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!!! But i could not find even one to snack on

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Guy Two: I was thinking about …

I wonder what it was like to go into the Holy of Holies. The reverent fear of desiring to meet God, but knowing if you were hiding sin, you would die. Then, actually meeting God and retreating still alive. Can you imagine how charged you would be!

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Guy Three: This thought helped me today…thanks, Guy Two:. The closer we get to the Light, the more we see the remaining dark spots in our lives. Awareness of sin is good because we do not have a God who condemns, shames and guilts us through our mistakes. He just invites us to clean up and draw closer to Him…to consider stepping toward the Holy of Holies.

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Guy One:Are you ready for some chocolate chip cookies tomorrow?

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Guy Two:

Cracker Barrel has a double meat breakfast with my name on it!

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Guy One: OMG, I love Cracker Barrel. Hmmm…grits, biscuits, eggs, and sausage – that’s got to be on my diet, it just has to be!!

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Guy Two: Hi friends!

The fast was awesome! I have to confess that I was incredibly hungry the 3rd day at about 2:00. I had been smelling chocolate cookies all day and then went to Texas Hamburger Company …. I had water, but it smelt so good. I was faithful and survived.

My “God Spot” was the revelation about reverent fear experienced in the Holy of Holies. One day I hope to take that step of faith and survive the encounter.

Thank you friends for supporting me and being part of a bigger thing God is working on. We have established a uniqueness about our relationship. I look forward to seeing God’s hand at work.

May the Force be with you.

Your hunger bud,

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Guy One: Talk about going into the fiery pit Guy Two. You survived going to the hamburger company, that’s courage my man!! Gal One: and I had a similar situation on Tuesday, we survived our home smelling like garlic as ????? was making pasta with garlic sauce (yummy!!).

It was an awesome adventure the past three days…and all in support of Guy Three. God is so good.

Have a great day y’all. See ya tonight (except for you Guy Three and Gal Three).

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Gal Three: Way to go guys. Inspiring….we wives have fabulous men of God…..Thank you.

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Guy Two: I actually blacked out and fell at the top of stairs this morning. God’s good! He gave me a new experience and a “God Spot” all at once. I woke up at the top of the stairs with Gal Two: saying, “are you ok?” I think it is time to eat.

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Guy Four:
I don’t know about you guys and gals, but this was really productive spiritually. I have fasted sunup to sundown before, but with specific purpose in mind. This time I just decided to look in the deep corners of my heart to see if any mold or mildew were growing. I found some. God revealed some problems I have with me and what a great opportunity to fix them! So this was productive for me.

I’m a most jealous God, but unswervingly loyal.

“I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments”.

God states in the strongest way possible that He will not let the worship of other gods go unpunished.   That can be a frightening thought.  I’m thankful that His judgment is balanced with His grace.  Still, “I pray God that you will reveal to me any gods I have placed between you and I.”   I will watch for a God Spot today that reveals sin in my life.  I sure don’t want my family to suffer for generations because of my stupidity in worship.   There is but one true God!