Archive for the ‘Desperation’ Category

“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. — 1st Peter 2:25

We all have our list of “Don’t Wants” — things we don’t want out of life, things we are afraid of happening and try to avoid.

Sometimes we’re more motivated by our “Don’t Wants” than by our wants and that has to change.

Giving our lives and future to Christ means we not only allow him to align our wants to his will but our “Don’t Wants”, too.

– fritz

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The children of Israel also wept … We remember the fish, … the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: but now … there is nothing at all save this manna” — Numbers 11:4-6 (NASB)

God provided a miracle — food for 600 thousand people in a harsh environment. He kept their clothes from wearing out, personally guided them with a cloud by day and flame by night.

Everything God did for them was extraordinary yet instead of being grateful they complained, “We don’t have anything to eat but this manna!!

I’ve never seen the things they saw, how could they treat something so extraordinary as so ordinary, mundane, even loathed?

They took their eyes off their God and their future. Bad News!! When we do that life turns sour!

Don’t always be asking, “Where are the good old days?” Wise folks don’t ask questions like that. – Ecclesiastes 7:10 (Message Bible)

We have a wonderful future, an enduring hope, a kind savior.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; – Hebrews 12:1b-2a

Keeping Jesus and our future in focus keeps us living in the wonder of his grace.

— fritz@langgang.com

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“Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’

“The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’

“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

“Here’s what I’m saying:
Ask and you’ll get;
Seek and you’ll find;
Knock and the door will open. – Jesus (Luke 11:5-9 The Message Bible)

Many know the last part of this verse but are unaware it is only the conclusion to the first — the part about a man so desperate he wakes up the neighborhood to get what he needs!

Sometimes we don’t get desperate enough to get prayer answered.

A pastor friend once revealed that when asked by someone if God is calling him/her into missions he always says “No”. For most that is enough but some come back and ask him to pray again because they really think they are called. He said those are the ones he prays with.

Some needs or holy desires require an intensity for fulfillment. I think this is the usefulness of fasting, not as a religious practice but to personally desire something so much you pray and cry out to God for it instead of eat.

— fritz@langgang.com

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