You and Me Time

Do you have a relationship that is extra special in your life? A spouse, friend or family member, someone you make time for just because you enjoy the relationship and are blessed by it? How does it feel when you have not seen that person in a while? Something is missing, you feel out of sorts or lonely, perhaps… Have you ever had the thought or made the statement to that person, we need ‘you and me time’!?

This morning, as I rose to face the challenges of the day, I said to Jesus, ‘Lord, I don’t know where to begin.’ He said back quickly in my spirit, We need you and Me time.

Isn’t that amazing? He is so personal and loving. He knew the thing I most needed to settle my busy mind and sort my day was to sit in fellowship with Him. I needed to soak in His calming presence and our loving relationship. And He needed it, too. We don’t often think in those terms, but He desires our presence maybe more than we desire His.  He craves ‘you and Me time’ – those loving moments together!

So, with His prompting, I poured a steaming cup of coffee, grabbed my laptop and curled up on the sofa. The first thing I did was play a few worship songs. Godly music so quickly saturates the atmosphere around me and makes it holy. As I respond to the words, and use them to love my Father, Savior, and welcome His Spirit, His presence surrounds me with unconditional love and joy.

Reading and pondering His Word are the next step. It doesn’t have to be more than a verse or two. But getting Scripture inside us arms us against the assault of lies that constantly come from the world every day. Truth from His Word keeps our mind wise to the enemy and lights our steps.

Another thing I do is talk to the Lord, and listen. It is so common to think of prayer as mainly a one-way street. But it is actually a conversation.

When we learn to walk surrendered and filled with the Holy Spirit, we begin hearing the Lord speak to us. To grow our ability to hear Him, we must regularly embrace quiet… and listen. Over time, we begin recognizing His voice. He loves to surprise us at times how clearly His Spirit whispers words of love and guidance into our soul.

So, have you had your ‘You and me time’ with Jesus today?

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 NKJV

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20 NLT

The Burden of Pride

In my youth, I remember hearing often the comforting verse, cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7). The word care was understood to be some type of burden. At the time, in my young mind I thought a burden was only something that caused worry or sorrow.

This morning, the Spirit showed me that pride is as difficult a burden as worry. Maybe more difficult. Pride can be a lion ready to shred others at any provocation.

How quickly do we take offense to the slights of others? All it takes is a short drive down the road to bring out my lion. “She cut me off!” “He raced too fast around me, how dare he!” Pride lurks so close to the surface, it takes next to nothing to have it springing out, claws extended!

Yet, traffic offenses are mostly impersonal. Strangers cutting us off are nothing compared to someone familiar getting in your face and yelling at you in front of others. To fight off the lion in those moments and find grace and forgiveness is truly tough.

What do we do with this care, this burden that could become an out-of-control beast? Paul said cast it upon Christ. The word translated cast in I Peter 5:7 could mean either place it or throw it in Greek. The lion of pride is surely one that needs to be thrown! Don’t wait, or it might catch you with its claws in the process of trying to take someone else out.

The next time you are wounded by someone, and the burden of pride comes roaring out like a lion, throw it quickly upon Jesus! Let Him dissolve it into peace, reminding you He understands pain and humiliation very well, and let Him restore your spirit by filling you with His.

Challenge to the People of God

For anyone who knows Christ, this is a quick, personal challenge burning in my heart today:

Do you find yourself despairing over the atmosphere of our country and the direction she is headed, the division, violence, etc? I know you are praying about it. But, have you fasted yet? Fasting is the ultimate spiritual weapon.

According to Christ, ‘some things are broken only by prayer and fasting.’ So, until we have fasted, the truth is we have not yet even begun to fight.

I wonder what would happen these next few weeks in our nation if all of us fasted for her one meal a week, or more?

Pass it on…

[Do not fast if you know you have a physical ailment that makes it unsafe! See a doctor, if you need to be sure!]

Praise, Peace, and Comfort

On this, National Day of Prayer, the Lord led me to Psalm 34. What a beautiful song of praise and assurance as we and so many are fasting and praying for our nation. Be encouraged, read the words of King David and may His lovingkindness touch you today!

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 
Come, O children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 
What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 
Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 
Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.
15 
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    and his ears toward their cry.
16 
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 
He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
21 
Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

English Standard Version (ESV)

Fasting For America on May 5th

The people of God need no convincing that something is wrong in America. We hear of growing violence from both within and without our country in the news. Division on many important issues seems to widen. Each year our culture further alienates biblical truth and the strength and spirit of our nation are weakening. Godly people are praying, have been praying, for a long time. So, why the continued downward trend?

Consider an answer right out of the mouth of Christ. When the disciples came to Him asking why they could not cast out a particular demonic spirit, Jesus replied, “This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). I believe we are at the place in America where prayer alone is not enough.

It is time for us to do more. The Lord has impressed on my heart to call the people of God to spiritual battle on behalf of our country using the ultimate spiritual weapon He revealed to us: fasting. For this reason, I urge you, please join me in prayer and Fasting For America on National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Watch in days ahead for additional information about Fasting For America on May 5th, and for tips on fasting. It is an old discipline and the most powerful spiritual weapon in a Christian’s life.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (earthly) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.  II Corinthians 10:4 NKJV

People of God, I urge you to consider fasting regularly, for the needs in your home and for our country. How much of Heaven and earth could we impact if we all fasted one meal per week? Or one day per month?

Thank you for visiting Fasting For America. Please follow us and share the fasting event on May 5th with your family of faith. God bless you!