Great and Unsearchable Things

Things the Lord gives me, and then I write them.

Monday, April 25, 2011

We're Made for More Than This

Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the chains of unjustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? THEN (caps, mine) your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rearguard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and He will say: Here am I." Isaiah 58: 6-9.

     Once after reading these passages from the Word, my husband, saw something new and shared it with me. Even though the "no eating fast" was still going on, the Lord had something to say to those, who were refraining from eating, (as unto the Lord) and whose lives contradicted the things important to Him, which reflect one who is really following the Lord. Tom (my husband) said that these passages seemed to indicate that people were to fast from themselves and their own lives and satisfactions. All the things listed here involve being involved in others' lives, instead of our lives being about us. This is God's "formula" in us being healed or whole (v.8) Most people today have tapped into the well of understanding which says if you focus on helping others, instead of how you (or others) can make your life happy, then your life will be full. These Scriptures verify that.
      But, how do we "loose the chains of injustice, and break every yoke", and the other things listed in the "fasting from self"? When we give our lives to the Lord seriously, He will open doors for us to get knowledge of the needs of others, and then possibly direct us to help them. And that is good. But, sometimes we are in situations and places where that is not possible, then what? One of the best and most effective ways to participate in this fast, is to pray for others. Afterall, God says that His house (He lives in us) shall be called a House of Prayer for all nations.
      Just think, by lifting up the needs of others, the whole counsel of Heaven is taking note and listening, and we become part of that sacred assembly. Heb. 12: 22-24 refers to this gathering as "the church of the firstborn." (That would be Jesus, our elder brother)  Is there anything more powerful and exciting than to know that as we pray, things begin to "happen" in the heavenlies to enact the will of God, as we pray it, on behalf of others, and that situations really are changed. We know it by faith.
     We can pray for the needs of those in other nations, that they will come to know Jesus. And then God moves in hearts, so that begins to happen. One time I prayed that there would be a revival at Angola, the state penitentiary in Louisiana. I found out since that time, that the warden was a proclaimed Christian, and that he had opened a seminary at Angola. They were saying there was a strong core of Christians there, and a "revival" of sorts was going on behind prison doors. Wow! Even the unthinkable can happen as God responds to our brave prayers.
     So, the next time you wonder how you can spend your time, and only think in terms of what you want to do, slip away with the Lord and the church of the Firstborn, and be a part of the glorious happenings which will result because you made an eternal instead of a temporal choice. Do what we, as His children, we made for. How would that compare with the best movie,T.V. show, or restaurant you could ever find? We're made for more than this. And people's lives are depending on it.



  • At 4/28/2011 6:43 PM , Blogger Beth Yarbrough said...

    I hope you don't mind me stalking your blog, but I find that I identify with many of your writings.
    I have found this to be so true in my own life. There have been so many times that we've encountered trials and challenges, and when I've focused outward instead of on my own worries, I've found the Lord sees fit to smooth things over - in His own way of course. (which is always best!) My husband and I had a daughter in 2004 and couldn't get pregnant again. I began praying for a friend of mine who has had the same struggle, sincerely desiring to see her longing fulfilled. Just a couple of months later I found out I was pregnant, and I'm now in my 6th month carrying a healthy baby boy. I'm not saying it's a formula. But it is definitely time well-spent investing in the lives of others through fervent prayer, knowing we can rest and trust in Him to meet our needs.

  • At 4/29/2011 9:06 AM , Blogger Patti Blount said...

    I'm just glad someone "found" me other than my family and friends,and that you can identify. Sometimes I've felt like an "oddball" Christian, who, not many, have understood. I know, however, that God shows me things and have felt compelled to share them, nonetheless. I checked out your blog and, from what I read, your family is adorable. Thanks for commenting. We need all perspectives in the Body of Christ to get a fuller and deeper understanding of His truths.


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