Three Days of Fasting & Prayer
Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis. Colossians 4:12-13 NASB
God's answer for overcoming your challenge!! SERVE OTHERS
You know the amazing thing about my problems isn't that I don't believe God has an answer for it but that God would like to take care of it so I can serve others. So when I put all my focus and energy on my problems I take it away from God and steal my own joy in serving others. Jesus left us an example in restoring Peter in John 21 by leaving us with a question and a clear job description.
The Question "Your name here do you love me?"
The Job Description "Your Name Here feed my sheep"
The beginning of an answer is always the same PRAYER
What will prayer do?
It will move my affections - Day 1
It will move my understanding - Day 2
It will move my will - Today
My friend today is the day breakthrough can come. You may have been in the presence of the Lord over the last two days more than ever before. You have begun a journey that is moving your affections and understanding as you have increased your awareness of God and His heart. Don't give up now because today my friend God desires to move your will.
I believe that it was not as hard for Jesus to take a beating and to have nails driven through His hands and feet, His side pierced as it was for Him to sweat drops of blood.
Why you ask? When Jesus sweat drops of blood there was a battle of His will going on. Once the battle of His will was done, He said, "Not my will but yours". He was ready to have God give Him strength for what was to come.
The will is the hardest thing to overcome. I recently described it in a sermon on August 24 http://cms.icglink.net/admin/site/audio/aud_mod.cfm?aud_id=64885
like this. You can ball up your fist and in your mind you can say, "fist open up", but if your will says, "fist stay closed", it will stay closed. In my mind I can say, "yes, I know Lord", but if my will says, "I will not obey", then I do not obey.
It is time my friend to get down and dirty with the truth. Many of us say we know God but shake a closed fist in His face by not praying and seeking His will for our lives. Maybe we give God some of our affections. We try to gain some understanding from God, but when it comes to our will our actions show that we know better than God.
Please with all the love I can muster I encourage you today to finish this journey well. I pray it will not have to come to sweating drops of blood for that to happen but I know it is a real battle. When I let God have my will it is less of a struggle to give of myself freely to serve others. Jesus did it the way no one else could, He gave up His will and gave it to God and endured pain to secure your freedom. To think that in some small way you could give up your will to be an example of Christ's freedom to others, will please God and will bring great joy to you if you're willing.
Pray that God will move your will from yours to His.
May God grant you today the strength to finish this journey well. By giving God your affections, understanding and will, you will forever be changed.
Now by the grace of God. GO and SERVE