Hi friends, peace be with you.
There is a request from someone we put together a series of our articles about Bureaucratic Control System In the Workplace. We will have that before the end of next month by the Grace of GOD. We will put it with other series on resources category. Right now we have three series available you may find useful to you. “A.S.K Series,” “You Have So Much Value To Give,” and one we are currently still doing “It’s Important to Be Born Again Series.”
You don’t conquer darkness using more darkness. You conquer darkness with light. So if you have going through a darkest system, the only way to get out there is to come to light. What you do today, affects your tomorrow. You need to involve GOD and His truth in all your situations. In order to get out of corrupted system, you need God’s help and guidance. You need to be redeemed so it won’t affect you, and your future including your children. When GOD intervenes is to destroy the works of the devil in our lives and save us; not to destroy us, but to get us out from corrupted systems and one day we will thank GOD for it even when we don’t understand everything right now.
We are continuing with our series concerning the subject of faith. Previously we have touched on the importance of fasting and praying. The Bible records that there was a time that John’s disciples came to the Lord Jesus and asked Him, “How is it that them and the Pharisees fast often, but the Lord Jesus disciples do not fast?”
And in Matthew chapter 9 verse 15, the Bible says, and the Lord Jesus answered them; “Should the bridegroom’s friends mourn and go without food while He is with them? But the time is coming when I will be taken from them. Time enough then for them to refuse to eat.” Another translation says, “Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
The Lord Jesus told John’s disciples if I can paraphrase it, ‘I’m with My disciples now, but a time will come, I will be taken from them, then they will fast.’ Basically He told them, “They don’t need to fast to seek Me, or My Father, I’m here with them. I’m talking with them, I’m eating with them, I’m teaching them, helping and guiding them. But when I go away, they will need to fast.”
Sometimes even though the Bible says “The Holy Spirit will be with us forever; for He lives with us and will be in us (John 14:15-20),” but there will be times it will feel like He is not with us even though He is there. During that time it’s when we need to seek His Face so that He may intervene in our lives, and help us. Whenever we feel the absence of God in our lives, we need to pray and fast.
Fasting is more than to go without food because anybody can stay hungry and still not fast. The Bible in the book of Isaiah chapter 8 records the fasting that pleases GOD. And it says “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching God. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers. Indeed you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, to make your voice heard on high. Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
When we are fasting and praying, our goal is to draw near to God so that we can hear and obey Him, and align with His Will for our lives. When we fast, we discipline our bodies to resist the desires of the flesh, so that we could desire more the things about and of God.
So let’s continue with the importance of having faith. Why faith is important? Because just like in the world, money is important, faith in the Kingdom of GOD is the only currency GOD will accept. Even with your money you can’t bribe GOD to move on your behalf. GOD is moved by your faith and your true intentions. If you have faith and your intentions are bad, then I don’t know if your answers really came from GOD. Even though the Lord Jesus said, our Heavenly Father is good to all people. He said in Matthew chapter 5 verse 45 that “For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
But also in the book of James chapter 4 verses 1 to 3, it says “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
In the book of James chapter 1 verses 6 and 8, it says that “But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”
Faith demands that GOD be our source and our only source, because He will not share His glory. When God asks us to believe Him, He wants us to follow His instructions also, and do what He says.
We need faith to overcome the enemy, our adversaries, and all kinds of things. We also need faith to activate God’s blessings and promises in our lives. Why? Because God’s power to make things happen is released when we believe Him and what He said.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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