Fasting During Lent

A few Sundays ago I arrived early to church to pray in the Children’s Church’s with some of the other workers, like we do every Sunday, and when we were done I headed into the main theater just feeling like listening to the worship warm up and pray some more… except they were already beyond warmed up.

The presence of God was so thick you could feel it… I found a spot to worship with the few other people already in there doing the same and realized that today would not be a normal Sunday very quickly. They worship team had moved into very directive and prophetic worship. Holy Spirit was already working and we were going to let him continue to have his way…

As people came in, the majority it seemed quickly found a seat and joined into what God was doing. To make a long story short… there was no message during that service. There were no announcements… We just slipped into the presence of God and enjoyed what Daddy was doing, and worshiped him. It was amazing…

During worship God spoke to my heart about a lot of things… a LOT of things… specifically things I was allowing to take time from him and my family. He then spoke to me about fulfilling purpose and the call on my life, and how I didn’t have time for a lot of junk I was allowing in. Not even necessarily all bad stuff… just distraction. So he gave me a directive…

I have never participated in the Lent fast. I do fast regularly. In fact I usually fast once a week minimum, although my current pants size may dispute that fact… but God told me to go home and get rid of a few things, put up a few things… and that he wanted me to go on a fast to draw closer to him, closer to my family, and to hear more clearly his voice. The major thing was media and my phone. I am a social media addict… I have Facebook, three FB pages, a Twitter, MyCity, and I just haven’t deleted the never checked just keep it for occasional stalking Myspace account. All of those accounts, plus my five or so email accounts are all tied to apps on my phone as well, so I am never out of the loop. Not to mention I watch YouTube videos like crazy! I just love, well… distraction. Without need to incriminate myself even more… you get the idea…

I do it, and I hate it… the thing were the kids or the wife are talking to you and you nod you head agreeing to God only knows what, because you are staring at your phone… yeah… I’m that guy… But my whole family can be like that at times… and I am the one charged with fostering the culture of my family… So… changes are long past due…

Back to God speaking to get rid of distraction… So while he’s showing me all of this junk I really don’t want to acknowledge… I’m complaining… this sucks!!!! He was telling me no social media… no games… that my phone was only for calls and texts, not for entertainment, only worship music… not even Christian rap, which I LOVE!!!!! Only worship… no magazines… OK… I have in my bathroom what I refer to as the Poop Room. My toilet is in it’s own little room. In that room I have magazines from Motortrend to Hot Rod, to Truckin, to every car culture hot rod mag you could imagine, Sailing Magazines, GQ, etc… and even have a Nintendo DS just for the potty! It’s my area of solace! Are you kidding me God?!?! Ugh… He wasn’t…

So after I am winding down the argument with God, which I am losing, and about to go the, “That’s not God, that’s just condemnation” route… The Pastor asks for these little cards to be handed out in the midst of worship…

These cards are commitment to fast cards for the season of Lent… and he starts talking about how God is or is going to show you things that he’s wanting you to fast… Ugh… again…

So here I am… I said that I would post a blog about why I am fasting during this season and what… so here it is…

And it’s awesome…

I’m hearing his voice way more clearly… I’m watching things I have been struggling with starting to let go… I’m spending a lot more time praying, worshiping, and in the word. I’m already seeing a difference in my kids. We’ve also been playing worship music in the house 24 hours a day. It’s amazing how it helps you stay constantly aware of God’s presence.

It’s only been a few weeks… but I know that this is just the beginning. If I wrote everything that the Lord has been doing already and showing me it would be a novel… but he’s making some serious preparations for the future, both in my personnel and ministry life… but also in business. And I am amazed at the connections that God has been making in my life, and the people and opportunities that he’s opening up.

He never ceases to amaze me… how awesome it is when we give him free reign in our lives.

 

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