Poem of Fire!

I WANT TO FAST AND PRAY!! [robb gorringe]

When I think about the inward condition of my heart….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the condition of the American Church today…
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the plastic TMZ society that glorifies fame and sin….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the Youth who are going thru so many problems….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the strategic efforts of Gangs to recruit….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about bubble-gum chewing, yawning “Christians”….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the Power that’s available to bring Salvation and do miracles….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the lost who are still waiting to hear the Gospel….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the Judgment Seat of Christ….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think of the torment of souls crying in Hell….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

I WANT TO FAST AND PRAY!!

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Faithful Prison Thugs

I just got done watching Lockup. You know, that show where they go inside maximum security prisons. Call me strange, but those shows are just so interesting to me. There was a certain man in there who belonged to a gang. They asked him why he would commit such violent acts – even right there in prison, and he said, “I’m a good soldier”. As I sat there sitting with my “Christian Self” I thought, “how can this criminal have such faithfulness and loyalty to his gang, and yet for most “Christians”… we don’t understand these terms of allegience to God?”

And yet I get the feeling from most believers that they are yawning their way through life… “Jesus is Lord, I’m bored, and who on the Olympics scored?”

Do we have a “Burger King Christianity” where we have to have it our way, and that without our “Happy Meal” of nice ear-scratching on Sunday morning we’re going to pout and backslide from the Faith? What kind of fantasy world are we living in? Daniel of old was faithful, innocent, bold, and courageous. He turned the tide of an entire empire by the character he obtained in his prayer closet.

We could learn a lesson from Daniel and these rugged, milltant prisoners who are willing to lay their life on the line at any given time.

“Lord, help us.”

Gearing-UP for Greatness!

There are specific times, ordained by God to be “received up”, to go up higher, to go to another level. Jesus, knowing this about Himself didn’t just sit around waiting for something to happen.

Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51

He shifted in the next gear. It wasn’t a “slow-gear”, it was a “stead-FAST-gear”. What I mean by that is that this gear is GOING FAST, but in a steady way. See, many today can “go fast” for about a “spiritual minute”, but then quickly run out of gas. Jesus was gearing-up for something great. He was shifting up, because He was going up! He knew it.

What are you gearing-up for? Anything great? Anything? Are you believing, like Jesus, that it will come to pass for you? The time will come! So, why not think about gearing-up for something great NOW?! But you say, “will it be hard?”

“And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem.” Vs. 53

When you begin “gearing-UP” you can be sure that certain people will not be excited about it. But that’s alright, because you are going up higher! Many times the enemy of our souls catches a glimpse of where God is taking us and tries to stop us dead in our tracks. But the very fact that you are experiencing opposition is the proof that you are gearing-up for something great! You, like Jesus, are putting on your “game face” because you’re serious this time. You can always tell a good athlete on the court or on the field. You can see it in their face. They’re different from the rest, and they know it too. What do they know? They know they’re gearing-up for greatness!

Bunch ‘a Smart-Alicks!

Have you ever encountered a “Smart-Alick”? Yeah, who hasn’t? Did you know that Jesus ran into “Smart-Alicks” all the time? How do you handle people like that? Because they can really be draining!

Daily Bible Reading: The Gospel of Matthew 20-22

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 22:17-21 “Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” NKJV

OBSERVATION
In chapter 22 of Matthew’s Gospel there were at least 3 Smart-Alick questions posed at Jesus. I’m all for honest questions about the Bible, [and I know Jesus is too], but when you get people who just want to start a fight – I just don’t have time for that. I think its good [and necessary] to be able to defend your faith, but here Jesus must have been shaking His head at these people. I’m sure He was holding Himself back from “getting in the flesh”. If He did I’m sure He’d say something like, “Ya’ll are ‘a bunch of smart-alicks!” Why? Because they didn’t really want to seek the truth, all they wanted was to trap Jesus and make HIM look like a fool. That’s…. not a good idea. [But He did call them, “hypocrites”, so… I guess He did get them a little bit. I like that! Go get ‘em, Jesus!]

APPLICATION
I love the wisdom of Jesus. He didn’t “get in the flesh” and lash-out, but He had such incredible wisdom, and with that wisdom He put THEM in their place. I think we need to be careful about being a “Smart-Alick” around people, and especially around the Lord. If you’re wanting to really know the answer – great. But if you’re only trying to make people look stupid by starting some kind of argument over the Bible I think you need to check your heart. I know I need to check mine everyday to make sure that I’m being honest to God, AND to the person I shave in the mirror each morning. I believe God will give us incredible wisdom for the moment to handle the “smart-alicks” in a way that truly honors God.

PRAYER
“Lord, there something in my heart this morning that really wants to be open and honest before You. I do need wisdom, but I never want to be so hardened in my heart that I become a whining “smart-alick”. I pray that I would seek after wisdom and truth like precious jewels that are in the earth. Help me today. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”

Why ‘You So Jealous?!!

Have you ever had someone who was so jealous about you? Did it drive you nuts, or did it awaken something on the inside of you to realize your own value as a person?

Daily Bible Reading: Josh. 19-24

SCRIPTURE

“And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. Joshua 24:18-19 KJV

OBSERVATION
This isn’t necessarily the kind of message that you’d think Joshua would share with the people of God – not too encouraging. Basically the people are saying, “We’ll serve the Lord!” and Joshua is saying, “No you won’t.” Why would Joshua be so confrontational? Joshua knew that the people of God were still holding on to the gods of their past and certainly weren’t volunteering to get rid of them. Joshua wanted them to get right with God, but he knew that their hearts weren’t right, and thus they were not going to experience all the goodness that God had planned for them.

APPLICATION
I wish I could really understand that incredible revelation that God is a jealous God. Most of the time it’s easy to think that God isn’t really all that interested in my affairs, but ‘O to understand that He is a jealous Lover who wants to spend time with me and to bless me – that would change a lot of my warped preconceptions of God. Because if I understand this concept of God being a jealous God it will enable me to get rid of anything that will hinder my walk with Him. As I rid myself of these things I position myself to both, love and serve God!

PRAYER
“Lord, help me today to see just how jealous you are of my soul. Forgive me for allowing other things to get in the way of a pure 1-on-1 relationship that has to potential to revolutionize my entire life. I desire to follow you today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Nah, I didn’t Trip

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Have you ever tripped and then played it off like you meant to do it? It’s embarrassing…

Daily Bible reading: Num. 18-21

SCRIPTURE

“And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.” Num. 20:6

OBSERVATION
Have you ever tripped and then played it off like you meant to do it? It’s embarrassing. Your friends laugh their heads off as they point at you while covering their mouths in joyful glee. In the Book of Numbers, it already appears four times, where it says of both Moses and Aaron that they, “fell on their faces.” But it wasn’t an embarrassing situation. They actually meant to fall on their faces. Why? The people around them were getting angry at them as leaders and were angry with the Lord. If it were me I would have put my meanest, most ugliest face on and would have let ‘em have it! Oh, they would have gotten a good piece of my mind! But not Moses and Aaron – they handled the situation in the right way – they prayed. How often do we react to people’s carnality by getting in the ring with them and going a few rounds until someone gets hurt. Afterwards we feel miserable. We’re not in the Spirit and we ended up being a very poor example of Christ. Our initial reaction to the situation proves that we haven’t grown in the Lord.

APPLICATION
The Lord speaks of certain people as “stiff necked”. But here in Numbers we see Moses and Aaron as those who bowed the head. They could have yelled at somebody, but they chose to humble themselves before God and allow God to intervene. In certain situations when the flesh wants to get ugly it’s important to not REACT in the flesh, but to RESPOND to the promptings of the Lord by humbling ourselves and bowing down our egos, and to give it to the Lord in prayer. Instead of falling on our face in defeat let’s intentionally “fall on our faces” like Moses and Aaron here that we might see a great personal victory, as well as the preservation of relationships that God has placed within our lives.

PRAYER
“Jesus, this is where the rubber meets the road. Personalities, egos, carnality… it all stinks before You, but You have a right way to handle every situation. Enable You servant today to live in such a way that demonstrates the grace and forgiveness that You have even showed unto me. Holy Spirit I ask you to fill me afresh this morning that I might walk in the Spirit today. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.”

Learn to Shut-up


I know it’s not polite to say, “SHUT-UP!”, but when someone learns to do this all-important life skill there is incredible results.

Daily Bible reading: Proverbs 17

SCRIPTURE

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Prov. 17:27-28

OBSERVATION
Have you ever been around someone who just talks and talks, and they never seem to shut their mouth? They’re literal “motor-mouths”! They haven’t learned to… SHUT-UP! Here in this Scripture it seems to indicate that there is extreme wisdom in not talking all the time. And it’s not just that, but it is the person who possesses wisdom understands that he or she doesn’t need to talk so much. When everyone one else wants everybody to listen to them – they are at peace with themselves. They’re thinkers. They are those who meditate. Sometimes you’re not even sure what’s going on in their mind, but you can see the wheels turning. Because they have an excellent spirit they are secure in who they are. They’re not trying to prove anything to anyone.

APPLICATION
I desire to be a man of wisdom and possess an excellent spirit and that when I do speak – they are words of life and not words of death.

PRAYER
“Lord, I desire to possess an excellent spirit. Fill me with Your Spirit of Wisdom today that I might walk in Your ways and not stray from Your paths. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”