Who Are We Kidding?

bible-1Last night Joy and I had a rare evening where all the kids were in bed before 8:30.  Both of us had plenty of work to do – but we decided to just have some time for the two of us.  We’d missed our morning prayer time together so we opted to watch a couple of Joyce Meyer episodes that Joy had saved on the DVR.

I don’t typically watch many “christian programs” on TV – and though I’ve always enjoyed Joyce Meyer’s teachings when I’ve heard them, I wouldn’t call myself a regular viewer.  She had author Gary Smalley on as her guest.

To say that I was challenged and pushed in my spirit would be an understatement.  Here is a 65+ year old man – a guy whose been ministering longer than I’ve been alive … and he’s sharing with the world how he’s battled lustful thoughts all his life.  He accepted the fact that since he was a man, this was his unfortunate lot in life – his “thorn” in the flesh.  (He didn’t use that phrase, but I’ve certainly used it).  After all, according to Dr. Dobson, 99% of men struggle with lust (women, too, by the way) and 1% lie about it.

Whether or not men (or women) struggle with lustful thoughts isn’t the issue, though.  The issue is how he overcame this.  Not only Gary, but Joyce and many others, from thoughts of lust, worry, anxiety, anger, fear … the list goes on and on.

How do they overcome and walk in victory?

THE WORD of GOD.

For a solid hour, Gary and Joyce steamrolled a path of Scripture and teaching on how meditating on the Word of God brings victory in our minds.  Gary pleaded with God, “can you REALLY take this away from me”?  God’s voice said “my Word is so  STRONG, it will do it”.

Which brings me to the title of this blog post, “Who Are We Kidding”?  Here’s the reality.  Many (most) of you who are reading this today … you haven’t read God’s Word.  You haven’t meditated on it.  You haven’t hidden it in your heart.

You are pastors …
You are worship leaders …
You are small group leaders …
You are parents ….
You are “Christian Record Label Execs” …
You are church staffers …

And we get up, pour our coffee, rush off to our jobs, sneak in some blogs, twitter, and facebook along the way, come home, love our wife and kids, watch some TV, and go to bed.  We get our “Word” for 30-40 minutes on Sunday.

That is woefully, painfully, and horribly WRONG.  WHO ARE WE KIDDING?

Even as I type this blog, I’m convicted because the truth is … I woke up at 5:15 AM today, went to regimen training, came home and ate breakfast, took my kid to school, grabbed some coffee, and came back home to share this “revelation” with everyone on my blog.  Do you notice what is missing?  That time in God’s Word.  That quiet time where I read, study, meditate, and just listen to His voice.  I justify it saying, “when I get to the church, I’ll close my door and get that time in” … and many times I do.  Many times, my day is thrown into the tyranny of the urgent as soon as I ascend the stairs to our office complex, though.

WHO ARE WE KIDDING?

I challenge you to get into God’s Word.  Don’t just check off a daily reader plan, either.  Meditate on it.  Memorize it.

What are you struggling with?  Lust?  Fear?  Anxiety?  Financial Attacks?  Loving people?  Unforgiveness?
There are plenty of Scriptures that you can find.  Memorize.  Meditate.  Get victory.

This is a hard word today.  I, my friends, am the chief of sinners.  But I want to sound this truth, and remind us of it again and again.  If you receive this from my heart … from God’s heart … will you leave a comment below and let me know?  While you’re there – don’t forget to checkoff the box that says “subscribe to comments” so you can keep up with the ongoing discussion.

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65 comments on “Who Are We Kidding?

  1. Please leave your comments here – I’ll try and reply to them whenever possible, if a response is necessary.

    1. Patrick says:

      Thanks Fred. Every man deals with this struggle and I agree that spending time in the Word is critical. Just being in the Word – not necessarily studying scripture that deals with this issue. My wife and I have been reading through Ezekiel and Revelation together each morning. Some passages in Ezekiel deal with sexual immorality but the point is just starting each day together in the Word and in prayer softens any attack that Satan may attempt to wage.

  2. Phil says:

    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for posting such a good reminder. This is something we (I) always need to be reminded to do, as our flesh always battles against what our spirit wants. Therefore any encouragement and help is always welcome!

    When reasing Joyce Meyer’s book called ‘Battlefield of the mind’ recently I was reminded of the following:

    Romans 8:5-8

    Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

    Thanks again for posting,

    Phil

  3. LIsa Beckwith says:

    Nothing like a fresh piercing of the heart from a sweet brother. I awoke this morning with so many thoughts scrambling for priority in this small brain of mine. Worry, anxiety, selfishness and the demands of the day all scrambled to be the first to cross my finish line of things to do today. This word, though hard to hear and read, though not the one I would have picked as the priority, is the underdog that willovercome! I will dive in deep and come up splashing. I will absorb and soak it in. I will meditate and wait…patiently. The truth hurts-not the seeking after but the running from! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for pouring me a fresh cup from the He-Brews “cafe” this morning!!!

  4. Alecia T says:

    Praise God for this word today, who are we kidding???? that is the right question. I have been struggling with setting my priorities straight when it comes to finding time for God, I’ve found time for everything else, and reading the words of God get so easily pushed to the back. Like taking on a new task in our lives, lets all take time to read the words of God deligently, He says if we seek Him and all His righteousness, that He will add all things unto us. ONLY if we BELIEVE, i say only if we believe, because if we believe the if we seek Him first all things will be added unto us, then what are we waiting for???? I hope and pray that we wont wait anymore, but Take Him at His words and seek His face. God bless you all

  5. sally says:

    I understand your heart, but can faithfully say that my Pastor does not fall into this realm. He spends at minimum 1-2 hours each day just immersed in God’s Word. You can tell because God’s word is in his everyday language, it is just a part of who he is. It is amazing to be encouraged by someone who has God’s word so buried in them. I can honestly say that my “quiet time” struggles with finding a place. When I have taken that time to get up at 5am and don’t have other things vying for my time, my entire day is just better. When things come along that cause strife, handling them is so much easier. There isn’t often much logic at 5am, tho.

  6. Chuck Hutcheson says:

    We are all way too busy. I’m reminded of the acronym B.U.S.Y. – Buried Under Satan’s Yoke. I’m also reminded of ancient American Indian prophecies that say time is speeding up, but those who are “in tune” with our Creator will learn to slow down (i.e. – having their own quiet time!) That’s not false prophecy, that’s just common sense! Hey, some of those ancient elders knew what they were talking about. I find myself “buried” all too often, and wondering what life’s all about at the end of the day, questioning whether I accomplished anything worth-while. We all need to slow down and learn to live simply. All the “important” things will take care of themselves.

  7. Funny that you and I both blog something of this nature today, with absolutely no discussion or pre-planning. That, my friend, is a work of the Holy Spirit that defies explanation. And clearly, it’s something I need to work on. Thanks, seriously.

    http://karnardkreations.com/bernardshuford/wordpress/2009/09/spiritual-fitness-september-10-2009-bible-memory/

  8. Great word! Very challenging! Will repost on facebook! Thank you!

  9. Jared Ransom says:

    Thank you for the Strong reminder. I have just started in ministry, within the past few months, and I’ve tried to keep in the word. But I’ve been nowhere near as successful. It can really get you down that despite your best efforts you fail. God has reminded me again and again that although i cannot do the things I want, I can do the things God wants through His strength. (Romans 7:15, Phillipians 4:13)

    God bless and Keep you.
    -Jared

    withonevoice.wordpress.com

  10. David Baroni says:

    “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
    Thank you Fred for the reminder. I want to cultivate a hearing ear- listening for His voice in the sunrise and sunset, in creation, in time spent with my Bible open, through my children and friends and spouse… so many ways He speaks!

  11. Hello my awesome friend Fred! Your life and ministry continues to have impact on mine and thus others as well. I appreciate your willingness to let the heart speak. God has really been dealing with me on the subject of “selfishness” the past few months and how it dominates much of “his Body”. You are right… “Who are we kidding”… To think or even live our lives as though we would think that our Heavenly Father wouldn’t have the ability to love us enough to want to deal with these issues of our lives. Thank God for the “metathesis place”… the “nowhere between two somewhere’s”. In otherwords, I’m not where I’ve been… But I’m not where I’m going. Yet my past has brought me to where I am. Not sure what all that has to do with the subject matter of your blog… but it is what was in my heart. Bless you my friend!

  12. Debbie DeCillis says:

    The Lord gently reminds me of these truths every day. I don’t know why it is so difficult to STOP in the morning to be filled with the things I need for my day … the things that matter … the things of God. But I have been better with His help.

    One morning I asked the Lord “How do I know if I am in the center of Your will or not?” He sat me down and started me on morning meditations about the Kingdom of God. I never realized that Jesus specifically taught people about the Kingdom of God so much. He said in Luke 4:43 that he “must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God” because “that is why He was sent.” Well, if that’s why Jesus Christ was sent, to teach me about the Kingdom, shouldn’t I listen to Him?!

    The Kindom is the Soveriegn Presence of God and I need to walk in that presence. So now, each day, I meditate on a verse where Jesus taught about this. Do you know how many there are?! So far I’ve found 58! “And the things of earth become strangely dim” and the peace that only comes from Him fills me more as I submit my whole self to His Word. It makes all the difference in the world.

    And if I do not discipline myself to spend this time with Him, I may be able to convince myself that “it’s all right” … but the results are evident quickly. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways and thoughts higher than my own. His word will accomplish what He desires it to. I ask myself, will I choose to be part of that accomplishment or not? One day, will He say to me “Well done good and faithful servant?” or “I never knew you?” PLEASE, Lord – in Jesus name, help us to find Your narrow Way and walk in it!

  13. Mark Sooy says:

    How do we miss it when Scripture is so clear? The transformed life is the result of the transformed mind! (Romans 12:1-2) The mind is transformed by the Word of God.

  14. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend”

    This proverb is applicable here. You’re my flesh-and-blood brother. You’re my brother in the spirit. And you’re a friend to me, Fred.

    This word has pierced my heart. Thank you for being bold enough to put it out like you did. If you sugar-coated this in any way it wouldn’t have had the impact God desired it to.

    The word of God is living and active – sharper than any two-edged sword. And is able to distinguish between the thoughts and intentions of the heart. We – I – need this so bad.

    Thanks again!

  15. Ronnie says:

    Thank you so much Fred!

    Your comments about Gary really hit home. I feel like I’ve really been struggling to control my thoughts and eyes the last few months. And battling a bad attitude, to boot…

    I told God yesterday that I need him to take control of my mind. I battled a porn addiction for 10+ years, but have been free for 4 1/2 years now. I can’t ever go back, but I’m getting concerned.

    God told me yesterday that I need to fill my mind with Him instead. To fill myself with His Word, and it won’t be an issue.

    But instead, I wasted an hour on Facebook this morning…

    Thanks for the challenge and the reminder!

    There’s a reason you made the top 100!

  16. Thanks Fred for this reminder! I usually do not struggle with reading God’s Word every day. I get that done most of the time. But sometimes that is the attitude I approach my reading with… read to get it done, and I am not sure that is much better than just not reading…

  17. Gary Durbin says:

    This is why I developed a “Word Wednesday” on my blog. I feel like if we read God’s Word everyday, we’ll have at least one scripture a week that will grab us. So, I ask people to come and comment with that scripture every Wednesday. Great post, Fred.

  18. Mark Hiliard says:

    Awesome post, Fred. Thanks for sharing this with absolute clarity.
    I needed this reminder.

  19. Jamie says:

    I was sent this message by Ronnie and I am so glad he forwarded this to me. Your words really hit home for me. Being a leader in my church, I feel like I am not spending enough time in the Word. I need to carry my bible with me all day everyday so I can stop and read and absorb God’s teachings and use them to reach people for Christ at work, at home, at play.

    Thank you!

  20. K Fields says:

    As a Grandmother of 13, Praise Leader and Deacon in our Church. And Business owner.. I have found that life gets in the way quite often. Someone is always in need of help that requires lots of time to get done.

    It almost seems unreal how busy things have gotten lately. As if things have escalated up to 5 times busier then last year.

    Not small things but things like taking a parent(200 mile round trip)to the Doctor for Cancer Treatments daily. Child’s home burning down, so trying to get that cleaned up and them resettled. Husband not working, and business slowing down so trying to find small jobs here and there to fill in the financial gaps. Helping with the small grandchildren in need of a sitter, during work and school hours.

    And then when I do finally sit down, for some reason lately it seems reading facebook, myspace, blog networks,or watching a TV program are becoming more important then getting lost in HIS Word.. Ugh!

    Thank-you for this gentle yet very very important reminder. I needed this!

  21. Brad Loser says:

    Fred,

    Great reminder! I just left a group of staff members and key ministry leaders here at church that are walking through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology book. The topic today was The Word of God and The Authority of Scripture and how it applies to our lives.

    If the Bible is God’s Word then IT is the lifeblood of all believers….but if we really believed that then we would live in it completely. We would never try and make it through the day without saturating our minds with THE VERY WORDS OF GOD! And yet – I find myself, like you, staring in the mirror, looking at a guy who does this more than he cares to admit.

    Thanks for the call to repentance and the humility in which it was given!

  22. Melissa says:

    Yep, this is hard saying and I found myself immediately trying to justify my behavior. Of course if I have to justify my actions then there’s probably a problem. I write at home for a living so I don’t have anywhere to be. Once my kids are out of the house, I’m on my own. It helps that I use my electronic Bible in my writing all day everyday, but it’s not the same as giving God is own personal face time.

    Word taken to heart. Thanks for your obedience!

  23. Junjie says:

    Why am I spending relatively serious time in God’s Word? Because I want my kids to grow up grounded in the Bible, and for now that means reading Scripture (not Bible stories) to them every night I can.

    And that’s after worship.

    Want some motivation to be serious in God’s Word? Remember: your kids, your spouse, your church and the rest of the Body of Christ needs you to be as spiritually strong as you can be. Will you do it for them?

  24. Randy Crowe says:

    Fred, The journey with God is the goal yea? Here is the word the Lord is faithfully shoving down my spiritual throat. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. Probably like most of us we can quote it, but the Spirit had been urging me to live it! wow this is life changing. Trusting with ALL and acknowledgeing in ALL. God reveals that he wants in our every moment so if you can’t (won’t fi your honest) take time to give him begin to acknowledeg him as present all the time and it seems to be leading toward trust him all the time and that seems to be leading to wanting to set alone woth him to know hem better because i am with him all the time or is He with me. Hallelujah any how!!!

  25. Vanessa says:

    Fred–Well put and I, too, am convicted. It is so easy to get caught up in the “Business” of life that we forget who our source is. I am as guilty as a lot of people when it comes to making God and His word the first priority of my day. How many times have I gone through my day wondering why everything was so stinkin’ difficult and why my attitude needed constant adjustment only to realize that I had pretty much left God out of the picture. This technological age we live in has, in so many ways, made it more difficult to make that time. At the same time, though, we do need to set our priorities. If we remember to get things right–God first every day, the rest just seems to fall into place.

    Thank you so much for an incredibly timely post and for haveing the boldness and transparency to put it out there for all of us to learn from. That was a huge step for you.

    Blessings!

  26. kimbontrager says:

    So, yeah, turns out I did some reading that led me to this same idea this morning. I wrote about it from a slightly different angle.

    It’s a little humbling how often I need these reminders/gentle-nudges/bashes-to-the-head.

  27. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this today. As I type I am sitting in a fog from staying up until 2:30 this morning reading a book… but was it my bible? Nope.

    Odd how I can find all the time I want to read works of fiction, but my bible seems to sit on the side table untouched. Ugh.

    Once my brain is functioning, I intend to spend time in the greatest book ever written!

  28. Jeremy Hefner says:

    Your words ring very true, Fred. I thank you for presenting this challenging lesson for all of us.

  29. Conner Byrd says:

    Kudos Fred!
    I was struck immensely by 2 things yesterday with The Nines and this principle was one of them. Giving God priority in my time. Meditating on his word. Worshipping with my family in church and not just going and doing church (for a staffer like myself) journaling and allowing time to hear from God. I’m real good with the car ride prayer “OK God I’m going here where I’m sure You’ve called me to go to these students now what would you have me do?” I mean WHAT!?! Not that that’s terribly wrong but I didn’t spend time that morning praying and meditating and hearing from His word…instead I checked my twitter updates and greader…yeah that’s a great order of priority!
    …ugh…

  30. Lori cerdeiros says:

    Thanks so much for the blog!! I’ve done the same thing. I’ll read later, watch a program, listen to music, have to run here and there and before you know it it’s tomorrow and here I am again.
    Then there are days when I run to His Word and He is always right there to meet me. Those are the sweetest mornings so why is it an effort most of the time? Of course I know the answer to the question just wish I was quicker to press through and open my Bible first thing in the morning.

    Thanks again,
    Lori

  31. Ryan Rotman says:

    Fred,

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been convicted lately of my lack of time in the Word and have still been struggling to consistently do it. It is something I’m working on, but it’s great to have a sort of accountability over the blog world. Just another one of your posts that have been a blessing to me. Thanks!

  32. Sherri Cannady says:

    Fred,
    Funny that you would blog about this topic. This is what God has been giving Wayne and I a revelation about over the past couple of weeks. We were reading a Joyce Meyer book last night too and I told Wayne that we had to get to the point that we were like a parasite…a tick…and instead of getting “full” from other hosts (friends, etc.), we had to “latch on” to the Lord of Hosts whose life-giving supply never ended. We have to understand that the way he supplies us is through His word. If we all got the revelation that our very life was the Word then how could we ever neglect it? It’s the water that we drink and never thirst again. We’d never have to search for another “host” to “feed off of” because He (His Word) would be endless streams of living water that would keep us filled. That fullness would be so great that we’d have an overabundance that we could give to others. Our new phrase is not just, “Did you read your Bible?”, it’s “What did God show you when you read?” and “What word did God speak to you today through His Word for you and for our family?” We have to read with a purpose…to hear the voice of God for us each day. I agree…THAT is the ONLY way to overcome the sins we all struggle with daily…whatever they are. Thanks for sharing this. I LOVE it!

  33. Thanks for this; I struggle w/making time in the Word, (and time for uninterrupted, listening prayer,) and many other believers do also, especially many in leadership positions. It’s easy to slide into the mindset that because I’m thinking about the Lord and my responsibilities in the Church (worship planner/leader) that it’s spending time with Him…I know it’s not, but often think, “I’ll do this thing, then some time will open up to sit and be quiet…doesn’t happen! For me, it’s a matter of making time with Him and in His Word THE priority, (not just “a” priority.) Yeah, even when I do, sometimes outside urgent things rearrange my time, but consistently seeking Him first makes it easier to get back to keeping Him my priority after the interruptions are gone.

  34. Debs says:

    I have a great deal of respect for people who tell it like it is. To me, that is acting in love, so thank you for being direct. I make sure that I have my God time each day. It’s not to brag, it’s just something I’ve learned over time that I can’t do without. It is my life-line. I was talking to a friend the other day and said I really hadn’t heard from the Lord lately, and she reminded me in my time with Him I needed to actually be quiet long enough to. LOL… So that is what I am working on now, not coming with my list, but coming to listen. He tells us to pray without ceasing, which means He wants to be the center of His universe, not have us be the center of His. 😉 Thank you for this!

    1. Debs says:

      oops, I meant He wants to be the center of OUR universe….

  35. northernmama says:

    Thanks Fred for this!
    The word of God is not only ancient it is more importantly living and active today.
    One thing many people forget is that “temptation is not sin”. Therefore, when we are tempted (ie lustful thoughts in this discussion), we flee from them to the word of God.

  36. This year to keep me in the word on a more regular basis I subscribe to the RSS feed (and bookmark on my cell phone) the BibleGateway.com Bible in a year plan.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/readingplans/index.php/2009/09/10/?plan=1&version=51

    I tend to obsess with books (especially when I was on a teaching team). When we studied Ephesians, that’s all I read (beside cross references)–and I read it over and over and over and over (maybe 20 times).

    When I started the reading plan (I still obsess with a particular book, but I’m getting the whole word), I ran across so many verses I had forgotten, like old friends. They encourage me.

    So every morning when I get on the train, the first thing I do is click on my biblegateway bookmark on my cell, and read the day’s reading.

    😀

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  39. Osann Heisner says:

    Thank You for posting…I needed that!

  40. mm-hmmm

    I hear ya. I’m with ya. Praise God for a solid reminder and for being my strength when I am so weak.

    Amen.

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  42. Marie says:

    I don’t know you, though I feel like I should. The words of your blog, especially this post, seemed to jump off the computer screen and reach up and slap me in the face. Just yesterday as I sat with my inner circle of women, we talked and prayed about this same issue. I am tired of struggling with things in my life and it was my dear sisters that said yesterday that maybe God is tired of simply being an item on your checklist of things to do today. Maybe things aren’t 100% in your marriage because your have replaced your Savior with your Husband (ummm, guilty) Maybe things aren’t perfect with your kids because they have replaced your quiet time with your Lord (ummm, guilty again!) Maybe your self image isn’t wonderful because you have stopped seeing yourself through His eyes and started seeing yourself through the world’s eyes (once again, guilty as charged) After these dear women said these things to me, in love mind you, they also reminded me that for something to be revived, something has to die. Your post confirmed that because after all…WHO AM I KIDDING?

    Thanks for sharing your heart.

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  44. Tracie says:

    I go through times of not reading the bible at all, or reading it out of obligation, or reading it and getting frustrated because it doesn’t seem to help me. Then there are times where I read it and I hear a word I really needed to hear. Or I read on and on and feel like I need all of the words and wish it to all absorb into my head and heart.
    My bible is underlined and has notes from me or people I was listening to. One time though, the only time this has ever happened to me, a scripture from the bible popped out into the most deepest part of my heart and it caused me to ball my eyes out. It was Deuteronomy 8:7. Many of days I fall short of reading God’s word and training my mind with truth. But there is another part that I feel is the hardest. DOing the word of God. We can read all day long. Real victory comes from practicing doing what it says. Your honesty Fred is a virtue.

  45. dave gordon says:

    well my friend you have certainly put the guilts on me. I am guilty. however I realize my guilt and I am trying to overcome my lazyness and lack of commitment. I pray to God to call me closer to Him. that of course is not enough. I must put forth an honest effort.then trust in God to make it happen. I could use your prayers in this matter. I want so badly to devout my life to Christ 24-7. I dont know if this is possible living in such a secular world. But I am going to try. thanks for the wake up and your right who is kidding who. WE so often kid ourselves into beleiving that we are doing the best we can for God when there really is much more we can do. Let us all be faithful to God and be truthful to ourselves. God bless

    1. Dave
      Bernard is right – guilt does nothing to motivate us, at least, not with any real authenticity … my purpose isn’t to spread guilt or condemnation … on the other hand, conviction from the Holy Spirit .. YES … and I pray that’s what people feel!

  46. Dave – Don’t do this out of guilt. Guilt will fade and you will fall back to what you were, then you will feel guilty again. Simply do this out of love for Christ. It’s a lifestyle change, not a reaction to guilt.

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  48. Shawn Yoder says:

    ah, I needed this. How can we even begin to think we can do this on our own, whether its leading worship or living the Christian life. I’m sharing this with all of my worship team!

    1. Ronnie says:

      Shawn – I did the same and they seemed to appreciate it.

  49. Darryl D says:

    It is interesting our Men’s group last night we prayed for his help in this matter. This came to me in e-mail today, Hmmmmm…..

    Thanks

  50. James Choi says:

    I am deeply encouraged to see that God has only confirmed my thoughts with yours. Lately, I’ve been longing for something more in my life other than my everyday schedule. So many times have I just resorted to watching tv, hanging out with friends, and so many other busy-making schemes. I would always do whatever would make me feel at ease. I would do what takes no effort so I can relax and have time to myself.

    But more and more I have seen a need for me to be more knowledgeable, more thirsty, more desperate to know God more. The words I speak, the way I live my life directly takes a toll on everyone else around me. Even among the leaders around us, I fail to see many examples to defy self-satisfaction in order to fulfill a need within us to have God change us into His image.

    All i know is, as we draw closer to God’s heart, we must read His word to persevere, to tell people about Him, what He is all about, and to know Truth (not truth taken at face-value, or secondhand truth). We need to see truth through first hand experience, an experience that will edify the church and being more people to Christ!

    Thanks for sharing! I hope all will be encouraged by this message and I hope many will seek God like never before!

  51. blake vernon says:

    Teusday night 9:00 p.m. in my Mother’s living room, in 1979 I was born again and Spirit-filled w/evidence of speaking in tongues.Two years ago after spending almost three decades in the “institutional Church” and going thru the “renewal”,”cath the fire”and “everything else that came down the pike”,I change jobs and dug out my cd’s of the WORD.I put all my teaching and opinions on the altar,thru out 90% “listened to JESUS”,lost a lot of “brethren” and got my first love again.Praise GOD,faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD!

  52. Connie Carney says:

    I think it is religion that lures us into believing that if we think about God, or read a few scriptures that’s enough. Somehow, we must speak it out and tell the devil to get out of our way. I have been in a bad marriage for years, trying to get out MY way. I have been waiting for God to do something when I have been doing nothing;except complaining. There are some genuine concerns but I keep going back to thoughts of myself instead of Gods answer I should be speaking the word each day over the whole thing. we did begin putting our armor on each day , and praying together some at my insistance. My husband never has led our family..he’s content to sit back and watch cartoons. I struggle everyday with love is patient, love is kind..he doesn’t even live with us and it is still hard the 3 times a week I see him. But I must break through into love is patient, kind, prefers the other person, is longsuffering, has manners, respect him. Don’t know if we will make it but God can make all things possible and work them to good to those (us) who love him and are called according to his purpose. Our little boys are so hurt, and so is our adult son. There are some serious issues that only God can change and heal. I want our family back together with God at the head, not me put there by a husband who refuses to make a decision and then blames me for every mistake. Help us see what covenant means. Help us honor You, God. Help us be Christians first, then husband and wife.
    Connie

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  54. Ben says:

    Hi Fred,

    I’ve of all the persons never really took time to read any of your posts on highestpraise.com and today for some reason, I just was going thru my list of emails and the tagline caught me Who are we kidding, I of most persons have struggled and do struggle with thoughts of lust and the list goes on, in my everyday /night I just find it hard to overcome these thoughts and, yes as you mentioned in this post I would like some counselling via email in this matter and some upliftment, I have made a promise to My God and I do intend to keep it, but every now and then I falter and just feel like a dog going back to its vomit as mentioned in proverbs. Thank you for this post.

    Ever in God’s Love
    Ben

  55. Beth Beadle says:

    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for the confirmation of what the Lord has laid on my heart. We, as an extended family, are going thru a very tough time right now and God has been confirming Himself to me thru His word in a very special way. I don’t know that I could get thru this time without His word. So, I applaud you for giving us that gentle nudge!

  56. Judy Dowley says:

    If we just relised the differance that coming to the Lord upon waking makes we would be to scared to run into our day thinking we can do it ourselves.

  57. Beth says:

    Our pastor has been peaching this, and once again today. A young man witness today of how the revelation of this and putting it into action changed his course. Reading and meditating on his own, instead of just listning to the Pastor, thinking that was enough, has caused him to walk in God’s Will not his own.

  58. Heidi says:

    You said this is a hard word today and it is, but this time is so hard that we may need hard words. When Jesus comes who’s still standing? I know this was for me. I live other side of this planet, in country called Finland. And you wrote true words just when I needed it. Thank you so so much and may the Almighty God bless you and your family. <3

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