One week from now, we will have completed The 40. Praise The Lord for His grace, mercy, and strength. Whatever God has called you to fast, you must be very careful in breaking the fast. A total fast must be broken with small amounts of juice every 4-6 hours. A juice fast should be broken with small amount of light fruit gradually adding in more complexity and quantity of food. After fasting for so long, our bodies stop producing certain enzymes, and it can have disastrous effects if we lack self-control at the end of the fast. May God give us all the strength and grace not just to pray and fast for His glory, but to break the fast and eat in a way that glorifies Him.
A few days back, we started talking about being God’s witnesses. This starts from a place of knowing and growing in Him. As we grow in Him, we will gain his heart and desires and begin to pray and ask for what is most valuable to Him. Souls and nations would be at the top of this list. In our asking specifically for the lost in our family, neighborhood, sphere of influence, and nations, we must begin to speak out the wonderful works of God. This is how all people will come to know who our Great God is.
Today, we move on to the next phase in being a witness: Act. When we know God deeper, are praying along with His desire for souls and speaking out our testimony and witness for His glory, we must begin to act on what Holy Spirit has called us to do. Words without action are hypocrisy and will never lead to the next level with Him. Let’s look at what The Word has to say about this.
Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses..
Here, Moses has just died and Joshua has become the new leader over all of Israel. I am sure Joshua is a little bit apprehensive in trying to follow in the footsteps of such a great man of God. In the first chapter of Joshua, both God and the people tell Him not to fear multiple times. In the middle of God’s encouragement to Joshua, He reveals this promise to him. God has given Joshua and the people all of The Promised Land, but they have to go and take it. They had to act in obedience with the word of God for this promise to take effect.
Let’s dig a little deeper into this. The word tread in this verse comes from the Hebrew “Darak” which means to tread, lead, guide, wield, shoot, aim, march. If we study this out, we find that God is giving us every place we have aimed our hearts in line with His will to seek. He is giving us every place we have followed Him in obedience to lay hold of. It takes our action added on to our speaking, praying, and knowing that will allow us to be the witness that God has called us to be. You have to walk the walk not just talk the talk.
That is what God says in the Old Testament, but let’s see what Jesus has to say on the same subject:
Luke 17:5-10 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ”
The apostles come to Jesus and ask for Him to increase their faith, as we probably have done ourselves. Jesus reveals that it is not the size of their faith that is most important. The smallest mustard seed of faith is enough to do seemingly impossible things. Jesus then gives an illustration of masters and servants. There is a reason these verses say “The Lord said”. The issue is not about increasing and gaining faith, it is about increasing obedience.
Contained in the promises and revelation of Truth we have been given, are conditions according to our obedience. Noah was instructed to build and ark. Abraham was called to go out. Moses was to go and speak to the Pharaoh. We could go through the scriptures proving what Jesus reveals here. Actions and obedience are what take us to the next level.
My encouragement for us today is to take our witness to the next level. We must continue further on past knowing God, asking for his heart of compassion for the lost, and even past speaking out His wonderful works. We must begin to act in obedience to whatever He calls us to do. We do not need to be rewarded for being obedient, but God is the Great Rewarder!
We will be rewarded whether we see it now or not. However, we must not be obedient to Him because of the reward we will get, but because He is worth it, and we love Him! Practical action combined with speaking the word and asking for what God desires, because we are growing in knowing Him, will lead to the acceleration of The Kingdom in and through each one of us.
Jesus, I want to be obedient to everything You have called me to do. You are my Lord and Master. Whatever You say help me to always obey. I know that Your power and promise depend upon my obedience to You. Help me never to limit what You are wanting to do in or through me because of my disobedience. I want to love You with my “YES” and with my obedience!
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you to know Him more
- Seek to know The Father’s heart
- Speak out what God has done for you, your testimony
- Act in obedience to everything He tells you to do
Be blessed with knowing and growing in God, receiving His heart, speaking The Truth of your testimony, and becoming increasingly obedient to everything you are called to. As this happens may you be accelerated in The Kingdom more than you could possibly imagine!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!