By: Dustin Shramek
It seems clear from the prophetic Scriptures that ultimately judgment must fall upon the Christ-rejecting nations. Even Nineveh was ultimately overthrown. But if God can find those who will stand in the gap, even in this eleventh hour, and humble themselves with prayer and fasting, there may yet be a lengthening of our tranquility. God may yet turn and repent and leave a blessing behind Him, giving us mercy instead of wrath, and revival instead of judgment. Such a deferring of the evil day could mean the salvation of multitudes, but there is no time to be lost.Will you stand in the gap for nations around the world? "'Yet even now,' declares the Lord, 'Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping, and mourning;"' Joel 2:12
The more inferior the material the less compunction there is about burning it in the fire of metabolism. Gradually, however, after deposits of fat, impurities, and degenerated tissue have been consumed, the body substance can no longer be treated so generously.. The delicate inner mechanism carries out work of amazing detail, like a surgeon operating without a knife. In this phase dangerous and stubborn deposits are mostly attacked. Only if the hidden corners have been cleaned out does the organism have to approach valuable remaining areas of flesh to maintain its metabolism while fasting.Not only are all of the toxins and waste material removed, but the senses become more keen and the mind is sharpened and able to concentrate more. There is also a greater sense of physical well being.
As much as my heart is burdened for fasting and the power that it calls forth, my heart is even more burdened by our infinitesimally small view of God. Let's stop settling for the mud pies. Instead, let's call on the creator of all joy. What is it about us that makes us insist on settling, why aren't we laying claim of the infinite joy that awaits those who trust in the Lord? We need to let God out of our box. Let's start by humbling ourselves before Him through fasting and prayer.
If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
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