Tuesday 11 September 2012

2 Chronicles 36:22 « In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved (awakened) the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing » (Ezra 1:1)

This is such a wonderful story of how God awakens a heart. Cyrus was a heathen king. Nevertheless, God awakened his heart to divine purposes. Now, Cyrus was obviously NOT born again; he did NOT have the Holy Spirit abiding within him. Nonetheless, this passage demonstrates how God can, and often does, awaken us to His purposes.
Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies for me as a pastor has been to see those who sincerely love God make absolutely horrible decisions which then scare them for life. This is now the 9th year we have done the Daniel Fast; and every year there are those in our congregation who try and negotiate with God.
There is something just so adamic when we try to do the absolute minimum in God, with the hope of gaining the absolute maximum from God. Folks you cannot negotiate with God! So you might as well go “all in” and give Him 100%.
Don’t be one of those who try to do the absolute minimum during this time of fasting. Listen to the voice of God! Don’t you hear him calling you? Do you think He will call forever?
God awakened the heart of Cyrus to His purposes. And Cyrus had enough sense about him to seize the occasion. He didn’t just hit the “snooze” button on the call from God.
Don’t you delay another day! Decide today just how you are going to observe this time of fasting; share with a friend or family member your commitment to the fast. Make a daily appointment with the Father; and do everything you can to get to the prayer meetings and various services of your local church.

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