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Are You in Danger of Smothering God’s Word?

I’ve felt it. You’ve felt it. Those times when we feel overwhelmed by the problems of the world. We just can’t seem to connect with God. Our lives seem bombarded with troubles and while we aren’t “hopeless,” we feel very close. We pray. No results. We start begging. Still no results. It seems there are no answers coming our way.

Maybe you’ll see yourself (like I’ve seen myself) in this description from Jesus: “Now these are the [seeds] sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,  and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Mark 4:18-89

Ouch! Is the Word “unfruitful” because I am so caught up in the cares and troubles that God can’t work in my life? Are the thorns so many that the seeds of the Word can’t grow and can’t be fruitful?

If you are experiencing this dark time in your life, see it as a powerful opportunity to step back and take some corrective action . . . even if you don’t feel like you can!

Sometimes, we feel so overwhelmed, worn out and weak that our senses are dulled. Or we are so confused, we don’t know what to do or how to respond. This is where discipline and obedience come in and demonstrate their power. Open your heart to the Lord and pray anyway. Open the Bible, and study God’s ways anyway. Speak the truth from the Word over your situation anyway. And keep doing it, not because you “feel like it,” but because God has told us that this is what works.

Obey God. Meditate on His Word. Put your trust in Him. Look at God’s promises rather than the enemy’s lies. And bit by bit, you will notice the change. Maybe not all at once, but as you keep moving forward there will be a time when you look back and see the progress you’ve made and how the Lord has directed your steps.

Take time and “see yourself in the Scriptures.” Then take action through obedience and discipline. That’s the way of the Lord . . . and the way to peace and rest.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nokuthula #

    Today,I am on day 16 of my 21 day fasting. But I feel like I dont read my bible as I should, please pray for me to read the bible and to meditate on His word. and to be able to open my heart to the Lord and pray. I love the Lord with all my heart.

    January 20, 2014
  2. Maggie Miller #

    Hi, Recently some one told me about the  Daniel Fast. The Lord is leading me to do one starting on Feb 1st.  The question- What foods are allowed and not allowed, Is there a list or a website that I can go to to find the answers?. Thanks for your help.   Maggie

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    January 21, 2014
  3. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Maggie,
    Here is a general food list to help you: All fruits, All vegetables, All whole grains, All Nuts and seeds, All legumes, All quality oils.
    Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, and yes, tap water is good, if that is all you have available.
    MISC Items: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
    For a complete list you can order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. Also, if you to go to http://www.daniel-fast.com/about.html there is a wealth of recipes, and spiritual aids to help prepare, strengthen, and guide you on your journey. Be Blessed on your Fast!

    January 21, 2014

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