That was Fast

Nehemiah 1:4
Nehemiah’s Prayer
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Ezera 9:5
And at the evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God,
Psalm 35:13
But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
Psalm 109:24
My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
Daniel 6:18
Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
Matthew 4:2
And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

I don’t know what you think about this, but…this is INTENSE STUFF! These men of God knew what was up when it came to hearing the voice of God. When they needed an answer to a decision, they humbled out…and came before HIM.

As I read through the scripture and all the particular scripture that mentions “fast”….a theme began to emerge. Whenever “fast,” was mentioned in the Bible, men were seeking God. Whenever they needed to GO to God and talk with Him…they knew that they would best hear His voice through prayer and fasting. The two were always together.

You see, when we fast…I am talking about from food…we deprive ourselves of the thing that we have so much of. This brings us outside of our comfort zone. Everywhere we now go, we are reminded of food. We see it, smell it, hear about it…crave it. It also weakens us. It forces us to rely on Christ for strength. Whenever I have fasted, I worked out a system. Everytime my stomach girggles, I pray. Easy as that. Everytime I think about food, I pray. Everytime I feel tempted to go back to food I pray. I AM NOT LEGALISTIC. If I need to eat, I do. The way I take pills is with food. During one fast, I had to take a few pills…with food. No Big Deal. THE POINT is hearing God more clearly…by humbling ourselves to LISTEN.

There is a story in the Bible about a king who was threatened with war upon his city. The troops were beginning to surround the walls. His advisors were going nuts. What did he do? He went off into a secluded room…he prayed and fasted. WOW. seriously. Wow. THIS MAN knew what the most important thing to do was. He KNEW that he had no chance on his own. So he consulted God. I want this faith!

Love you All. Prayer always.

Unique post

This post is unique. Why? You may ask. Well, it is being typed on an iPad. Yes, that’s right. No, I don’t own one. Yes it would be cool to have one. But I am here at the Woodfield Mall, in the Apple Store, checking out this very cool piece of history. People will say, I was there for the opening of the iPad…and I can too. Okay, so maybe it’s not that dramatic, but it’s still pretty cool. Love you all. Always pray.

–Eric

This Day, he dies.

This day is important to me. I am a Christian. Today, in this culture I live in, that is not an easy label to place upon myself. It is sad to see how it has evolved, but I live in it anyway. I follow Christ and his teachings found in the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. His life was real. He walked in the Middle East. He healed in the communities. He taught where he could. He prayed where he should. He loved all. He followed the call. He only spoke truth. He called us to become youth. He is the life and the way. His body, they brutally sleigh. A man for silver betray. The Promise fulfilled! RISEN ON THE THIRD DAY!!

Jesus…My life is to glorify you. Through these three days, I renew.

your servant,

eric

A Friend.

One of the greatest things that can be given to a man is the gift of friendship that doesn’t leave, hurt, or fail. One that is loyal, true, and loving. A friend that will hear you out and offer their mind. A friend to be crazy with and grow old having fun with. A man needs people like this in his life. They keep him sane when he’s on the ledge, they laugh until air is gasped, comfort when it’s hard, and encourage when it’s harder. These few, that impact and mold, they shape and hold onto this bond…because they know its importance, its value, its significance. This friend will be there when others aren’t. They share good times that both of you will remember for the rest of your lives. You will repeat phrases and gestures that no-one will understand. Cliché’s: Friends to the End, Best Friends Forever, Brother From Another Mother, Friends for Life, Bro. This is the greatest. Enjoy your friends, and let them know how awesome they are.

[Free Music Download]…..Now this is Interesting

Now for some music that you may not know about. This guy may be old news to some of you, but I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve never heard of him before. It is very different, and most likely the only of its kind. Matisyahu. Check him out here to know a bit more about him. He is a very cool guy.

Also a free download of his song “King Without A Crown“.