Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Earlier, I mentioned that the Lord had convicted me of the sin of gluttony. After I confessed that and turned it over to Him, I decided that I shouldn’t eat anything that day. Not because I owed Him anything, but because I knew I needed to exhibit control.

Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 NIV

I also knew that only God could help me do that. I trusted Him, had faith in Him that He would do that. Twenty-four hours later, I can tell you that I never once thought about eating or experienced any hunger at all. Now that’s a God –thing!

Belief, faith, trust, conviction, principle, confidence, certainty…

Take your pick; they’re all very close in meaning. However, in reality it is what you put your faith, belief or trust in that matters. How dependable is your source of trust?

God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 NASB

A verse jumped out at me in my reading this morning…

13And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14 NKJV

Mordecai trusted that God would deliver His people. Esther had a choice, as do you and I. We can choose to be an instrument of God, submissive and obedient to Him, or we can choose our own way.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV