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Get Desperate


Thank-you to all of you who are praying. You don’t know how much it means to me. I will get through it. I have been through much worse and this is just a speed bump on the road to where I am going.

 

Today we live in a society where everyone wants things done right away. We have fast food, microwave ovens, instant this and instant that. It seems we have thought of many ingenious ways to save time and cut corners and yet our lives seem more filled and busy than those of our ancestors. The same thing goes for Christians when it comes to our relationship with the Lord. "Well Lord you know how busy I am so I know you’ll understand my five minute prayer" In many churches if the Sunday service goes over an hour or an hour and a half people get annoyed. Forbid it that the Holy Spirit should move in and they get swept away. They start tapping their feet to get the pastor’s attention and then point at their watches. Many congregations have gone to the point of sticking a great big clock on the back wall facing the pastor so he won’t miss it.

What’s happened to the church? There was a time when those who went before us knew what it was like to press in until they got an answer to their prayers. My grandmother would tell me of church services that would go on for days. People would spend whole days and nights in prayer without a thought of time or their schedule. They would leave the service, go to work and then return afterwards to the service once more. We are so full of excuses as to why we can’t do things like all night prayer meetings or taking as much time as we need to seek His face. Has God changed? Not at all. But the church in the west has. Many churches have become involved in politics and storm the government instead of storming the heavens with their prayers. We have forgotten that we are an army that is supposed to march on our knees. "The battle is the Lord’s, but payer is the key." I am just as guilty as I believe we all are of making excuses at times. Then we wonder why we don’t see the miracles we should see in our churches. We wonder why we don’t see the lost coming in and getting saved.

14"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."" Revelation 3:14-22

Sad to say, many of our churches have become like that. We have lost our first love and have become lukewarm.

When my so was four years old he went on a day visit to his mom’s apartment. When supper rolled around and she hadn’t returned him I was concerned. As the hours went on I began to get desperate. My mom took my daughter and after asking other believers to pray and contacting the police,  I spent the entire night on my office floor storming the heavenlies on my son’s behalf. I don’t remember even taking a break to go to the bathroom. I wouldn’t let go until I got an answer.

Mid morning the next day the police called me to tell me they had located them in Springfield, Massachusetts. My ex-wife had gone into a hospital saying she was not feeling well and because she was acting suspiciously they decided to check for missing persons on a hunch. Lol They arrested her on the spot and my son was put in protective custody with family services. When I got down there to pick him up, they told me that his mother had been trying to contact some people who had promised to make them disappear. They said if she had of made contact with them, I probably wouldn’t have seen them ever again. It was a miracle that my ex-wife had gone to the hospital when she did. I know it was because of perseverance in prayer. I was desperate.

That is how the church needs to be. "Desperate." Many in this world have been lied to and have been kidnapped by sin. Many are in frightful situations, in prison to drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, pornography and so much more. They cry out in silence for someone to give them the answers they are looking for. So they find what they think are answers in other religions and cults and even turn to satan because they can’t see the truth in the church. We need to storm the heavenlies on their behalf. We have to press into God’s throne. God loves them as much as He loves us who have found Him.

I also understand that there are many churches that are already doing these things and they have their reward. But they are the exception and not the norm. Get desperate with God. Don’t rush your relationship with Him. Give Him as much time as you need to. Let Him take care of your schedule.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20

 

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Comments on: "Get Desperate" (11)

  1. Hi Gerry.
     
    I think one problem (particularly here in the UK) is that everybody timetables services to begin around an hour before Sunday lunch.  Traditionally that\’s the meal that mother\’s have to spend more time preparing and have to be back in time for roasting.  I don\’t know why it\’s been that way… it just seems to have always been so.  We also have a big stigma in the Anglican Church.  Many people live under the misguided notion that vicars have to do all the work (some clergy do not help by actively encouraging it).  I\’m a really strong believer that we need proper ministry teams and that we convey that everyone needs to do their part.  We need to open church doors all week and hold different kinds of service to reach as many different kinds of people who have need.  Is it any wonder many Christians of my age feel so alone… when the churches around us don\’t provide opportunity to meet like aged and minded people on a regular basis?
     
    "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
     
    "They devoted themselves to the apostles\’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

  2. Hi Gerry,
    I left a comment from your last entry but sometimes they get lost. So was the case. I just wanted you to know that you are an example to many of your hunger and desire for God. It has always been evident to me. I thank God for you. Your health is in God\’s hands and the body of Christ is praying for you brother. I know what you are going through. In 1991 I was told by a specialist that I would be in a wheelchair because of my arthritic disability. This made me SO MAD . It was the driving force that changed my life as my health was in decline, quickly. Out of DESPERATION my pain forced me to pray a lot. Fasting and prayer became my life. God took care of me and today still no wheelchair or pain.
    Your post today is right on. We as humans are motivated mostly by pain or pleasure. The power of God in us should never be the exception, no not ever. Keep your eyes on Jesus, because He changes our hearts daily. God bless your heart Gerry.

  3. Hi,  your right. I am guilty of this " not enough prayers".I struggle to adjust it

  4. Hey Gerry,
     
    I guess I can sum up what you\’re saying in one statement…it is the sin of "hurry" that we need to avoid.
     
    SiYa LaTeR
    Ryan

  5. Hi Gerry/everyone!
    This blog really hits home as well. This is going to sound corn bally lol, but hubby and I love \’Little House On The Prairie\’! Anyways getting to the point…when I watch this show it makes me sad at times to see hwo different times have changed. Yes it\’s just a show, but like the above blog points out whatever happened to our relationship with the church, God and each other??? People seemed to care a whole lot more, whereas these days it seems its looking out for # one that matters. People are busier these days, but even in earlier yrs people had hardships and instead of turning to sin like drinking/drugs etc. They took the time to reach out to one another and God and ask for help as well as give help when needed. It all goes back to giving your life over to the lord, having faith in him and asking him to help carry the load when it gets too heavy. Especially in today\’s world it is so so important to connect with God and never let go and as this blog states take the time to fit him into your life!
     
     
    A small favor, but could ppl please pray for this little boy. I got this off a friend\’s space Thx..Have a great weekend God bless and hugz
     

    Prayers needed

    A little boy, Casey, is fighting Cancer.  He had surgery on Feb 1st, and is recovering with a few complications.  This family is from our home town, he is only 14 1/2 months.   
     
    Please pray for him and his family.

  6. Also meant to say Gerry that\’s horrible what you must\’ve went through, but I\’m glad your prayers were answered and your son\’s ok This part in your past blog really sticks in my mind…
     
    How do you face your trials? Do you do it with groaning and complaining? Or do you count every trial as an opportunity to grow, to draw nearer to our Saviour?
     
    and what you said about coal turning to diamond! You definitely are a testiment to us all with all you\’ve been through.

  7. Hi Gerry,
     
    Wow, great blog!  Its shocking to read what happening in regards to your son.  But it is a wonderful result after all!  Well I have been told that there is no such thing as a coincidence, but a God incident.  So your wife stopping at the hospital, was for sure meant to happen.
     
    Keep up your good work, your space is a real inspiration to me.
     
    God Bless you richly, Deb…

  8. Phil - personal acct said:

    No Limits, No Boundaries – let God\’s love which is immeasurably greater than we could ever ask or imagine be the way. Don\’t allow the devil to lies, steal, and destroy by putting limits on what is possible in your life and through your life. Turn to God and Go North to the purpose and the destiny he has for you. In Jesus\’ name. Amen.

  9. I *love* this blog entry. The only way God could enter my heart was thru sheer desperation. When I cast all other things aside and put Him front and centre. When I humbly prayed and depend on the power of His love to lead me each day.
     
    I am *desperate and passionate* for God. I wouldnt want it any other way! The minute I stop communicating with God, the minute I close my ears and look for easy answers, is the minute the enemy gains more hold.
     
    Erika

  10. Sad that some relationships come to this. That the previous relationship you had could have ended so badly that one spouse would "need" to do somthing so horrible as to abduct your own kid. Sadly, in our society, it happens to many people for many reeasons. There is irony in your story because both you and your ex-wife felt a desperation. It is a sad irony indeed.
     
    I dont share you religion but I do pray. I cannot say its to your God but I can\’t truly say its not. For me, though, my church is everywhere and nowhere. I\’ve been to many churches but they feel "dead" to me. But I understand for believers a church is very much alive.
     
     

  11. Phil - personal acct said:

    Hi,
    Sorry that I hadn\’t visited in a while. I had gotten into a routine where I would spend my time of prayer and reading of God\’s Word, and then make a posting without encouraging others. I pray that I will be able to expand my boundaries and make sure to let others know that I am praying. Heavenly Father, I pray for healing touch up on Gerry. I pray that you will intervene and remove the pain and allow Gerry full mobility. Your word says: "I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, a plan to prosper and give you a future." I claim this for Gerry in the name of Jesus. And Lord we will give you the praise and the glory in Jesus\’ name. Amen. 

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