Secrets Revealed

Top secret stampI have learned over the years to keep my mouth closed on lots of topics. I know things about some people that should not be shared. I have been in the position to learn secrets that would destroy relationships and really harm lots of people if shared. I have also learned the value of having a confidant that I can share my struggles, confess my sin or share my deepest joys with. I can only imagine what it might be like to be in the CIA, FBI, NSA or Secret Service and know some of the stuff that they must keep secret. In fact, my using these acronyms might flag this post to make sure I’m not a terrorist.  The best kept secret is one that is never repeated or shared with anyone.  Jesus is speaking to His disciples and He reminds them that what they do in secret will one day come to light. Check this out…

The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!

“Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear. (Luke 12:2-5 NLT)

When I read this passage, I was reminded that when you run for political office in our country, your life is searched for any little nugget of a secret unrevealed so that the opponent can have the “upper hand”.  We’ve had good candidates brought down by secrets revealed that happened when they were in college that very few knew about. We had some candidates own their secrets, while others deny that the event in question ever happened. I remember telling one of my kids, that if you are where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to be doing, you don’t have to worry about being in trouble with me. It’s when you deceive and lie that you get in trouble with me. My Mom used to remind me that there was always someone watching me.

I want the activities of my life to be known by the Lord. There may be some secrets kept in order to prevent others from stumbling because of the freedoms that I have. I want to always be ready to explain what I’m doing and where I’m at to anyone who asks. I’m accountable for every action before the Lord. I’m also accountable for my activities before my wife and my family.

Most secrets will eventually come to light – it’s important that I live in such a way that the Lord is honored by the activities of my life. I am who I am and you are free to examine my somewhat simple life as I seek to honor God with my daily choices and decisions that ultimately make up my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Fake Fasting

Discipline is the bridge from WEAK to STRONG. Concept 3D illustration.This has always been a spiritual discipline that has fascinated me. I have fasted on occasion, but not very regular at all. I think fasting is one of spiritual disciplines that brings clarity and focus when done properly and biblically. Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. I believe God’s plan was to set aside time for prayer and focused intensity on His way and His will. Check this out…

6 ‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter –
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: here am I.
‘If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:6-11 NIV)

 

Fasting is a spiritual discipline mentioned in Scripture a good bit. The prophets and leaders of the Old Testament as well as Jesus Himself practiced fasting. It is a way for me to tell my body that I’m in control of it and not the other way around. The Lord loves it when I intensely seek His face. I am not personally experienced with fasting on a regular basis. I do believe that when I fast, I should do so secretly or discreetly and not draw attention to myself. I believe fasting should also be accompanied by intense prayer and seeking the very heart of God. I also believe that fasting to loose weight is not a good healthy choice. Fasting is really not about me – it’s about Him. I came across a really good article by Campus Crusade called: “Your Personal Guide to Fasting & Prayer”. I feel like after reading this passage of scripture this morning that I should seek to implement this discipline into my life on a more regular basis.

Pressing On!
Dwayne