Consecrations can sound weird. A few examples. God can tell you:
– Live a fasted life. Eat once a day – and twice on special occasions.
– Delete certain apps – or abstain from social media altogether.
– No secular movies or music.
– No attending Happy Hour with your colleagues.
– Certainly no alcohol. Etc…
I used to have a pattern in the past. When I sinned or grieved God, I would go for long stretches without praying or talking to Him. I felt I was taking Him for granted by apologizing immediately – the way some humans did.
I had to take time to show how sorry I was before I could ask for forgiveness. It was as if I was doing penance.
So, you would like to marry a called man or woman – or you already married one.
You would like to have called children – or you already have them.
However, let me give you a little heads-up:
They. Don’t. Belong. To. You.
Their first love is not you.
Their highest loyalty is not to you.
His name was Richard, and he was powerfully used by God in signs, wonders, and miracles. He worked with another man of God, RB, who really owned the ministry. However, because RB recognized the gifts and grace on Richard, he would preach during meetings, then step down for Richard to take over.
Then it happened…
Dunsin Oyekan shared how, growing up, his dad would take him on ministers’ retreats and vigils. He was the only boy, and his sisters would lightly mock him because he would have to fast with his dad the whole day till they got home at night after the meetings.
He was frustrated and didn’t understand why he couldn’t be like other kids – or at least like his sisters.
Our children are not too young to know God.
They are not too young to be filled with the Spirit.
They are not too young to speak in tongues.
They are not too young to be used by God.
I once watched a video of young children praying in tongues – and the comments by some Christian adults shook me to the core…
I once worked in an organization. I and my colleague had a high-end potential client we desperately wanted to convert into an actual one. His contract would run into the millions, and commissions would be huge.
We made calls. We made presentations. We spoke to the heads. We spoke to him. We prayed. We fasted – and I could see all the visible signs that we would get the contract. We had one final presentation – and the bag would be secured. We were so, so ready.
Then about two days before the presentation, my colleague and I had a blowout. A huge, massive, gigantic, spittle-flying, words-shooting blow-up…