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Why do we Fast?

This Wednesday I went on a fast, for family reasons… this had to have been the best thing I have done with my God in a long time… I cant remember a day where I spent, so much time in prayer and in the word then this last Wednesday, in a long time, or maybe ever… maybe cause what I was fasting for I wanted God to intervene soo bad, or wanted this persons heart to completely break for jesus.. but what is a fast.. a fast is taken the place where we would spend time eating or watching tv or playing around on the computer with prayer or in the word, we replace things we normally do with time with God.. I choose food & computer for a day…haha.. i was only going to do my computer, but then one of my friends, challenged me to do no foodas well… immediately my first thought was what? thats too much, i only want to fast from one thing, and i think computer is enough! then felt something tugging on my heart… eric are you serious? and i immediately thought why not.. also which made it hard was I had the day off from work and any of my church activities, so I confined myself at my house, and worshiped and just spent all day with my Lord.. what was extremely encouraging was knowing my whole family was in the fast as well… and Im pretty sure im not alone in this my whole family learned alot from that day….

which also made me think.. why dont we fast more? why do some of us only fast one day a year, for lent? I mean i think lent is great cause fasting from anything to replace with Jesus time is fantastic.. but is lent enough? are we content with one time a year? I am only speaking for myself… i mean i have done fasts before with churches, before i dated someone, and things like that… but not nearly as often as I would truly like to do…

I think im going to make a challenge to myself right now, that I fast 1 once a month, or maybe more… spending that much time with jesus is sooo good!… and only makes me miss it when its done… because he is our joy and only hope… because if we didnt have his hope, what would be the point of living or doing the things we do?

The reason for the fast…. my family was gettin extremely depressed and mourning over this person… and one night at The Well (20s something ministry night 7:27 at seacoast) while standing on the side, waiting for anyone to come up to be prayed over, didnt happen, what happen instead this person was completely breaking my heart, and the Lord spoke to me, to fast, and not just me the whole family… and of course knowing my family and their love for jesus and this person.. they were all on board!

Nehemiah 1 really stood out to me, which im reading with my mentor, it says while he was weeping and mourning he continued to fast… that really spoke to me, what am I doing, trying to carry this burden alone, and sometimes asking god to take this from me, and help the situation in any way possible.. but am I really showing the Lord I want his hand in it? no… therefore a fast was definitely necessary!

this day… really showed me my relationship with jesus, and how I am clearly not spending enough time with him, and how Im basing my relationship with him completely on my works… I literally spend soo much time with leading small groups and doing them…

soo fast, dont look it as something that stinks or a task, look at it as a opportunity to spend 10x more time with the God who loves you soo much!

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I GOT A SECRET, ITS AT THE TIP OF MY TONGUE, ITS AT THE BACK OF MY LUNGS, AND IM GOING TO KEEP IT!!!!!

secret1Secrets…….. we love secrets dont we.. we love hearing about them, we love knowing them… some of us love them soo much, we love to tell people a secret about ourselves or especially secrets about other people……

secrets secrets…. if somebody mentions that they have one… we without thinking turn this switch on in our brain that SHOUTS….. OMG WHAT IS IT??????? TELL ME TELL ME TELL ME… why? i dont know… i guess maybe the feeling of knowing something somebody else in the world doesnt know… makes you feel important if they tell you… like they trust you with that kind of information…. I ALSO LOVE THE SAYING….. “Ok Ill tell you but you have to PROMISE  not to tell anyone!” hahaha this is probably the stupidest saying to ever be said out of my lips and yours… we all say it sometimes or have said it before.

Secrets can either kill a relationship or build one…. thats where accountability partners come it… those relationships there should be no secrets, cause if there is how the heck can you build off one another… but secrets between accountabilty partners that get out, or telling your best friend thinking you have their trust get out.. thats when SECRETS KILL…

Keeping our sin a Secret……. thats when i think you need a accountabilty or get into a small group and be 100% honest with either other… because there is nothing good about sin, SIN IS DEATH, and we all have it…. soo if we try to take on sin by ourselves we will die… maybe not physically but spiritually….

So when we sin why do we keep it a secret? cause we are scared that we might be the only person in the world that deals with it, and everyone is going to judge you and tell you.. you are a idoit and will never get into heaven cause you did that, or you struggle with that particular sin or a whole bunch of sin…. so we keep it in… sometimes we let it control us soo much we keep it from god, cause we feel, well i asked for forgiveness on this YESTERDAY! and the day before! and soo on…  so lets keep it a secret cause hey… lets make the world think we dont struggle and especially since i am a man, or a leader, WE ARENT SUPPOSE TO STRUGGLE WITH ANYTHING WE LEAD…WE ARENT WEAK, WE ARE STRONG, WE HAVE PRIDE IN WHAT WE DO………. haha ahhh haha i love blogs, just makes me realize what i struggle with while i write…. haha sorry.. god completely controls my hands when i type…..

SOLUTION=GOD

SOLUTION….. Lets not have secrets, when we struggle with any type of sin in our life tell everyone in your small group… get a accountability partner, especially if you can find one struggling with the same sin, so you can DEFEAT IT TOGETHER! ALSO MOST IMPORTANTLY GIVE IT TO GOD, ask for help! he already knows what you are struggling with soo just talk to him about it… REMEMBER JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR YOUR SINS! IM GOING TO SAY THAT AGAIN HE ALL READY PAID FOR YOUR SINS… that means YOU ARE ALREADY FORGIVEN! instead of just asking GOD FORGIVE ME…. THANK HIM.. CAUSE GUESS WHAT YOU ARE ALREADY FORGIVEN! THANK HIM! THANK YOU JESUS! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

i think we are christians sometimes forget about that… that when we sin we let it beat us up soo much about it… we think we arent worthy of it we can never overcome it guess we are human…. because we are born with it… whatever! JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR IT… JUST ASK YOU WILL RECIEVE! 

INSTEAD OF BEATING YOURSELF UP FOR THE SIN, THANK HIM FOR FORGIVING YOU! AND MOVE ON!

BECAUSE OOOHHH NO….. GOD GIVES US MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE!!!!! GOD WILL GIVE YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE!

TO MAKE US REALIZE WE ARE WEAK AND GIVE IT TO HIM! SOOO WITH JESUS WE CAN HANDLE ANYTHING, AND DO ANYTHING!

Genesis 31:27 :Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?

SO TELL JESUS YOUR SECRETS!

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment