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The Blessings Of Withdrawing

By pastorbillwalden

Our church just finished a week of prayer and fasting. The week began with a great message from my friend, Pastor Daniel Fusco, as he preached at our church, his sermon being entitled “The Ministry Of Withdrawal”. Give it a listen and prepare to be challenged.

Some people in our church put great forth great effort in fasting from food and certain beverages.  Others fasted from media, i.e., T.V., Facebook, etc.  What was withdrawn from was up to each person.  Time was set aside to seek God. Unnecessary things were set aside in order to seek God. We met each night from Sunday-Thursday, and joined other churches via webcasts, and we prayed, worshiped, and took communion.

I was greatly blessed by withdrawing from certain things.  For me, they are things not needed, and at times, are wasteful.   I believe that the greatest hindrance to the American Church is what Jesus called “the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches”. (Matthew 13:22) There is much unfruitfulness in the Body of Christ in America.  I include myself in that statement.

This week I was blessed to taste more deeply of the Lord, and I was refreshed and reminded that He is indeed good.

I pray for myself, our church, and every Christian I know, that we would withdraw from that which us from Jesus, and which does not satisfy, but rather, leaves us thirsty.  Recreation and entertainment is fine to a point, but we are over saturated with the temporal and suffer leanness in things spiritual.

As far as I can see, prayer is neglected, holiness is a concept, and Jesus is our “bro”.  I want that to change in my life.

“Father, bring revival to my heart and the hearts of every Christian I know.  Save us from materialism and the addiction to entertainment, and cause us to be hungry for you as never before.  We do not ask you to empty us out.  We ask you to help us empty ourselves out.  We ask that you would break our hearts over our carnality, that we would empty ourselves out, that you may fill us”.

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thanks. it is funny that i heard a clip of rich mullins speaking this morning, adressing the same thing. it’s something that i have been contemplating very much in my own life. thank you for the encouragement and direction.
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Peggy…blessings. I encourage you to follow God’s leading in this. We waste much time doing things that don’t bring eternal benefit. We spend money on things we don’t need.

We will be blessed as we withdraw from the things God shows us to leave behind, and replace those things with a seeking of God.

Blessings as you follow Jesus.

Bill, thanks for posting that. Really good stuff and I needed to hear it. Can’t wait to listen to Daniel’s message.

Matt,
You are welcome. You are a huge blessing to me and the entire Bay Area. Love in Jesus….

We ourselves are in the process of “withdrawing.” We started about two months ago, preparing our house to sell (2400 sq ft on 1 acre with a 900 sq. ft. workshop) so that we can move into something at least 1/2 or smaller.

We are donating furniture, clothes, shoes, whatever we really never use. We want to shed from our lives the “stuff” we have collected over the last 37 years.

My wife, myself, and Rachel are all convicted that we just have too much distracting us. We want to lower our bills, and invest more into the Kingdom of God, because we believe that He is coming soon.

All this “stuff” is going to burn. We want that which will last for eternity.

And lest anyone think that we are doing this ourselves, we are simply following the conviction of the Holy Spirit. To do less would be sinful.

Thanks for the challenge, Bill.

Okie,
What a blessing to have that deep conviction and faith to match. I look forward to hearing how God uses this in your family’s life.

Blessings friend…

Bill,
I’m always encouraged and challenged by your posts. I am currently going through a season of personal repentance and revival and this was definitely needed. I need to withdraw from certain things in my life and I add a heartfelt “Amen” to your prayer for myself as well.

Blessings!

Just want to leave this comment to thank you for this post as well as the link to Pastor Daniel’s message. I just finished listening to it. This post, your prayer at the end, and Pastor Daniel’s sermon…they all gripped my heart. Just by clicking one link that leads to another, I ended up here, reading and listening to what you shared, but what is so wonderful is that they were in line with the very messages that God has been speaking to my heart over the past months. Thank you.

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