The New King James Version James 3:16
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
Before I began to seriously daily spend time with the Word, I was tired most of the time, and depressed. I would even get plenty of sleep, like 8 to 10 hours, but when I would wake up in the morning I would be so tired. It would take me 10 minutes to an hour to wake up. What is wrong with me, I would ask. Why am I so tired? I was never much into coffee because coffee is an upper and Iím not into drugs. LOL Plus, coffee can seriously damage your bladder and kidneys. I donít preach against it; I figure itís between a person and the Holy Spirit what they drink. Some preachers preach against soft drinks, and I love Pepsi! LOL And I think Godís trying to get me to stop drinking that, but I have been rebelling. Although now I am drinking two thirds water and one third Pepsi. My friend Tracey will faint when she reads this! Hahahahahaha That will be funny. Caroline drinking water???? **faint** heehee But, I digress from my messageÖ ahem.
Back to being tiredÖ I woke up yesterday morning, and thought, you knowÖ Iím rarely tired nowÖ Itís because of the Word Iíve been into everyday for hours and hours. I have been spending lots of time in the Word for the last three years. I started out spending 4 hours a day in the word, listening to the word and reading the Bible and books, articles, and devotionals. Seven months later, God had me double it. 8hours in the Word?? Wow, thatís a lot! It took me a couple of weeks to change to that much. I started out doing 5 hours, and then moved to 6 hours, and then 7 hours, and within two weeks I made it to 8 hours. Mind you, Iím not married, nor do I have children. So, itís much easier for me. God will do different things with different people. I was called to preach all my life but didnít really believe I was. I thought God must have lost it, because Iím a girl and those men who rule over the church, ya know they doní like to share the pulpit with us girls. Kinda selfish they are, though at the time I never realized that. Thankfully in the Word of Faith Churches, they arenít into racial gender prejudices, like in a lot of churches. We also donít care what color you are or what country youíre from. Gender, race, or country has nothing to do with anything at all. God doesnít care if weíre Jews, Non-Jews, male, female, child, or preaching in a wheel chair. Who cares? All God is looking for is willing hearts. Heíll use a five year in any country or any color child, even a blue slave. Okay, I digressed from my message againÖ LOL
The Word will take away all your tiredness. See what happened. I was delivered from the ďfear of lossĒ. Once that was gone, I noticed the depression and tiredness was gone too. It took a couple of weeks for me to realize, that HEY!! Hey hey hey!!! Iím not depressed anymore!! Hey, Hey, Hey!!!! Then another few weeks for me to realize, Iím not tired like I was!!! Whatís this??? No more fear! No more tiredness! No more depression!!! Whoo hoo hoo!!! All from listening to preaching for hours every day. I probably listened to 6 hours of preaching, and then read 1.5 hour of preaching in books, devotions and articles, and the Bible 30 min. a day. Yes, I know reading the Bible is important, but I needed to be spoon fed the word of God to get all the clog out of my soul, so I could hear God. Preachers who are highly anointed and spend a lot of time in the word can set us free, just by listening to them and reading their words.
You can be free too from tiredness! Just do what I did and get into the Word. The fear of loss left after only listening to a three hours services of Kenneth Copelandís convention every day for two weeks. One convention, and on the Saturday morning healing school with Gloria Copeland, the fear of loss was cast out of me through the preaching of the word. Two weeks of listening to those messages and paying attention, and the healing process in my life beganÖ. Itís FREE! You can have it too! God doesnít play favorites.
Copyright 2005 Faith in Christ Ė Caroline Alderson
I gave up sugar and now I'm not tired any longer. I guess it was my upper and downer. I thought "she must have the gift of teaching" as I read about how many hours you spent reading the bible. I was right when I found out you were a preacher. I think I spend as much time trying to figure out what my dreams are in prayer and noticings and the Word as you do just reading the word. It's interesting how the gifts differ. Keep preaching and may you operate in a prophetic way (being led by the Spirit).