Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fleeces and Getting Fleeced

Something exciting was happening each day at our new School of Ministry!

Each month, week long afternoon and evening seminars would be hosted by different speakers. This became a highlight for students, and for the public.

Monday evenings were set aside for intercessory prayer; and requests were written on a black board so we could pray over them immediately.

One day, I went to the prayer coordinator’s office with a special request. My daughter needed a gentleman friend. While she was not interested in marriage to a preacher, she needed a friend.

We prayed, and soon afterwards one of the young men students asked me about my daughter. He had seen her at one of the seminars, and knew she was not a student. I arranged an introduction. He asked her out.

Later that evening she told me that their date was more like an interview! He made it clear that he did not have time to waste, so he needed to get all these questions out in the open. She expressed her desire for friendship at this time and they did become friends. They dated a few times, but he was also seeing his other girlfriend.

This young man seemed a little bit torn! The funny thing was - - he later confided to me, that he had used a fleece to decide his marital future. He told God that the first girl who spoke to him was the one that would become his wife.

Now he was not certain he had done the right thing. One of the young ladies had already claimed that position, and at the intercessory prayer meeting she would cry her eyes out because of my daughter.

We had invited two other young men home for lunch, and our girls enjoyed their company too. One of the boys had a girl back home, but asked my daughter if she would accompany him as a friend to one of the school banquets. Of course, she was happy to do so. Across the room, she was aware of gentleman number one staring daggers at her all evening. Our daughter was enjoying the attention.

Soon after, this young man decided that the fleece-lady was the ONE! Later after graduation, they married, moved to California where they now enjoy pastoring a large thriving church.

Fleeces are peculiar things, and should not be employed flippantly. As for me, I have used fleeces with success, but that is not to say I am recommending it as a habit. Finding the Lord’s direction for your life can be a tricky thing, especially if you depend on dice, cards, drawing straws or on fleeces.

Discovering God’s will for yourself comes through reading His Word and spending time in prayer, along with listening to the inward voice of your spirit. The blinders surrounding your understanding will fall off when you are not certain which path to take.

Seek the Lord, and do not depend of a fleece, or as Brother Hagin liked to say, “You might get fleeced.”

Judges 6:37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

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