Tag: God

#SundaySermon: Do Good Works

We are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us. —Ephesians 2:10

Years ago, when I first started walking more intimately with God, I used to wait for some special confirmation from Him for everything I wanted to do—until I learned that His Spirit abides in me to do good works. In the early years of walking with God, it was in my heart to give ten dollars to a woman in need.

I carried that desire in my heart for three weeks until I finally prayed, “God, is it really You telling me to give this person the money? I’ll do it if it’s really You!” Ten dollars was a lot of money back then and I did not want to part with it unless I had clear direction from God.

He spoke to me so clearly and responded, “Joyce, even if it isn’t really Me, I won’t get mad at you if you bless somebody!”

One of the fruits of the fact that God’s Spirit lives within us is goodness (see Galatians 5:22–23). Therefore, we have desires to be good to people. God told Abraham that He was going to bless him so he could be a blessing to others (see Genesis 12:2). Imagine how awesome it would be to reach the point where we simply live to make others happy as a service to God.

The world is full of people with needs. There is always someone, somewhere, who needs a word of encouragement. Someone needs a babysitter, help with transportation, or financial help. I find that when I spend time with God I feel a strong desire to help somebody and I have learned that desire is God speaking to me. God is good and when we spend time with Him we want to do good things for others.

Ask God each day to show you whom you can bless and remember that where love is, God abides (see 1 John 4:12).

– Joyce Meyer

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2019 Consecration

Since it’s the first month of the year a lot of Christians are fasting, which is a means of consecration that includes a lot of prayer and a lot of cutting back on (certain) food for an extended period of time.

Fasting brings us closer to God; cleanses our bodies, helps to develop discipline and prepares us to hear more clearly from God. It requires us to limit certain foods, beverages, practices, and habits.  It helps to manifest the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24), and it develops within us optimum spiritual, mental, and physical functionality (Daniel 1:18-20).
Have you ever wondered about fasting, but didn’t know where to start? If so, then know that you’re not alone.

7 Tips to Consecration Success

Here are 7 tips to help make your time of fasting and consecration a successful one:

  1. It’s for God – and we don’t want to let Him down (Matthew 6:33). Fasting gives us clearer reception to hear God’s voice and enables Him to work in our lives. Fast to create a deeper relationship with God in your relationships, your home, your marriage, your church, and your life.
  2. It’s good for you. –Fasting cleanses our bodies from the inside out, and helps us to develop temperance, discipline, and moderation (Daniel 1:8); as a result, it provides us with a healthier lifestyle, better memory, and a better body condition for the healing of both physical and mental afflictions. During your fast, you may also decide to turn off secular media; to clean, de-clutter and organize your home, and to increase prayer and meditation time. Consider everything which enters the body – including intercourse – which you may limit for a time mutually agreed-upon with your spouse (1 Corinthians 7:5).
  3. Do your homework. When we fast, we limit the quantities and types of foods we eat. Fasting returns us to a moderate, earth-based foods diet which consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and spices; and we eliminate artificial and processed foods and drinks; dairy, alcohol, fast foods, sugar, and salt. There are many advances in vegetarian and vegan food preparation these days, so fasting doesn’t restrict you to only celery, carrot sticks, and water!
  4. Be creative! Start by making a list of the healthy foods you like and begin your fast by limiting your fasting menu and recipes to those items. Use these foods as the foundation to create new recipes, or to alter existing recipes into a healthier version. It is also a great time to try new vegetarian or vegan options.
  5. Have only healthy snacks around the house and at work.Replace the chips, sodas, dairy, candy, sweeteners and other sugary items with healthy snacks like nuts, sliced fruits, unsweetened applesauce, figs, granola, blackberries or trail mix.
  6. Juice! Juicing is a great element to add to our diets at any time of the year. A day of juicing can be a healthy, nutrient-filled addition to your year-round eating routine, a good way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, and a great meal-replacement option. Remember that pureed vegetable soups are “juices” too! Include pureed vegetable soups on days where a fast calls for liquids only, as a warm “green meal”, or an alternative to a salad.  Just be sure to check the ingredients of commercially-made soups though (they often have wayyyy to much sodium) or make your own.
  7. Drink lots & lots of water. When we drink lots of water, it flushes out impurities and helps to re-balance us. It also helps to fill us up and to keep the cravings at bay. Try starting each day of your fast by consuming more water than you usually do; start your morning with at least 1 glass of water. Drink half your body weight in ounces daily; work up to consuming 1 half-gallon of water by noon.

A Final Important Tip to Remember

Often, we don’t want to start a fast because we believe we can’t give up our favorite foods, or we’re afraid that we don’t have the strength or willpower. Sacrificing for God, however, is an important discipline which fasting teaches, and it brings us unparalleled clarity and connection to God.  One thing that’s very important to remember when you’re enduring the rigors of a fast though: you will eat again. 

But resuming “normal” eating habits after a fast doesn’t mean going back to consuming the unhealthy foods, drinks, and habits. Start by increasing your intake of foods like applesauce, nuts and pureed juices in your diet, instead of foods loaded with sugar. When you’ve experienced the difference in your body and mind after clearing out the extra sugar, salt, and even pounds – who knows? It may inspire you to make a permanent change.  And if principles such as heightened awareness, mental transformation, peace, and self-control are important for you to develop in your life, then a consecration is a great place to start.

Allow fasting, consecration, and prayer to inspire you to use moderation as a lifestyle, to break the yoke of bondage to unhealthy habits, and to maintain a clearer connection with God.

(For further reading: Genesis 1:29, Exodus 34:28, Leviticus 20:7, Esther 4:16, Joel 2:12-13, Daniel 1:8-14, 10:3; Matthew 6:16-18, 33; Luke 4:2-4. 18:12; Acts 13:2, 14:23; 1 Corinthians 7:5, Galatians 5:16-25.)

Chocolate Vent Quote of the Week: “IF YOU CAN’T BUILD IT UP, DON’T TEAR IT DOWN.”

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” {Ephesians 4:29, 31}

#SundaySermon: The Word is Alive and Powerful

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12) 

Anytime God’s Word is present, healing power comes with it. The power of God for healing is available to be manifested anytime the Word of God is put forward. Why? God’s Word is full of healing power. God’s Word is anointed. There is healing power in the Word of God.

So when a person meditates the Word of God, speaks the Word of God, says the Word of God, acts on the Word of God, they are putting themselves in position to have released into their body the healing power of God.

Now notice that Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharp enough to divide soul, spirit and body. You see, there’s healing power in the Word to heal the soul. The soul is the mind, will and emotions of an individual.

There are lots of emotionally sick people walking around. I have ministered to thousands of them. Well, I want you to know, you are not going to get healing for your hurt from talking to your girlfriend. You are not going to get it from calling some talk show, talking to so and so psychoanalyst, as they give you two minutes over the air and psychologically discern and heal your problems. That’s not going to heal your emotional hurt. You are not going to get it from hanging with your mama or your daddy.

The thing that will heal you, if you are hurt emotionally, if you are torn emotionally, if you have been rendered almost incapacitated emotionally, is the Word of God. You need to meditate that Word. That is what you need to get into the Word and immerse yourself in the Word. You need to speak the Word over yourself. You need to make a decision to do what the Word says, because the Word has in it healing balm. It is the balm of Gilead. It will heal the hurt, stop the wound, build you up again and set you on your course of walking the way of a king and a priest in this life.

Chocolate Vent Quote of the Week: “THE WINDSHIELD IS ALWAYS BIGGER THAN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR.”

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” {Psalm 103:8-12}
 

#SundaySermon: Victory Through Him

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 AMP).

No matter what challenges you may be facing today—at work, home, in your health or in your relationships, God promises that even in the middle of “all these things”, you can have victory. How? Victory starts in your heart and mind. Victory starts with peace that passes understanding. That means that you can have peace when it doesn’t make sense to have peace. When the rest of the world is full of anxiety and worry, you can live in peace.

Victory “amid all these things” also means that you can have joy deep down in your soul. You can have so much joy that you can’t even explain why you have it! It’s supernatural. It’s joy unspeakable and full of His glory and power. When you begin to dwell on God’s promise of victory, something will change on the inside of you.

You may have felt like you were losing ground five minutes ago, but right now you can take hold of the victory He’s promised. Open your heart to Him and receive the joy and peace He longs to give you. Remember, the joy of the Lord is your strength, and as you embrace His joy, you’ll be empowered to rise above your challenges so you can move forward into the victory He has for you!

Prayer

Father in heaven, thank You for Your promise of victory! Thank You for Your peace during the storms of life. Fill me with Your joy and strength as I put my trust in You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

Chocolate Vent Quote of the Week: “GOD IS NOT FINISHED WRITING YOUR STORY, SO STOP TRYING TO STEAL HIS PEN.”

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” {Hebrews 12:2}