Friday, February 1, 2013
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Romans 8, Mark 16:18
As I was reading today's devotional "Use Your Delegated Authority" by Andrew Wommack, I
I was impressed by the urgency of this message. Entering a new year with hope and expectance, we should praise God for the great accomplishments we have made this year.
But the defeats we experienced in 2012 should just help us to avoid any mistakes we might have made. Loss, failure to achieve our goals, disappointments, whatever was not right is now history. It is not our portion. Our victory depends on who we are in Christ and not what we have been through. We should therefore remind ourselves of who we are in Christ and of the authority He has given us to dominate through the Holy Spirit. We are more than conquerors. We are coheirs with Christ.
Andrew Wommack wrote: “The power that is now working in believers is the same power that worked in Christ to raise Him from the dead. Everything we have as believers in Christ comes from our union with Him. Therefore, what is true of Him is true of us too. We have come to share in Christ's throne, to partake in the authority that the throne represents, and to exercise divine power and dominion. There is no place in the New Testament that tells us to ask God to do something about the devil. Rather, we, (the church) are told to do something about the devil. This is because we have been given delegated authority over the works of the enemy. God desires that the church be enlightened to this, and walk in victory.”
So let us start the new year fully equipped with this truth and walk in triumph.
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Cor. 15:57-58
"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place." 2 Cor. 2:14
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Staying positive in negative situations has to be a purposed effort. Psalms 16:11, tells us that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy. So regardless of the situation we can find joy if we stay in the presence of God.My sister is going through chemotherapy and I have spent the last two months with her. Chemotherapy is a very challenging treatment. There were times when I wondered how my sister would go through the day but she was always positive. This was only possible because she decided to trust God, stay in the Word and focus on His promises, rather than focus on the pain and the negative reports. Psalms 16:1 continues to say that at His right hand there are pleasures evermore.
My sister kept on reminding us that God is good. She would say it to herself, say it as we discussed the treatment and say it when visitors came. One important truth that shined through this experience is that God is good and He wants the best for us.
John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
If you are going through a negative situation, remember, God is on your side. He loves you and He wants you healthy and prosperous.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I can't stop praising God for His great love, care, protection and favor on my life. I just turned 68 and I am feeling better than I felt 10 years ago. It is all because of what Jesus did for us. His finished work which encompasses His unconditional love, grace, joy, peace, favor, protection, health, healing, guidance, provisions, victory and more!!!!!!!!!
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Fasting has been around for centuries. It is not a trend. It has been practiced by various groups both for spiritual health and for physical cleansing. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine believed fasting enabled the body to heal itself. Paracelsus, another great physician wrote centuries ago; “Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.”
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Fasting done the right way with the right motives:
- Encourages spending quality time with God as we pray, study and meditate on His Word
- Leads to a more intimate relationship with our loving Father God
- Stirs up and builds our faith in God and in Jesus’ accomplished work. Reminds us of who we are in Christ and of our ability through the Holy Spirit
- Helps us to listen to the Holy Spirit more intently, hear Him more clearly and follow His instructions more closely. Therefore fasting helps us to know the perfect will of God
- Reveals areas of weakness and compromise, helps us to submit to God and resist the devil, it helps us to reshape our private life and change direction.
- Helps eliminates bad habits like smoking and drug or drinking addictions
Since our main motive is to glorify God in our spirit and with our soul and body, we incorporate our fast with a nutrition program that teaches the effect of various types of fast on the body and how we can utilize the fasting discipline to maximize on its benefits for our spiritual life, our minds and our bodies the temples of God. As we dedicate our lives to studying the Word of God so that we may accomplish what is listed above, we also submit our bodies to God so that we may be good examples or ambassadors of His Kingdom here on earth. We remind ourselves of specific principles of nutrition, good eating habits and the right way to eat. Therefore, fasting also:
- Helps to improves dietary habits, Promotes awareness of healthy foods and healthy eating
- Reduces the stress on the digestive system and rests the body
- May improve the elimination system
- Rejuvenates health and slows aging
- May lower cholesterol and high blood pressure
- After 2nd day reduces hunger pangs and need for binging
- Is easily adaptable to a busy life
- Gives the body internal cleansing if done right
- Some individuals report healing results after certain types of fast. Did you know that animals stop eating when they are hurt or when they are sick? Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine believed fasting enabled the body to heal itself. Paracelsus, another great physician wrote centuries ago; “Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.”
Although some types of fast do not result in permanent weight loss, when adapted as a lifestyle, proper fasting can generate reasonable weight loss. For example, people who periodically first, one day a week, 3 days a month throughout the year or 21 days once year, are less likely to be troubled by weight management issues than those who never do. Periodic fasting will not only enhance your spiritual life, when combined with healthy eating habits, physical activity and proper rest, it will yield wonders in your physical and social life.
Do you have any concerns about fasting? We are here for you and if you want to share your experiences with us please don't hestate. Yours might change somebody's life!