Archive for March, 2015


Giving Up During Holy Week

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week, leading up to Easter. During this time, write down some things that you will totally abstain from during Holy Week:
This is a ritual whereby many people give up something for a period of time in anticipation of a celebration of new beginnings.
Here are some things you can choose from, that you might consider giving up:
Intangible:
Winning an argument
Talking negatively about others
Lamenting missed opportunities
Resentment toward someone
Anxiety about the future
Focusing on your perceived weaknesses
Repeating gossip
Anger and resentment
Un-forgiveness
Hatred
Jealousy
Grudge
Greed
Fear
Doubt
etc.
Tangible:
– Favorite foods
– Drinks
– Meat
– Poultry
– Fast Food
– Favorite TV Shows
– Facebook
– Twitter
– Instagram
– Video Games
– Over-excessive Use of Cell Phones
– etc.
Holy Week is not about giving up something that you enjoy in an effort to somehow please God. You’re to also give up something that’s holding you back. The benefit of such a practice is that you give yourself time to create new habits which will enhance your soul’s expression and bring about great blessings, peace and joy.
 Holy Week
 
Happy Holy Week!

 

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Hosanna In The Highest!

“And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee (Matthew 21:9-11).”

Hosanna

The word, “Hosanna” is used to express adoration, praise, or joy. When Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He was met with great adoration by the people who placed palm leaves in His pathway. This expression of adoration, praise and joy leading up to the crucifixion, symbolizes the victory that Jesus would gain on the cross. Palm Sunday is a time to celebrate Jesus’ journey to the cross, and the ultimate sacrifice that He made, that would be the greatest victory in Christianity. It is the beginning of the Holy Week leading up to Easter.

As we celebrate Palm Sunday, you need to understand your journey here on this earth. Remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for you, and that you have already overcome by His blood.

Hammock

Maintain your peace at all times, says the Lord. To do that you have to stay focused spiritually and not allow frustration to open the door to an attack of the enemy. Be calm and continue to trust that I will show you the way through every challenge even when it has become a maze of confusion. Preserve your poise. (Poise is defined as a stably balanced state, equilibrium, self-assurance, gracious tact in coping).

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

 

 

Contributed: Spirit of Prophecy – Marsha Burns

People in the world are desperately looking for answers: answers to problems, answers to difficult questions, answers to pain and suffering — everyone wants answers to life’s questions. But so many people look for right answers in all the wrong places: psychics, mediums, weegie boards, star charts, spiritists, astrological signs, and other similar places. Sadly, some of the most visited sites on the Internet contain popular horoscopes.

However, God sternly warns His people not to turn to such things. In Leviticus 19:31, God tells us, “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.” Only a few verses later, He again warns: “I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people” (Leviticus 20:6).

The Bible instructs us not to turn to worldly things for answers. Instead, we are to turn to Jesus, who is the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6). Jesus is not one of the ways; He is the way. You will get real answers to life’s difficult questions only from God.

So, instead of spending $3.99 per minute looking for right answers in wrong places, turn to the all-knowing God, himself, the creator of the universe!

Contributed: Christ Notes

“Why Am I Here?”

Have you ever ask yourself, “Why am I here?” I guess if you are seeking to find out why you are here, you have been thinking about your God-given purpose(s) here on this earth.  Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Having done this, He has a purpose for you to fulfill, and that is to walk in your Kingdom assignment(s). However, many people today have not identify their Kingdom assignment(s). They are just living their day-to-day life trying to get all that they desire from this life. Although this may be so, when you seek your Kingdom assignment(s) first, whatever you desire in this life, God will give it to you (Matthew 6:33).

You have got to strike a balance on this earth. You have to take care of your day-to-day affairs, realize your dreams, but at the same time, maintain a spiritual relationship with God. At the end of it all, when you see Jesus, what report will you give to Him? What are you going to tell Him that you have done for Him while you were here? Will you hear, “Well done, you good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21)?

Why worry about tomorrow? If you trust the Lord to take care of your needs, while you take care of His business, you do not have to worry about what the future holds. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they” (Matthew 6:25-26)?

Life is short, by the time you look around, you’re not the young vibrant person you used to be, and before you know it, life is over! Moreover, tomorrow is not promised to anyone. With that being said, you have got to live life to the fullest, but do not forget that at the end of if it all, you have a report to give to the Lord. Have you fulfilled your Kingdom assignment(s) while you were here on this earth?

If you are walking in your Kingdom assignment (s), you will still need to find out if there are other assignments that God wants you to reposition to. Also, if you have not started walking in your Kingdom assignment(s), you will need to start asking God what He wants you to do in His Kingdom. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last” (C.T. Studd) .

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