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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!

 

Have you ever felt like you can’t make it through whatever situation you are facing in your life? You may feel distraught and broken, and your strength might have begun to deteriorate; however, this is the time when you will need some supernatural strength to help you make it through. You have to depend on God’s grace and mercy to help you along the way.

The Apostle Paul knew that even if he could not overcome all the obstacles and tribulations in his life, that God’s grace is sufficient to keep him. In his letter to the Corinthians, he told them, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Therefore, you have to take comfort in the fact that you too can take pleasure in your troubles, as if you depend on God’s grace, and not your own strength to take you through your tribulations, you will be strong, even at your weakest moment.

7 x 2 = 14, which means double portion of spiritual perfection. In the Gospel of Matthew 1:1-17, the genealogy of Jesus is divided into three sets of 14 generations.

In looking ahead towards the year 2014, it means you will encounter double portion of spiritual blessings. This is a divine year, especially for those of you who have encountered a spiritual warfare last year.

God has equipped you this year to receive even more than you have bargain for. Does this means your dreams and aspirations will be gained easily? NO! The enemy is at work to ensure that your spiritual and divine blessings are thwarted. Having this knowledge, you have to be vigilant in your warfare, in order to seize, that which the Lord lays before you.

In so doing, you have to be faithful in your spiritual journey with God. Through it all, He will help you to gain the double portion of spiritual perfection and blessings that He has in store for you in 2014. What are you waiting for? Come on! Seize the moment, it begins right now!

Seize the moment

all-things-are-possible

If you want to achieve a new home, a new car, a dream job, or the partner of your dream, healing from an incurable sickness, deliverance from an addiction, the ability to have children, or whatever else you desire that you think you cannot afford, or they are out of your reach, you’re looking at things in the natural.

So often I look on things through my natural eyes and tell God that I cannot afford it or they are out of my reach. However, the very things I looked on in the natural and thought that I couldn’t afford, as they were out of my budget or out of my reach, happened to be the very same things that God has given me.

God has allowed me to eat my words so many times, and I was so embarrassed, because I kept putting a limit on God and placing Him in a box. While I look on things in the natural and think they are impossible, God looks at things from a supernatural angle, and says, “All things are possible.”

If you’re looking at things in the natural, believing you cannot achieve them, you have to ask God for some more faith, patience and strength to see the things you desire from Him materialized through His supernatural power.

 

 

JesusWalksOnWater

When you feel you’re drowning ” in life’s situation; don’t worry, because your life guard walks on water.

Matthew 14:23-27 reminds you:

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

 

AltarDo you have a sacred place located in your home, where you can commune with God and Him alone?

If you don’t, it’s important for you to identify a sacred place in your home, where you can pray, meditate, praise, worship and commune with God.

For me, I have built an altar, using a small table. I placed it in my bedroom, because I can escape from the busyness of the other sections of my home, and have that peace and privacy with God alone.

If you desire to build an altar, you can use a small table or a night stand, and place holy objects and oils on your altar. For example, a cross of Jesus, your Bible, inspirational books, holy consecrated water, consecrated olive oil, holy candles, healing oils, etc. It depends on your preferences and practices.

Equally important, whenever I get any prayer requests, I usually add them to my prayer list and place them on the altar.  In addition, I continue to pray for all the needs, until they are met.

Although Jesus was very busy with His ministry, He always finds time to commune with God, and Him alone. After communing with God alone, Jesus usually comes back with a higher power of anointing; one so high, He performs powerful miracles and wonders.

It was after leaving the multitudes and His disciples to go up into the mountain alone to pray, that Jesus came down and walked on the water.

In Matthew 14:22-25, the Scriptures states:

22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there ALONE.

24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

As can be seen, when you have that sacred time with God and Him alone, you can experience miraculous happenings in your life, which you wouldn’t have otherwise experienced. However, it takes sacrifice to disregard all the distractions in your life and your busy schedule, to find that peace and privacy with God, and Him alone.

 

 

peace can be found in unlikely places.

Waterfall

Even in the darkest storms peace can be found by those who seek it. When turmoil and tension tear at your heart, pray for peace and most often you’ll find peace in prayer. Of course there is no need to wait for a storm, pray for peace right now.

Excerpt from All Devotion.

When you are faced with terrible situations in your life, who you look to for help and advice will determine how well you will get over these situations. Sometimes the people you turn to do not have all the answers and solutions, and cannot even help you through the situation. At times, even if they do have some answers and solutions that would help you through the situation, they refused to help.

There are some situations that face us that only God can deliver us. The doctors might not have all the answers, your pastor might not have all the answers, your attorney might not have all the answers, your family and friends might not have any of the solutions either, and lastly, you might not be able to find a way out of the situation yourself.

However, that’s why it’s crucial to get your help from the source that is always sure. David knew of this reliable source, and that’s why he wrote in Psalms 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the Hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and Earth.”

Therefore, when you are faced with any situation which deemed unbearable and unsolvable, just know that your help comes from a reliable and sure source – The Lord, which made Heaven and Earth.

I Just Need One Thing!

If God should ask you today to make a wish for one thing, what would you wish for? What would your desire be?

I can bet that some people would be wishing for all the things that the world has to offer, such as a brand new house, a brand new car, a husband, a wife, to be financially successful and be able to buy anything without checking how much it is, to be famous so that they feel important when others are noticing them, and the wish list could go on and on.

I will now share a true story with you of a man who could have gotten his wish for any of the above things of the world, however, there was just one thing that he desired. The Psalmist David knew that if he just seek after that one thing, everything else that he wanted, he would receive from God.

Therefore, he wrote in Psalms 27:4, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”

David had that passion to seek the things of God first. He already knew that once he takes care of God’s business, God will take care of his business. David went on to be a great king, who was very powerful and successful in all that he did. He had it all, just by seeking after the one and only thing that matters most – God.

After it’s all said and done, whatever you have achieved from this world will not matter, if you have not received Jesus. The Scripture says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)

Have you ever felt like you can’t make it through whatever situation you are facing in your life? You may feel distraught and broken, and your strength might have begun to deteriorate; however, this is the time when you will need some supernatural strength to help you make it through. You have to depend on God’s grace and mercy to help you along the way.

The Apostle Paul knew that even if he could not overcome all the obstacles and tribulations in his life, that God’s grace is sufficient to keep him. In his letter to the Corinthians, he told them, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Therefore, you have to take comfort in the fact that you too can take pleasure in your troubles, as if you depend on God’s grace, and not your own strength to take you through your tribulations, you will be strong, even at your weakest moment.

 

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