Saturday, January 15, 2011

REST

Jesus found His rest in loving, saving and healing you!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

CREATIVE TEAM, UNPLUGGED

I am really excited for the mentorship happening in our Creative Team. It happens every Thursday at 7pm. We did into what it means to be an ultimate worshiper.

Tonight (the above picture), we had a practical workshop for any and all who want to worship, grow in team/band dynamics and in their skill. Our gifted leaders gave their time to mentor others. I love it!

If you are creative in any way and want to utilize your gifts to further the Kingdom of God, come every Thursday evening at 7pm. This Creative Team service is totally unplugged and completely for you!

Monday, January 10, 2011

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND POWERFUL FAST, PART V


Breaking your fast:

Take it from experience, don't go to Skippers for the all-you-can-eat buffet or greasy fast-food!

  • Understand that while you fast, your intestines and stomach shrink. It is important to not stuff your face. Introducing solid food right away can cause a serious stomach ache or worse.

  • Break a fast with vegetables, either steamed or raw. Eat lightly. Stop before you feel full.

  • Even a 3-day fast requires reasonable precautions. It is wise to start with a little soup - something thin and nourishing such as vegetable broth made from onion, celery, potatoes, and carrots - and fresh fruits.

  • In terms of resuming exercise, start slowly.

Fasting is a tremendous weapon and a source of power to every believer. God not only delivered Jehosaphat and many others due to fasting and prayer but annihilated their enemy and prospered His people.

In the book of Joel the Lord said, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh, your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…(Joel 2:28-29). God was going to pour out revival – afterward. He was revealing His will for His people-afterward. After what? After a fast. His promise to them was to pour out revival and blessings on the land.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND POWERFUL, PART IV


Nutrition:
  • Continue to take daily vitamins.

  • If you are beginning a juice fast, avoid juices with high-acid content, (ex. orange or tomato juice).

  • The best juices are fresh carrot, grape, celery, apple, cabbage, or beet. "green drinks" made from green leafy vegetables because they are excellent "de-toxifiers."

  • Fruit juices are "cleansers" and are best taken in the morning.

  • I suggest not taking products containing protein or fat, such as milk or soy-based drinks. These products will restart the digestion cycle and you will again feel hunger pangs.

How to make your experience the best it can be:

  • Prayer and fasting must always go together.

  • Arrange special time each day with God. Satan will do everything he can to pull you away from this time.

  • Do not become so caught up in praying for yourself and others that you forget about simply reverencing and praising God. True spiritual fasting focuses on God.

  • Do not be disappointed if you do not have a “mountaintop experience”. Many people who have successfully completed extended fasts tell of feeling a nearness to God that they have never felt before, but others have sought His face with no report of outward results. Be assured, God honors our commitment to pray and fast.

  • Your motive in fasting must be to glorify God, not to have an emotional experience, and not to attain personal happiness. With that, He will bless your time in a very special way

Saturday, January 8, 2011

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND POWERFUL FAST, PART III


How to manage your schedule while fasting:

2-fold reason for schedule adjustments…1st is physical. Throughout the fast, you may feel somewhat weaker than normal. During the first few days, you may feel tired and irritable.
  • You may want to lighten your workload and exercise routine.

  • If you engage in strenuous physical labor, you may wish to fast only one or more days of the week, limiting yourself to partial fasting. You may look to the weekends for fasting.

  • In the morning you may feel like you are on top of the world, but by evening you may be wrestling with the flesh-sorely tempted to raid the refrigerator and counting how many more days are left in your fast. To counteract temptations like these, take extra time with to spend with God. Step outside for a walk and talk to the Lord as you go. In the process, keep on sipping water or juice all day.

  • Fasting is not just denying yourself food. It is exchanging the needs of the physical body for those of the 2nd reason for adjusting, spiritual. If you dissipate energy on numerous errands or busy-work to the neglect of spending time with God, you will starve both physically and spiritually.

What to tell friends, co-workers and loved ones:

  • “I have other plans for lunch today.”

  • Christians should be satisfied when you answer that you are fasting today.

  • Don’t try to keep it a secret…allow your Christian friends to support you and pray for you during the fast.

  • If friends and family express concern for your health, ease their fears by telling them that you will stop fasting the moment you feel you are harming your body or if the Lord leads you to end your fast.

  • There is usually no reason for telling strangers or casual acquaintances that you are fasting. If you do, they may subject you to a lot of questions that you may not want to answer.

Friday, January 7, 2011

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND POWERFUL FAST, PART II


How to fast safely:

God never did the extraordinary with people that did the usual. We are responsible to take our relationship with Jesus further. WE must stir ourselves up in the Lord, as David did and fast and pray.

Fasting is about the condition of the heart, not the number of days…start slowly. Fast for one meal a day, one day a week, one week a month, a partial fast or even a Daniel fast (Refraining from foods one might otherwise enjoy. Daniel refrained from the King's delicacies, ate vegetables and drank water).

Fasting is about denying yourself of something you would usually do in order to focus purposely on the Lord. Some people should not do a dietary fast, it just does not work because of medical reasons, pregnancy, lactating, etc. Everyone certainly can give up TV, Internet, Books, hobbies, ect. for a certain time period; something that means something to you. A chosen fast is just that: giving up something in your life to create a void that you fill by spending time with God.

In any fast, the believer should pray and discern which things they will and will not partake of.

How to prepare yourself spiritually:

  • Examine your heart and detect any unconfessed sin. Ps.66:16-20 tells us God requires His people to repent of their sins before He will hear their prayers.

  • Confess any obvious and less obvious sins. Some less obvious sins may be: selfishness, unwillingness to share your faith, not spending enough time in the word and in prayer, poor relationship with your spouse, pastor, etc.

  • Develop a daily habit of heart-examination and continue throughout your fast.

  • Make a list of clarity you are seeking or goals for your fast.

How to prepare yourself physically:

  • Speak to a doctor, if necessary.

  • You will find it helpful to begin by eating smaller meals before you abstain altogether (this will trigger your mind, stomach and appetite that less food is acceptable). Resist the urge to have that “last big feast” before the fast.

  • Prepare your body by cutting out sugars and caffeine the day or two before. This will help avoid headaches.

  • Drink lots of water

Thursday, January 6, 2011

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND POWERFUL FAST, PART I


The Power of The Fast
  • Fasting is a powerful discipline. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded forty-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, "when you fast," not if you fast.

  • Matt. 5:6, "Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled."

  • Isaiah 58:6, "It this not the fast that I have chosen; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?"

  • Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the "first love" for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ...whether you desire to be closer to God, or are in need of great breakthroughs in your life.

  • Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, "I humble myself through fasting."

  • Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life.

  • The Holy Spirit will quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you!

  • Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.

  • Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life-and make you a channel of revival to others.

  • Fasting and prayer are the only disciplines that fulfill the requirements of II Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

  • Ps. 42:1-3, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
    2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
    3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, "Where is your God?"
    David knew fasting brings one into a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord. When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God. As David stated later in Ps. 42, “Deep calls unto deep.” David was fasting. His hunger and thirst for God were greater than his natural desire for food. As a result he reached a place where he could cry out from the depths of his spirit to the depths of God, even in the midst of his trial.

Satan gets disturbed and defeated when you decide to do more than be a Sunday morning Christian. He has probably tried to distract you or put fear in you that you cannot do a fast.
God never did the extraordinary with people that did the usual...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND POWERFUL FAST



Today marks Day 3 in our 21 Day For Breaking Free Fast.

Fasting has been somewhat of a lost art but beautifully important in the life of a believer. If you are interested in more information on fasting, a favorite source of mine is Dr. Bill Bright. He was an amazing man of wisdom in this area.

This post begins a five-part series entitled, "How to Have a Successful and Powerful Fast." In the next few days of our fast, I will post nuggets in these key areas:
Fasting Preparations
The power of the fast
How to manage your schedule while fasting as well as what to tell your friends, co-workers and loved ones
Nutrition
How to break or finish your fast in a healthy way!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Guest Post: THE HEART OF THANKSGIVING

We recently had Citipointe Live at The Rock Church who inspired us to begin a weekly meeting with the Creative Artists who are or desire to use their gifts in TRC. We are having an amazing time of worship and mentorship. Here are the notes from Terryl Padilla's message on The Heart of Thanksgiving:

The History of Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving is a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. This holiday has since moved away from its religious roots.

On Thanksgiving day, we make blanket statements in a 30 second prayer.

§ Thank you for my family

§ Thank you that everyone can be together

§ Thank you for the food that was prepared and the people that prepared it

All of these are great prayers, but really, how often do we say, “God, It was You that has brought every good thing into my life and I am grateful for what you’ve done”?

James 1:17 says:

17 Every good and perfect gift [comes] from above…”

As I was doing this study on the heart of thanksgiving, God impressed something on my heart:

The heart of Thanksgiving = Everything Comes from God

The root of Pride = Everything comes from me

The heart of thanksgiving will squelch the root of pride in our lives.

Entering His Gates with Thanksgiving:

Now I am not saying that everyone who is reading this is ungrateful. I know that for all of us, as worshippers, It is our job to Recognize what God has given us and Love praising him for it.

Psalm 100:4 says:

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

The Power of Our Words:

As worshippers, we also all have Power in the words we use. And sometimes we forget that. We forget that there is power in the words of a thankful heart.

We have the power of life in our worship, and in our daily conversations with God and those around us. We also have the potential to speak death into our lives and those around us.

When we don’t recognize that our words have the power of life and death, we are apt to use our words negatively.

I believe that the enemy loves to attack the thoughts and words of Worshippers. Satan will use the gift that God gives us to be the Trojan horse that steals everything from within us.

If I do find myself on the verge of depression, or speaking negatively, I look to the most emo artist ever… David!

He wrote things like:

Psalm 43:5

5 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!

And

Psalm 28:1-2

1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.
Do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you are silent,
I might as well give up and die.
2 Listen to my prayer for mercy
as I cry out to you for help,
as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

Even in our darkest hour, God is our hope, and our thoughts, words, and actions should reflect that. God has created EVERY single one of us to use our words to worship him. I truly believe that when we make a decision to speak words of Thanksgiving, it allows God to open the doors of blessing on our lives.

For the rest of this month, I would encourage you to keep a “Thanksgiving Journal” during your quiet times. You will be surprised with the things the Holy Spirit will bring to mind that you have never thanked God for before.

This Season reminds us of the reasons to be thankful. Let’s not let it end after December. Let our prayer be this:

“God, don’t let me forget where my gifts come from. Continually remind me of every single person, relationship and blessing that I can be thankful for”.