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Pray, Fast, Repeat: The Benefits of Fasting

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Isaiah 58:5-12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

Is such a fast as yours what I have chosen, a day for a man to humble himself with sorrow in his soul? [Is true fasting merely mechanical?] Is it only to bow down his head like a bulrush and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him [to indicate a condition of heart that he does not have]? Will you call this a fast and an acceptable day to the Lord?

[Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke?

Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house—when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?

Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust, andwicked speaking,

10 And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.

11 And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.

12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

Isaiah 58:5-12 outlines the purpose and the benefits of fasting. Check out the video for a detailed discussion on the benefits revealed in this passage of scripture:

  1. Your light will break forth

  2. Your health will spring forth speedily

  3. Your righteousness will bring peace and prosperity

  4. The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard

  5. God will answer when you call

  6. Your light will rise in darkness

  7. The Lord will guide you continually

  8. The Lord will satisfy you in your drought and dry places

  9. You will be like a watered garden

  10. Your waters will never run dry

  11. You will be the repairer of the breach

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Pray! Fast! Repeat!

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Pray! Fast! Repeat!

January is usually the time when we make the decision to fast either corporately or individually. This video helps understand the meaning of fasting, how to prepare for a fast and what does and doesn’t constitute a fast.

Until next week….

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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Positioned to Transition: The Position of Prayer and Fasting

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We have transitioned into a new year, and often times we start the year with a fast. Fasting gives us an opportunity to draw closer to God and receive direction. Check out the video as we discuss the importance of prayer and fasting , and share the word for 2019.

Until next week….

Be blessed, but first comes obedience.

Rev. Robin

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2019 The Year of Manifestation: The Wait is Over

2019 The Year of Manifestation: The Wait is Over

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 2019 will be the year of the manifestation of my power and my promises. You have allowed my power to position you to receive the promise. However, there must be continual and consistent maintenance of the power in order for the promise to be revealed. Keep your eyes on me. Don’t be distracted when you see movement in others lives and physically don’t see any movement in your life. Stay in my presence. Look into the realm of the spirit. Know that I am sending the rain. Don’t discount the small cloud, for out of it will come an abundance of rain. Your drought season is over. Where there has been a drought in your health, I’m sending the rain of healing. Where it appears the brook has dried up in your finances, I’m bringing forth water from the rock to replenish. Where there has been a season of turmoil I’m releasing the rain to end the drought of peace. Know that the wait is over. As you wait on me, I am renewing your strength to remove the weight of every dry season. You will now soar as the eagle. Doors are opened! Miracles will break forth! Businesses are birthed! Marriages restored! Ministries will experience exponential growth! Whatever I’ve promised you, maintain the power, for this is the year of manifestation. Your wait is over!

Scripture references: John 15:5, Isaiah 30:21, 1 Kings 18:41-46, Isaiah 40:31

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

 

   

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Positioned to Transition: The Position of Prayer

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In preparation to move into 2019, it is the position of faith that leads us to the position of prayer. Check out the video for tips on how the position of prayer will prepare you to transition into 2019.

Until next week….

Be blessed, but first comes obedience.

Rev. Robin

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Positioned for Transition: The Position of Faith

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Last week we talked about the importance of the position of faith, but it does no good to talk about it if you don’t know how to get into that position. Here are some steps that will help get in position:

Study, Sacrifice, Speak

If you’re thinking about moving into a new position in your education, job or your career, one of the first things you need to do is to find out everything you can about that position. For example, when transitioning from high school to college, most colleges require the applicant to at least take the SAT exam. Some require both the SAT and ACT. For most, these exams are not easy, and therefore require one to study. So what is studying? It is reviewing, rehearsing and memorizing information about a specific subject. So what does studying have to do with faith? Well Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Read amplified, and (2 Tim 3:16). This hearing is not a one time hearing, but a repetitive hearing of the word. (Josh 1:8). Why do we study? 2 Tim 2:15 because without faith it’s impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). So just as we would carve out time to study for various exams, or prepare for interviews so that we can go to the next level, we must carve out time to study the word in order to get in and remain in the position of faith. Most often this will require sacrifice, i.e. getting up early, fasting, less social activity, etc. Once we’ve made the sacrifice to study, when then have to speak the word. The more we speak, the more we build up our faith.

Follow Instruction

You may be saying, but I thought that faith was simply just believing the word. Believing the word is necessary, however, we have a role to play in order for what we’re believing to manifest.  There has to be a corresponding action-James 2:14-26. This is not optional, but a requirement-John 21: 1-14.

Develop the position of obedience and consistency

Faith defies all odds-Mark 2:3-5. Must be full of faith-Acts 6, Acts 11:24, Heb 10:22

Until next week….

Be blessed but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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Positioned for Transition

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We’ve entered a new month and we’re approaching a new year. Are you ready for the transition? One area to evaluate is your position of faith. Check out the video for more info. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Until next week…

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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The Vessel of Grace: Called or Chosen

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The Vessel of Grace: Called or Chosen

In today’s society, we often hear people talk about their calling, or people will say “he/she is walking in their calling”.  So what does it really mean to be called? There are many definitions, but a couple that stood out to me are:

1.    To ask or invite to come

2.    To summon by or as if by divine command

The first definition reminds me of the casting call for plays, musicals or television shows. An announcement is made inviting those interested to “try out” to be a part of the production. For example, the American Idol show goes to various cities and states, and people line up for a chance to audition to be the next American Idol. People come and sing their hearts out and there is a process of elimination until finally, someone is chosen to be the next American Idol. The second definition implies there is an internal prompting or nudging towards something. This divine command is most often thought of as it pertains to ministry. You will often hear those in ministry say “I knew I was called to the ministry at an early age”. What’s interesting about both of these definitions is that it doesn’t stop at being called. There is a process for going from being called to being chosen.

To be chosen is defined as:

1.    Selected from several or preferred

2.    Theologically-The Elect

a.    A person or the persons chosen or worthy to be chosen

b.    A person or persons chosen by God especially for favor or salvation

If we go back to our example of the American Idol, the winner is ultimately the person who is selected and preferred from several other participants, however, this does not necessarily mean they have a divine calling to sing. As it pertains to ministry, most churches have a selection process when searching for a pastor and the candidate that is chosen is found worthy of fulfilling the role based on meeting various requirements. However, in everyday life, there are those chosen to fulfill specific roles or jobs simply because of the favor of God upon their life. Their resume doesn’t show they’re qualified, but God’s favor opens the door.

So what does all of this have to do with being a vessel of grace? I’m so glad you asked. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are a chosen generation. As believers, we have been chosen by God and we were chosen before the foundations of the world (Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 1:4). Hebrews 12:28 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear”. We have been chosen to receive the kingdom of God and it is God’s grace that allows us to serve Him with reverence and godly fear. Even in the midst of our sin, God will choose us to be his mouthpiece, his vessel for the kingdom. This example is found in Acts 9, with the conversion of Saul to Paul. God tells Ananias that Saul is a “chosen vessel” (Acts 9:15).

Like Saul, we are chosen vessels. Matthew 22:14 reminds us that many are called but few are chosen. We have been chosen to be carriers of God’s grace, his enabling power. This power is not only for us, but for us to share with others. Our ultimate assignment is to share the gospel with those that don’t know God. This is what is meant by “seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). Like Saul, we will share in the sufferings of Christ. This is the process that we go through while becoming the vessels of God. However, we must not be moved by situations or circumstances. We must be satisfied with God’s grace, for it is sufficient or enough to get us through. Our obedience to God is our works mixed with faith that will profit us (James 2:14) and cause us to be vessels of honor. Remember, like Esther, you were chosen for such a time as this (Esther 4;14), so go forth in boldness and with the grace of God to fulfill what he has called you to do. Until next week….

Be blessed but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

 

 

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The Vessel of Grace

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Vessels come in all shapes and sizes and are used to house various types of things. The material that the vessel is made of determines what can be stored inside of the vessel. There are several definitions for the word vessel, but the last definition in dictionary.com says a vessel is “a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, especially something non-material: a vessel of grace; a vessel of wrath”. Grace is defined as favor or goodwill, and theologically grace is also God’s enabling power. So what does it mean to be a vessel of grace? To answer that question, we need to understand how vessels are made.

 In Jeremiah 18, we learn about the vessel made of clay. A key trait about this vessel is that it is pliable and the potter is able to mold it and shape it into the type of vessel he desires. We also see, that if this vessel gets marred in the process, the potter will start completely over. This is because it’s important for the vessel not to have any cracks before it goes into the fire. The fire is what hardens the clay. If there is a crack in the vessel once it’s been hardened, the contents that are poured into it will leak out. As believers we are vessels of clay and have the water and the oil on the inside of us. The water represents the word and the Holy Spirit and the oil represents the anointing. It’s God’s desire that we are healed and whole. We must be clothed with the armor of God, but if there is a crack in our armor the water will begin to leak out causing us not be able to stand against the enemy. It is only by God’s grace that we are able to maintain our armor. As we practice abiding in Jesus according to John 15, we are able to be the vessels of grace that God desires. We must remain pliable, teachable and moldable. We must be willing to allow God to refine our character, even if sometimes he has to allow us to go through the refiner’s fire.

 Glass vessels are also shaped with the use of fire, so again we can’t avoid or fight the process God uses to mold and shape us. As others look at the beauty of the glass, they should see the Christ in us. Ephesians 4:29 reminds us that our words should “minister grace to the hearers”. So we can’t be so quick to spout off or respond harshly, even if someone is treating us that way. It is God’s grace, his enabling power that allows us to ensure our words are seasoned with salt and full of grace (Colossians 4:6). Ultimately, God wants our character to truly look like his since he created us in his image (Genesis 1:26).

 I challenge you to do a self evaluation this week. Check your character. Check for cracks in your armor. If you find anything that’s out of order, go to the potter and allow him to mold and reshape you. Until next week…

 

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

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