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What I learnt about fasting…

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Every onset of the new year, our church comes together as a congregation for 21 days of fasting and prayer…this was the first time I participated in this and I’ve learnt a lot from my experience, so I thought I’d share…

Most of what I learnt was through the various teachings that I heard during this time and I just wanted to pick a few of them that really stood out to me and were a really big game changer for me as a believer.

Fasting isn’t about making God do something for us,  it’s a way of gaining a spiritual connection with God, through emptying ourselves of distraction and filling ourselves with his spirit. Through this spiritual connection we gain divine wisdom, direction, guidance, favor and ammunition against our battles.

I’ve heard of a lot of people fast for various things, a job, a spouse, healing…you name it, and at times this can really give you the wrong idea of what fasting is about, because during or after fasting people do experience a lot of miracles as a result.

However, we do not fast to manipulate God into answering our prayers, we fast to remove distractions and to offer our bodies, mind and soul as a living sacrifice to the Lord.

As a result, during this time we are more open to receive and hear from God, we have a clearer connection with him and we can easily fight the spiritual warfare.

I have two favorite stories in the bible about fasting and prayer, one was when the disciples tried to heal a sick boy and they failed and Jesus was able to, when they asked him why they couldn’t heal the boy he told them, that kind of “spirit” can only be removed by fasting and prayer. This teaches us that some battles we’re fighting need extra ammunition/intervention, we need to go in with fasting and prayer to be able to overcome.

Matthew 17:15-21 (NKJV)

15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic[a] and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

The second story I love is of Queen Esther and how she found favor from the King due to her and her people fasting and praying…As believers, we do not fight in the physical, but we fight in the spiritual, we let God do the fighting on our behalf!!!

Esther 4:15-17 (NKJV)

15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.

Esther 5:1-3 (NKJV)

Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.[a] So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.

And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!”

Ultimately, I learnt, whatever problem we face or before we make any important decisions, it’s best to seek the face of God by removing distractions through fasting and praying…when we fast and pray we gain a spiritual connection with God and receive his wisdom, guidance and favor.

XOXO,

Dee

PS: The images above are from September 2017, still trying to catch up here on the blog :)



Are you motivated By Love…(Day 28) What Is Love? Challenge

1 Corinthian 13 : 1 -7

Today’s scripture (Day 28 “What Is Love?” Challenge) is one of the most popular bible verses about love. I think every christian knows these verses…and it’s a favorite among many.

What I love about today’s scripture is, if you have any confusion or doubt about What Love Is, it clearly lays it out…

We’re given a clear definition/guideline/checklist of what LOVE IS…and what it’s NOT…

and at any point in time, we can always asses our relationships, we can clearly see if our relationships are loving or not…we can always look at these scriptures and remind ourselves to operate from a place of LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:1-7(ESV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Sometimes as christians, we get so caught up with works, gifts and ministry…but what really motivates us to do all that we do?

Are we doing what we do out of selfish ambition, righteousness, religious rituals? or are we motivated by God’s LOVE that’s within us? God wants all that we do to be done in LOVE…

At the end of the day, it is all meaningless if we don’t have LOVE…all the material possession, recognition and power can never substitute the need for LOVE…the truly richest people in the world are those who give and receive genuine LOVE…

knowingly and unknowingly, LOVE is what everyone seeks…

Sometimes we think that we need to do something “big” to make an impact…but it’s those little acts of love that we do everyday that can cause a ripple effect in the lives of others…

“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”

- Maya Angelou

The greatest gift we can give and receive is that of LOVE, the more LOVE we give, the more we will RECEIVE…

those who don’t give LOVE are usually hurting themselves and hindering themselves from receiving the greatest gift of all…

I pray that God may give us the grace to be of service to others in LOVE, to LOVE others the way he LOVES, to be motivated by LOVE in all that we do and to experience the greatest gift of all (i.e LOVE) each and every moment of our lives…

Love always,

XOXO,

Dee



The Meaning Of Marriage

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For most people, marriage is a life goal…for most women this takes on a whole other level, since we’re little girls, we’ve been fantasizing, role playing with dolls, dreaming of taking on the role of a wife and mother…

Fairytales like “cinderella”, “beauty and the beast” and “snow white” make us long for the day our prince charming will show up and we’ll ultimately live that fairy tale happily ever after… and when we grow older we continue with this longing through romantic novels, movies and TV, but reality is often very different from our expectations…

We often think about the final destination and forget to think about what it exactly means to be in a marriage…most of us think, marriage should make us happy, that our significant other should meet all our needs, satisfy all our requirements, fulfil the longing and desires we have, make our dreams come true…and that’s a tall order to fill…the reality is selfishness has no place in a marriage…marriage is about two becoming one, mind, body and soul…not each person in the marriage trying to convert the other person into doing what they want them to do…

God intended for marriage to be a ministry, where we learn to be more and more like him…to reflect the love that he has for his bride…

Today, I wanted to share a quote from Paul Washer on, the “Meaning Of Marriage” this is not a popular view of what marriage is…but it is what God intended for it to be…

The Meaning Of Marriage 

“How would you ever learn unconditional love if you were married to someone who met all the conditions? How would you ever learn mercy, patience, long-suffering, heartfelt compassion if you were married to someone who never failed you, who was never difficult with you, who never sinned against you, who was never slow to acknowledge their sin or ask for forgiveness? How would you ever learn grace to pour out your favor on someone who did not deserve it if you were married to someone who was always deserving of all good things? The main purpose of marriage is that, through your marriage, you become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Marriage, I believe, is the greatest instrument of sanctification.”  

- Paul Washer, God’s Glory in Marriage

Ephesians 5:25-33 (NKJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Love Always,

XOXO

Dee

 



Love Is Sacrificial…(Day 25) What Is Love? Challenge

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When most of us think about LOVE, we often think about it in the context of romantic relationships…we think of the emotions that come with “falling in love” with someone. But in today’s scriptures (Day 25 – What Is Love? Challenge),  we learn that God’s definition of Love is SACRIFICE…it’s not a feeling that grows hot or cold based on how other people treat us… love doesn’t cease to exist because our emotions have grown cold…it’s a constant CHOICE we have to make.

John 15:9-13 (ESV)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Naturally, we have a hard time following God’s commandments because it goes against our fleshy sinful nature. But if we LOVE God and want to abide in his LOVE we have to make the conscious choice to keep his commandments, that’s the only way we can find true joy in this world.

Jesus says, we’re to show the same type of love to one another, we have to consciously make the choice to love one another even when we don’t feel like it…this is LOVE.

If you’re a parent or are married, then you know that a lot of times you have to do things that you don’t feel like doing…you have to wake up in the middle of the night to soothe a crying baby, or a sick child while, you had a stressful day, are sick yourself or while you’d rather catch up on sleep.

You have to wake up early in the morning before everyone else and make sure you get everything ready for your family, to start the day…all these actions are those of LOVE…sometimes your children will test your limits because of their defiant behaviour but you CHOSE to continue loving them anyway. Sometimes your spouse will disappoint you and hurt you but you have to chose to continue loving them anyway… LOVE is INTENTIONAL, we chose to love others inspite of their flaws.

When we chose to follow God’s commandments we’re building the muscle of SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE, SUBMISSION and LOVE, if we can be OBEDIENT to God, if we can SUBMIT to God and LOVE him, then it becomes easier to do the same for others.

Jesus says, the greatest life is laying one’s life for his own friends…this is what Jesus did, he left his Holy throne of Majesty, to take upon a human body, to live like we do, to be tempted like we do, to experience shame, pain and suffering like we do…

Even though Jesus was God and loved humanity deeply and was willing to give up his own life as a sacrifice, he was also human and his human side was weak…he had to fast and pray intensely to overcome his flesh. He asked God if there was any other way he can save humanity without having to “drink from the cup” of suffering but ultimately he surrendered and submitted to God’s will. He chose to be obedient and sacrifice his own life for his “friends”.

Luke 22:42 (ESV)

42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

We may not have to go to this extent to show LOVE for others but we’re still called to “carry ” our cross each day, to cast aside our pride and ego, to overcome our carnal needs and desires, to “die” to ourselves each day, to “crucify” our sinful nature each day and to CHOSE to submit and obey God’s commandments, this is how we LOVE God and others.

Love always,

XOXO,

 Dee