Word of the Day… September 12, 2014….

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Accepted  

He made us accepted in the Beloved.   —Ephesians 1:6 


All that God has done has been because of His grace, which means “unmerited favor.” You aren’t merely forgiven, justified, and cleansed of your sins; you have been received in love by God Himself. This is because of His deep love for His own Son, Jesus. Because His Son lives in you, you have found His favor. You have the approval of God because of what Jesus has done.


Some people have been raised in homes in which their father may have never demonstrated any kind of love toward them. Maybe he was cold and distant. Or maybe they, like me, were raised in a home where there wasn’t a father at all. We can transfer those emotions to God the Father. We can walk around in life feeling as though we don’t have the approval of God: If I just did this, God would notice. If worked a little harder, then God would love me.


God approves of you. You are “accepted in the Beloved” — not because you read your Bible a little bit longer, share Christ with more people, or give a little more in the offering. You are still accepted even when you don’t do all of that. You are accepted in the Beloved when you fail, when you trip up. You are accepted in the Beloved not because of what you have done, but because of what He has done.


In understanding this great truth, however, you should want to do everything for His glory—not to earn His approval, but because you already have it.  Loved this devotional today from Pastor Greg.  I am so happy that I am accepted and loved by the Lord!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

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Women as Pastors…..

There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation. I love being a woman of God. I think that we have it better than the men do. The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority.

There are many “objections” to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.


Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” instead of a “servant,” that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church to men. “Able to teach” is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the “husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and “men worthy of respect.” Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the “reason” perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with “for” and gives the “cause” of Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a “helper” for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions Pastor in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifting of them. I believe that it has to do a lot with the duties of the wife in the home. She brings life into the world. She teaches the children and runs her household and I can tell you from personal experience to do the job you are on call 24/7. That leaves little to no time to run a church. Remember that in the family of God there is no confusion and that is why I believe that the Lord set it up this way.


The Lord allows us to be the ones that bring life into the world and nurture and teach and train them up in the way of the Lord. I love the way a woman is portrayed in Proverbs 31:
Description of a Worthy Woman

10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.


12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.

14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.

15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.

18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.

20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.

26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:

29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

I think any woman who thinks that a Christian woman doesn’t have a mighty place in the community needs to read this verse every day. She runs everything. It says from her earnings she buys a field and plants a vineyard. She makes linen garments and belts and sells them. She has her own business here right out of her home. This is a woman to be reckoned with.


She is a woman of God who loves her husband and loves her place in his life. I believe he asks her opinions on everything and is proud of what she has brought into their family and home. I think that he delights in her and treats her like his queen. It says that she wears robes of purple and that is the color of royalty. She lives her witness to the Lord.
As a woman I believe that we have it much better than men do. We can travel the world as an evangelist preaching the Gospel, we can lead music and worship ministry and we can teach children and women. We have all of the best of ministry without all of the headaches. The Lord is not now nor has He ever claimed to be “Politically Correct” He is God. The bible tells us: “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” – Job 40:2


I always have people ask me about Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz and the many women who are out there preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.. They are not pastors they are evangelists.

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that we come before the Lord with a heart of Thanksgiving, remembering the greatest gift that God has given to us is Jesus…For His love goes on and on into eternity!!!  Many people do not like mystery, but love is both mysterious and sacred. A love so great that our Father sent His only Son to earth as an innocent babe born to die for all of the sin of the world! But death could not hold our Jesus. When you go to His tomb it is empty!!!He is not there!!!   He is risen and is alive and with us each day as we read the Bible and come before Him in prayer.  I pray that you find His love, the most powerful love in the universe…As Christians there is no barrier between us and the Lord, for His blood continues to cleanse us daily from our sin as we come before Him in prayer and through His Word.   Never forget that you are His Beloved; this will be your forever identity and I pray that you rejoice in this!!! HIS Love will prevail and the next time He comes back to earth it will not be as a defenseless babe in a manger or a broken man on a cross.  Jesus will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and every knee shall bow before Him!!!I pray that if you don’t know Jesus that you ask Him to come into your heart today…  If you want to know Jesus and start life new and fresh in Him, pray this with me:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 
If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  Welcome to the family!!!  I Love you All!!!  God Bless You!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6FB9TY

Word Of The Day… April 12, 2014…

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 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. Ephesians 1:4-6

If you are a Christian; it is because God chose you.  Jesus told His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). And for each of us who have received Jesus Christ as our Savior, we discovered that He chose us. This confuses many people because they realize that we have the ability to choose, and that is true. But God who knows all things, knows what we will choose; and He doesn’t pick losers. He picks winners.

You may say, “but that isn’t fair? What if God didn’t choose me?” Have you accepted Jesus Christ? If so, then He chose you. If you haven’t accepted Him, do it and you will find out you were chosen. If you don’t want to accept Him, why do you care if you were chosen or not?

I hope that you will make the choice to put Jesus Christ as the the center of your lives, so that you can walk in His word, His will, and His way for your lives. Take the time to start fresh. Make a commitment to get into the precious Word of God. It could change your life forever! I hope that each and every one of you has a Simply Heavenly weekend. God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/5NTgx7

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


Tonight I Pray that you realize that Jesus not only loves you but He likes you!  We can take everything to Him in prayer.  I pray that you trust Him to meet your needs one day at a time.  I pray that you delight yourself in the Lord and rejoice in Him with singing.  As you are still in His Presence, listen for His voice and for when you do there is a treasure there just waiting to be found as He pours out His blessings upon you.  Rest in the Lord tonight and let your slumber be filled His Peace that passes all understanding.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!!  ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/5NJF73

Asker Portrait
bluephoenixrising asked:What is the Biblical view on women pastors?

No they cannot. There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation.

The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority.

There are many “objections” to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.

A third common objection is that Paul is only referring to husbands and wives, not men and women in general. The Greek words in the passage could refer to husbands and wives; however, the basic meaning of the words refers to men and women. Further, the same Greek words are used in verses 8-10. Are only husbands to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger and disputing (verse 8)? Are only wives to dress modestly, have good deeds, and worship God (verses 9-10)? Of course not. Verses 8-10 clearly refer to all men and women, not only husbands and wives. There is nothing in the context that would indicate a switch to husbands and wives in verses 11-14.

Yet another frequent objection to this interpretation of women in ministry is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam’s only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel—hardly examples of godly female leadership. Most significantly, though, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to the issue. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present a new paradigm for the church—the body of Christ—and that paradigm involves the authority structure for the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity.

Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” instead of a “servant,” that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church. “Able to teach” is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the “husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and “men worthy of respect.” Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the “reason” perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with “for” and gives the “cause” of Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a “helper” for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions Pastor in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifting of them. I believe that it has to do a lot with the duties of the wife in the home. She teaches the children and runs her household and I can tell you from personal experience to do the job you are on cal 24/7. That leaves little to no time to run a church. Remember that in the family of God there is no confusion and that is why I believe that the Lord set it up this way.
As a woman I believe that we have it much better than men do. We can travel the world as an evangelist preaching the Gospel, we can lead music and worship ministry and we can teach children and women. We have all of the best of ministry without all of the headaches. The Lord is not now nor has He ever claimed to be “Politically Correct” He is God. The bible tells us: “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” – Job 40:2
I always have people ask me about Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz and the many women who are out there preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.. They are not pastors they are evangelists. God bless you!!!  God bless you and Maranatha!!! :):):)

Word of the Day… January 9, 2014

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What a Coincidence!  Or Was It….

So she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. Ruth 2:3 

Ruth was gleaning in the various fields in the area, and she happened to come to the part of the field that belonged to Boaz. 

Was this just a coincidence? I think not!  How numerous are the glorious “coincidences” in the life of the Christian. God tends to lead us in such a natural way that we don’t even notice His leading. He is guiding us, but we aren’t even aware of His guidance.

Some people who desire to be led by the Lord are waiting to hear an audible voice from heaven or to have God take complete control of their faculties and just manipulate them outside of their control.  Once in a great while we might hear an audible voice from heaven, but usually God guides us in a very natural ways.  In fact His ways are so natural that many times we are not even aware of them until we start to look back at our life.

I know that in my own life as I look back at some of the bone headed things I wanted to do in my life, I am so grateful to my Father in heaven for leading me in a different direction.  I find myself looking back and seeing the Lord in so many areas of my life that I just want to get on my knees and thank Him for saving me from myself!!!  God is good all the time!!!  Don’t be afraid to trust Him for your life for He will never let you down!!!  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!! 

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….


Tonight I Pray that we all thank the Lord for the families that He has placed us in.  I pray that each and every one of us realize how lucky we are to be a part of His Family and that the love of the Lord Jesus goes on even on into the future glory of forever!!!  He is the Lover of our soul who will never let us go!!!  

Draw near to God tonight and He will draw near to you!!!  I pray that you realize that love is precious and sacred because HIS love is the essence of the perfect relationship we have within the Holy Trinity.  It is how our Lord Jesus chooses to relate to us.  There is no barrier between us because His blood continues to cleanse us from our sin. 

 I pray that you meditate on the strength of His Great Love,  many waters cannot wash it away or quench it.  HIS Love is the most powerful source in the Universe!!! It will prevail throughout our life into eternity. Never forget that you are HIS Beloved for better or worse forever we’ll be… HIS Love it unites us and it binds us to Him… He’s the Giver of Life and He’ll clothe us in white, what an immaculate Bride we will be!!! This will be our forever identity.  I pray that we all rejoice in the Light of His Glorious Love!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.  I Love You All!!!  God Bless you!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4f1jrZ

MANY OF YOU HAVE ASKED FOR HEALTHY GUIDELINES TO CHRISTIAN PRAYER AND FASTING. REMEMBER THAT FASTING IS ONLY AN ACCESSORY TO PRAYER.

How to Begin Your Fast

How you begin and conduct your fast will largely determine your success.  By following these steps to fasting they will make your time with the Lord  more meaningful and spiritually rewarding.

STEP ONE: SET YOUR OBJECTIVE

Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, guidance, resolution to problems, healing, for special grace to handle a difficult situation?  Ask the Holy spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast.  This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically. Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the holy spirit will stir our souls, awaken churches, and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.  Make this a priority in your fasting.

STEP TWO:  MAKE YOUR COMMITMENT 

Pray about what kind of fast you should undertake.  Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast. (Matthew 6:16-18   9:14, 15) for Him it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they would do it.  Before you fast decide the following up front:   

How long you will fast - one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, forty days (Beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts.)

The type of fast God wants you to undertake (such as water only, or water and juices; what kinds of juices you will drink and how often)

What physical or social activities you will restrict

 How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s Word

Making these commitments ahead of time will help you to sustain your fast.  

When physical temptations and life’s pressures tempt you to abandon it.

STEP THREE:  PREPARE YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY

The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Unconfessed sin will hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:  

Ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins.

 Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept

God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4).

Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.

Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15.

Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1,2).

Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-13).

Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6).  Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16,17).

STEP FOUR:  PREPARE YOURSELF PHYSICALLY

Fasting requires reasonable precautions.  Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medicines or have a chronic ailment. Some persons should never fast without professional supervision.

Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine a little easier so you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer. 

Do not rush into your fast.

Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods.

Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.

Your time for fasting and prayer has come.  You are abstaining from all solid foods and have began to seek the Lord.  Here are some helpful suggestions to consider:

Avoid drugs, even natural herbal drugs and homeopathic remedies.  Medication should only be withdrawn only with your Physicians supervision. 

Limit your activity.

Exercise only moderately. Walk one to three miles each day if convenient and comfortable.

Rest as much as your schedule will permit.

Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety.

Expect some physical discomforts, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains, dizziness, or the “blahs.” Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness, or sleeplessness.

The first two or three days are usually the hardest.  As you continue to fast you are likely to experience a sense of well- being both physically and spiritually.  However, should you feel hunger pains, increase your liquid intake.  

STEP 5:PUT YOURSELF ON A SCHEDULE

For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord.  Listen for His leading.  The more time you spend with Him the more meaningful your fast will be.

MORNING:    

Begin your day in praise and worship.

Read and meditate on God’s Word, preferably on your knees.

Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.

Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.

Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.

NOON:

Return to prayer and God’s Word.

Take a short prayer walk.

Spend time in intercessory prayer for your community’s and nation’s leaders, for the world’s unreached millions, for your family or special needs.

EVENING:

Get alone for an unhurried time of “seeking His face.”

If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.

Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.

When possible begin and end each day on your knees with a spouse for a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to God. Longer periods of time with our Lord in prayer and study of his Word are often better done alone.

A dietary routine is vital as well. Dr. Julio Ruibal, a nutritionist, pastor, and a specialist in fasting and prayer - suggest a daily schedule and a list of juices you may find useful and satisfying.  Modify this schedule and the drinks  you take to suit your tastes and circumstances.

5:00 to 8:00 A.M.

Fruit juices, preferably freshly squeezed or blended and diluted in 50 percent distilled water if the fruit is acid. Apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, or other fruit juices are generally preferred. If you cannot do your own juicing, buy juices without sugar or additives.

10:30 A.M. - noon

Fresh vegetable juice made from lettuce, celery, and carrots in three equal parts.

2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Herb tea with a drop of honey. Avoid black tea or any tea with caffeine.

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Broth made from boiling potatoes, celery, and carrots with no salt. After boiling about half an hour, pour the water into a container and drink it.

Drinking fruit juice will decrease your hunger pains and give you some natural sugar energy. The taste and lift will motivate and strengthen you to continue.

The best juices are made from fresh watermelon, lemons, grapes, apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, celery, or leafy green vegetables. In cold weather, you may enjoy a warm vegetable broth.

Mix acidic juices (orange and tomato) with water for your stomach’s sake.

Avoid caffeinated drinks. And avoid chewing gum or mints, even if your breath is bad. They stimulate digestive action in your stomach.

STEP SIX:  END YOUR FAST GRADUALLY

Begin eating gradually.  Do not eat solid foods immediately after you fast.  Suddenly reintroducing solid foods to your stomach and digestive tract will likely have negative, or even dangerous, consequences.   Try several smaller meals or snacks each day.  If you end a fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will result in continued good health.    

Here are some suggestions to help you end your fast properly:

Break an extended water fast with fruit such as watermelon.

While continuing to drink fruit or vegetable juices, add the following:

First day: Add a raw salad.

Second day: Add baked or boiled potato, no butter or seasoning.

Third day: Add a steamed vegetable.

Thereafter: Begin to reintroduce your normal diet.

Gradually return to regular eating with several small snacks during the first few days.  Start with a little soup and fresh fruit such as watermelon and cantaloupe. Advance to a few tablespoons of solid foods such as raw fruits and vegetables or a raw salad and baked potato.

STEP SEVEN: EXPECT RESULTS:

If you sincerely humble yourself before the Lord, repent, pray and seek God’s face;  if you consistently meditate on His Word, you will experience a heightened awareness of His Presence (John 14:21).  The Lord will give you fresh new spiritual insights.  Your confidence and faith in God will be strengthened. You will feel mentally, physically and spiritually refreshed. You will see answers to your prayers.

A single fast is not a spiritual cure-all.   Just as we need fresh infillings of the Holy spirit daily,  we also need new times of fasting before God. A 24 hour fast each week has been very rewarding for many Christians.

It takes time to build your spiritual fasting muscles.  If you fail to make it through your first fast do not be discouraged.    You may have tried to fast too long the first time.  Or you may need to strengthen your understanding and resolve.   Maybe try a shorter fast and work your way up to longer periods.  Take it to the Lord in prayer and see where He leads you.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE AND MAINTAIN YOUR PERSONAL REVIVAL:

1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any un-confessed sin in your life.

2. Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you. Make restitution where God leads.

3. Examine your motives in every word and deed. Ask the Lord to search and cleanse your heart daily.

4. Ask the Holy Spirit to guard your walk against complacency and mediocrity.

5. Praise and give thanks to God continually in all ways on all days, regardless of your circumstances.

6. Refuse to obey your carnal (worldly) nature (Galatians 5:16,17).

7. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Develop utter dependence on Him with total submission and humility.

8. Study the attributes of God.

9. Hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6).

10. Love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37).

11. Appropriate the continual fullness and control of the Holy Spirit by faith on the basis of God’s command (Ephesians 5:18) and promise (1 John 5:14,15).

12. Read, study, meditate on, and memorize God’s holy, inspired, inerrant Word daily (Colossians 3:16).

13. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

14. Fast and pray one 24-hour period each week. Prayerfully consider becoming one of the two million Christians who will fast for forty days before the end of the year 2012.

15. Seek to share Christ daily as a way of life.

16. Determine to live a holy, godly life of obedience and faith.

17. Start or join a home or church Bible study group that emphasizes revival and a holy life.

Never forget that all glory and honor go to The Lord Jesus Christ..  May He bless you!!!

 




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