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What to Do When You Are Struggling to Maintain a Fast (Fasting Edition #105)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Jentezen Franklin. He said: “Fasting gets you in a position to receive personal blessing and guidance for your life, and also for God to use you to reach others with His power.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “HOW TO HANDLE STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN A FAST” from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Fast one moment at a time. Remember, you’re fasting to seek God’s face. Humble yourself. I encourage an individual to realize Jesus not only did it himself, but also commanded us to do what He did.

Fasting is good for your physical body. Fasting is a marvelous way of bringing healing to your body. When Satan seeks to discourage and frustrate you, just fast and pray — the Lord Jesus will help you.

I recommend water and fruit and vegetable juices without added sugar. I wouldn’t recommend water only without medical attention.

Now, let’s take this time to break up the fallow ground in our lives. Hosea 10:12 states, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

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Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 12 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #381)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:9-13 which reads: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Hallowed be thy name. It is the same word that in other places is translated sanctified. But here the old word hallowed is retained, only because people were used to it in the Lord’s prayer. In these words, We give glory to God; it may be taken not as a petition, but as an adoration; as that, the Lord be magnified, or glorified, for God’s holiness is the greatness and glory of all his perfections. We must begin our prayers with praising God, and it is very fit he should be first served, and that we should give glory to God, before we expect to receive mercy and grace from him. Let him have praise of his perfections, and then let us have the benefit of them.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is for those who are single. For those of you who might be single, you need to pray as well. I have had single people to share with me how hard it is to pray alone. I know. I was single once. But it’s equally hard in marriage. Remember, the grass is not greener on the other side. You cannot allow your happiness and your joy and your peace to depend on your future wife, your future husband, or your circumstances. Your happiness, your joy, and your peace of mind must be found in Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 26:3 we read: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” By keeping your mind on Jesus Christ, you are guaranteed perfect peace, and one way you can keep your mind on Jesus is through having times of regular prayer.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Abraham Joshua Heschel. He said: “In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 12 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

You may have heathen religions without miracles. You may have evolutionary theory without miracles. You may have modernism without miracles. You may have atheism without miracles. BUT YOU CANNOT HAVE CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT MIRACLES! Christianity is a miracle religion.

Every opponent of Christianity opposes it on the point of miracles. Evolutionists do not believe in a direct, immediate, supernatural, miraculous creation. They do not believe that God made something out of nothing, that He did it instantly and not by a process. They do not believe that God made man directly out of dust. Infidels do not believe that the Bible was directly, miraculously inspired of God. They may think good men wrote it; they do not think that God miraculously gave the Book, making it entirely different in kind from other books and infallibly correct. Critics particularly deny the recorded miracles of the Bible such as the Flood, the miracles of Jonah and the whale, of the sun standing still for about a day in its relation to the earth in Joshua’s time, for example. Those who do not believe that Christ is the Son of God, of course, mean that they do not believe in the miracles recorded about Him. They believe that there was a man named Jesus who lived, that He was a good man, a great teacher, a fine example. But they do not believe He was God incarnate in human form, that He was born of a virgin, without a human father, that He actually miraculously rose from the dead and ascended bodily into Heaven.

Christianity stands or falls on its miracles. Christianity is a miracle religion.

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

E.M. Bounds said, “Holy living is essential preparation for prayer.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #320)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is James 5:13, which reads: “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Jim Cymbala. He said: “Only turning God’s house into a house of fervent prayer will reverse the power of evil so evident in the world today.”

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

How to Finish Your Fast in a Healthy Way, Part 3 (Fasting Edition #102)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Cindy Jacobs. She said: “A physical body disciplined through fasting is a sign of a disciplined spiritual life.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “HOW TO FINISH YOUR FAST IN A HEALTHY WAY” (PART 3) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Here is a schedule for breaking your fast on the 7th and 8th day:

5 o’clock as you end your 7th day of the fast
Peal four or five medium-sized tomatoes – cut them up, bring them to a boil and then turn off the heat. When they are cool enough to eat, have as many as you desire.

Morning of the 8th day
-Salad of grated carrots and grated cabbage, with half an orange squeezed over it.
-Bowl of steamed greens and pealed tomatoes (spinach, Swiss chard, or mustard greens). Bring the greens to a boil, then turn off the heat.
-You may eat two slices of 100 percent whole-wheat bread, which has been toasted until it is thoroughly dry-this is called “Melba toast.” After it has been cooled, the toast should be so dry that it would powder if you squeezed it in the palm of your hand. As I have stated, this first food should be in the morning.
-During the day, you may have all the distilled water you wish to drink.
-For dinner, you may have a salad of grated carrots, chopped celery and cabbage, with orange juice for dressing. This will be followed by two cooked vegetables, one such as spinach, kale, shard, or mustard greens, and one such as string beans, carrots, steamed celery, okra, or squash. You may have two pieces of whole-grain “Melba toast.” These meals are not to contain oils of any kind.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

Does God Work Miracles Today? Part 10 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #379)

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:9-13 which reads: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

And we must in prayer see his eye upon us: thence he has a full and clear view of all our wants and burdens and desires, and all our infirmities. It is the firmament of his power likewise, as well as of his prospect. He is not only, as a Father, able to help us, able to do great things for us, more than we can ask or think; he has wherewith to supply our needs, for every good gift is from above. He is a Father, and therefore we may come to him with boldness, but a Father in heaven, and therefore we must come with reverence. Thus all our prayers should correspond with that which is our great aim as Christians, and that is, to be with God in heaven. God and heaven, the end of our whole conversation, must be particularly eyed in every prayer; there is the centre to which we are all tending. By prayer, we send before us thither, where we profess to be going.

We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.

My personal encouragement to you today is that you should make it your business to pray in the morning to get your day started. As a couple, make a concrete decision to pray together in the morning before you go your separate ways. I do not care how busy you are. I do not care what you have on your agenda, take the time to pray together in the mornings before you part ways. Don’t let it slip by you. Don’t let the devil take that away from you. You must pray together! The devil is constantly working, and after you have been asleep all night, if you don’t quickly get in communication with God, I guarantee you the devil will try to get something in between you. I have learned over the years that the days I slip up in prayer or try to get some other things done before I pray with my family, the devil tries to get in between my wife and me over absolutely nothing. You need to pray in the mornings together as soon as possible after waking up.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Dick Eastman. He said: “The greatest hindrance to effective prayer is sin. Satan’s greatest goal is to keep us from our knees.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 10 of our series titled “DOES GOD WORK MIRACLES TODAY?” from Dr. John R. Rice.

In apostolic times it was never true that every saved person worked miracles or had these signs following him. Only those had miracles who received faith for the miracles. One who has faith for salvation gets salvation. One who has faith for a mountain to be cast into the sea has a mountain cast into the sea. One who has faith for a revival gets a revival.

I think it is important to remind you that the Lord Jesus never meant these miraculous signs to be the plaything of the curious or the charlatan. These signs were never to exalt men. No one in Bible times ever picked up a snake and let it bite him to show his faith. No one in Bible times drank poison to show that it would not harm him. Yet Paul, on the island of Melita, was bitten by a viper, a very poisonous snake, and by faith he shook off the beast into the fire and felt no harm. And in the same chapter, in Acts 28:8, we learn that Paul laid his hands upon the father of Publius and prayed for him and healed him.

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

How to Finish Your Fast in a Healthy Way, Part 2 (Fasting Edition #101)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Cindy Ross. She said: “When the ‘fires’ in your life seem to get worse the more you try to put them out, you are dealing with a spiritual problem. Fasting in addition to prayer raises the battleground to where it really counts in the spiritual realm.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “HOW TO FINISH YOUR FAST IN A HEALTHY WAY” (PART 2) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

If you end your fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will linger for days. But if you rush into solid foods, you may lose much of your deep sense of peace and experience physical problems such as diarrhea, sickness, fainting, and frankly even death in some cases, due to shock!

Dr. Paul Bragg and his daughter Patricia have conducted fasting clinics for many years. Their book, The Miracle of Fasting, gives a specific daily food plan for breaking a 7-day fast that could be adapted and stretched out over several more days for a 40-day fast.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

How to Finish Your Fast in a Healthy Way, Part 1 (Fasting Edition #100)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Gary Cordon. He said: “Fasting is a physical and spiritual discipline that humbles you in God’s sight, letting Him know that you are willing to deny your physical appetites for spiritual ‘manna’ that satisfies the spirit and soul!”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “HOW TO FINISH YOUR FAST IN A HEALTHY WAY” (PART 1) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

All the experts agree that “breaking the fast” is the critical phase of fasting. While your body is in the resting mode, your stomach shrinks and your intestines become idle, so solid food must be re-introduced very slowly to avoid kidney failure or digestive distress. In fact, after a 40-day fast, you should make a careful transition for at least three days before returning to eating meats or fats or normal foods.

Now, let’s take this time to break up the fallow ground in our lives. Hosea 10:12 states, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

Today we are going to deal with the 96th sin of Immodest Dress 1 Timothy 2:9-10 reads “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” Modest dress for women is not just for the church environment, but women should dress modestly in all settings at all times. Modesty begins with the heart. If you have a heart for God, you will make sure that you dress in a way that glorifies God. If you do not have a heart for God, you will choose to dress in a way that draws attention to yourself. Too often, women in the church dress to attract a man instead of to glorify God. As a Christian woman, you should make sure that you have a heart of modesty so that you do not cause your Christian brothers to stumble and lust because of your provocative and revealing dress. Do you have a heart for modesty? Does your dress reflect your Christian testimony? Modesty in dress should be the desire of all women who want to live to honor God in all things.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 
 
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