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Our Journey With God

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. 1 Peter 1:18 MSG

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February 2012

Liturgical Worship “Lent” – Reflecting On Christ!

1 Peter 1:3(NIV)

Praise to God for a Living Hope

 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Lent changes our lives because of all that is involved with this time.  Lent is a time when we fast, and by fasting we come closer to God.  During Lent we become humble and we reach out to others to help them.  All of this as we practice during this time and you become accustomed to it, keep doing it! After the time of Lent, after Good Friday, after Easter, we should continue this same attitude because everyday we should be Reflecting On Christ.  By doing so we will be compeld by the Holy Spirit to continue coming closer to God, continue being humble, continue to help others.  I encourage you beginning today if you have not started already to reflect on what God has done for you and me.  You see God loves us so much, John 3:16 & 17, “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”.  Today, God has blessed us in many ways, you woke up this morning and opened your eyes, and you were breathing.  What a great thing God has given us this morning, Life!  Today thank God for all he has done for you, ask him to place someone in front of you today who needs His healing touch.

Pray:  God thank you for Today!  Today is the day you have made and I will Rejoice and be Glad in it!  Today as I reflect on you Goodness help me remember what your Son did for me.  Thank you for all the Blessings in my life you have given to me.  Today Lord let me help someone in need.  Give me a great day! Help me to reflect Your Heart of Love.   Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgical Worship “Lent” – Humble Yourselves!

1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

We talked on friday about fasting and that Jesus tells us not boast about our fasting.  You know Jesus is the greatest example we could ever follow.  So He gives us instruction on how to fast and He gives us the greatest example of how to be humble duing Lent and everyday of our life.  When he was with his disciples he washed their feet.   John 13:14, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet”.  You see Jesus did not come to be seved, Matthew 20:28, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”.   We as followers of Christ are too called to be humble.  During the time of Lent, as you fast in secrete with God the father, let us humble ourselves, meaning let us not be proud or arrogant, but let us be modest, courteous, and respectful.  Glaatians 5:13, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love”.  Today let us love others, and serve others, be kind, loving, even when it’s hard.  God will hournor you in Living For Him!

Pray:  Thank you Lord for a wonderful day! Today I want to be kind, modest, and courteous, and respectful.  Lead me to those who need you and allow me to in some way help someone today.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgical Worship “Lent” – Fasting Brings Us Closer To God!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Rq03fa_nOq4&feature=endscreen 

(Click Link To Hear Natalie Grant’s – Your Great Name)

Matthew 6:16-18 (NIV)

Fasting

    16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

During this time of Lent we give up certain things.  They can range from many different things from, candy, soda, eating out, things we do, and so on and so on.. But why do we do this?  In our verse today Jesus addresses those who fast, and really calls them out.  He says “do not look somber as the hypocrites do”.  Now their hearts are in the right place as far as seeking God in their life, but in practice they are only looking for man’s approval.  They seek those who would say “look at them”.  This totally portrays such a false relationship with God and in reality this is not good.  Those type of actions are for self gain.  When we truly celebrate Lent our fasting is between us and God, this will bring us closer to God because we will have to fully rely on him.  In Our Journey With God, the goal is to have a better relationship with him.  As you fast during Lent focus on the sufferings of Christ.  Let us live for Christ, let us tell others what He has done for us. 

Pray:  Thank you Jesus for the suffering you took in my place.  At the end of my life what was waiting for me was a life eternal in hell.  But because you died on the cross for me, because you suffered for me, I now have a home in heaven.  I could never repay you, but I will live my life as a sacrifice to you.  Devoted to you faithfully, will tell others of Your Great Name! Amen.

Liturgical Worship – Lent, Change Your Life!

Joel 2:12-14 (MSG)

Change Your Life

 12 But there’s also this, it’s not too late, God’s personal Message!—”Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!”  13-14Change your life, not just your clothes.  Come back to God, your God.  And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.   He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,  This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.  Who knows? Maybe he’ll do it now,  maybe he’ll turn around and show pity.  Maybe, when all’s said and done, there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God!

Hello all!  I know this post is really a day behind since yesterday was Ash Wednesday but it’s ok, this has been a very busy week, so forgive me.  What is Lent?  Lent is part of the Easter cycle beginning 40 days before Easter, which does not include sunday’s.  What does it mean?  It is a time of to gather spiritual strength through prayer and meditation and rest, also a time of reflection on the things we have done and what Jesus did for us.  Why do we celebrate it?  Because it is a remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days and nights in the wilderness when He was tempted by satan,  and in that remembrance of Jesus fasting and praying is why many christians give something up as we reflect Jesus.  So in the next 40 days let us reflect what Jesus has done for us, On Our Journey With God we will go through this together.  Are you Ready?  As we get closer to Easter we will reflect, pray, fast, and draw strength from God, making my Easter Blog meaningful in our lives.  I leave you with this, Mark 1:13, “At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him”.

Pray:  God, thank you for what you have done for me through your son.  Jesus you know how i feel when I’m tempted everyday, come to my rescue, fight my battles when I can not.  You are my strength and my protection.  Forgive me when I do wrong, help me to be better than good.  You are my savior and my King.  Amen

All Your Ways Are Good!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTw_oIRqyHI

Click Link for Chris Tomlin’s  “I Will Follow You”

Ruth 1:16-17(NIV)

 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

 I know sometimes on “Our Journey With God” it seems as if we are alone.  The human condition is not made to be alone.  Everyone needs someone, and we seek and long for companionship.  This is a great thing because we serve a God that seeks a relationship with him.  I love this passage because Ruth passionately did not want to leave Naomi, even though they lost the men in their lives and Naomi had no other sons to give her Ruth wanted to be devoted to her.  Even though Naomi told her to go back to her family.  Just like Ruth, God will never leave us, He is the one who carries us through the toughest of times in our lives.  Today if you are feeling alone, call out to God today,  Psalm 14:2, “The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God”.  Our attitude should be that of Ruth, to follow God because “All His Ways Are Good”.   Today seek God, don’t allow your feelings, circumstances, the things that stress you to bring you down.  Keep your head up,  look for God and cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you!

Pray:  God today I don’t want to feel down, I want to keep my head up because I am your child.  Thank you for guiding my life, for you are all I need.  Today I declare to follow you, because your way is the best way in my life.  Use me and make me how You want me to be.  In Jesus name .. Amen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let The Lord Be Your Shepherd!

Psalm 23(CEB)

  A psalm of David.

 1 The LORD is my shepherd.
   I lack nothing.
2 He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
   he leads me to restful waters;
    3 he keeps me alive.
He guides me in proper paths
   for the sake of his good name.

 4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
   I fear no danger
   because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
   they protect me.

 5 You set a table for me
   right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
   my cup is so full it spills over!
6 Yes, goodness and faithful love
   will pursue me all the days of my life,
   and I will live in the LORD’s house
   as long as I live.

This weekend was a tough and exciting weekend.  We laid my Uncle Paul to rest on Monday February 20, 2012.  I say tough because we will miss him dearly.  The greatest thing about my Uncle Paul is that he knew Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.  This means he trust in God all his life, his great faith in God has taken him home to Heaven.  Exciting because we were among family and friends.  Let me just say my family is the best because we could laugh about everything.  We had such a great time with one another, it helped us with our grief.  Yes we did cry but we all know this is not the end but a new beginning in all of our lives who were touched by Paul.  The verse today is the verse from my message on Monday Morning.  My Uncle Paul had a great story, a story of love for God, love for family, love for friends, love for laughter, love for music, a love for motorcycles, and so many other talents and gifts he was given from God.  Today, if you face uncertainty, or there are giants in your life, let us follow my uncle Paul’s example, as he faced his giant of Cancer in his life he dug in his heels and pushed forward in the fight.  You do the same lean on Jesus, 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.  Let us rely on God in everything in our life. 

Pray:  God protect me as i face my giants, give me strength to carry on.  Everyday I need you in my life, you are a Great God.  Help me relay on you this week. 

P.S.  To those that heard my message yesterday  only you will get this, “Yes I’m at Work and Bloging..lol.”

 

Praise God In The Storm!

James 4:8 (NIV)
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Sometimes in our lives we will go through toughest of times.  In those times our enemy the devil tries to bring us down.  He knows we are at our weakest, will believe any lie he dishes out.  In the storms of our life we should always remember God is here for us.  James is telling us to “draw near to God”, and he will draw near to us”.  Today I pray what ever disappointment you face, any storm you are going through, that you simply give it to God, draw near to Him and he will give you strength.

Isaiah 40:28-31
New International Version (NIV)
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Pray: God right now I’m going through the storms of life, I’ve lost a love one, I’m in desperate need of you in my life.  It’s tough Lord and I need your strengths.  Fill me with your love today.  Amen!

Finish The Race!

2 Timothy 4:7-8(CEB)

7 I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. 8 At last the champion’s wreath that is awarded for righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, who is the righteous judge, is going to give it to me on that day. He’s giving it not only to me but also to all those who have set their heart on waiting for his appearance.

In our life we go through so many things.  We experience many joys, we experience a lot of pain, and occasionally we experience rest and relaxation.  When we experience the joys of life the come in many forms, new relationships, marriage, new baby, first car, first home, and so many more.  God provides for us.  When we experience pain, could be so many struggles, financial, interrupted relationships, set backs, let downs.  The times we experience rest and relaxation is when it seems that the storms of struggle and pain have subsided, and we are able to breathe.  “Our Journey With God” described by the Apostal Paul in the passage, like a fight and a race.  Saying that the christian life is like a battle, which it is we battle with sin everyday, we battle the world and it’s desires, and we battle the devil.  So in a why we do fight everyday, but the bible says we do not fight with each other, Ephesians 6:11-18, “11 Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil. 12 We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. 13 Therefore pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. 14 So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, 15 and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. 16 Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.  18 Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers”.  Paul describes it as a race also.  To be in a race you have to run fast to win you can not be holding on tho things that are heave and that can hold you back.  When you watch the olympics you see the sprinters in shorts and tank shirt and shoes, nothing else, just as our christian life we can not allow sin to hold us back, we have to push forward.  Hebrews 12:1, “So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up”.  As we go through life and we learn from Paul he teaches us that no matter what happens we should keep the faith, faith in Christ, the one who died for us and is preparing our place in heaven.  Don’t give up when the chips are down, don’t give up when you are staring at giants, remain  faithful to God and he will fight all your battles.  Proverbs 12:7, “The wicked are destroyed and are no more, but the family of the righteous will endure”.  And at the end you can say as Paul did, “I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith”.

Pray:  God thank you for your protection in our lives.  continue to help us to keep the faith and finish the race, we do not want to be a people of little faith, but of a faith that his huge.  Help me on my Journey With You.  Give me strength when I’m weak.  Amen.

Jesus Gives Us Rest!

Matthew 11:28(CEB)

 28 “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.

Last night I could not sleep I read an update on my Uncle Paul who is living with cancer.  We have been praying for him together with family and friends, and through the Prayer Request Page.  Last night i was so heavily burdened for my Uncle.  I love him with all my heart and I pray every moment for him, for strength, peace, and comfort.  Last night at 3am I opened my bible and the Lord led me to Matthew 11:28.  In reading God’s word it gave me peace, cause I know my Uncle he is a fighter.  From talking to Yvonne and Elisabeth I wanted to share with him what gave me peace.  I know I do not know or how it is to feel the way he does but I know it has to be so great a struggle.  I know he is carrying a huge load also.  Pray for my Uncle Paul as he continues His fight.  When life is tough we come to the Lord.  He is the one who walks alongside with us as we go through “Our Journey With Him”.  You see he just doesnt want you to bring your issues and just drop them at His feet and then walk away.  No, He helps you carry your load, together.   You and God, in relationship together.  God wants us to walk with Him, and when we face life’s burdens He calls us to him for rest.  I’m reminded of Simon, the man Cyrene who helped Jesus carry the cross.  Matthew 27:32, “As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross”.  It is a true picture of How God Carries Us.  Remember when faced with life’s burden come to Jesus, He will help carry you through. 

Pray:  God when I face the tough stuff of life help me carry the burden.  I thank you for your word, you say come to you and you will give me rest.  I come to you with my burden, help me continue to walk with you.  You are my strength and I need it everyday. Amen.

Paul, I know Yvonne will read this too you, I want you to know I’m proud of you, for fighting this cancer everyday.  We are all behind you in prayer.   I have and still look up to you.  Thank you for being a great influence in my life.  You taught me so many things, I pray for you everyday and I Love You Paul.  Fernando Charles II

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