Ayuno 2017 – Día 8

On January 16th, 2017, posted in: 21 Day Fast 2017, Devotionals by

Día 8 2017 – Ayuno (Lunes)

¿Se pueden imaginar estar ocupados todo el día y al final de su día, perder lo mas importante? Yo pregunto si así es como se sintió Marta cuando escuchó  la respuesta de Jesús después de quejarse porque María escojio sentarse a los pies de Jesús mientras ella se mantuvo ocupada  hospedando a su invitado. Jesús le dijo, “Marta, Marta, tú estás preocupada y molesta por tantas cosas; pero una sola cosa es necesaria, y María ha escogido la parte buena, la cual no le será quitada” (Lucas 10:41-42, La Biblia de las Américas (LBLA).

Es muy parecido el mensaje a Efesos, “Yo conozco tus obras, tu fatiga y tu perseverancia, y que no puedes soportar a los malos…Tienes perseverancia, y has sufrido por mi nombre y no has desmayado…Pero tengo esto contra ti: que has dejado tu primer amor” (Apocalipsis 2:2-4, LBLA).

Mucho de nosotros, como Marta, somos capas de agobiarnos con tantas cosas que creemos que “tenemos” que hacer. Estas cosas pueden ser cosas personales, ministeriales, del trabajo, del hogar,  En la trayectoria de “hacer”  arriesgamos descuidar  “una cosa.” Mateo 6:33 dice, “Pero buscad primero su reino y su justicia, y todas estas cosas os serán añadidas” (LBLA).

El ayuno nos ayuda a desarrollarnos en personas de  “una cosa.” Ayunen y oren, que no importando lo que venga este año, sean exitos, derrotas, pruebas; van a mantener “las primeras  cosas primeras.”  La relación y la intimidad con Dios sera la prioridad primordial. Si desean ver a Dios aliniar cosas en sus vidas, les reto entonces, sean personas de “UNA COSA.”

Les adjunto algunos versículos de escrituras que pueden usar para leer y meditar a lo largo del día. (Pulsan en estos versículos para leerlos en www.Biblegateway.com).

Mt. 6:19-21, Mt. 6:31-33,Mt. 22:37 Rom.8:5, 2 Cor.8:5, Gal.2:20, Col.3:1-4.

Manteniendo las cosas primeras – primeras,

Pastor Charles

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Can you imagine doing and doing and doing and at the end of the day still miss the MOST important thing? I wonder if that’s how Martha felt when she heard Jesus’ response after she complained about the fact that Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and she was busy hosting. Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part…”(Luke 10:41-42)

Similarly is the message to Ephesus, “I know your work, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those that are evil…and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake…Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Revelation 2:2-4)

Many of us like  Martha could become soooooo overwhelmed with the things we think we “have” to do; whether they are personal, ministerial, work, home, etc., and neglect the “one thing.” Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you.”

Fasting helps you become a person of “one thing.” Fast and pray that no matter what comes your way throughout the rest of this year; whether successes or trials, that you would maintain “first things first.” That your relationship and intimacy with God would be your first and foremost priority.You want to see God help you align things in your life, become a person of “the one thing.”

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Mt. 6:19-21, Mt. 6:31-33,Mt. 22:37 Rom.8:5, 2 Cor.8:5, Gal.2:20, Col.3:1-4

Keeping first things first,

Pastor Charles

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And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24-25).

The church in America is undoubtedly under attack. Everything from lukewarmness, to sin, to the absence of sound doctrine, the church is under attack. What was, at one time in history, the place where people went for answers, including those in government, today has come under fire. More and more, the voice of the church – the body of Christ – is trying to be silenced.

As many of us get ready to come together in worship in our respective houses of worship, let us pray and fast for the church. Not the building, but the people that God has called to be the hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mouth of Jesus Christ on this earth. Pray that revival would break out to such an extent that our cities would be revolutionized.

Pray that the church would take the authority given by Christ to be witnesses. Pray that the church would lead in the midst of a fallen world and not follow fads, waves of “doctrine” and watered down teaching. But instead that we would rise up and unapologetically share the Good News of the gospel,  boldly shine the light of Jesus Christ, and tirelessly love people until they come to the realization that Jesus is the way, the life, and the truth.

Pray that the church may stand firm and hold on to the sound teaching of the Word of God despite the “flexibility” of man, the lies of the enemy, and the deceptions that come in the most subtle of ways; that the Word of God may prevail in the hearts of His people. Pray that God’s people would be one and give no room for division, strife, or any other weapon the enemy uses to bring shame to the body of Christ.

Pray that we would not become so religious that we can’t relate to a changing world, but not so relevant that we find ourselves lost in a dark world, holding on to what used to be a bright light. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on http://www.biblegateway.com/).

Romans 12:3-5, 1 Cor. 10:31-33, 1 Cor.12:12-26, Eph.1:18-23, Eph. 2:19-22, Col.3:14-16, 1 Peter 2:9-10

Living life as part of the Church with you,

Pastor Charles

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I  pray that this week was as spiritually rewarding for you as it was for me. Remember, out of the 365 days of the year, 21 days is a small sacrifice to pay to set the pace for the rest of the year.

As you move forward, move in faith; faith knowing that God will remember these 21 days long after you’ve forgotten the difficulty of your fast. In the book of Esther chapter 2 verses 21 thru 23 Mordecai favorably does something for the king that gets recorded in a book. At that time it may have seem like it was tucked away and forgotten. However, years later, when most needed, the king pulled the records and Mordecai’s selfless act came back to bless and spare his life. You too can experience a faith that will cause you to move and do things that will come back to bless you for years to come. Did you catch that? God does forget!

Focus today on Faith. Faith that you can approach God, and that when you do, He hears you. It doesn’t matter what impossibility you may be facing or how long you think the answer has taken. Keep moving in faith. Hebrew 11:6 says:

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.”

Ask God to increase your faith to go beyond your current limitations. Faith to approach Him boldly and know that He is listening. Faith to do what it takes to make it through the next 15 days days in victory. Faith to know that He is there even when you don’t feel Him. Faith to open up in prayer, in meditation, and in the study of His word and know that the reward will surely take you to new levels. Are you ready for an increase in faith?

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Deut. 31:6, Psalms 40:1-3, Isaiah 26:3-4, Phil. 4:6-7, Hebrews 10:35-38, 1 Peter 5:7-9

Believing with you,

Pastor Charles

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I’ll be the first one to admit that the following examples may be somewhat morbid. But imagine for a moment if you found yourself in a burning building needing to get out (God forbid)? Or what if you found yourself in an airplane that has gone down and you have survived the tragedy (God forbid)? Would you remain in the building looking for you cell phone, favorite outfit, or comfy comforter? Would you delay exiting a plane in flames because you were to busy dragging your carry-on luggage? Probably not! I know I wouldn’t. Why? Simple. Your life – my life – depends on it. It’s time to run for your life.

What if I told you that maybe – just maybe – there are some non-essential things that may be holding you back in the race we call life? Sometimes God wants to deal with us with urgency and we don’t surrender -we don’t speed up the process – because we allow the non-essentials of life to hold us back from the things that are really important. Sometimes God wants to take us from point A to point B in the fastest time possible but we delay the process because we are too busy holding on to and dragging things, habits, old burdens, guilt…that should have been cut off a long time ago.

When runners run a professional race, they often strip down to the bare minimum. Why? Because any unnecessary weight will slow them down.

Scripture says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb 12.1" data-version="esv" data-purpose="bible-reference">Hebrews 12:1)

As you fast and pray today, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to memory those things that you may have to lay aside. What are the things that are slowing down your process and your progress? Is it procrastination? Unforgiveness? Sin?  Guilt? Bad Temper? Control? Laziness? ________________?

Let’s run the race with endurance, tenacity and focus. Why not? We are running to win. Aren’t we?

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Proverbs 4:25-27, 1 Cor. 9:24-27, Ephesians 5:17, Phil. 3:13-14, Col. 3:2, Heb.2 :1, Heb. 13:5

Letting go of the weight with you,

Pastor Charles

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If there is ever a time when our flesh wants to ship the will of God to the back seat and allow itself to take control, it’s during a fast. Especially when you are barely three days into it. Do not allow it. Remember, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting…not on things on the earth. (Col.3:1-2)

If you refer back to yesterday’s devotional, you will notice I wrote about the renewal of the mind (Rom.12:1-2). If you are going to experience the fullness of God in every aspect of your life in 2017 then there has to be a shifting, a transformation in your thinking, and your prayer needs to reflect Matthew 6:10b:

Your will be done…

You can’t see and experience His will over your life unless you change your way of thinking and implement actions that kill your fleshly desires. Whether those desires are subtle or strong, they will try to stagnate your purpose. God is not interested in doing things for you as much as He wants to do things through you!

Dare to declare, “Not my will but YOUR will be done!” Let that be today’s focus – “YOUR will be done!” Then begin to take the necessary steps (not in your strength but through God’s strength) to see that happen. Imagine what would happen if His will, and His desires, and His thoughts, and His strategies, continuously dominated your life? What would your life be like?

As you move forward in this second half of this week of Fasting and praying, fast that every plan, hindrance, and “self” that tries to stagnate His will from being manifested in you and through you, would cease! As you pray that prayer, pay close attention to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Allow the Holy Spirit to begin to guide you in every area of your life; it doesn’t matter how big or how small of an issue or how significant of insignificant you think things may be…allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Psalms 32:8; 37:4-5; 37:23, Prov. 16:9, Isaiah 48:17-18, Jer. 10:23; 29:11-13

Praying God’s will with you,

Pastor Charles

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Ayuno 2017 – Día 2

On January 10th, 2017, posted in: 21 Day Fast 2017, Devotionals by

No ayunamos para ponernos a dieta sino para desarrollar una intimidad más profunda con Dios. De todas maneras, el Ayuno todavía nos ayuda a evitar toxinas del cuerpo.

Piénse conmigo en esta siguiente escritura de Marcos 11:15-17 (Reina Valera 1960):

Vinieron, pues, a Jerusalén; y entrando Jesús en el templo, comenzó a echar fuera a los que vendían y compraban en el templo; y volcó las mesas de los cambistas, y las sillas de los que vendían palomas; y no consentía que nadie atravesase el templo llevando utensilio alguno. Y les enseñaba, diciendo: ¿No está escrito: Mi casa será llamada casa de oración para todas las naciones? Mas vosotros la habéis hecho cueva de ladrones.

Jesús invade el templo con una meta simple, para restaurar el templo a su propósito. En nuestra vida, Jesús no invade las vidas para exigir que ayunemos. Sin obstante, Él quiere eliminar las toxinas de nuestras vidas que hacen obstáculos contra una relación más profunda y una vida con mucho más sentido – una vida llena de propósito. Acuérdense que “vuestro cuerpo es templo del Espíritu Santo, el cual está en vosotros, el cual tenéis de Dios, y que no sois vuestros.” (1 Corintios 6:19 (RVR1960).

¿Cuáles son las toxinas que necesitas eliminar de la mente, del cuerpo, y del espíritu? ¿Hay distracciones que les han consumido? Adicciones? Demasiado de lujo? Pensamiento malo? El gusto de estar en un lugar y no alcanzar más? Sentimientos de ineptitud? Excusas? Demasiado comida con mucho grasa, sal, azúcar (“junk food”)?

Les aconsejo que enfoquen hoy en orar que Dios traiga al entendimiento las cosas que son parte de “tu templo” que no pertenecen. Confiésalas y que no permita que estas cosas contaminen más tu templo . También ora que Dios te restaure a tu propósito original – el propósito por la cual Él te creó. No importa que terrible sean las toxinas, Dios puede limpiarlas. Anímate y muévete con coraje. Camina con autoridad. Ora que Él te de estrategias para moverte adelante con eficaz. Sepa que Dios “es remunerador de los que le buscan” (Hebreos 11:6 (La Biblia de las Américas).

Les adjunto algunas escrituras que puedes usar para leer y meditar a lo largo del día. (Pulsa en los versículos para leerlos en (http://www.biblegateway.com/)

Gen 4:6-7, Psalms 51:1-12, Isaiah 64:6-8, Joel 2:12-13, Eph.4:22-24

Arreglando la casa contigo,

Pastor Charles

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“As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training,” writes James Allen, “so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ!

You could very well be one thought away from a breakthrough. I think the enemy knows this all too well. Hence, always trying to mess with your mind. So, if you are going to go beyond the limitations that have tried to hold you back for so long, then you don’t need another prophetic word, a hand-out, or some out-of-the-sky break. What you need is transformation by the renewing of your mind and begin to move in the purpose and plan that God has already laid out for you.

Change your thinking and you will change your ways!

Don’t give in to the lies of the enemy. One of the enemy’s objective is to provoke you to think about what is wrong, what you don’t have, what lacks, what others are doing or not doing…don’t give in. Focus on the goodness of the Lord and the powerhouse God has created you to be.

Fast and pray that whatever stinkin’ thinking that has been trying to limit you and keep you from God’s best would be cast out and you would begin to think with the mind of Christ.

Read and meditate on the scriptures below. May they encourage and empower you to think great!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Jeremiah 29:11" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2029:11&version=NIV" target="_blank">Jer.29:11, Romans 12:2" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2012:2&version=NIV" target="_blank">Rom.12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:5" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%2010:5&version=NIV" target="_blank">2 Cor. 10:5, Ephesians 4:22-23" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%204:22-23&version=NIV" target="_blank">Eph. 4:22-23, Philippians 4:8" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:8&version=NIV" target="_blank">Phil.4:8, Phil.4:13

Renewing my mind with you,

Pastor Charles

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Though we do not Fast as a means to diet but as a means for deeper intimacy with God, the Fast nonetheless helps remove toxins from your body.

Consider with me for a moment Mark 11:15-17 (NKJV):

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ “

Jesus invades the temple with a simple goal, to restore it to its purpose. Though Jesus doesn’t invade your life and force you to Fast, through it, He wants to remove all the toxins that hinder a deeper relationship and a more meaningful life; a life full of purpose. Remember, “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own.”  (1 Corinthians 6:19, NKJV)

What toxins do you need to rid your mind, body and spirit of? Are there “distractions” that have consumed you? Addictions? Indulgences? Poor thinking? Complacency? Inadequacy? Excuses? Too much “junk” food?

Focus today on praying that God would bring to mind those things that have been occupying “your temple” that don’t belong. Confess them, refuse to allow them to “pollute” you again,and pray that He would restore you to your original purpose. The purpose for which He created you for. However deep rooted some of the toxins may be, He can wash them out. C’mon move bodly. Walk in authority. Pray that He would give you strategies to move forward effectively. You already know that God is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him  (Hebrews 11:6).

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (http://www.biblegateway.com/)

Gen 4:6-7, Psalms 51:1-12, Isaiah 64:6-8, Joel 2:12-13, Eph.4:22-24

Cleaning house with you,

Pastor Charles

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You know we are in a tech-savvy society when my Day-1 Fasting article begins with a smart-phone analogy. Hey, if we can’t beat the phone frenzy then we might as well use it in our favor, so here we go.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened the camera on my Iphone (no smart comments from you Android users), in an attempt to take a picture only to look at the screen and everything seems blurry. The first time this happened, a person much more tech-savvy than me said, “tap the screen on the person or thing you want to focus on”. What do you know? I tapped the screen around the face of the person I wanted to take the picture of and just like that, all of the focus when directly to that person. How cool? I really didn’t care if everything else was blurry. What mattered was that my focal point was clear.

Guess what? With so many demands on a day to day basis, our lives can become blurry at times. Truth be told, if we are not careful, we can’t tell the important things from the unimportant or the things with eternal value from the mundane.

As we embark on this 21-day journey of personal discipline and spiritual focus let’s set out eyes, our hearts, our soul on a Key subject. Let’s tap the screens of our lives and allow our spiritual camera to blur everything else out and zoom in with clarity on our life with Christ. May we be able to tune out (not that these other things are not important), the noise, voices and business that clamor for our attention. Don’t focus on your problems, focus on God’s possibilities. Crystal Mcdowell once said, “Instead of thinking about how hard the test is, we can instead focus on asking the Lord to enlarge our understanding.” Allow God to begin to bring clarity to every area of your life during the next 21 days.

Let’s pray that the next 21 days would be days of intentional focus. Days where we purposely tune out the non-essentials (allow the Holy-spirit to reveal what they may be) and focus on hearing the voice of God through fasting, prayer, meditation and the reading of God’s Word.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (http://www.biblegateway.com/)

Psalms 19:14, Psalms 46:10, Jeremiah 29:13, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 12:1-2

Focusing with you,

Pastor Charles

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