“Do you want to get well?” With a question like that you would think the answer would be an immediate, “Yes!” Instead it was, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.” Such was the answer of a man that had been sick for thirty-eight years laying by the pool of Bethesda. (John 5:1-8)

His respond is too similar to ours – shaking in fear over battles God has already won. It seems like we go through life, from one weakness to another. Sometimes we become to focused on an illness, a weakness or some disability that wants to paralyze us from seeing progress. And like this man by the pool of Bethesda, instead of accepting God’s invitation to be healed, we make excuses.

Well how about if I told you that God desires for you to be healthy and whole? Some of these weaknesses and sicknesses may not leave if not through Fasting and prayer. Such was the case of the epileptic son of a man in Matthew 17:14-16, whom the disciples tried to cure but couldn’t. Jesus’ response? “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and Fasting.”

As you continue your fast, pray, declare, and believe God for healing. Whether it’s for you, a loved one, or someone you may know of, believe that God is still a healing God.

Perhaps the sickness is physical, spiritual, emotional or otherwise. Whatever the case, God is still a healing God. Though I don’t share this as an excuse or exemption from seeing doctors, (for I believe God has given doctors knowledge and wisdom) at the end of the day, God can work the miracle that others may have given up on.

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

Ex. 15:262 Chron. 7:14, Psalms 30:2; 103:1-3; 107:20, Isaiah 53:5, Jer. 17:14, Hos.6:1, Mt.10:1, Lk.6:19, James 5:14-16

Believing with you for healing,

Pastor Charles

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Just recently I heard a story of a man who, in attempt to beat a red light, went through an intersection and caused major fatalities. He survived, but unfortunately some of those he collided with did not. Where was he headed? He was simply headed to meet some friends and engage in one of their favorite hobbies. In a rush to have fun, his life changed forever. Although this story moves me to pray for both, him and all the families affected by the accident, it also moves me to think about the speed in which many of us do things.  Could it be that in rushing through life, we miss being the hands, feet, ears, mouth and eyes of Jesus Christ?

I wonder if the priest and the Levite in the story of the “Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:30-37) were also in a rush to get somewhere? So much so that they turned to the other side while a Jewish man lay by the roadside naked, beaten, and half dead. Could it be that we too are guilty of turning our faces to the other side?

As we continue this fast, we may not often come across people who have been physically beaten, stripped and left for dead. But how often do we pass people who have been beaten by life’s issues, stripped of familial and economic connections and left as outcasts? Look at how Isaiah 58 presents Fasting: “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.  Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”

Can I challenge you to slow down during this fast and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to be the hands, feet, eats, mouth or eyes of Jesus Christ.

Let us fast and pray that like the Good Samaritan, we too would be inclined to stop and help heal the wounds of those who are hurting. They may be at your job, among your relatives or even in your own home. Who knows, they may even be sitting on a chair at the church.  It may cost you time, talent and money, but in slowing down to serve, you touch the heart of God.

Here’s an article for further reading dealing with reaching hurting people: http://www.alsotouch.com/devotional-4/

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. 15:11, Prov. 19:17, Isaiah, 1:16-17, Rom. 12:15, Galatians 5:22Eph. 4:28

Reaching the hurting with you,

Pastor Charles

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Have you ever felt like you wanted something for somebody else more than they wanted it for themselves? How many of you (us) have family members that you want so much more for them. Perhaps some of you have come short of just giving up on them. Imagine how Jesus felt as He looked over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-42) and wept. Unlike the tears he shed when he cries over Lazarus (John 11:35), this type of weeping is a sob; a wailing. He has seen their potential and they have missed it altogether.

Let me encourage you today to Fast for your family. Begin with your immediate loved ones – husband, wife, children. If un-married – mother, father, brothers and sisters. Then move on to more extended family. Maybe like the people of Jerusalem they have missed God-moments, opportunities, tugs from God. Perhaps they are living a status-quo life. Maybe some are bound by the enemy in lifestyles and bondages that you may think they’ll never be freed from.

Like Nehemiah (4:14) I encourage you, “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and daughters, your wives and your homes.”

Pray that their (spiritual) eyes would be opened. That they would heed the voice of the Holy Spirit. That God would interrupt their lives and fulfill His purpose over everyone of them. That no weapon formed against them would prosper.

If we are going to see a strong, God-fearing nation, then we must begin to see strong marriages, strong families, strong homes. And living below God’s best is not an option.

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. 31:12, Joshua 24:15, Neh. 4:14, Job 1:10, Prov. 15:27; Prov.15:31, Luke 11:17, Luke 11: 21-23, John 17:14-19, Eph. 6:1-4

Interceding with you,

Pastor Charles

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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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