Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Devo Day EIGHT...My Reflections...

February 9, 2011
There are a few things that I’ve learned through all of this….
1.The Lord’s timing is not our timing. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are REALLY NOT OUR THOUGHTS! (Jeremiah)

It’s not about the perfect fast, or the our “right timing”, but about the bigger picture. God has a plan for us and we cannot fathom it all. It’s just too great and too much for us to handle. Max lucado described it perfectly in this quote “Our hearts are like a Dixie cup and God is Niagra Falls”..God is just bigger and greater than we can literally handle….wow.

2. The Lord is calling His people to step up to the plate and really live those “balls to the wall” radical lives for Jesus. I saw how many distractions I was allowing to hinder me and how things that I once thought I “needed” were just distractions. That’s the enemy’s game…to keep us busy with the things that do not matter in the light of eternity….why does he do that?...because he is a hater. Remember this: Misery loves company.

3.God wants us to develop Character. Character that can go against the norm of this world and be a TRUE REBEL and go against the grain of this world…to be the change the world needs…like Jesus was.

4.He wants us to develop our faith. He wants us to know that “We have not because we ask not”…we need to remember that we serve the almighty himself and he CAN do ANYTHING better than we can ever hope or ask (Ephesians 3:20)…and all we need is to just believe and ask and declare in faith and not be deterred by thoughts of “ but what if God says no..” I say.. think about this…what if He says yes?...crazy! haha and remember that while living our lives for Christ we WILL be tested and attacked and that through all of that we need to develop that faith that is needed to withstand trials (Psalm 40)

5.And my personal favorite…I was reminded again of how powerful the tool of prayer is…That is they greatest offense tool the Lord has given us….We need to tap that power that God has given us, be diligent with it and we will see how powerful and CRAZY GOOD and SICK NASTY it really is.

At the end of the day all that matters is your heart…and how bad you want what God has for you. My brother so beautifully said in his reflections…(I’m paraphrasing) “This fast is the sort of thing that changes us. We cannot stay the same..we don’t wanna stay the same." It’s these experiences that the Lord uses to make beautiful things out of us…all for His glory. People should be able to look at us and say “how did you do that?!..or how did you succeed in that?!’re not good enough, your not qualified enough” and we should be able to say “you’re right I’m not good enough!! I don’t know enough!! But I got caught up in the grace of God and it has taken me further than what I ever imagined!”
So, my prayer is that we mediate on and be filled with the things in (Philippians 4:1-9) and not only that but that we continue to grow and change and be molded by Him, so that with each passing day we are more and more in His Likeness…until the day He says “Well done my child…enter in and rest”

So, until the next one…
I couldn’t have said it better myself…In the words of Paul to the Philippians: “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished…” (Philippians 1:6)

Be blessed y’all. Let’s do this! XOXO

Devo Day SEVEN

February 8, 2011
Buenos dias mis hermanos...hope your morning has been a good one. Mine has been particularly peaceful...eventhough I got more traffic than to work late,I'm swamped at work and Im being pulled in a million directions. Even with all that going on around me all I wanna do is sing and praise God. I woke up this moring with my favorite worship song blasting in my head...(How He loves us the Kim Walker version)I wasn't really sure why but I'm sure now...(I couldnt stop singing it)it was a reminder from God to me that I will pass to you as well. "We are His portion and He is our prize...drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes..if His grace is an ocean we're all sinking" let yourself be completely engulfed in the presence of the Lord always and He will carry you through anything till the end.(Mathew 28:20) because He loves us.."Oh how He loves us!" So I encourage you to keep your eyes on your prize Jesus and you will see how the worlds glory and anything it can offer to you will be dim in comparison to His glory and what He has for us when we cross that finish line. (Galatians 6:9) Lose yourself in Him. (Mathew 10:39). Be blessed y'all. Xoxo

Devo Day SIX

February 7, 2011
On this morning devo I wanna us to meditate on this word:Grace. "If there is one word in the bible that we cannot afford to miss it is that word that we call grace!"-Carl Lentz  Grace is favor,blessing,everything we don't deserve. I had the pleasure of hearing a preaching by Carl lentz last night and was deeply moved by his word. I wanna share with you all some of what he said.(Ephesians 2:8&9) "if you truly understand the unmerited grace of God you would walk differently,talk differently, worship differently..." when we understand the magnitude of what God did on the cross we change from the inside out. It reminds me a lot of Psalm 51...David understood how filthy he was and how pure God was and how the closer he got to God the more he prayed psalm 51 not because it would make him holier but because he saw how much more he needed grace. He understood that we are saved first by the grace of God through our faith..not our works. We do works not to be saved but because we are saved..we do it out of the love and grace that was bestowed upon us. (Ephesians 2:10). And if there's one thing the devil doesn't want you to know is that "the grace of God will ALWAYS overshadow your weakness. So we have no more excuses" God qualifies the called...not the other way around. In our weakness He is made perfect (2corinthians12:8-10) think about that...God's glory shines brightest when a "ordinary,  normal" person is used by Him. Don't believe the lie the enemy is trying to feed you that you are not good enough to fufill the calling of God in your life. With God's grace we are more than get caught up in the grace of God and it will take you further than what you ever imagined. Be blessed y'all! Let's do this! Xoxo

Devo Day FIVE

February 6, 2011
Morning y'all..hope you all are on your way to get your grub on at church with the Lord. Today's morning devo is short and sweet. Well I'll try to make it that life gets you down and the devil just wont let you forget your past mistakes..just take a look at the cross and remember that God chose in his awesomeness to forgive and forget. There is no sin so black that the blood of Jesus cannot cover. When we choose to not forget it hinders us...just like David wrote is Psalms let go and let God do what He does best...forgive and forget (Isaiah 43:25) and when we do we will hear those sweet sounds of deliverance. Psalm 32:7. You are forgiven in Christ so stop calling God a liar by not beliving and living it! Be blessed y'all because you are! Xoxo

Devo Day FOUR

February 5, 2011
Buenos dias amigos! Rejoice! Today's a new day. As we enter the half we point of our journey I pray the Lord has been speaking to you all like never before. I don't know about you guys but I'm excited about the next one already...ha ha. The word has come more alive for me the then ever before. So my prayer for you all is that God continues to speak to you and challenge you all (not only in this fast but always) with His spiritual steak and potatoes to make us grow big and strong and deeper with Him. (Hebrews 5:14) and with time we would(if God wills it) do as Hebrews 6:1-3 says(that would crazy!!..but in a good way..haha). I know God is able to do it and evenmore than anything we could ever hope or ask. (Ephesians 3:20,21) So, the question is are WE willing (notice how I didn't say able... we are able in Christ)to do the work and climb the mountain to get there? I know I want my Hindsfeet on the high places! (Habakkuk 3:19) Be blessed. Lets do this! we are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37-39)

Devo Day THREE

February 4, 2011
Good morning my lovely people of God...I hope this third edition of the morning Muse finds you well ;) I find myself looking forward to the nightly devos to see what the Lord is showing us. I couldn't help but laugh as I re-read last nights devo about prayer. In the words of my big bro Mando: "There is No coincidence with God!" Just last night the Lord woke me up to pray for a friend and speak to the middle of th night! I thought it was crazy but the Lord burdened my heart and I was able to see the fruit of that immediatly...crazy! God is super sick nasty with it! PTL!! With that said I leave with you a quote by Samuel Chadwick "The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray." There power in prayer...let us stand in the gap for the lost and hurting just as Moses did for his people when they had turned their backs on God.(Psalm 106:21-29,39-45) and also rejoice in His faithfulness when we heed to His calling. (Psalm 107:1-6) Peace! love ya guys!

Devo Day TWO

February 3, 2011
Hi guys! As we start the second day of this new endeavor the Lord has asked of us I pray that you keep this in mind: Obedience is better than Fasting. Fasting is more than just "not eating " or "not ...fill in the blank". We fast because we are to be filled with God himself. (Read:Matthew 4:4) It draws us nearer to him. He will fill every need as we seek Him and His will. So,search your heart and make sure you're doing it for the right reasons,if not we are in disobedience/iniquity and we have missed the mark. (Read: Zechariah 7:1-5,8-12) one last thing...Here's little water cooler knowledge for you just for fun: Iniquity in Greek is called: Ava --to be twisted out of shape. To do the right thing for the wrong reasons. Second greek word: Shafa: when we miss the mark. When we live subpar to God's calling. Have an awesome day! Godbless

Devo Day ONE

Hello friends! Here are the devotionals I was telling you all about in my last blog post. I will be posting them individually.  They will all have the title Devo Day... I pray you all are blessed by them.  xoxo 

February 2, 2011
Morning y'all! I'm real excited to see what the Lord has in store for us as we feast on His word and draw nearer to Him. There are a few things that I encourage you to pray about. 1) Each other by name. We should be holding each other accountable and growing. So let step up to the plate and live Christ like lives and not stay in our comfort zone. 2)for those that do not know Jesus. May we be that light in the darkness that shines God's love for the lost and hurting to come to Jesus. 3) yourself. What does God want to show you. Pray that He reveals things to you whether it's sin that you're unaware of or a decision you're trying to make. Pray that God would speak to you in a clear and loud way. Here's a word of encouragement to dwell on as you seek His face. Isaiah 43:18-19. Read it and believe it! GOD WILL DO A NEW y'all bunches xoxo-Yesser

I've learned...

I received these sayings in an email from a friend of mine.  I'm not sure who wrote them but I loved them, so I thought I'd share.  :) I bolded some of my favorites.  Enjoy! :D

I've learned... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I've learned... That when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.
I've learned... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of themost peaceful feelings in the world.
I've learned... That being kind is more important than being right.
I've learned... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I've learned... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
I've learned... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I've learned... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I've learned... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes...ha ha
I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned... That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I've learned...That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I've learned... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I've learned... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm Christ. 
I've learned... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I've learned... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I've learned... That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.
I've learned... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow we may have to eat them.
I've learned... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I've learned... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
I've learned... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
I've learned... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.