Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Put Your Heart into It
Pray without ceasing. —1 Thessalonians 5:17
The prayer that prevails is the prayer that is prayed with intensity—the prayer that is offered continually and passionately.
Acts 12 opens with some tragic events in the life of the early church: King Herod had James executed, and he threw Peter into prison. Then we read, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (verse 5).
Think about what they were facing. James, the beloved apostle who was always there with John, had gone to heaven. It must have been a shock. They were mourning the loss of this great man of God.
And then Herod arrested Peter. It was the night before his trial and potential execution, so they were praying. But their prayer was not just a kick backed yawn: “Lord, help out Peter. . . . What’s for dinner?” Rather, it was more like, “Oh, Lord, help Peter! Oh, Lord, deliver Peter!” In fact the word used in this verse for “constant” could be translated “earnestly” or “stretched outwardly.” It is the idea of a soul stretching toward an earnest desire. It was praying with agony, with intensity.
The same Greek word is used in Luke 22:44 to describe Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, where “being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.”
A lot of times our prayers are so laid back, so casual. Much of our prayer has no power in it because there is no heart in it. Yet the prayer that prevails with God is the prayer into which we put our whole soul, stretching out toward God with intense and agonizing desire. We need to keep bringing our requests to God again and again.
If we put so little heart into our prayers, we can’t expect God to put much heart into answering them.
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Monday, November 28, 2011
The Power of Affirmation
This devotional was written by Jim Burns
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. —James 1:26
Back in 1980, Cheryl Prewitt Salem became Miss America. Cheryl is a beautiful person on the outside but more importantly, her inner beauty radiates God’s love in her life. When she was four years old she often hung around her father’s small country store. Almost daily the milkman would visit, and she would follow him around as he lined the display cases with shiny bottles of milk. He always greeted her in the same way: “How’s my little Miss America?” At first she giggled, but by about age 11 she became very comfortable with this idea of becoming Miss America. Before long it was her childhood fantasy and teenage dream. It became a prayer and a solid goal.
Later she did become Miss America. She traveled the world spreading goodwill and, because Cheryl is a deeply committed Christian, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It all started because God used a milkman to speak a word to this young and impressionable mind. It was embedded in her subconscious. Her prayer became a reality.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21
Can God use your tongue to offer an affirming word to someone?
Sorry about how I have been off lately with the daily devotionals. Sometimes we get too busy and forget about God. We have it all backwards. Without God I would be nothing and trusting in Him is what gets me through. You never know who may need your encouragement or even just looking at you to see what you do. Always let Christ be shown through your actions. Speak it and it will happen. Whatever you are going to just have faith. As stated in the passage the little girl heard that over and over and believed it. Same thing for us. Whatever good or bad repetition is the key. Encourage yourself. Encourage others. Then watch and see how positive your life changes. Have a great day. Thank God and thank you.
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But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Have you ever noticed that the most difficult time to serve the Lord is immediately after a defeat in your life? When we are on a spiritual high, serving the Lord comes almost naturally. But when we experience the roller-coaster ride to the depths of despair after some spiritual tragedy, we have a tendency to become complacent. While activity tends to produce additional activity, inactivity also reproduces itself.
The popularity of Jesus Christ had been building throughout His earthly ministry. Thousands of people followed Him through the hills of Galilee, watching His miracles and listening to His teachings. The disciples had become an intimate group, well known for their association with Jesus. As His popularity grew, so did their own.
The culmination of their intimate relationship with the Lord came the night of His betrayal. He had gathered the disciples in the upper room to keep the Passover. They were all there. They ate with the Lord, prayed with Him, sang hymns with Him, pledged their loyalty to Him. Around this meal, the institution of the Lord's supper, the disciples reached a spiritual high. Their heightened spirits, however, were soon to be dashed. Jesus was led away from the garden, He endured a cruel and illegal trial, and the disciples were dispersed. Even though Jesus again and again had told them that He must suffer the cruelty of the cross, the disciples still did not assimilate this tenet of His teaching. With His death and burial the disciples' balloon had burst. Even the resurrection of the Lord and the immediate post-resurrection appearances did not do much to reassure the disciples.
As instructed by the Lord Himself, the disciples returned to Galilee. Their meeting with Jesus on the mountain of Galilee, where He had appointed them, must have been subsequent to the account of our Scripture for today. Seven of the apostles had returned to their vocation as fishermen. How easy it was to be a follower of the Lord when He was present; how easy it was to return to their occupation in His absence.
It was Peter who first suggested that he would go fishing. This does not necessarily imply that he intended to renounce his apostleship in favor of the fishing trade. This is what he knew best; this is what he would do until the Lord commanded him otherwise. Hence Peter and the others entered into a ship and fished all night, but caught nothing. How could this be? Had they lost the knack of fishing during their years with the Messiah? Why were they so unsuccessful at a business in which they had been extremely successful before Jesus called them to discipleship? Throughout the night they fished without any success at all.
"But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore" (John 21:4). For some providential reason the disciples did not recognize the stranger standing on the shore. As He called to them and inquired how successful they had been, they had to answer that they were extremely unsuccessful in fishing that night. It was the resurrected Lord, keeping His rendezvous with them in Galilee. But they did not recognize this until He commanded them to cast their nets on the other side of the ship. This was reminiscent of a similar but earlier command of the Lord with the same result (Luke 5:1-11).
When the disciples had hauled in an incredible number of fish, they came to the shore at Jesus' invitation to "Come and dine" (John 21:12). It was almost as if the Lord was reigniting the fire of intimacy and love that had cooled since their last supper together. Jesus Christ did not want His disciple band to become complacent, for complacency is kin to disobedience.
After we have once served the Lord well and lived in intimate relationship with Him, it is easy to become complacent, to drift from Him and not to sit at His table. However, the Lord calls to each of us to "come and dine"; and if we are to be an effective and useful tool in the Master's hand, we must find our feet under His table frequently.
It's easy for us to sometimes forget the glory of God and the good things He has done for us. Whatever you are going through right now don't forget about God. If He has pulled you through before He can do it again. Have a great day. Thank God and thank you..
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Monday, November 7, 2011
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Everyone knows November for a few things Thanksgiving of course, Black Friday sales, Lions vs. Green Bay and this year if your into shoes you know that the iconic Air Jordan 'Cement' IIIs release the 25th. Seeing as that is one of my favorite pair we are releasing a limited edition crewneck for the shoe. Inspired by an old school feel of Hip-Hop's LL Cool J we bring the "Ladies Love Cool Jays" crewneck ($40).
Also we shall be releasing new colorways in our bracelets the all black is just one of three colorways ($25). All set to release this Monday Nov. 8th @ 5pm.
Faded Penguin has also released some super dope Good Wood bracelets. Check them out!
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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
nd it came to pass on the third day in the morning that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
The waning years of the 20th century will undoubtedly be remembered both as an era of mushrooming technology and vanishing virtue. As the world's scientific achievements increase, its moral discernment declines. Institutions once sacred are now scorned. Beliefs that our less sophisticated forefathers revered and respected are now relinquished and ridiculed. The last third of this century has spawned a noticeable decrease in reverence, and this tendency is nowhere more evident than in religion. Even the church has a grossly inadequate appreciation of who God is and how He should be revered.
In the third month after the exodus Israel entered the desert of Sinai and encamped at the foot of the great mountain. As God's representative, Moses was summoned to Mount Sinai. Here God revealed that He would make Israel a "peculiar treasure" unto Himself above all other people. They would be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation if they would but obey God's voice and keep His covenant. Moses returned to the people with this proposition and they all agreed.
In three days the covenant would be established, but the holiness of Almighty God is so awesome that much preparation would have to be made before the Israelites could enjoy His presence. Only the pure in heart can "see" God. Moses was to sanctify the people for two days. They were to wash their clothes, an outward sign of the fact that they were inwardly clean. This cleansing within must stem from a heartfelt repentance, deep contrition, and a sincere desire to live righteously before God. Such preparation each man had to make for himself. In addition, fences or barriers were to be set up in public preparation to meet God. To impress Israel with the awesome majesty of God and the reverence with which they should meet Him, the mountain was itself declared holy - off limits to everyone but Moses and Aaron. None could touch it or even approach it beyond the fences.
With the preparations made and the people standing by in silent awe, "It came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled" (Exodus 19:16). The reverence for God that this event was designed to instill in Israel renders vain any attempt to describe adequately the scene.
The Holy One of Israel appeared in a thick cloud because His presence was awesome, too tremendous to be seen physically. Accompanying the clapping of thunder was the voice of the trumpet, exceedingly loud. So terrifying was the trumpet that the people in the camp below were dumbfounded. They stood in mute reverence to the holiness of Almighty God. The whole mountain quaked greatly, shaking from top to bottom, as the people stood in amazement.
The awfulness and terror of this event is even more remarkable when we consider that God was not descending to Mount Sinai as Israel's Judge. He was not about to pronounce a sentence of doom on them, but in love He was drawing them unto Himself through the Sinai covenant. The smoke, fire, cloud, trumpet, lightning, and thunder were all to bring Israel to revere Him, for He is holy and almighty. He is of incredible majesty.
Although it is the duty of the Christian to praise God, it is our first duty to revere and fear Him. He alone is worthy of all reverence. "Wherefore receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear; For our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:28-29). Let's revere the Lord today and spend some time praising Him for who He is.
.. Have a great day. Thank God and thank you
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