Thursday, October 31, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Temptation & the Glory of God

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Blessings of Wealth Prayer

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Financial Prayer for Success and Provision



Dear Lord, 

          I come before You in the name of Your son, Jesus, and I praise You, thank you that you are Jehovah Jireh, my God, and provider. I thank you for the many ways you have provided for me and my family. Thank you that You desire that we would prosper and be in good health even as our souls prosper. Help me to prosper my soul in Your Word and to listen to your instructions and acquire divine wisdom. Thank You that Your blessings bring wealth and You add no sorrow to it as You fill our treasuries for Your glory. Your gifts are better than the purest gold, Your wages better than sterling silver. I ask for wisdom and Godly counsel so that I can work wisely, and prosper in all that I do, and be satisfied and fulfilled in life. 
          Lord, You have said that you will show me a way out of my problems. I ask for that now.  Forgive me where I have been fearful, greedy, or foolish in my work and my finances. Help me to have integrity and wisdom and to persevere in righteousness. Forgive me for idolatry to the things of this world and help me to love You more. I ask that You mercifully restore my losses. I choose to walk in the paths of righteousness & justice, and to love and honor You, Oh Lord.

          Dear Lord, I confess and declare that I will trust in You and lean not to my own understanding for you have said that You perfect the things that concern me.  You even give to Your children as we sleep.  Lord, I will seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. I will praise you for the wonderful things you do. I will not throw away my confidence in you, Lord.  My hope is in You and I will persevere and receive Your promises in my life.  I will honor and serve you all the days of my life. 
        I chose to be a cheerful giver and to be generous for that is Your heart, and you have said that a generous man will prosper. I will give ten percent of my income to You, Lord, and I will watch the windows of Heaven open and pour out a blessing just as You have said. Give me Your heart for the poor that I would joyfully give offerings and gifts to those in need. Thank You that as I give, it will be given unto me. 
          Thank you that I am like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water and whatever I do will prosper by your grace because I belong to You, and You take pleasure in the prosperity of Your servants.  You give me the ability to produce wealth for your kingdom without shame or sorrow.  If you are for me, who can be against me?  You are awesome and I am humbled by Your love and grace.  
I am thankful that Your love for me endures forever and Your plans for me are always for good and not for calamity.  Thank You for Your great and precious promises that I can inherit through faith and patience.  I am so grateful that you are at work within me to cause me to desire and to do your will.  I commit my work, my giving, and my finances to You, and ask that You cause my thoughts to become agreeable to your will so that I will succeed for Your glory.    
            I thank You, Jesus, that on the cross You set me free from the curses of the law (Deuteronomy 28) of sickness, poverty, and eternal death. In Your name, I receive that these things are broken off my life. Show me how to walk out of the habits of them. I receive the blessings of health, prosperity and eternal life that are mine through Your shed blood on the cross. I thank you, Lord, that You will reveal the things that are unseen and You will show me the way to prosperity and success as I honor You.  I love you, Lord.  Your grace is truly amazing and all the glory is Yours.  In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Prayer Target: America

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THE PRAYER FOR AMERICA


Monday, October 28, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Intimacy With God Series

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Men & Intimacy With God!



Never Be Bound Again...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Intimacy with God Series

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Matters of the Heart 




                                                By Pastor Tina R. McCrea

When we started P90X Prayer for 90-Days we defined the number 90. A portion of the definition stuck with me during this entire time and I want to recap this for you before I begin the devotion on Matters of the Heart.

The number 90 is defined as an unitary perfect number. There are only five (5) numbers that are unitary perfect numbers and 90 is one of them. Unitary is defined as something pertaining to a unit or units, which are characterized by, or aiming toward unity. It is something that has indivisible character of a unit. It is something that is whole. It is a measurement or estimation of something. It is something that can be used!”

Devoting our lives to prayer over a 90-day period brings to the forefront where we stand in our personal relationship with God. As we close out the devotion series on Intimacy with God, I would like you to consider the following:


Intimacy with God begins with the Heart.

Ezekiel 11:19 – 20 (NASB)

"And I will give them one [undivided] heart [will, mind, emotions], and put a new spirit [breath] within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes[prescribed boundaries] and keep My ordinances [right procedures] and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God. 


Ponder on the thought of an undivided heart. Picture a relationship between a man and woman engaging in a holy courtship growing in love with one another day-by-day. When he says, what you want to do today, her response is, “what ever you want to do”. When she asks, what would you like to eat today, his response is, “what ever you like is fine with me”. What they are really saying is, “I don’t want to be apart or divided from you or your presence.” This kind of love is like a breath of fresh air. One is willing to follow directives, honor, and respect each other’s boundaries because they are mingling their heart and soul with another. OMG! Doesn’t that sound divine?!? 

Over time this couple, so in love find their hearts hardened, shattered, and divided by life’s challenges, discouragements, and disappointments. Resentment, bitterness, and even hatred have crept in. An observer would say, “Who had a change of heart because they were so in love?”

This was once me in my marriage. I had to go before the Father ask him to save me again, create [carve, shape, fashion, and transform] in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. The Lord helped me cast down and destroy the idols of resentment, regret, and relicts of the past that had caused my heart to become like stone. In exchange, he gave me a regenerated heart, renewed love and intimacy with Him and my husband. 

A hardened heart is so heavy to carry. Stony hearts fortify strongholds that shut out intimacy -- “In-to-Me-See”. You limit yourself from seeing into the destiny and purpose the Father has for you and you limit what others are able to see or view who God really created you to be.





Receive the Ministry of Reconciliation Today!


2 Cor. 5:17 – 21 AMP

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). 20 So we are Christ's ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ's personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].


I am a living witness that it is never too late for intimacy with God! There is nothing that you have done or that anyone has done to you that can separate you from His love, favor, and spirit of peace. Just as the scripture says, when I surrendered to the will of God He matured me and made me an established representative [ambassador] of His Kingdom. Hallelujah!

During these next 64-days, you will see your life coming together in unity. You will begin to feel and live completely whole again. You will no longer be a divided individual, but you will continue to exist for the purpose of being a whole unit & a whole person. The number 90 is perfect, meaning it is complete. You too will experience perfection and completeness if you take some extreme measures to become an Extreme Christian. 


Marvin Williams of RBC’s Our Daily Bread on October 24, 2013 said,

“Following Jesus is not turning over a new leaf; it is beginning 

a new life under a new Master."

For Further Thought, What is the evidence that my union with Christ has transformed my old humanity? Are there indicators that I am not the me I used to be?

Being in Christ is not rehabilitation, it’s Re-creation.”


Just as the number 90 is indivisible in character, I believe that over the next 64-days, you will become incapable of being divided & separated from God, divided from your purpose, or your destiny any longer. Exchange that stony heart for a new heart recreated by the Holy Spirit. Be set free from division, depression, and confusion today in the Name of Jesus! You are someone that can and will be used by God to do great and mighty things!”



Friday, October 25, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days

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GET READY, GET READY, GET READY 
TO WALK & PRAY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! 

We Are Taking God to Our Neighborhoods Tomorrow Saturday 10/26 @9AM

The Power of God is Going to Move Mightily As We Walk Around Our Neighborhoods Praying at the Same Time to Our Awesome God! 

Download Your Neighborhood Prayer-Walk Kit Here:




P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Intimacy with God (Pt.4) FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD!

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Intimacy with God = Friendship with God




“Abraham, His Friend Forever” (2 Chronicles 20:7).

“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 
And he was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23).



                    What Does it Mean to Have A Relationship with God?


Relate/Relationship: To relate to someone is to tell them all the truth about yourself. A relationship can be developed through an event, circumstance, which brings into or establishes an association or connection that brings about a social or sympathetic relationship with a person or thing. In order to have a relationship, one must have a connection, association, or involvement with someone. Relationships are connections between persons by blood or marriage. A relationship is an emotional or other personal connection between people.

Do you tell God all the truth about you and your life’s situations? Have you had an encounter or experience with God that has brought about a close connection and association with God? Do you have an emotional or personal connection with God?


If you can’t answer yes to all these questions, you need to find out why, because God desires you and he wants a close connection of intimacy with you! We are related to God first by spiritual blood connection & DNA. You are a part of God because he made/created you into his image and into his likeness. You become connected to God a second time through spiritual DNA when you accept His Son-Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Jesus and salvation is the bridge that connects us to the Father!

Our Relationship with God is of the Highest Priority!


Salvation is the beginning to having a relationship with God so we can be intimate with Him, but it is not the totality of it… it takes commitment, longsuffering, and dedication (time) to be intimate with God! Will you make the sacrifice needed to be intimate with God?


There Are Three (3) Types of Relationships You Can Have With God:

FAN
FOLLOWER
FRIEND



The first level of relationship with God is surface and takes not real commitment. If you are a FAN then you just like God for what he can do for you. There is no real sacrifice on your part. A FAN is only intrigued by God, but not invested into a real relationship with God. Don’t settle to only be a Fan of God, he should be more to you than like your favorite sport’s team that you only root for when they are winning and making you feel and look good. There is no real depth to your relationship at FAN level. FANS don’t have or invest into intimacy; they only stay at the intrigued level. 

FANS of God are the equivalent of Facebook Friends!

The second level of relationship with God is a little deeper than a fan because you are actually a Follower of God. Followers check-in and they do sacrifice, but they still bold back and they don’t fully commit and sacrifice their all to have intimacy with God. Followers are only interested and not fully invested into the relationship. Followers always have a Plan B just in case it doesn’t work out. Followers have not given themselves completely and totally over to God. They still have other longings that pull them away from God.


Followers of God are the equivalent of Twitter Followers!

The third level of relationship with God is the most connected and deepest level there is, A Friend! A friend of God has gone through the worst yet they are still in love with God and committed to serving him as if life has been a bed of roses. Friends are Invested into Intimacy with God at any cost. They make intimacy a daily habit and not an occasion. Friends have made a covenant with God and not a contract with God like that of Fans & Followers.

Friends understand that you can only know God and be intimate with the Father through covenant, which is the highest level of commitment. Friends understand that their relationship with God is like that of a Covenant of Marriage. Just as in any marriage, you must Constantly Reconnect… it is a Spiritual Marriage… being familiar with God takes time, patience, and truth!


A Friend of God Makes Marriage Vows to the Lord:

“From this Day Forward, I am a Friend of God… For Better or for Worse… In Sickness and in Health….For Richer or Poorer… Til Death, I Am Friend of God!”



Daily, Enjoy God, Encounter God, & Engage God!


It's not Religion, it's RELATIONSHIP! 








Thursday, October 24, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Neighborhood Prayer-Walk Kit

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Your Neighborhood Prayer-Walk Kit



P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Intimacy with God Pt.3

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Intimacy with God = Relationship with God



In order to have Intimacy with God, You Must See Your Need for God.

An intimate relationship with God will cause you to have more intimacy & joy with yourself, your life, and other relationships… until you love God right, you cannot love anyone else right, not even yourself!


Need: An essential requirement or duty, or obligation, an urgent want as of something required, a condition or situation in which something is required or wanted.

God should be an urgent want in your life, you should require that your life will involve God in every aspect. The only way this can be achieved is if you surrender completely. We were designed to fellowship with God, and it is the greatest pleasure our souls will ever know on earth. Ask the Lord to draw you closer to Him. If you have been too busy or distracted to dedicate time on a daily basis, pray for the grace to make fellowship with Him a priority. Wait on the Lord, and He will fill you with incredible joy in His presence.


God knows you because he created you… Your First Birth was His Choice… but does God know you through your Second Birth (your rebirth, being born again)? God knows you from the standpoint of two (2) ways: 1. Intimately through His Son Jesus Christ & 2. Through Your works.


Does God Know You? Do You Know God? 

Do you make yourself Available for Him to know?


Knowing God Through His Son Jesus Christ: 

“No One Can Come to the Father Except by Me.”


John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus is our access to intimacy with God. You can’t have or know God without first surrendering to Jesus. Jesus is one with the Father and He desires us to be one with Him also.


John 10:30
I and My Father are one.

John 17:21-22
That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.



Knowing God Through Your Works:


Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV)

I Never Knew You

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


We cannot know God and our works not be in line with God’s will. If what you do is not in line with God’s will it is iniquity (outside of the will of God). There is No Will Outside the Will of God!


How to Be Close to God:

· Confess Your Sins

· Give God Adoration, Thanksgiving, & Praise

· Sit Silently daily in the Presence of God


The word Know is defined as to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty, to have established or fixed in the mind or memory, to be cognizant or aware of something. To know means to be acquainted with (a thing, place, person, etc.), as by sight, experience, or report, to understand from experience or attainment, and to have a familiarity or grasp of, as through study or experience.

God has to be known beyond your sensory feelings, but you must commit to being acquainted with Him! It is in knowing Him that you will trust Him! Knowing God will not always be a honeymoon or euphoric experience. Many times like Job, you will really know the many faces, sides, and names of God through the vicissitudes of life.


Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The faith that you need to know God and stay committed to Him comes from you Listening & Hearing the Voice of God! You hear to understand, but you Listen in order to obey that whichhas been said. So if you feel that you don’t know God, is it because you don’t Listen to Him? Many of us hear His voice, but a lot of times we don’t obey. Meaning- we do not have corresponding actions to what we have just heard! 

We learned earlier this week that God has already made the first steps in knowing us, so today, it is our turn to make our move. You move when you are committed to listening and obeying God. So, our first step is to decide to be intimate and have a committed and constant relationship with Him!

If you ever think you have come to the end of God and that you know all there is to know, then you will be surprised to find that you have not even learned a tenth of Who God is. In all honesty, it is impossible in our sinful and mortal beings to know God fully as we will know Him in our eternal resting place in our glorified heavenly bodies (if we have made Jesus our eternal hope and Savior). That is why John 3:16 states, “that if we believe in Him, then we will not perish, but have everlasting life.” It takes eternal and everlasting life to know God fully. He is time in and out of time, He was there when there was no beginning (before there ever was anything to be) and He will be there in the end!

God is so Grand that He is Unsearchable! So happy hunting in learning, knowing, growing, and encountering God forever!


Psalm 145:3
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is Unsearchable.

Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How Unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!


“God Wants you to know Him, Desires for you to know Him fully, and Created you to Encounter, Experience, and Express Love with Him!”













Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Intimacy With God (Pt.2)

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The Worship Encounter: “Lord Give Me You!”

“God, Restore & Reawaken My Confidence, Joy, Trust, & Hope in Your Wisdom, Character, Will, & Plan!”

This is our Day #2 Focus Target: Knowing God more Intimately and Rebuilding the Foundation of, “Who is God, and Who am I in Christ?” You are the representation of Christ/God on and in the earth. You are the image of God and you were created after His likeness. So when temptation comes into your life, ask yourself, “If this situation is in alignment with God's image, likeness, and will for my life?”

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”


Step #1 To Intimacy & New Life

You Can Begin Again! New Life awaits you when you rebuild the foundation of an Intimate relationship with God in your Life!

It All Begins and Ends with God:

You must go deeper in the Lord. You have to be drawn into a greater intimate relationship with Him. God is the Creator (Architect) of your life; He holds the blueprint. Therefore, you have to go to the manufacturer in order to understand completely who you are, what you are called to do, and how to live in joy and happiness. This is essentially peace in Him. These things combined bring about peace. You might not understand it all, but in a deep and meaningful relationship with God, you will be able to have peace.

Now on a scale of 1-5, “Where are you in your relationship with God?” (1): you go to God only when you need something or when you are in trouble. You do not pray often. (2): you spend some/minimal time with God mainly on Sundays and in bad situations. (3): you are growing in your relationship with God and trying at least twice a week to make time for Him. (4): you strive several days a week to pray, read the Bible, worship, and commune with God. (5): you don’t begin a day without praying to God, you talk to Him throughout the day, and you make it a priority to commune with Him, always. If you look at where you placed God on this scale, then you have your answer for the way you feel or perceive your life!

If God is a low priority, then so is your happiness and joy. Furthermore, your joy and happiness is not complete until you put God in His proper place in your life, which is First! Put God above everything else and everyone else. Don’t get me wrong; various situations in life cause us to have to strive to do this, but you can’t afford not to consistently plan to make time for God daily.


If you would spend at least 15-30 minutes daily with God, instantly your happiness and joy would go to another level. Turn the cell phone, the TV, the computer and everything else off and just sit in the presence of God. Pray, worship, read the Bible, and then finally sit silently before God so He can talk back to you.


Now that you have committed to doing this daily, you will see transformation. If you go back to Genesis (the Beginning), happiness and joy was found in God and in Him alone. When God created Adam, God was his only companion. After God communed with Adam for a season, then He created another relationship when He created Eve. However, before He gave them to each other, He did not cheat Eve out of her personal time with Him. God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep, so He could minister to His daughter. You have to spend time with God, in order to know who you are, and what peace, joy, and happiness really is. If it was needed in the beginning, then it is needed right now in our lives. You can’t bypass God and think you will be fulfilled; it all begins and ends with Him. God is the Alpha and the Omega!


It is only until you know and love God, that you can love yourself and your life. Loving yourself is foundational to being happy. You can’t be happy with yourself apart from God. You were created in His likeness; therefore, you are an image (representation) of Him in the earth. Honestly, do you love yourself? If people really knew what you thought of yourself, what would be their reaction? Are you just faking it until you make it? Be disciplined in every area of your life. Think of yourself in a new manner; remember, you are the image of God.

“God took a picture of himself and when He developed it, you came out on the image!”

Spiritual Weekly Assignments:

·         Journal ever day
·         Pray every day
·         Worship every day

Intimate Journal Questions:

1. Who is God to me?
2. Who am I in Christ?
3. What does an Intimate relationship with God look like to me?
4. What are my faith challenges in believing God for the plan and purpose for my life?
5. What distracts me from drawing closer to God?
6. How do my emotions play a role in knowing God more/better?



*Song By: Shana Wilson-Lord Give Me You

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Prayer Walk in Your Neighborhood.

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P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Presents…

Organize A Prayer Walk in Your Neighborhood.

Take God to Your Community on Saturday, October 26th @9AM


Just Imagine How the Power of God Will Move While We Are All Praying at the Same Time Across this Nation in Our Neighborhoods!

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days "Intimacy With God"

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If you seek the LORD your God with all your Soul (mind/thoughts, heart/emotions & will) you will find Him.” Deuteronomy 22:39

Now God is not missing, but we are sometimes MIA in our mind/thoughts, heart/emotions & will as it relates to God. We will know and be intimate with God when we seek him with all our being and surrender our all to Him.

Cultivating an Intimate Relationship Requires A Commitment of Covenant.

If you are really going to know and be intimate with God, then you have to let go of the cheap imitations of intimacy that only lead to disappointment. Cheap imitations of sex, drugs, alcohol, fake love, & fake friends, etc…

Did you know that you were created to have a loving relationship with God?

It takes commitment to be Intimate God. This week’s series will show and teach you how to know God in a loving and intimate relationship. Not one that is vicariously experienced through another or by what you have only heard. Many have been in the place where they thought they knew God, but all they really had was religion and not Relationship. Many have never come to a place of Relating to God!

Intimacy: The state of being intimate. A close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group. A close association with detailed knowledge & deep understanding of a person.
Job 42:5-6 (NLT)
5 I had only heard about you before, but now I see you with my own (spiritual) eyes. 6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

To be intimate with God is not to hear of Him (religion), but to see him (through spiritual eyes) in an Encounter in your own life (relationship). Many have settled for religion because that is easy, but you know God desires relationship (commitment/covenant) from you, this is hard. A person can go through life & not commit to a religion, but you can’t have an intimate relationship with God without commitment & covenant!

So how do we as mere mortals (finite beings) begin to be intimate with a Ubiquitous, all-powerful, knowing, seeing infinite God? We start where he started with the invitation to relationship with Him!

John 3:16 (NLT)
 “For God so loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

God has already made the first step in knowing you, in wanting you, and in desiring to have fellowship (an intimate relationship) with you. He LOVES You! If you don’t know or remember anything else, just know He loves you!

1 John 4:19
We love Him because He first loved us.

God gave and sacrificed His one & only Son in order to have a relationship with you!
So, in Step 1 & 2 of Knowing God, you didn’t have to make a move, take a step, or prove anything. God has done the hard part. He has loved you despite your sins, and He has given His Son as a ransom and sacrifice to know you and be intimate with you. When the scripture says, that God so loved (this means He loved you beyond comprehension)… You and I cannot and we will not ever be able to measure the breath, depth, or sacrifice of God’s love for us…

Romans 5:8
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God allowed His Son to die to be close, near, and intimate with you! What will you let die in order to be near, close, and intimate with God? Will you let that sin, that addiction, that relationship, that habit, or that ___________________ (you fill-in-the-blank) die in order to have a relationship with God. Only religion allows you to sin and say it is ok, but relationship will always holds you accountable no matter what.

We discover how to know God through His Word & through Worship, and we help others know God through our Witness! The Word, Our Worship & Our Witness are the beginning steps to knowing God! You don’t know God through Religion, you Know Him through Relationship! So how do you relate to a God you cannot see, smell, or touch? It is amazing in our relationship with God, He can see, smell, and touch us, but we cannot do the same for Him. However, God left us with the greatest sense of all we can HEAR God!

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The faith that you need to know God and stay committed to Him comes from you Listening & Hearing the Voice of God!

God has to be known beyond your sensory feelings, but you must commit to being acquainted with Him! It is in knowing Him that you will trust Him! Knowing God will not always be a honeymoon or euphoric experience. Many times like Job, you will really know the many faces, sides, and names of God through the vicissitudes of life.

Philippians 3:10
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death

Constantly reconnect with God on a daily basis…Just like in the natural sense in any marriage and relationship; it takes time, patience, and truth to Know someone!

You have to Want & Desire God Daily!

Psalm 27:4
One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God” (Psalm 42:1).

The First Steps to Knowing God Intimately

1.      Choose a special place where you can meet with God.
2.      Choose a special time devoted to meeting with God in Worship, Prayer, Bible Study, & Fasting, etc….
3.      Invest a significant amount of time in getting to know God and how important it is that you prioritize Him above all else in your life.
4.      Take a Sabbath Day of Rest
5.      Have Continual Communication with God
6.      Listen to God… take 15mins of silence daily to really hear God speaking to you!

It is not Religion, it is RELATIONSHIP! Enjoy God!



Monday, October 21, 2013

P90X #Prayerfor90Days "ADDICTIVE THINKING"

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Addictive Thinking



By: Pastor Tina R. McCrea

The focus of a Christian life should be on Christ, not on self-imposed regulations. Our experience of Christ’s lordship is dependent on our moment-by-moment attention to His instruction, not on our own regimented schedule.  This has helped me personally answer the question that was posed to me over twenty years ago, “Why Do You Fear Failing So Much?”   The performance trap leads to a fear of failure.  The fear of failure can lead to various problems such as perfectionism.  Perfectionism is a way to cover up for low self-esteem and any threat of failure is perceived as attacking self-esteem. 

Anxiety and fear of failure are often the source of self-condemnation and the disapproval of others, both of which are severe blows to the self-worth based on personal success and approval.  The next time you experience anxiety ask yourself what failure you sense may be about to occur.  Mood swings, chemical dependency, additions to sex, addictions to success or eating disorders are other ways of escaping this false sense of thinking (Robert S. McGee-The Search for Significance).

This research has helped me on a personal level but how does what we have just covered address addictive thinking?  When most people hear the word addiction, immediately they think of drinking alcohol or abusing drugs.  Through my research, I would like to suggest that these actions and other dependencies are actually mechanism of escape from an addictive thought process stemming from low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority that impacts a person’s view of reality and their ability to cope.  This can be broken through awareness, self-truth, acceptance, devotion to God’s Holy Word and tools provided by great resources.

What is addictive thinking and how does one know if they are an addictive thinker?   According to Dr. David Sedlak, addictive thinking is a person’s inability to make consistently healthy decisions in his or her own behalf.  This is not a moral failure of a person’s willpower, but rather a disease of the will and inability to use the will.  Sedlak stresses that this unique thinking disorder does not affect other kinds of reasoning.  Thus, a person who develops a thinking disorder may be intelligent, intuitive, persuasive, and capable of valid philosophical and scientific reasoning.  He says the peculiarity of addictive thinking is the inability to reason with oneself.  From this, we find various emotional and behavioral problems such as compulsive gambling, sexual addition, eating disorders, nicotine addiction, codependency and ultimately alcoholism and drug addiction. 

Addictive thinking can cause people to deny themselves the potential to enjoy enlightenment due to their inability to explore new areas that are unfamiliar or threatening.  They tend to be unhappy the greater part of their lives.  A person may be stuck in addictive thinking patterns if they repeatedly remind themselves of what they should have done or feel that nothing they ever do is good enough.  According to Psychiatrist David Burns “shouldy thinking” fills a person with a sense of failure, shame and self-contempt.  Other words like ought or must can create the same feelings.  Psychologist Albert Ellis calls it “must-ur-bation.”



According to Abraham J. Twerski author of Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception, Addictive thinking can resemble schizophrenia thus many people have been misdiagnosed with schizophrenia when they really are addictive thinkers.  The difference between schizophrenic thinking and addictive thinking is Schizophrenic thinking is blatantly absurd whereas Addictive thinking has a superficial logic that can be very seductive and misleading.  To address the topic of seduction and misrepresentation of the addictive thinker, Twerski’s original title for his book was “Addictive Thinking: Why Do We Lie to Ourselves? Why Do Others Believe Us?” (Abraham Twerski).

More often than not, the addictive thinker does not intentionally try to deceive others.  In this fast pace, microwave society that we live in, we often time do not take time to process what we hear to determine if it is really making sense.  The addictive thinker lives in a state of constant denial distorting the truth about their reality.  As hard as it may be to believe this is not the same as lying.  Lying is a willful, conscious act. The addictive thinker believes that they are telling the truth.  Denial, rationalization, and projection are unconscious acts. 

This is why addictive thinkers can resist change and remain in cycles of pain and abuse even when it is pointed out to them that it is happening.  The addictive thinker begins to change when they become aware of denial, their unconscious perceptions and actions associated with them.  Change is generally not a problem with us as long as it is quick and happening within someone else.  Alcohol Anonymous recommends that change will not happen overnight.  It is a twenty-four hour a day, one-day at a time journey.  Practicing this concept helps the addictive thinker and those who are a part of their lives recover.

Shame is an accumulation of painful feelings that come with the belief that who we are is not good enough.  It is wrapped in words like, “I’m stupid, bad, ugly, and dirty, damaged, or damaged goods.  Physical and emotional abandonment coupled with distorted or undefined boundaries are the root cause of shame. 

In order to bring wholeness to in the life of one who experienced addictive behavior during childhood they need to acknowledge suppressed feelings, grieving losses and hurts.  Next build healthy boundaries by increasing self-awareness, identifying childhood violations and the offenders, express feelings about them and what was done then examine the state or your boundaries in your present relationships and clean them up if necessary.  Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” This quote to me is empowering as it relates to personal boundaries.

Philippians 4:7-9 (NASB)
7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

  
Proverbs 23:6-8 (ASV)
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties: 7 For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.


Bryan Robinson, author of “Heal Your Self-Esteem: Recovery from Addictive Thinking” suggests that by changing how we think we can literally change how our personal lives are manifested.  He calls it applying healing patterns of thinking.  There are as follows:

  1. Principle of Perception.  Our perceptions of ourselves and the world are shaped by mental pictures of past reality that can be changed
  2. Principle of Choice.  We always have the power to choose how we will think, feel and behave; no matter how hopeless our lives seem to be.
  3. Principle of Vacuum.  Getting rid of addictive thoughts and feelings clears a pace for us to receive healing and happiness in our lives.
  4. Principle of Optimism. We can create a positive outlook and by looking on the positive side of situations rather than the negative side.
  5. Principle of Expectation.  Our expectations have self-fulfilling effects that create our experiences and thus our experiences of life become whatever we expect them to be.
  6. Principle of Harmony.  Our lives work when we align our thoughts, feelings, and actions to fit into the grand harmony of nature, rather than resist the natural force of the universe.
  7. Principle of Empowerment.  We are empowered when we think of ourselves as survivors instead of victims of life and when we accept responsibility for our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  8. Principle of the Boomerang.  The thoughts we put out from within eventually come back to us in one form or another, just like a boomerang.
  9. Principle of Magnetism.  We attract people into our lives who think, feel, and behave like us and thus people closest to us are mirrors of ourselves.
  10. Principle of the Inner Guru.  Healing addictive thoughts and lifestyles come from the inside out not the outside in.
The addictive thinker can apply these principles replacing images in their mental scrapbook, letting go of unhealthy attitudes and behaviors that held them captive, moving from seeking approval from others to accepting themselves as God wonderful creation filled with peace.



Sunday, October 20, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Depression: Healing & Wholeness

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Sit & Die or Go & Try

Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? 4If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” 5And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. 6For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” 7Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. 8And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it (2 Kings 7:3-8).

The four lepers were diseased, in despair, and felt ostracized from their entire city.  They were on the outside longing to be on the inside.  We have all been there when issues in our lives seem to keep us from fitting in and going to the next level or place.  The lepers were in a serious dead zone, but they counted the cost.  They had either strength to lie there and die or strength enough to get up and try.  They decided to go despite what they were going through and what they had already been through in life.

The lepers were clueless to a degree, but they were careful and not careless about the next move in their lives.  The Bible says, “He who is careless of his ways will die” (Proverbs 19:16). There has to be consistency and diligence in all of your ways.  They all asked the paramount question, “Why are we just sitting here?”  Today, I pose that question to you, “Why are you just sitting there?”  Sitting on your dreams, talents, breakthrough, life, and family, when so much more awaits you, but you are just sitting there.  Do not be afraid to move and make a decision.  You could be wrong -yes, the odds are against you - but you still owe it to yourself at least to try.

The lepers had three choices: (1) Go back to the city in the famine and die, (2) Sit and die, or (3) Go to the enemy, surrender, and possibly die.  Now to the naked or untrained eye, you would say all the choices equaled death.  However, the third choice, the most unpopular choice, and the least traveled road, only had the possibility of death.  The other two choices had the assurance of death.  

Choices #1 and #2 gave them the options to sit and do nothing or turn and go back to where they came from.  Sit, do nothing, and turn back are never the choices that God calls for you to choose or do.  He never wants you to sit and be stagnant, nor does He want you to go back to a place from which you have already been delivered, especially when the people there do not respect you, value you, or want you.

In verses 5-6, when they decided to make a move, God made one as well. Their little footsteps walking to the enemy’s camp were undetectable, but God amplified the sound to such a degree that their enemies heard chariots, horses, and a great army coming.  I know you feel like what is it really going to help (or do) if you try, but if you can take the first step, God will amplify and magnify your little step and make it great.  You getting up out of the pit will cause God to move on your behalf.  Not doing something is still disobedience, even more so than doing the wrong thing.

Because they decided not to die and got up out of the depression that they were in, they were able to go to the enemy’s camp empty-handed, but left with an overflow of everything they needed and more.  When you trust God, you will not be left empty-handed.  The lepers even went back to the same place and people who put them out and left them for dead, in order to tell them all of what they had found and to share it with a dying city.  We, too, have to go back and save those who are dying once God has healed and delivered us from our issues, and given us overflow. 

We are in a dying world today, but how many of us actually go into it and save others by sharing Christ?  You don’t have power until you have empowered someone else.  If you feel powerless, then empower someone else.  How?  By helping them to become enlightened to a better way of life in Christ.  It is only through enlightenment that Power can be activated (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Small Changes=Big Transformations! The little things lead to Great Things!


Be Whole and Not a Hole:

“Dealing with Depression”

The opposite of happiness and joy is depression. When someone is depressed, they feel devalued, they feel sad, and they are oppressed by life.  This way of thinking and feeling brings you down and lowers your self-esteem.  For something to be put or pressed down, then it had to be at one point at a place of elevation, joy, acceptance, and happiness.  You can’t depress or lower something that is already low; depression only attacks an aspect of life or the mind that is at a pinnacle place.  You do not have to live in depression; there is more for you. If you can remember, there was a time when you were not depressed.  You have to get back to that place again.

Depression is a hole and no one sows into a hole.  You feel like you have been thrown into a hole and left there to die.  So goes the state of your emotions. If you remain in that hole, then you will not survive.  To stay in a place where you will die is insane, and the enemy is trying to make you stay there so he can destroy your life and destiny.  It is hard to fill something with a hole in it.  Whether it be the hole from your past experiences holding you back or some other misfortune of life, decide not to let the hole swallow you up, but rather let it drive you to destiny.

On a news report before his death, Senator Ted Kennedy said, “Even the most profound losses are Survivable.”  This was a man who could speak about losses and hardships in life despite his politically powerful last name.  The main point is that through it all, he maintained a can-do attitude and was a survivor.  My dear brother (sister), you have losses, but you are not one of them. Outlive your losses!

“You are not Crazy; You just had a Bad Day, or a Couple of Bad Days!”






Saturday, October 19, 2013

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days S.C.A.R.S. (Sufferings, Casualties, Adversities, Rejections, & Success)

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Today's the day that I will talk about something that I feel very strongly about because it's something God is still teaching all of us, and that is how to overcome the Scar Tissue that is still in our lives.

Scar Tissue for Men are called Exit Wounds and for it is called The Assault that Brought You Under Arrest. Today is about being set free from the things that are still strongholds that we won't admit nor confront, and the places deep within us that have never been healed because we are too stubborn to see and accept change. However, Change is Coming! Men, we have already supplied you with all the equipment you need to get that bullet out and to heal that Entry Wound that you have. Women, we have already supplied you with all the equipment you need to get healing and wholeness from that assault that brought you under arrest. Now for those of you who have taken this step, the next thing to deal with is the Scars that will remain.

Some people have a really tough time with scars. They can't seem to look pass them in the mirror and they believe that the world can't either. It's the embarrassment, shame, pity, and anger of scars that keep people isolated.  SCARS are self-hatred that causes one to hide away from the world because of the belief that they will be safer from it. “If only this never happened, life would be different and I wouldn't be this way.” Scared people act as though they are flawed, misunderstood, and can never be truly loved. This type of behavior is self-destructive. It was designed by the enemy to keep you ensnared in your sorrows, a trapped little boy with King potential, and a trapped girl with Queen potential. If you ever want to see that potential rise, you must change your belief of yourself. Your relationship with yourself is one of the most important relationships along with your relationship with God.

"Don't live as though you have Scars, live as though you have Accomplishments"


A scar is not something to be ashamed of; but rather it's something you can be proud of. How can you be proud of something like that? By understanding that life is about living and learning. Live and Learn, but Don’t Repeat! You need to have a confidence in the scars you wear because after all they are unique towards you. You are the only person that can say, "I went through this and survived. I survived the surgery, the healing process, and now I'm here today."

Your scars are in fact your certification and authentication of your manhood and womanhood. Everything that you went through qualifies you to be a better person, a person with more wisdom, understanding, a deeper respect towards life, and a closer relationship with Christ. Understand that you can appreciate what you have received because of what you have been through. Scars bring perspective, a daily reminder that God is with you. What happened didn't happen to make life miserable for you, it actually happened to make life better for you.

"Scars are not injuries. A scar is a healing. After an injury, a scar is what makes you whole" 
-China Mieville
                             

S. Sufferings
C. Casualties
 A. Adversities
R. Rejection
S. Success

Scars are sufferings, casualties adversities, and rejections that bring about success in one's life. Think about it, if you can survive sufferings, casualties, adversities, and rejections, then the only thing left is for you to Succeed!
-Evang. Tashara Luster




 The “Do You” List:

I know you have to have a “to-do list” every day, but you need to have a “Do You” List! We are constantly doing things, but we sometimes forget ourselves.  This list will help you achieve the optimum you, so that you can live a life full and overflowing and not one of weariness. This list helps you to take off the Superman (woman) Cape and put on the Robe of Care for yourself.  We as men and women, we are constantly wearing the cape of “I can do it all” when God is only requiring us to put on the Robe of Care. 

Today, decide to change your wardrobe and give up your cape for the Robe of Care!  Your password for your life is LIBERATED.  The login name is YOU… You have to sign-on and login to your own life.  It is time to feel completely free being you.  The key password that all women need to be successful in life is Jesus Christ.  It is through Him that we are liberated. “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8:36).

This is Your “Do You” List:

1)      Accept You
2)      Love You
3)      Trust You
4)      Affirm You
5)      Respect You
6)      Be You


Accept yourself no matter what. Have a great appreciation for who you are. There will always be things that you want to change, but you have to have initial acceptance of who you are and rejoice in the value of your life.  Know what qualities are simply a part of you and know the things that you do have the power to change.  You become better when you choose to. 

Love yourself. If you do not, then no one else will. Take time to love yourself through words, care, and doing fun things.  You are worth it and you do deserve it.  Always keep a healthy self-esteem; fall in love with you, and then others will too.

Trust yourself no matter what.  You are your own greatest ally.  Decide every day and in every situation to be honest and trustworthy. 

Affirm yourself. You know you can do it, you know you will make it, and you know you are a beautiful woman and you are a handsome man.  Say and do things to affirm yourself and the overall goal of your life.  Only allow things, people, and places into your life that affirm and add to who you are. Dismiss those things that subtract from you.

Respect yourself every day.  Never allow anyone to degrade you or treat you as less than who you are.  Always regard yourself highly and keep your dignity, integrity, and self-respect as a top priority.

Be You.  If you do not be you, then who will?  God made you and He doesn’t make mistakes, so you are what He wants you to be.  Seek God for improvements, and not the opinion of man.  Be proud to be you, even the past you.  You are a compilation of your life experiences and they have made you who you are today.

Every day, you have to keep this “Do You” list before you.  No matter what situation you face, you will always need to Accept you, Love you, Trust you, Affirm you, Respect you, and Be you!  When you don’t “Do You,” then you are a half-empty man (woman).  The only way to be full is to fully “Do You!”

Take time now to write out the “Do You” list several times on a piece of paper, sticky note, or index card. Put the list on the bathroom mirror, in the car, at your office, and wherever else you need a reminder of how great you are. A Total Man (Woman) does the “Do You” list every day.