Challenge Your Spirit!!! – One Week Prayer Challenge

Aah, I love challenges. The first week is always the best.. until it gets a bit too real. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever started a challenge – be it spiritual, fitness, or other types – and you were hyped for the first few days. Then everything starts getting boring. Maybe you didn’t take it seriously enough?

Maybe you didn’t see just how important it is to challenge yourself once and a while. How important is your spirit to you? Very important. It’s all you’ve got when your body deteriorates away. Chances are, since you’re on my blog, you’ve already got interests in God and Christianity. You know that there is a life after death; there is a heaven and hell. You want to go to Heaven. So, how about a simple challenge to help you get there? Is that serious enough for you?

I found a Prayer Challenge on Pinterest. I couldn’t resist – I have to share it. I’m currently doing a Daniel Fast so this will come just in handy! Join me? Pretty pweaasseee? 🙂

 

 

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ImageJoin me in this prayer challenge and/or one week fast as I seek God, asking Him for guidance, protection, prosperity and His Will. 

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul – Deuteronomy 4:29

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. – Lamentations 3:25

The Septuagint

The Septuagint

Change up your Bible Study, not by modernization this time, but from a historical perspective!

This is a link to the Septuagint, a historical, pre-Christian translation of the Hebrew Bible for Jews who spoke Koine Greek. Sometimes referred to as the “Greek Old Testament” or “LXX” it comprises of only the Old Testament and some related works. The translation occurred between 300-200 BC. The authors of the New Testament referenced to the Septuagint (it’s non-apocryphal parts.)

Aside from the regular 39 books in the Old Testament there are apocryphal books (ancient Jewish writing). The apocryphal books include: Judith, Tobit, Baruch, Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus), the Wisdom of Solomon, First and Second Maccabees, the two Books of Esther, additions to the Book of Daniel, and the Prayer of Manasseh. Please note: These apocryphal books are not canonical, or inspired by Go.

For early Christians who seek understanding of the Bible, I recommend the New Living Translation. However, as for the rest, use the Septuagint alongside the King James Version. For everyone, I recommend doing an in-depth Bible study occasionally. Take your Bible Study from a historical point-of-view and also study evangelical/difficult questions. You will notice a difference on your Walk!

This link includes the PDF file as well as audio, both can be accessed from the internet or saved to your computer.

Sharing is caring! God Bless you in your studies!

Your Perspective Changes Everything!

Have you ever flipped a horrible situation and turned it around, or a great situation and made it seem bleak? We’ve all heard of the “glass is half full not empty” view on life. What about your view on God? Who (or what) is God to you? How do you view Our Creator? Believe it or not but your perspective on God will affect your Walk with Him; and for nonbelievers, it may be the prime reason why you don’t believe. Sometimes, we view God incorrectly.

The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

– Proverbs 19:23

Okay, okay! I’ll admit I once had the wrong view on God, my specs were dirty and scriptures like these made me both uncomfortable and confused. That word: FEAR is a different meaning to us. Am I supposed to quake and hide whenever I feel God’s Presence? NO. Definitely not. In fact, the word we used to translate the Bible into English holds different meaning – a different kind of “fear.” We are told to “fear God” at least 100 times in the Bible, yet when He has appeared in some shape or form to people what would He say – yes, “fear not.”

Here are four different CORRECT PERSPECTIVES of what it means to “fear” the Lord:

1. Have you ever been to Niagara Falls or climbed a mountain and when you reached to the top you are amazed by it’s beauty. You hear the roar of the water, or see how small everything else got when you looked down over the cliff of that mountain. You are in awe, but you’re also not going to hang over the safety rails or step too over the cliff out of fear. In this perspective, we are “fearing” God by being in AWE of His Magnificence, His Power, and all that He is!

2. If you’re familiar with the Book of Proverbs you can recall that the fear of God is connected to wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7) Some translations have “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” while some substitute “beginning” for “foundation.” The “knowledge” the Bible speaks of is not textbook knowledge, nor street know-how but rather wisdom. The foundation of a house determines its longevity; a house with a strong foundation can weather a storm. If wisdom is our foundation then our perspective on everything is changed, including God and the world.

3. Fear can also mean our ability to trust in and respect God. For some of us God is simply our Consultant, He “advises” us to do certain things and His Word is simply a Book of “advice” not commands, not instructions. In this case we’d only follow parts that we agree with, commands that personally doesn’t require us to give up much. God is NOT a Consultant, He IS Our God. Consequently, we must fear Him in His instructions and follow them, all of them. 

Continue to remind yourself who God is and what He has done for us. The future He holds for us is always bright, no matter what adversities may arise!

Sinclair Ferguson defines the fear of the Lord as,

“That indefinable mixture of reverence, fear, pleasure, joy, and awe which fills our hearts when we realize who God is and what He has done for us.”

What I’ve been up to lately

I feel the need to give you all an update on what’s been occurring in my life, hence why I haven’t been blogging much. 

For the past two weeks I’ve had so many strange feelings enter and exit my body along with the addition of a distant feeling from Our Creator. I had to focus more on Him and ask Him what was possibly going wrong with my life. Trust me, this was done more dramatically then it sounds. I had relationships to figure out, doubts that needed to be smashed to smithereens, people I needed to let go and habits that needed demolishing. Father, can you hear me?

Of course He can and has been intercepting when things seemed as if they would go wrong. It all started clearing up when I relied more on God and spoke to Him as if He’s my Creator AND Father instead of thinking I should try to fix everything myself. I was doing more bible studies, watching sermons, random internal prayers, social media fasts, and sometimes just aiming to enjoy the things I used to enjoy more as a kid (for e.g. Anime).

One evening as the sun was setting, I turned all the lamps off in my bedroom and let the orange-pink aura highlight my room. I sat on my bed and let everything out to God. From the smallest shred of doubt to the biggest, the littlest worry and fear to the most colossal. 

Not only did it feel great to let everything seep out of my system but I’m sure God was pleased in the growth of our relationship. The very next day I saw big changes. My mother got a job offer and it filled her with so much hope she sprung tears of thankfulness. I had (and still have) this new-found happiness, bubbliness, and joy that only could mean I am filled with the Holy Spirit. My mindset has changed drastically, discernment is now a quality I possess. God’s voice is much clearer and audible to me. I can differentiate from who speaks to me the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. It may sound crazy to many but this is very true: God speaks to us all the time. He told me what to do when I had no clue and no comprehension; I followed His voice and found happiness from being a servant and daughter of the Most High. This is freedom. This is a relationship with God, the Almighty. 

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A Dream worth Realizing.

When I was newly Saved and delving into the Word of God I had a dream that transcended into reality. It was absolutely wonderful! It was solely about God.

I urge you to read Psalm 91 before I retell my dream. Pay close attention to the imagery and metaphorical meanings in both my dream and Psalm 91.

It was June 27, 2012. I had devoted most of my summer to developing skills and interests, getting to know myself better, and most importantly, seeking God. I would be home most of the day, just me and my dog. I enjoyed my youth, played video games, watched anime, and had quality lazy time since school was closed. However, most of my days were spent with The Almighty. I had recently received a “New Believer’s Bible” from my (now, but not then) spiritual mentor (the date I received that Bible was June 2, 2012). The Bible has many Bible Study tools so I had spent a lot of time reading, praying and digesting on it. It was really just me and God. I’d see other life forms from time to time; but my summer was mostly spent looking at God’s Face.

On June 27, 2012 God delighted me with a dream. I can’t remember the exact time, but it was around 11 AM when I had started Bible Study on the ‘Cornerstone’ topic “What are angels?” in my new Bible. I was just finished reading another topic before that but I had only read the first sub-topic “Why Did God Create Angels?” before I got tired and took a nap. I don’t usually dream; most of the time when I do it’s very confusing and doesn’t make any sense. My dreams tend to shift venues, characters, worlds… it never was solid or remarkably profound. Until this dream.

First, I was a man. I was a man, in a creepy house walking up the stairs with my two friends on either side of me. We were all about to get something that seemed important, but from what I can sense was not praiseworthy. As we walked up the steps a glob of blackness appeared; it consumed everything. It had an eerie aura and my friends and I were very afraid. We ran as the thick black ink swallowed everything behind us. My two friends grew tired and the blackness gobbled them. I was alone.

But I remembered something. As I ran down the stairs and saw the blackness creep unto the railing, I suddenly was no longer a man. I became a visual representation of myself. I remembered that God is always with me. Suddenly I was in an empty room. I had praying hands. I can’t remember the exact words I had said in my dream (my lips were not moving though) it was something like “I am not alone, God is with me and He will protect me. Whom shall I fear?” I had also called on the Lord by name. Between my praying hands a Cross and blinding light appeared. I felt the blackness become shaken with fear. The blinding light (which I can still see clearly in my head) grew and grew until it filled the whole room. Then I awoke to a sunset, orange and pink streaked my room. There was no ounce of fear in me.

Surely, that was from God, I had thought. At the time I didn’t pay too much attention to it; though I was in awe, I had continued my Bible Studies from where I left off. I had finished Hebrews 1:4-14 my Bible read, “For the next note on “What Are Angels?” turn to p. 512.” This lead me to Psalm 91, a scripture that was new to me at the time. How would I had possibly known what it was about to dream about it? The scripture in Hebrews is not similar to Psalm 91, as well. This was an act of God.

The scripture mirrored my dream so closely, I was absolutely astonished. This was physical evidence that God is real, is working in my life, and wants me to know He will be my tower of refuge, protector, and Father. Nearly every verse was a close correlation to my dream. Here are a few:

**The scripture speaks about God being your place of refuge, that He will thwart the darkness and protect you from all evil. In my dream, I am in a house where God saves me from evil blackness.**

Verses 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 illustrate the above.

Verse 8. ~> My friends beside me are captured by the darkness. Note: we were about to do something unjust.

Verse 14. ~> I called upon and trusted in God’s Name for His help.

Verse 15. ~> After the “call” God rescued me.

Verse 16. ~> The “reward” was “salvation” and “life,” my friends in the dream died, but I did not.

This dream was a Welcome from God. I could not have fabricated such a dream on my own, even so the mere fact that Psalm 91, out of all the other scriptures expressing different topics, was next for me to read is all from God. I hope this touched your heart greatly! God bless! 🙂

I’m Taking My Own Advice…

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Lately I’ve been feeling too wrapped up in myself. I’ve been in “summer mode,” talking to friends, making up for the sleep lost this semester, being absolutely lazy and unproductive. But that’s not really how I want to spend my summer – this just happened.

I do have summer goals and a major goal is to devote more time to God. To seek Him more. I do it every summer. Life gets pretty hectic with college, and tutoring, and handling responsibilities; I lose a lot of quality time with God and merely do something from time to time to reignite the fire so that I don’t spiral into ritualistic Christianity. God understands when we get really busy, He just wants some communication, respect, and love on our part. I want to give Him my all. Giving Him my all means taking my own advice.

For the next few days (or until I feel closer to God) I will be seeking God earnestly. I’m following the steps on How to Seek God. Which means no facebook, no twitter, no distractions, just Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, until I feel that chasm between us closing. I’ll answer to any important messages, but all my friends will know that right now Jesus is commanding my full attention!

Is your life sometimes so hectic that you don’t have much time for God? Are you sinking into ritualistic Christianity (a bad habit of Christians)? Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33)

The Pursuit of Happiness

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

-Matthew 6:33 (NLV)

You must seek God and all His glory before anything else and in everything you do, thus your needs will be handled by the Almighty God. To seek God means to aim to feel His presence. Although God is always with us and everywhere sometimes we don’t take note of it, or neglect Him.

To seek God means to seek all He symbolizes and gives (happiness, joy, love, peace, wisdom); we acquire these things when He is sought. Usually we feel God the most as an Early Christian. Then as time progresses we start to neglect God and seek Him less. Our lives become busier and busier, then before we know it we realize that we can no longer feel God’s presence. It is important that this does not happen because we do not know when our time on Earth will come to an end. For “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 Here is how we seek God and all His magnificence:

  1. First we must clear everything. Clear your mind, clear your area, even clear your schedule. Any sinful thoughts can hinder your time with God. It is important that you bring those thoughts to God, asking for Him to control your mind so that you may have Holy thoughts. Clearing your area may sound a bit ludicrous. However, a clean area and reserved space for a certain task encourages success. Students who have a clean desk equipped with the necessary tools for studying tend to do better than those who don’t. Create or clear a space used for Worship. Keep your Bible, God-journal, Spiritual goal sheet, pen and paper, or other tools in that space. Lastly, tell your friends or family that you can’t come out for a few more hours so that you can spend time with your Heavenly Father. Keep a designated time for seeking God. With a clean slate, a prepared area in which you’ll seek God, and time reserved for God you will notice it’s much easier to hear His voice with the clutter of everyday life out the way.
  2. Be honest with yourself. You know where you went wrong in the past, where you’ve stumbled. God also knows. During prayer you must be open and honest with your sins. Don’t leave any out! Have a chat with your Father, tell Him everything and apologize wholeheartedly. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Don’t leave any out so you may be a step closer to righteousness and, ultimately, God.
  3. Listen. Everyday God is speaking to us. His voice is there either loud and clear or subtle and dwindling. While you are focusing on God His voice will become clearer. You simply have to listen.
  4. To help you hear God’s voice as you seek His face, it is best if you remove all distractions. Hence why you must clear a space; in this space there shouldn’t be a phone, homework, game, or anything that may potentially distract you. A laptop can be used but only if you’re researching about God.
  5. Lastly, soak up His love and wisdom! Slow down, take a moment to breathe. Say, “Hello, Abba, Yeshua, and Spirit, I want to chat a while.” Welcome Love into your home and heart. Whether you plan on doing a biblical research and study or simply speak to God, remember that you are emerging yourself into a sea of endless Love. He will answer you and you will feel the presence of God. Once you have that make it your mission to continue to seek God and you will have immense happiness.

Prayer:

Father, I come before you with all of my sins. Forgive me. Please, wash this blackness off my body, off my eyes so that I may see You in all Your Glory!  My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. (Isaiah 26:9) Hold my hand as I aim to seek You, keep me near as I aim to feel Your presence and gain wisdom. And without faith it is impossible to please You, for whoever would draw near to You must believe that You reward those who seek You. (Hebrews 11:6) May this feeling never leave me, may You keep my fire sparked and lit up so that I may always be on fire for You. Lord, anoint me in Your goodness and help me to set aside time for You and You only. Give me the willpower and strength to fervently seek You and use me as I grow in You. In Your Holy Name. Amen.