This Good Friday has been like no other Good Friday the world has ever known. We have an enemy attacking the world in 2020 with an invisible virus which is themed COVID-19. We know where it began but we have no idea when and where it will be contained, but we do know one good thing, God is still on His throne and is in control. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof and all they that dwell therein. Psalms 24:1
Regardless of what’s happening all around I choose to give God the praise for He is still Good and His mercy endureth forever. Thank you God for demonstrating your love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.
THANK YOU JESUS for making this a good Good Friday amidst all the chaos going on around us!
Praying protection, love and comfort for the families of those impacted by the coronavirus, President Trump and his family, world leaders, nurses, doctors, first responders, military, children all over the world, teachers and all others during this time of crisis. In Jesus name. BECAUSE HE LIVES WE CAN FACE TOMORROW!
With God you will Soar in this New Year to greater heights!
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
This is not the year to get weary or give up Soar child of God in Jesus name.
This is a time and season like never before.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
You must catch this Word in your Spirit.
Prepare for More
Manifestation of God’s will, God’s Power and God’s glory
This is the More I See, what do you see?
This is going to be a great year moving forward into 2019!
Keep your 12 quarterly goals in front of you – I’m praying with you that you will accomplish some or maybe all of your 3 month – First quarter goals.
Winners never quit and Quitters never win.
Committed Fast ends at Midnight –
Pray that you received encouragement and strength from the Lord during your Fast!
Keep Walking in Victory
Be ye holy; for I am holy I Peter 1:16b
Strong’s Concordance: Holiness: Hebrew: H6944 qôdesh ko’-desh ; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstractly sanctity: – consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness.
Holiness: Greek: G38 hagiasmos hag-ee-as-mos’ properly purification, that is, (the state) purity; – holiness, sanctification
God has spoken to us through His Word how we ought to be holy as he is holy. (I Peter 1:16b) I call holiness a consecrated, set apart, sanctified place every relational Christian must eventually go and dwell if their desire is to see God.
You are consecrated, set apart, and sanctified for God’s service and I thank God that he daily transforms his own in all things to His will and purpose for their lives. The place of personal holiness is a gradual progressive work in our lives so the key is to take one day at a time trusting and believing the Holy Spirit within us to teach, instruct and guide us there. (Psalms 32:8).
Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
I encourage you to pray to God during this season and ask him to give you the faith to live in a place of holiness and that He will give you the strength to be holy, live holy and speak holy in Jesus name. May God bless you and your family in this new year!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
This is the day that the Lord has made and we will REJOICE and be glad in it! TGIF!
Wisdom: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise; understanding; insight; perception; discernment; good sense; common sense; Strongs’s Concordance: Wisdom: in good sense; wisely; skillful H2451 chokmah khok-maw”. Also G4678 sophia sof-ee’-ah wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual): – wisdom.
When God asked Solomon what he wanted his answer was “wisdom and knowledge”. In order to receive “More Wisdom” in this season we must ask God and believe that what we are asking Him for He will give it as he gave unto Solomon. (Matthew 7:7a Ask and ye shall receive….) As God spoke to Solomon he speaks to you in this season “What shall I give thee?” In order to see more in 2019 you must know what you want. On this 11th day of January ask the Father in Jesus name to “give you wisdom” and believe in faith, according to the Word that He has given it to you.
In this season decisions will need to be made using good judgment. Lord is this the way I should go, is this the thing I should do, is this the place I should be, is this working for me and if not what else should I do? I believe that as we walk day by day seeking God’s wisdom He will direct those that desire His wisdom for their lives.
Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way that thou shalt go, I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
I stand with you this year in prayer that you will make wise choices in every area of your life as you seek God for more Wisdom in this season.
WORDS OF WISDOM
2 Chronicles 1:7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? 11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: 21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Proverbs 19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
May God Bless you and Keep you!
This is another great day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it.
Day # 4 of our Committed Fast! What new things has God been showing you during your personal time of prayer and fasting?
Intercession: A prayer to God on behalf of another; the action of intervening on behalf of another; prayer; petition
Are there people you can make intercession for today? Make the time to be the gap stander! This is a season that the children of God must intercede – let’s pray for our nation, our communities, our teachers, our children, our families, friends, marriages, and anything thing else that God leads you to be the gap stander for – People need prayer today like never before – seek God’s guidance and pray, pray, pray.
Numbers_21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
Job 42:10- And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;’
Ephesians 6:18- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
I Timothy 2:1– I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty; 3: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much
I Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it!
This is the third day of our seven (7) day committed time of prayer and fasting and let me say again I am so proud of you! Wednesday’s are our weekly fast days so I challenge you today to sit before the Lord in prayer and study of his word for a minimum of one hour. This will be a great time to get some of your Book of Genesis reading in. Your one hour can be in the early morning or late in the evening but let’s challenge ourselves today to “be still in his presence” so we can hear and see more clearly what the Lord is saying to us in 2019.
Our focus today is to seek the peace of God. In this new season, you will need the supernatural peace of God – that peace that the Bible speaks of that surpasses man’s understanding. When trials, persecutions and pain present itself you will remain at peace knowing that God is in control. God will never put more on us than we can bear. The peace we need comes from Jesus alone, it’s that abiding peace (eirēnē
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I encourage you today “get up, stand up and look up” and go in the strength and peace of God.
DAILY CHALLENGE: Read the daily Proverb; Read Psalms 5; Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13
Words of Peace:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. James 3:18
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalms 34:14
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it!
This is day #2 of our seven (7) day committed fast and I am so proud of you for making a commitment to pray and fast at the beginning of this new year!
Our focus today as we seek the Lord for direction, instruction and guidance is to ask the Lord to increase our faith. In this new season, your faith in what God has already spoken and/or shown you will be the key to your seeing more. If God said it believe it for He is not man that he should lie. (Numbers 23:19)
DAILY CHALLENGE: Read the daily Proverb; Read Psalms 5; Pray the Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13;
Words of Faith:
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:21-22
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mark 9:24
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Luke 17:5
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
For without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Begin: Monday, 1/7 @ 12:00am End: Monday, 1/14 @12:00am
Good morning. We’re off and running with the Committed Fast! This is truly a new season for all! God is doing a new thing is His people this year and look for more to be seen in 2019! My question to you during this fast is what more will you do this year to draw closer to God? Will you attend Bible study more, read the word more, pray more, Fast more, Love more — what is your more that you will do?
As we begin our 2019 seven (7) day Committed Fruit and Vegetable Fast I encourage you to commit to fast for all seven days. I know you can do it! Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. On this first day let’s focus on seeking God first in this new year.
I am so excited about this new year!
TODAY’S QUOTE: “Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”
FASTING AND PRAYER INSTRUCTIONS:
DAILY CHALLENGE: Drink three glasses of bottles of water today!
DAY 1: MORE PRAYER to Seek the Direction, Instruction and Guidance of the Lord – Read and Meditate on the below scriptures:
FOOD for the 7 day fast
All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice
FOODS TO AVOID during the Fast
All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.
Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.
WOW Day 7 already! The most worthy way to end this fast is taking time out to focus on praising and thanking God for His Love, His goodness, His mercy, and His grace! Hallelujah! “I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU LORD FOR BEING SO GOOD TO ME”
Personalize each scripture in your prayer time so that the Word becomes a part of you!
Psalms 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. 4 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
John 11:40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Psalms 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Have a great, praise filled day! Praying that for your faithfulness and obedience God will bless you according to I Cor. 2:9 Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
You have set the stage to be blessed in 2018 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteous; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Pastor/Teacher Diane E. Owens
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