New You Resolution Day Four

Hey Everyone,

I have been praying for you! Last night, I hosted our first live prayer session on Facebook. 262 people logged on for it.  Wow! We prayed for many different needs. I am believing God supernaturally met with people in that moment.  Those sessions are not planned in advance.  I simply feel the urge and go live on Facebook.  If you are on and see me, click into the session and help me pray with people.

I met with our men’s prayer group this morning and we had a great time of prayer and sharing. We were honest about what we are seeking from God during our journey in January.  If you are not in a group of some sort, please find one.  We will be giving you all the group options on Sunday morning.  If you want a sneak peak, click here.

I have been eating a lot of veggie soup.  Almost tired of it.  However, eating in general is a blessing when you are hungry. I never want to take that blessing for granted.  So many in the world would fight for some veggie soup right now.  My physical body seems to be adjusting to the different diet.  I am thankful for that.

How are you doing?

I am so thankful to hear from each of you when you comment on the posts.  Please feel free to simply check in with a few brief words if you can.  It is encouraging to see others in the movement with you.

How is your scripture reading? What is God saying to you through the text?  Have you slowed down enough to give God the space to speak?  Sometimes, we are rushing so fast, we do not give Him the attention needed.  Let’s slow down.  Let’s quit talking so much.  Let’s intentionally listen for God to speak.  Maybe He is speaking to you non-verbally.  What have you seen lately that might be the voice of God?

All for now,

Robin

The New You Resolution Day Three

Welcome to Day 3.  I want to encourage those of you who missed Sunday’s service or haven’t started a fast and prayer schedule to… JUMP IN with us.  It is not too late.  You can view the service by clicking on this link.

We are separating ourselves from our normal routine and listening more intently to God’s voice.  We are distracted with all the clutter and activity of our normal live.  During the next 3 weeks, we want to intentionally focus on God with targeted prayer and fasting.  Reading scripture is also crucial to feeding your spirit.

Yesterday and today, my mind has been captivated by the process.  I am constantly thinking about my physical needs.  What I can eat, what I can’t.  What I want to eat, what I can’t.  Hunger.  Frustration.  Pain.  The physical is difficult, however, it is not near as difficult as the mental struggle.  To me, the psychological struggle is much more difficult than the physical one.  This struggle is what it is all about.  Don’t be worried if you don’t feel real spiritual yet.  That will come.  Just fast and pray. God will show up. Don’t doubt it.

This morning, I gathered with the church staff and we prayed for about 40 minutes. Then, we went over our homework sheet from Sunday.  It was so good to discuss each other’s strengths and weaknesses.  I hope that some of you have filled out the paper and get a chance to discuss with someone this week.  It is so good to have that type of transparent conversation.  We talked about our 1s, 3s, and 5s.   Ouch.  The 5s.  We also talked about how we think our perspective will change in 3 weeks.  We will probably answer the worksheet much differently at the end of this fast.  Ironically, I think we will change some of the 1s to 3s.  We don’t truly understand how screwed up we are just yet.  After, getting closer to God, you realize that some of the areas you thought were ok, were really not so good after all.  screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-1-55-07-pm

Didn’t get the worksheet? Click here for it.

For breakfast today, Erica and I ate Ezekiel 49 Cereal with Almond Milk.  Not too bad.  For lunch some of us went to Jason’s Deli for soup and salad (no free ice cream today).  Drinking more water today! Yay!

All for now,

Robin

The New You Resolution Day Two

Day Two!  Our first non-church day fasting and praying together.

I had a VERY difficult time getting out of bed today. I wanted to keep sleeping. This is not normal for me. I typically have a fairly easy time waking up around 5:30am.  I struggled with a headache for most of the day.  Finally, this afternoon, it went away.  I am actually feeling good at this point.

For those who missed my post yesterday, I am fasting from meats, sugar, junk food.  I am eating fruits, vegetables, lentals, some whole grains.  I ate a fruit smoothie for breakfast. Erica made a vegetable soup last night.  I ate that for lunch.  I ate a banana as a snack this afternoon.  I have not drank enough water today.  That is always something I struggle with.

I had an impromptu prayer meeting after coming to the church this morning.  Something was going on in my office, so I left and went to the prayer room.  I had a quick and powerful time expressing myself to God. I encourage you to jump into these types of conversations with God throughout the day.  LISTEN. He will speak to you.  What is he saying?

Sometimes during a fast, I feel heaviness and even slight depression.  It does not last through the day, but will linger here and there when I think about what I am fasting from.  If this happens to you, don’t worry. It is normal is MISS what you normally enjoy.  You will have cravings. That is normal.  Supplement or replace your activities with reading the Bible, prayer, conversation with others.  If you struggle with this, be honest with someone you trust. Have them speak words of encouragement to you.  Make sure you go to someone that is also fasting. This is very important.

How was your day two? Please comment on this post!

 

All for now,

Robin

Day One -New You Resolution 2017

Today, we kicked off the New You Resolution and I want to add a public blog entry each day.

We had a great time at church in all 3 services in San Marcos. I heard good reports from the Lockhart campus as well.

I will be following the Daniel Fast this year.  No meats and sugar.  I do eat some grains during a Daniel Fast. Mostly vegetables, fruit, juices, water, smoothies, etc.  I will eat beans and rice. Nothing fried.   One day a week, I will fast from all food until dinner.  This morning I drank a fruit smoothie. I snacked on grapes during church. I ate veggie bowl at Chipotle for lunch.  Dinner? I have no idea yet. 🙂

 I will continue my daily devotions and add prayer times throughout the day.  I am thinking through the 4 Ws.  My Worries. My Wrongs. My Wounds. My Wishes.

God what are you telling me?

I simply put this info here to keep myself accountable and help encourage some of you.  Please do what you feel is a challenge for you.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to post below.

+ Robin

Thanks GIVING | Sermon Notes

As he (Jesus) entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Luke 17:12-13

Leprosy is a terrible disease.  It starts with a little yellow dotThe dots or lesions began to grow looking like boils on the skin.  It causes damage to the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes (blindness).  Infection follows that become so severe that fingers, toes and other extremities are deformed and deteriorate.  In Jesus’ day, after someone had been confirmed with leprosy, they are banned from the city. They had to live in the leper colony just outside the city gates.   To this day, there are still leprosy villages in China, India, and Africa.

Can you imagine a life like that? Terrible!

They say that in Alcatraz that the worse part was not the cold cell or the haunted hall ways, but the fact that the prisoners could see San Francisco.  They could see the parties, smell the food, and hear the music.  The same was the case for the lepers.  They were abandoned, on the outside looking in.

Jesus looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.  Luke 17:14

On their way, fingers and hands reappeared, and tingled with life!   The parts of them that had wasted away began to grow back!

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”  He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”  Luke 17:15-19

Let’s stop for a second and think about what God has done for each of us!  Spend a second and think about what God has delivered you from: Selfishness, anger, bitterness, greed, addiction, loneliness, depression, sickness.  God has blessed us with so many miracles that we forget about.  We take for granted.

The power of Luke 17 is not healing or how to be healed.   It is not even about “Having” thanks. Or being ThankFULL.   The main message of Luke 17 is about GIVING thanks or thanksgiving.

All TEN of the men that were healed were thankful or full of thanks.  But, only one of them took the time to give that thanks.  Having thanks is pretty useless unless you give it back.

Humans are really good about forgetting the blessings of God.  We forget OR we take the credit.  “Look what I did. Look what I accomplished.”  Paul warns us about it in his letter to Timothy

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.  For people will love only themselves and their money… 2 Timothy 3:1

STOP AND LET THAT SCRIPTURE SINK IN… READ IT AGAIN.

…They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.  2 Timothy 3:2

 I think it would be very wise for us to take this scripture and simply meditate on it this week.  Lately, I have been reading scripture so slowly.  I have read the Bible through 6 or 7 times, but this year, I decided to only read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  I have read them slowly all year long.  Sometimes, I just read one verse a day and sit there and let it soak until I hear God speak to me through it.

This is one of those texts in 2 Timothy.  We Don’t need to waltz through Thanksgiving 2016 without this passage make a difference in our perspective. A wake up call.

 In this season of Thanksgiving, we should:

  1. REALIZE who PROTECTS and PROVIDES for Us.

Wake up!  Remember!

Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

God opens the windows of heaven for you. He pours out a blessing so great you don’t have enough room to take it in!

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.  He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.  He fills my life with good things.

My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

We realize who God means to us.

We wake up to the truth that God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son.

Jesus Christ not only healed people in the Bible, but he lived a life that transcended the 33 years he was on the planet.  His innocence and humility earned a life with God forever.  Yet, instead of keeping that blessing to himself, he willingly offers his prize of eternal life with anyone who calls on His name… “JESUS! Save me! I surrender my life to your life.  Take me as I am.”

Many of us have been at that point and without giving it a second thought, God willingly traded his perfect life for your broken, rebellious life.

Look Where we Are!  Look what God has done!  We realize that Jesus you have saved us, provided and protected us!

Once We REALIZE that JESUS IS OUR SOURCE. Let’s be like the one out of 9 and:

  1. RETURN and GIVE THANKS

We do not SIT with a full heart.  Instead, we RETURN and GIVE Him our all.

Let all that I am praise the lord;  with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.  Let all that I am praise the lord;  may I never forget the good things he does for me.

In Acts ch2 we see HOW it works in a healthy church.  After these people were saved by the power of God they begin to PAY IT FORWARD.  They gave into the local church so that the blessing of God from their life would be like a seed sown into someone else’s life.

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.  And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.  They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.  They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity… Acts 2:42-46

The verbs of the first church:  Dedicated. Devoted. Sold. Shared. Worshipped

When the first believers in Acts 2 experienced the life changing presence of Jesus in their life it was NATURAL for them to “pay forward” the love they received. 

Malachi (prophet of the Old Testament) said it like this, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse (local church) so there will be enough food in my Temple.”

When believers return to the source and give “Thanks”, it is creating a miracle for someone else.  Doors are opened for others.

When the house if full, we are able to make a difference in the lives of people all over city, county, state, nation, and world.  Next week we are going to show you all the places we have touched and how we are going to continue making a difference here locally.

Because people at PromiseLand (out of a heart of gratitude) have returned to the house and given financially, I was able to go to Cuba last week and sow into hundreds of pastors.  Check out this video (Cuba outreach to pastors)

It is time that we REALIZE and RETURN to our first love.  Our main thing.  Our provider and protector.  Jesus, we return to you.  We commit ourselves to you.  We will put you FIRST in everything.

 

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