Here we are… Another New Year’s Eve. Can you tell God “thank you”? Throughout this year, many of us have experienced heartbreaks, disappointments, frustration, and many other hardships and trials. But through it all, God has carried us through. He has been faithful in the midst of it all. For this we can say, “Thank You Lord.”
Today is the final day of our three-day fast and consecration at Shiloh Temple. It has truly been an experience these past two days. We have had some powerful times of prayer. We have received good words of encouragement and good teaching as well. For the final day of our consecration we will be down at the house of the Lord for the entire day and we will usher in the new year with a spirit of praise and a heart ready to go forth and do the will of God in 2012. And as we go forth in the will of God, we are expecting a raining down of God’s blessings in our lives.
We’ll be back later to update you with the theme for 2012 as given by our Pastor Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders.
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As we continue our end of the year consecration, it is important that we “direct our consecration.” During our prayer and shut-in, our pastor has been helping us to fast with a purpose in mind.
Many of us have things that we want God to do in our lives (saving loved ones, deliverance from bad habits and attitudes, spiritual renewal, etc.). Our pastor has asked for Shiloh to focus on preparing ourselves to do the work of the Lord.
Our pastor opened our consecration with teaching from Acts 13:2-5. After a period of praying and fasting, Paul and Barnabas were set apart by the Holy Ghost to do a work for the Lord. We all have a calling from God to do a particular work, but we must take time to prepare ourselves to do that work. What does this mean?
It means we must develop our character, stir up our gifts, and make the necessary sacrifices to obtain the blessings of God. We must take time to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord through prayer and Bible study. We must seek God to know and develop our gifts and talents so that God would be glorified in all that we do. Finally, we must be sure to promote relationships that further nurture and develop our spiritual man. As we do these things, we will begin to experience God in a new and more awesome way. Be blessed!
- Consecrated to God (soaringwithgod.com)
- The Only Purpose of Your Life (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
Today is the first day of Shiloh’s annual three-day consecration. Ideally, this is the first day of a three-day fast. For this reason, it is important that we offer you a disclaimer. Persons taking medications should be mindful of their medical condition and use caution when fasting. Some medications require that you eat before taking them, and you should not take these medications without food on your stomach. There may be adverse effects to doing so. So please use wisdom as you proceed.
Yesterday, we mentioned an article by Dr. Bill Bright entitled, “Your Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting” (http://www.ccci.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/7-steps-to-fasting/01-personal-guide.htm). Today, we will be focusing on some tips about fasting throughout the course of your day.
- During your fast, the first day or two, you may feel irritable or weak. For this reason, it may be best to lighten your workload or laborious exercise. Our body uses food as energy and without food, we are less able to engage in physical exertion.
- Do not neglect the spiritual. The point of a fast is to abstain from physical sustenance and to feed the “spiritual man.” For this reason, we have to give ourselves to much prayer and bible reading.
- If your work schedule does not allow you to pray and read your bible, you can read during your breaks and meditate on scripture when you are not able to read. If your work permits, you can also spend time listening to Bible teachings, sermons, or Christian songs.
Tomorrow, Shiloh will begin our annual three-day consecration. This is the time of the year when we prepare our hearts and humble ourselves before God so that we can gain new direction and new insight into our lives for the upcoming year. Over the next three days, we will be giving ourselves to God through prayer, fasting, and seeking God in His Word. As we begin this fast, I thought it would be helpful to share some information on how to prepare for a fast.
When beginning a fast, it is important to make both spiritual and physical preparation. The following information was gathered from Dr. Bill Bright’s “Your Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting” (http://www.ccci.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/personal-guide-to-fasting/05-spiritual-and-physical-preparation.htm). There is much more information on this website that I would urge you to skim through in your personal time. Here are a few tips to help you when you are preparing to fast:
- Examine your heart for any unconfessed sin and repent for sins known and unknown, obvious and less obvious.
- Yield yourself over to the Holy Spirit by asking Him to clean your heart from any sins, attitudes, and/or behaviors that are not pleasing to God.
- Prepare your heart and mind to be open to whatever God reveals to you during the time of your fast.
- To prepare your body for fasting, eat smaller meals and eat less frequently to communicate to your mind and body that it is okay to function on less food.
- Also, begin to wean yourself from caffeine and sugars. Sugars and caffeine increase the appetite and will make your body more resistant to a fast, which involves you abstaining from food.
- Finally, avoid “pigging out” before you begin your fast. The key thing to remember is that you are preparing your body to abstain from food for an extended amount of time, and this will send a different message to your body.
Now, I know we’ve been challenged on all sides. We’re beginning to feel a number of pressures. Things are not working out the way we would have them to work out in many cases. And some of us are going through and we’re suffering some need but God is a God of deliverance. God is a God of salvation. What am I saying? I’m saying He will make a way. We’ve had our backs against the wall before and your situation was too great for you. And it would all be remedied by a rule of thumb: …God is a God of Salvation. God is a God of deliverance. And He will make a way.
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Church: we have to keep the main thing the main thing. We have to keep our focus on God. It’s getting late in the evening and the sun is almost down. So many times, we’re focused on our living down here, but we need to think about our tomorrow. Yes, we have to make ends meet [on earth] and we have to have a career. We [kind of need to] have some things. But we won’t be here always and we need to begin to rally back to God as though we’re not planning to be here always… So it’s time to get our focus back on God… let’s concentrate on being pleasing in his sight.
Quotes from Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Sunday, August 28, 2011
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All over the world today, millions of people are celebrating the Christmas holiday. We would be amiss if we did not take time to speak a word of encouragement on the day we celebrate the birth of Christ.
The lives of Mary, Joseph, King Herod, the shepherds, and the wise men were interrupted when Christ came into this world. Surely, they all had their own personal plans for their night, even for their lives. However, all this changed when the God-Man stepped out of eternity, wrapped Himself in flesh, and entered our finite world in the form of a helpless, newborn babe.
Mary and Joseph were betrothed to be married. King Herod was ruling his kingdom. The shepherds were watching the sheep. The wise men were studying in a far away land. And then their lives were interrupted…
Interruptions are not a bad thing. Interruptions are God’s way of directing us to Him, just as He did to all those involved in the story of the Birth of Christ. Mary and Joseph were interrupted with a new life’s purpose. King Herod rule was interrupted with the thought that he would not rule forever. The shepherds were interrupted with directions to come and witness the birth of their Savior. The wise men were interrupted with a desire to seek the King of Kings and to present gifts to Him.
Whatever “interruptions” you are encountering in your life, remember, it may be a simple attempt on God’s part to direct or re-direct you to Himself.