Fasting

WHAT IS FASTING?
Jonah 3:3-10: Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles, Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

1. Abstinence from foods and pleasures of the flesh to focus on God in word, prayer and consecration. Feeding the spirit with not bread alone but with every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matt 4:4). The motive is to accept the divine invitation to dine with our master in fellowship and intimacy.

2. A hunger for God. It is when we make God our uttermost desire and obsession.
That is why fasting MUST have prayer, reading, listening, and focusing on God’s word with it.

TOP 10 MONEY MISTAKES:

  1. Joining ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes like the multi-level marketing schemes, gambling, lottery. Not being patient enough to build wealth block by block.
  2. Ignorance of the biblical covenant on prosperity and blessing.
  3. Belief there is a Conspiracy to keep people poor; but no man can keep you down Tax or no tax we cannot be put down.
  4. Developing a food eater and not a seed sower mentality- no savings, no investments.  Depreciating investments Vs. appreciating investments.
  5. Believing a good job is the source of prosperity and not God and His ways of doing things.
  6. Irresponsible use of resources: famine and abundance are cycles that can be managed by the ‘Joseph Principle.’ During good times, save for the evil day may come.
  7. Withholding from blessing people. Be generous: be free from stinginess when it comes to giving. Give up and tap the anointing. Give down and it is debt to God. Practice biblical generosity. Become a tither and a generous giver.
  8. Lack of financial integrity: some people are not operating in the blessing because of financial iniquities both in the natural realm and the spiritual. Cheating on taxes and not tithing to God and failing to practice biblical generosity.
  9. Refusing to try again after failure. If there is a failure of crops, always sow the seed again. 
  10. Not saving smartly. Depreciating investments Vs. appreciating investments.

We must learn how to become better stewards of time, talent and treasure.

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IS TITHING AN OLD TESTAMENT THING THAT IS DONE AWAY WITH?

1.    The principle was right from the garden. God planted a garden and had a tree that belonged to Him only and the rest was for Adam to enjoy. That was a type of a tithe that belongs only to God. Adam and his family used to give to God the first of their produce. This was a type of tithing. Cain killed Abel because of an offering. These men of God knew something about giving the first of the harvest to God. Even Noah after the flood gave to God. He knew how to offer to God generously.

MISSION TO AUSTRALIA REPORT: YOUR GIVING MAKES A DIFFERENCE

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THE TITHE: What does the Bible say?

WHAT IS A TITHE? It is 10% of the gross.
The tithe belongs to The Lord. It is sacred. It is not supposed to be touched by us. (Lev 27:30) And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD

Kadash is a root word that means to set apart, to distinguish, to sanctify, or to hallow. Kadash connotes that which belongs to the sphere of the sacred, and thus is distinguished from the common or profane. Other words that use this root include: sanctified, sacred, consecrated, set apart, holy.

THE TITHE: IS IT OLD TESTAMENT

Have you been hurt by the church scamming you for money? You are not alone. But that should not be a reason to be turned off. That is exactly what Satan wants you to do; to react and not act as God has promised.
Many people are very skeptical of churches. They think all they talk about is money.
Preachers have abused, manipulated and hurt people with money messages based on greed and manipulation.
But at the same time, churches need to talk about money for many reasons:
1.    Many church people have real financial struggles. We see it on the altars, the many prayer requests asking for God to help with money and the fact that many marriages end in divorce for the reason of money.
2.    Many people’s financial problems are due to poor financial stewardship. There is a real problem of a seed eating mentality.
3. We all spend over 40 hrs. each week working for money. Money is not evil. It is a weapon and a means of making a difference. The love of money is the root of all evils…not money itself.
Don’t put this message off. Let God use it to heal you. Let God be true and every man a liar!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Have you ever counted, on paper, your blessings?

"When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done." (Public Domain)

Stop right now and give thanks to God for some blessing and trial.