Daniel Fast Week 1

Written by commish. Posted in Daniel Fast

 

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WEEK I*

Focus Thought

You can wean yourself from unhealthy eating habits by substituting “dead” food products with “living foods.” 

 For example, choose Ezekiel or manna bread instead of white bread.

Spiritual Insight

You shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in.  Isaiah 58:12.

This verse comes from Isaiah 58, often called the fasting chapter of the bible.  You’re encouraged

to read this chapter.  It defines the type of fast God will honor.  God has a plan for you and your family. 

Prescription for Health 

“Living Foods”-organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds produce life.  Man-made food is

generally “dead”  meaning it has no enzymes and will usually lack vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and

phytonutrients. 

“Dead Foods” include most fast foods, sugary foods, processed foods, junk foods, and snack foods. 

Excessive intake of dead foods lead to disease in the body.

Prayer

Dear Lord,  I thank you that your Word promises that You will restore what the enemy has taken from my life. 

I declare today by the authority of Jesus in my life, I will no longer allow the enemy to steal from my health,

relationships, or home.  Bring the reconciliation power of Your Spirit into every situation, and may each person

I encounter today be touched by Your love. In Jesus name Amen!

 

Record thoughts into your Daily Devotion Journal

 

Record your thoughts as to what you sense the Holy Spirit is laying on year heart.  What new insight do you have?

 
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My husband is addicted to gay porn, what do I do?

Written by Rev. Luis Valladares. Posted in Ask The Pastor!

Rome visit, June 2008 - 57Question:

I need help and I can’t talk to anyone I know, so I’m pouring my heart out to you. My husband is addicted to online porn. Our sex life has suffered massively because of it. He seems uninterested in sex with me. I had a feeling that it might be something or someone else. My woman’s intuition told me there had to be a reason for him turning to porn, so I checked our computer’s history log and found he has been surfing gay porn. He does watch straight porn, but now peppers it with male-on-male porn as well.

Answer:

I thank you and commend you for having the courage to write to me, I know it wasn’t easy, especially with as tough a subject as this one you’re facing. Firstly, it is no surprise that your marital sex life has suffered since your husband started watching pornography. It’s been scientifically proven that men and women who watch porn, in time will make the images they watch an idealized sex act that cannot be duplicated with a sexual partner. Although in the beginning the porn addict’s libido is raised by the images, and subsequently carry out those fantasies with their partner, as time goes by, and as it usually is the case with an addiction, the partner is no longer enough to satisfy the addiction, thus leaving the addict to continue to fantasize about their “Porn lovers.” Furthermore, and because of this common escalation in the addiction, it’s very common for porn addicts to cross the boundaries of their sexual orientation when it comes to the type of porn that they customarily watch. Although it is very easy perhaps for you to doubt your husband’s sexual orientation after having seen in the search history that he’s been watching some male on male porn, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your husband is now or ever was homosexual; it simply means that in the heat of the moment, that particular image caused for him to become aroused and sadly it is very difficult for addicts to dial back or curtail their need for the thing they’re addicted to in the middle of getting their fix. What I would advice is a frank talk with your husband: 1. Tell him you’re aware of his porn search history, and how it involves gay porn. 2. Listen to his explanation fully, do not interrupt him. 3. Ask lovingly but firmly to talk to a professional about this issue. 4. If he minimizes the problem, in a loving manner remind him of how your intimacy has suffered. Chances are your husband hasn’t even noticed how his porn addiction has affected your lives in the bedroom. The bible tells us not to deny one another when it comes to sex (Save for a mutually agreed time set aside for prayer) And 5. Most importantly, you need to be aware that there’s a reason, a need in your husband’s heart (as in all humans) that caused him to turn to pornography. Professional counseling can and will help, however the need in your husband’s heart I’m speaking of is a spiritual need. Often times our minds will act out physically on a spiritual void. We try to fill that spiritual void with purchases, travel, entertainment, and even vices, yet the only one that can fill that void is God. A friend of mine says that “Humanity is trying to fill a God shaped hole in their hearts, with a vice shaped peg” Please seek the advice of your pastor; I’m sure he is well trained and anointed to deal with situations like these. Appeal to your husband’s interest in keeping your marriage from completely falling apart, and schedule a counseling session with your pastor. Prayer changes things, and the first and most important thing prayer changes is “ME and my ability to say no to myself/flesh, and YES to God and the spiritual things that draw me near to God” Thank you for writing, I will be praying for you and your family. Remember, God is a God of second chances, he can transform your husband’s need for pornography into a need for you again. Peace upon you, pastor Luis

 

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1 Thessalonians 5

Written by commish. Posted in Written Word

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1 Thessalonians 5

New International Version (NIV)

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The Day of the Lord

5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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