Word Fast:  Criticism

James 1:26 If any man thinketh himself to be religious, while he bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his heart, this man’s religion is in vain.

How well do you know me?  If you truly know me, you will say that I am very judgemental and probably a critical person.  I was thinking about this and truth be told you are right with your answer.  Sadly I am so sorry for my bad behaviour and I have asked the Lord God to forgive me for being so judgemental and seriously critical.

So today in all humbleness I confess I am judgemental and struggle with a critical spirit.  I also confess that I am not one that actually bridles my tongue and this has brought me enough trouble.

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 2 I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for kings and all that are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.

Today I want to pray and dedicate all kings, and people in high places, that the Lord God will guide them and help them from becoming judgemental and critical.  A spirit of this magnitude can just be detrimental to all other people.  May the Lords love and grace surround them, softening their hearts, souls and minds.

So there, our fast today is on being critical, let go of the past and stretch you forward to a new being.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

Still on Word Fast

Stop being ungrateful

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Are you still rejoicing in the Lord?  Giving thanks in all your circumstances?  Hmm, I do believe we have fallen off the wagon.  Complaining about everything, never really being grateful for what we have.  Some people are so spoilt they have so much and don’t ever say thank you.  It amazes me to watch people that are really well off and are so blessed with so much to see how ungrateful and menacing they have become.

Then I have seen people that don’t know where their next plate of food is going to come from and they are joyful and kind and always so happy.  Always thanking you for the little they receive.

So today I won’t complain because I am really grateful for everything I have.  In everything I will rejoice in the Lord for blessing me with a beautiful day, loads of fun and time to sit in the sun and enjoy peace and quiet.  Thank You, Lord.

Be blessed, you are my blessing!

Word Fast today

James 3: 2 “For we all stumble in many ways.  And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”

“… he is a perfect man,”  What a statement, to my mind I am so far from perfect it scares me.  My lives journey has been really interesting and I have been through so many different kinds of situations which in turn have made who I am today.  The one thing I truly regret is my really low self-esteem and my deadly self-talk.

Now because I struggle tremendously with a really negative self-talk.  I would, for instance, ask someone to do something for me and this person would agree and say “yes, I’ll do it now.”  From my point of view “now – means now.”  This specific person gets up and goes and sits in their bedroom and acts as if I never gave any instructions.

This makes me so angry it is like sticking a poker up …. you know somewhere. But because this person does not obey me I then start to complain and moan and groan and by the end of the day, I am so livered I want to commit a serious crime.  Thank the Lord I have not reached that point.

Proverbs 18 verse 21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  So for today, I have decided to stop the moaning and groaning and when someone doesn’t do as I ask to get up and do it myself.  It wouldn’t kill me, I will survive.  As part of my program, I am also asking the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to help me in becoming aware of my negative thoughts and take them captive unto the Lord.

Some scriptures to help me through today are Isaiah 58 verse 6 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?”  and also Isaiah 58 verse 9 “Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, “HERE I AM.”  If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness.”

Keeping to my fast of negative talk and really deadly words my focus is on Psalms 34 verse 1 “I will bless the LORD at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, O LORD my God, today I am fasting my negative and deadly words, I am also fasting my words of self-condemnation.  Holy Spirit I dedicate my life back into Your hands and pray please lift me up.  In the powerful name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  Amen

2 Free Cake Recipes

Recipe Top Deck Cake

One Large Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

125 ml of Oil
250 ml Castor Sugar
3 large eggs (divided egg yellow separated from egg whites)
250 ml boiling water
2 teaspoons of coffee
30 ml of apricot jam
500 ml self-raising flour (all purpose)
1 teaspoon of bicarb
45 ml cocoa
2ml teaspoon of salt
Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 1800C or 170F
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside.
  3. Beat the egg yellows with the castor sugar until light and fluffy, add oil and the smooth apricot jam and mix well.
  4. Add the coffee to the cup of boiling water let it rest.
  5. Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarb and salt three times, makes it fluffy, this is the flower mixture.
  6. Mix the flour mixture a little at a time into the egg yellow-castor sugar bowl adding a little coffee to the mixture until all the dry ingredients are mixed.  Now fold the egg white into the mixture, divide the mixture into two 20cm baking tins.
  7. Place in the middle of your oven and bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.  Let the cakes cool down before you flip them over.

Icing

100g of soft margarine
500 ml of icing sugar sifted
45 ml of cocoa
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
20 ml of milk
Method

  1. Beat the margarine and sifted icing sugar and cocoa until light and creamy, adding the vanilla essence and milk if necessary.
  2. Split the mixture in half using half for the inside of the cake and the other half to cover the cake.

Second Cake Vanilla

Ingredients

½ cup of plain flour
1 ½ cups of self-raising flour (all purpose)
1 cup of castor sugar
150 ml of oil
150 ml of milk mixed with a tablespoon of vinegar
3 large eggs (divided egg yellow separated from egg whites)
30 ml of apricot jam
2ml teaspoon of salt
Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 1800C or 1700F
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside.
  3. Beat the egg yellows with the castor sugar until light and fluffy, add oil and the smooth apricot jam and mix well.
  4. Sift the flour and salt (three times), this makes it fluffy, this is the flower mixture.
  5. Mix the flour mixture a little at a time into the egg yellow-castor sugar bowl and add the warm milk mixture.
  6. Now fold the egg white into the mixture, divide the mixture into two 20cm baking tins.
  7. Place in the middle of your oven and bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes or until the cake turns a light brown.  Let the cakes cool down before you flip them over.

Icing

100g of soft margarine
500 ml of icing sugar sifted
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
20 ml of milk
Method

  1. Beat the margarine and sifted icing sugar until light and creamy, adding the vanilla essence and milk if necessary.
  2. Split the mixture in half using half for the inside of the cake and the other half to cover the cake.
  3. Now you are ready to start with the decoration of your cake.  You will need 1kg of white fondant, and buy some cake toppers of your choice.  Placing the fondant onto your cake and making sure it is smooth.

 

Book Review

Name of the Book:                                        The Power of Spoken Faith

Author:                                                             Don Gossett / E.W. Kenyon

Personal Quality Ration:                              5

[Remember, the Personal Quality Rating is a score that I give to the book on a scale of 0 to 5 based on my personal liking/disliking of the book.  0 is bad and 5 is great!]

Summary

This is a novella on spiritual living and the writer enjoys sharing his own life experiences with the reader.  I believe the writer’s aim was to help newborn Christians and other Christians to learn how to use the scripture to grow not only their faith but a spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus.

The writer knows what he is talking about and has written the book in such a manner that the reader can utilize all of the information to the readers best advantage.  I would say this book is a must for all Christians.

Social / Historical Context

The writer is writing from his own life experiences and how the scripture and a living relationship with the Lord of lights have affected his life.  The writer enjoyed writing this book, there are times in this book that I actually cried.  There are also times in this book that I laughed.  I had an epiphany experience with some of the scriptures that actually has come to life for me.  The writers want to help Christians in drawing closer to the Lord.  When you purchase this book, you will never regret it because it is a book that you will keep next to your bedside forever.  The learning in this book is awesome.

Writing Style

I believe the writing style in this book is definitely evocative and some common place.  The book is writing in the first person and depicts many life experiences the writer enjoyed and lived through.  From a personal perspective, I feel that it has enriched my spiritual life immensely.

My Thoughts

The book is well written, it is easy to read, the scriptures are very insightful.  The writer knows his topic and I believe that the writer is a Christian who is born again and living a spirit filled life.  The entire book grabs your attention and it’s difficult to put the book down because you feel that you might lose some insights.

I would definitely advise that you go and buy this book, it will change your life for the better, I have been struggling with so many problems and now I know the answers to them.  Read this book.