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Sunday, August 30, 2009
How far can you stretch before you've reached the breaking point? That is a fair question to ask anyone, who deals with either stress , depression or other unfortunate circumstances. I recently read this book Help Me I'm STRESSED by Joyce Meyer. My mom could see that I was stressed. So she gave me that book as a gift to get over it. I didn't help, but what it did help me realize is that I was stressed. When did this all occur? It occured after I suffered an injury to my pectoral muscle. An injury I suffered in the gym while lifting 180 lbs on the shoulder press. Now to do that well. I had to cheat and basically using every muscle in my body I did it. I was so proud of that accomplishment. I texted like 15 of my friends that day. But because the weight was too much for me I did more damage than good to my muscles. Now you may ask yourself, well Anthony why would you lift 180 lbs??? Are you crazy. The reason I lifted 180 lbs to begin with, was because I was trying to show myself up. I was trying to push myself beyond what my limits are. The whole reason I started to go to the gym was because I had one goal in mind. "Your body is the temple of God, honour God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Needless to say, my actions of over abusing the weights, was not helping myy body at all. I tell you at the end of the pectoral tear, I didn't feel like much of a temple. The night I tore my muscle, I was in extreme pain, I ended up toughing it out for so long, but at 5:30 A.M. I called emerge and spend the next 4 hrs getting checked out. Indeed the doctors did say I tore my pectoral muscle and than I went to rehab for two months. It sucked , but it was working. But hold on folks, I haven't evem got the punch-line of this dramatic experience. Because I was injuried, I was ordered by the doctors to "STAY AWAY FROM THE GYM." Which was difficult for me , because I was given a very intense and strong upbringing as a child to make fittness a high priority. So due to the fact that I couldn't go to the gym I sat around and moped. I eventually would have dreams that reach a stage of depression. Dreams of intense sadness. That cost me many nights of no sleep. I am a very emotional person. But I also keep my emotions bottled up , I don't get them out. I do this, because I am after all a guy. I thought I had reached a low point in my life and it was just going to continue to spiral out of control henceforth. Yes I did say "hence." To get out of this depression, I tried everything, the bible, the church, books, talking to friends everything but medication. Because yes I was struggling but I also knew that my body is a temple. If I did that in my belief it would tarnish my temple. One day I spoke to my friend over the phone, about this and he said something very interesting. When I said to him not even the bible is working for me. He quickly said to me, yes maybe it is not working because what your needing isn't in there. To be honest , he was right , I wanted a quick fix , I just wasn't getting that at all. I didn't know why. I still went to search for answers from some of the most famous preachers known across the world. Nothing had seemed to clue me in. No matter what though I always felt safe at home. Then I out of desperation I talk with GodThis last for about two hours. I than read the armor of God and fell to sleep and I noticed something, when I was kept busy with things to do and open about my feelings I rested. The same could not be said for when I didn't speak up.
As you can imagine I did everything I can to clue in, I listened to the song "change" by Lecare and all though I have heard the song many times, this time it really spoke to me, its as if the song was written just for me. Just listen to the lyrics and tell me if you see where my prospective changed.
When I looked at this scripture it spoke to me with great conviction. That proved to me if you come Jesus and ask with all your heart , God will make what than seems to be impossible , possible.
Matthew 11:28-30 (New International Version)
28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
New International Version (NIV)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Today on Dotto-Tech I was watching an episode based on the evolution of digital cameras and its counter part digital printers. Now before I get started I would like to point out that I did not use the image of the baby monkey for some sort of evil ploy to upset the science community of evolutionist. To me the picture seemed to be the perfect example an image. For hundreds of years and maybe more there has been a line drawn in the sand. One side you have the science community , which use their intellect to provide reasons for pretty much everything. Its what scientists would like to call "research." On the other side you have what the science community would call "a dark horse." The Church. I in no way am going to attempt to solbe the pivitol answer to the worlds quandries. Thats right I can say quandries. I am pretty smart you know. Why would I write things such as the many devotionals that I have written over the many months. Anyway sorry I have kind of got a little off topic, the TV program was primarly based on who can make a better photo come through a printer.
I started to think wow, that is really cool kind of like God has made us all unique. Think about it, some of have great strength , smarts, looks, intelligents, We adapt to society thats basically my point.
Watch this video, so that you too can see how we humans can seperate ourselves from the plant of the apes "crazy idea."
You may learn something like never before.
Now that you have seen the video. These devotionals for me are like a letter of obidence and thanks to God. These devotionals are my connection to God and it allows me to be open and demonstrate that I live for God. So that I may recieve his love.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I have been a away for long moments at a time. I have posted a devotional here and there but I came off with the feeling of BLAH! just not myself. Now I did go through some trials and I weathered the storm which should make some of my Christian friends very happy. For about a week and a half, I felt lacking like I needed to write a devotional, but I didn't know what to speak about. Nothing really grabbed me, and said to me "Anthony get the message out there." I mean there were times where I would feel a spur of a devotional coming on, but yet again, nothing really spoke to me.
So here it is I was watching TV at 5:30 this morning. Dotto Tech. If you don't know what the show is don't worry I'll explain it to you in the shortest amount of time, because I don't just want to ramble on. Anyway getting to the point, Dotto Tech is a show featuring the latest high tech gismos of the world. Whether it be Computers, Cell Phones, Printers, Cameras and other various items. Needless to say the show has got the basics and beyond covered.
The Episode this morning was on HD TV and the cool experiences you can gain just by watching it. Sony slogan for the HD Telvision experience is. "HD it's in our DNA." Now I know we are highly effective, ultra intelligent human being, "Who did not evovle from apes."!!! But Is Sony really comparing the new tv sensation that seems to be sweeping the nation, to us.? Bizzare, don't you think?
Heres an interesting fact I learned while watching the episode of Dotto Tech. Whether it be LCD, Plasma, HD the TV's these days are likely to have a power span of 60,000 electric currents running through it. How effective is that, well let me breakdown the numbers for you. Because of the high effective life span of these types of TV. A person could watch 6 hours of TV each day for 27 years. The host Steve Dotto goes onto say "If you watch that much TV. You probably need a hobby."
To gather more insight into this devotional I was watching Keneth Copelands , Believers voice of victory. He talked about how because Adam sinned that made us all guilty. Read about it in Romans 5. But In Romans 6, it talks about the sufficent sacrifice that was made on our behalf. Heres the funny part, we didn't even do anything to deserve it.
In this high tech age, I always hear people say, "Oh the bible is so lame, how can you understand." Well here's a verse I think we all can see the meaning of Romans 5:6 (King James Version)
6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
That is the simplest thing to understand and yet for some people its so complex, difficult or just too dang hard to understand. Let me tell you something, if you read the bible and you have that thought, theres nothing wrong with you. "You are just ready for God yet." But theres good news, Good things come to those who wait."
So whether technology advances to the point where your pets can have a conversation with you, or whether that just happens in the movies. One thing that never changes is the word of God.
Christ was not forsaken, but humanity was put in the palms of God.
Remember everythings alright with your eyes on Christ.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
What exacrtly the acient rules? Most people would call them the laws of church or the law of God. This morning I was sitting on a chair, reflecting on true and false covertion when it came to beconing a Christian. I started to wonder maybe the reason why people think the rules are so hard to follow. Is because they were created so long ago.
In essence people always are searching to recieve something in return for their goodness.
For instance the gospel of Jesus is not what is being preached today. What is being preached to the church is God is a kind and loving God. He wants to bless you with great health and wealth. Thats only half the truth and whole lies. Why do I sat whole lies because if you preach God's goodness all the time your idolizing and making a God to serve your purposes. In essence you created a feel good Jesus. I have a secret fir you, drugs do the same thing do addicts.
So why was Jesus's teaching to the Jews so effective. Simple he spoke to their intelect and hearts directly. Alot of the people of today's church, only want the Good news God's great and such. With no mention of sin or repentance, how will a person if they have done wrong.
In reguards to believing God's word 100% I have Genesis 18:10-15 (New International Version)
10 Then the LORD [a] said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master [b] is old, will I now have this pleasure?"
13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh."
But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."
I leave you with these words. You never to old to trust God's word.
Remember my friends, everything is alright with your eyes on Christ...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
What does being a CHRISTIAN mean. Most people would think the either one of two things about Christians, Christians have all the answersm 2. Christians are just nuts and good for nothing. Lets explore those opinions and see why they exist.
1. I believe it is in my opinion that people think are happy go lucky alot of the time, because it maybe they view on TV or in the media.
2. The other would say Christians are nutcases. "How can they believe in something, you don't see. Where's the evidance is the most common arguement when a topic like that is brought up.
What happens when Christians are faced with storms in their lives? What I mean by that is what happens if fear grips them, doubt, flesh desires, anger, lonliness. poverty. What do Chrustians, do they pray to God and he says don't worry , what you don't have today, you'll have tomorrow. Is that the way God works?
Why do I bring this subject up? Well I used to be disappointed in the world, felt out of place. I thought it was cool to do drugs, have lots of sex, and basically do things they way you want. My thought was Its my life, I'll live the way I want.
Some weeks ago my past caught up with me.. A storm began. It was very to trust the word, I became frightful, scared and all the way miss understanding of what was going on.
I thought I was headed down the same road.... But than I began to speak with friends and their encouragement was so far beyond helpful it was a little more than what I had excepted.
Someone reminded of the simple term. "Everybody makes mistakes." Forgiveness has to come from the heart.
Some simple things you MUST remember always.
1. Prayer works
2. Don't be afraid to get close to God.
3. Don't fear
4. Lay your heart before the Lord.
Matthew 6:25-35 (New International Version)
Do Not Worry
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[a]?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I Anthony Sicilia have become what the experts call a true Christian. Thats right I got dunked in water and everything. I love God. I was ready to experience God on a whole new level. Finally I came into the faith, and I was so pleased because at the time it was the right thing to do. I was sin free my soul was as white as snow. For once I didn't have to come to Christ, because it was cool or the popular thing to do. But I came to Christ, because I had realized the darkness that I was in, when living according the standards of the world. I did not like it at all. I never felt a low until now, that doesn't mean I have little faith now, it just means I am suffering for the cause of Christ. People and I have to come to realize that in this world, if you proclaim to be saved through the grace of Jesus than you and I together have to come to a deep understanding thats its not always going to be easy. The reason why that is we are still human. So I started to ask God, why do I go through this? Have I done something, I feel so far from you. All day long, I watch darkness as it clouds around me. I start to wonder when are you going to give the light that I need to see into the dark? I wish to be the light of the world. For I have you as an example, I am one with the body of Christ. In you I know what the Law is and why it stands, in you I know kindness. Sometimes I wish to throw myself at your feet. But I am not even good enough to tie your sandals. Let me worship, let me tell the world how you can soften their hardend hearts. Let me tell the world how Jesus died for their sins. Let me be an example for mankind, the way Christ was the example for me, and like so many others before me.
2 Corinthians 12:6-10 (New International Version)
6Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.
7To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.