Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Reason You Have An Apple-Shaped (Or Pear-Shaped) Body

This Is Why You Have An Apple-Shaped (Or Pear-Shaped) Body
If you’ve ever read a women’s magazine, you’re familiar with the concept of “apple” versus “pear” body shapes. They’re the two most common presentations of the human body — in the first case, fat gathers around the midsection, in the latter, fat accumulates around the hips, thighs, and rear.
Now, researchers from Duke University have pinpointed a gene, called Plexin D1, which determines the body type you’ll have with a great deal more certainty than any magazine quiz ever could.
Now, for those who think that your body shape is only a barometer of the style of jeans you choose, or if you should opt for the A-line vs. the empire waist wedding dress, take heed: Your body shape has everything to do with your health. 
An apple shaped body, which has greater fat accumulation in the belly, carries with it the risk of heart disease. Fat concentration in the midsection is also thought to induce inflammation and trigger metabolic diseases including high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. 
A pear body shape, on the other hand, is considered to be pretty healthy. This shape accumulates fat in the hips and thighs, which is associated with increased fertility and a decreased risk of metabolic diseases like diabetes. 
Now let’s get back to that study.
All humans have the Plexin D1 gene. But to simplify their research, the Duke researchers chose to study the gene’s effects in zebrafish. Since the fish are transparent, you can actually see where the fat cells are accumulating to easily determine their body shape. John F. Rawls, PhD, and an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke, and James E. Minchin, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Rawls’ lab, engineered zebrafish without the Plexin D1 gene, and compared them with normal zebrafish who carried the gene. 
The fish without the Plexin D1 gene had less visceral fat tissue than their “apple-shaped” counterparts with the gene. Visceral fat is the type of fat that causes an apple-shaped body. It lies deep within the midsection, wedged between organs including the heart, liver, intestine, and lungs. From there, the tissue emits hormones and other chemicals that cause inflammation, triggering high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
Instead, these “pear shaped” fish displayed more subcutaneous fat, which is the type of fat that sits beneath the skin of the hips, thighs, and rear of pear-shaped individuals. This type of fat tissue decreases insulin resistance in humans — which protects us from getting diabetes. 
So should we all try to get rid of our Plexin D1 gene? Not so fast. Michin tells Yahoo Health, that while “to have such an extreme effect is surprising,” it’s important to remember that their research also involved an extreme amount of genetic manipulation, wholly eliminating the Plexin D1 gene in the mutant zebrafish in a way that is unlikely to ever occur in real life. 
All humans carry the Plexin D1 gene, but we express the gene in different ways. “Body fat distribution is a complex trait that is governed by interactions between multiple genes, says Michin. “We expect that more subtle regulation of Plexin D1 in human populations is likely to occur.”
Despite the clear health implications of body fat distribution, little is known about the genetics of body shape. A large international study that appeared in Nature in February began to fill in this gap by looking for genes associated with waist-to-hip ratio. The researchers found some association with Plexin D1 in their study. read here
In the future, this information could lead to understanding how to genetically manipulate our body types — and, more importantly, improve our health in the process.  


All of you together are Christ's body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27
We also find in the book of Acts of the Apostles three vital ingredients in the way that God worked.
It was the Spirit of God working through the Word of God in the hearts of the people of God.
On the Day of Pentecost, there were only 120 believers gathered at the time the Holy Spirit was poured out. Their world was as bad as ours and, in some ways, maybe worse. They lived under the jurisdiction of the godless Roman Empire.
Immorality was rampant. In cities like Corinth, prostitutes openly walked the streets. The religious establishment was corrupt.
Idolatry and spiritism and demon worship were openly practiced. 
Everywhere the first-century Christians went, they were ridiculed, opposed, persecuted, and physically assaulted for their beliefs.

Yet within 30 years, the original 120 believers and their converts changed a good part of the world.
Also, they did this without a lot of the things that we lean on today. They didn't have magnificent mega church buildings or modern technology at their disposal.
The apostle John did not have a television show. Thomas did not have a Facebook page. Peter never Tweeted. Yet somehow, they were able to impact their world for the better. So what was their secret?
Every Christian believed they were called to do their part. And I think that is still the secret today. You have a part to play. I have a part to play.
So we need to ask ourselves, what is my place in the church? If we start thinking that way, it will make a huge difference.
Prayer: Lord, show me my place in the body of Christ and help me play my role in the church.
Scriptural Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:21-30

Monday, 30 March 2015

Relationship: 5 More Things Men Should Do to Protect Their Marriage

I want to challenge you with five more things every married man should do to protect their marriage.
And keep in mind with these five more things, that these are not meant to show disrespect to women that are not your wife, they are methods for you to use when you feel the situation is necessary for them. As a mature man actively growing in his walk with Christ, you will know when these moments arrive.
1. Imagine your wife is in the room with you. Take a moment to think about recent conversations or encounters with other women. When you were alone, were you more likely to give her that second look? Were you more likely to engage in conversation that one would say was more than professional or friendly? When you think back on those times, would your wife had approved of your actions? Would Jesus?
Early in my own marriage I struggled with this concept. I mean it wasn't too long ago that I was single and free to do and say as I pleased, but now I was married. As my wife and I were together much more often, I started to realize my wife's responses when I engaged in conversation with other women. She started to let me know when I was coming across "flirty" rather than "friendly." At first I didn't understand and was even offended, but I came to realize that if the way I acted towards other women made her feel uncomfortable, then I needed to change.
I have come to learn after almost 10 years of marriage that the way I act around other women when I am with my wife is the way I need to act around them all the time.
2. Strive not to meet aloneI am fully aware that this step may not always be possible in a professional type setting, but even in this type of setting certain precautions can be taken to protect the integrity of both you and your co-worker. For example, you could leave your door open. You could attempt to meet in a place that is quiet but is still open to the public. You could invite a trusted colleague to join the conversation. There are always options, so don't make excuses that there are none.
Have you ever had an experience where you and your friends were supposed to all meet up and hang out, and you find out quickly that only you and a female friend showed up? What did you do or would you do? I honestly can't think of any good reason to stay there and " hang out" with her. Even if she is a trusted friend who knows your wife, both she and you should respect each other enough to say your good byes and reschedule with the group. I don't call this type of situation dishonoring to the friend, I call this honoring her and my marriage.
And if this does happen, I would still let my wife know about the situation. 
3. Call your wife to ask/confirm details. Guys, I personally feel that this is one of the most important things to remember when encountering other women. I look at this point in two ways. One, you may be put in a situation where you don't have a choice in the matter. In terms of work, you may need to be in a particular meeting with another woman or you may be told to take a long ride or trip with another woman. In these cases, you need to be honest about the details and the activities and you need to man up in terms of staying professional and friendly only. And second, there may be those moments when you have a choice in the matter. A woman asks you for a ride, what do you do? Well, it's pretty simple, you either explain that you're uncomfortable with the situation and explain why and she is mature enough to understand or you call your wife and review her feelings on the situation. What would you do?
Here's a good question to keep in mind. "Is what I am about to do or where I am about to go something I feel comfortable sharing with my wife?"
4. Guard your online/texting activity. In all of the other points, we have really discussed actual, physical occurrences like what to do when you're with your wife, how to handle actual situations at work or with friends. But what we can't miss is the online or texting activity. As smart devices and social media get bigger, this will only become a larger area of concern in our marriages.
Here are a few ways I've chosen to handle online activity. One, I have chosen to not accept certain friend requests by women that I have known very well or use to be attracted to in the past. Even if they are married or single, I honestly don't need to know what there up to these days or hear about any issues they might be experiencing. Another option is to accept the requests, but to be very cautious in the way you approach the relationship. Earlier in my marriage, I had an old female friend hit me up online.
At first it was just about the past, but as things went on in the conversation, she started to tell me more personal and up to date issues in her life. STOP! Yes, this is where my wife stopped me. From then on, if I am approached via message or text, my wife gets alerted first. And if it does need a response, I include my wife's opinions and thoughts in my response.
Online activity and texting may make it easier to cheat, but it also makes it easier to get caught.
5. View the relationship similar to your mother, sister or daughter. Wow, every time I think about this point, God really makes me consider my actions towards other women. As I was the youngest child with two older sisters, I can really relate to this idea. And I don't think this point applies to the points mentioned above, but deals more with the heart of the situation. As I say we, as married men, should be careful and take certain precautions around recently separated or single women; I also know there is a heart aspect to it all.
My relationships with my mother and two sisters are not really of close friendship anymore (as I've moved away years ago), but instead is one of love and grace. No matter what happens or no matter how long it's been since I've seen them, I still strive to show them love and grace in the moments we are together. The only person I can relate to with that is Jesus Christ. It didn't matter whom he came into contact with, the blind, the crazy, the prostitutes, etc. He always chose to show love and give grace. We can do the same in these relationships.
All the women you encounter are daughters of God and should be treated as such. If thinking about them in terms of sister, mother or daughter helps; then pursue that option. As you pursue to honor God and your marriage first, and engage in the nine points listed, always do it under the umbrella of love and grace.
As I said before, I challenge every man to consider each point and take the necessary steps to strengthen his marriage!
source: charismamag.com

Prayer for new week

I decree and declare a new level of success, promotion, and prosperity over your work, your business, your finances, your relationship and family. Your heavens will be open and hindrances shall give way. You shall excel in all good things, at all times, with all people, and under every circumstance. 

In whatever you do, situations will bow down before you; systems, ordinances, institutions, policies and legislature will adjust for you to have your desired breakthroughs. Go forth and possess your possessions in Jesus mighty name.

Happy New Week from us ASB-World. 

Sunday, 29 March 2015


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10
Just as police officers call for back-up when they sense that danger is imminent, the first thing we must realize about spiritual battle is that in our own strength, we are no match for the devil.
I think a healthy respect of our adversary is in order for believers today. We don't want to underestimate him, nor do we want to overestimate him. We want to accurately assess who he is and what his abilities are.
We need to recognize that he is powerful: we don't want to try and take him on in our own strength.
Sometime you hear some preachers calling the devil silly little names, laughing at him, or making jokes about him.
But we must remember what Jude 9 says: "Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, `The Lord rebuke you!'
Even the high-ranking Archangel Michael did not dare to condemn the devil with mockery. He simply said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
There was a respect of the enemy.
The reason we need to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" is that Satan wants to get us away from that. It is our power base.
He wants to separate us from God, because the moment he gets us away from Him, we become an easy prey. Thus, the devil wants to put a wedge between God and us.
The only power that can defeat Satan is the power of Jesus Christ. Be strong in the Lord. Stay close to Him. Never let anything come between you and the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, draw me closer to You so that I will be strong in You and in the power of your might.
Scriptural Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Peaceful Elections We Prayed

We declared peaceful elections in Nigeria today, pls Nigerian vote wisely

From us ASB-WORLD.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Pastor Benny Hinn: My heart is weak but there's no heart disease OR attack

Benny HinnOn March 25, Steve Strang interviewed Benny Hinn and his daughter Jessica Hinn-Koulianos regarding his recovery after being rushed to the emergency room on March 20. Here is an edited transcript of that exclusive interview.
Strang: Tell me what happened to your heart.  
Hinn: My heart was in AFib for months. (That's what the doctor said.) When a heart is doing 200 beats a minute or close to it, it stops giving oxygen. You're not getting your blood going where it should go. So, slowly, over five days my organs were filling up with fluid. I was basically losing function in my organs. And my heart, my lungs were filling up with fluid. So when I came back from Brazil, not realizing it, I was basically drowning in my own fluid.
Eating became a very scary challenge because even eating, my strength was not there. I was fatigued. It was really frightening. But, you know, finally my daughter came and said, "You're going to the doctor now." That was on Friday. We found the top specialist here in Orange County and he looked at me, not even five minutes and he put me in the ambulance. He didn't even talk. He just said, "You're going now."
So they rushed me in on Friday. I was so full of fluid that I was actually dying without realizing it. And I could (have), there was a lot of activity around me. One nurse, for example, was trying to talk to another and she screamed back at her, "I'm trying to save his life." And I thought they were talking about someone else. I didn't realize this was all about me.
So then, they put me immediately in ICU and began a work and began to drain me out of all these fluids, kidneys, liver, the lungs. And they had to bring my heart under control because it was in AFib, Atrial Fib. And they tried tests, you name it, to me. I've been exhausted with tests. You think about it, they did it.
So today is the first day that the sun is shining again somewhat. It will shine more I'm sure later, but ... And then they told me that I have an enlarged heart because of the, well they weren't sure at first if it was the AFib or something other was causing it. So when I asked how enlarged was it, he said, "Significantly." So it was scary. That was day before yesterday.
So they, of course, began to treat the heart immediately, brought the AFib under control and when the AFib came under control, the medication and naturally they used other meds to flush me out. It took about four days before the liquids were almost (normal), only yesterday, I think, they told me. They said yesterday my liquids were normal, or I don't have any liquids in my lungs, I have no liquids in any other organs. And so now, what they have to do, and this morning they shocked me. They did it (a couple of days ago) but it didn't work and the doctor said (it was) because my heart was too weak.
Strang: So is this like shocking your heart after someone has a heart attack?
Hinn: No. They were not shocking because I was dying. They were trying to shock my heart back into rhythm. What they do is they can shock the heart back, or they try to shock it back into rhythm. If that doesn't work then they put you on medication for a period and then you can choose to do what is called ablation. Ablation. Basically, they go in and they burn the cells in my heart that are causing the rapid heart rate. So today, they came in at 8:00 and they shocked me again and, thank God, it helped. It took. So I have been in normal rhythm now for two and a half hours.
Strang: Explain about a heart attack, because The Christian Post online reported that you had a heart attack.
Hinn: No. I had no heart attack. Absolutely. That's false. I asked the doctor myself. Yesterday they took me in. They put that thing inside my body, you know, angiogram and they took pictures. And they put me in a big tube and all that, day before that and said they didn't see any sign of a heart attack or such things—no blockage. But they wanted to absolutely make sure, so yesterday they took me down and they put this thing from my leg up and they took, whatever. I don't know how they do it. But afterward, they told me, in no uncertain terms, that I have had no heart attack. My arteries are absolutely clean. There's no heart disease whatsoever. And I am, my heart itself is extremely healthy. My heart is weak but there's no heart disease. I'm 63 years old and I hardly have any plaque in my heart, so it's a healthy heart, thank God.
Strang: So if that's the case, why was it so bad that the nurse was saying they were trying to save your life?
Hinn: OK because, see, when I came in, my heart had been in irregular rhythm for so long that I was basically drowning because of the fluid. My heart was not able to get blood into certain parts of the body properly and get oxygen where I needed properly. I would love for you to talk to one of the doctors. Here's one of them coming in right now.
Strang: It's official. No heart attack.
Hinn: No, never. But you know, the news media will say what they want to say to create some kind of drama, but absolutely no heart attack, thank God. My heart is beating now regularly. They did not put me on medication and they want to keep it that way and God knows what the future holds, but the good thing is I have a healthy heart and we just want to make sure the AF is under control and doesn't come back. That's all.
Note:  Then I talked to Jessica Hinn-Koulianos and said that the doctor confirmed that it was not a heart attack.  
Jessica:  It really wasn't. I'm telling you, I don't lie. It was not a heart attack and they confirmed it with many tests to make sure. You can have silent heart attacks, so that's not a lie, but that's why they confirmed it and they said no, that was not the case. The arteries look good. Everything, even the enlarged heart. They're ruling out everything, so yesterday they did that test to make sure the arteries aren't clogged, and they said that's not the reason.  
All the doctors have reasoned that it was the enlarged heart—that the heart was weak. The reason for the fluid is all related to the AF. He's been in AF probably for a month or two, so his heart was running a marathon and he had no idea. He thought he was tired and he was exhausted from Brazil, and when you do that your body starts to shut down, so getting him here and controlling that rhythm, that changed everything. Now his organs are all normal. The fluid is gone. The heart will go back to normal size within time and it will get stronger every day and the fact that what they did today.
It does sound scary, but it's nothing less than when they bring you back to life. It's very miniscule amounts of shock. It didn't work the other day, which showed that his heart was weak and we got a little more concerned, but it worked today. The doctor said that's a sign that his heart is getting stronger.  
Everything's getting better and it's a very good sign that it did work. So today's a good day. We turned a corner and even the doctor said we're out of the critical stage now. We're turning a corner. They're going to send him home to rest. Today was a good day. It's my birthday and it's all I wanted for my birthday, and I told him God answered all our prayers and he wanted me to tell you because the prayers of people are working. Every day he's getting stronger and today's the best day yet. Great day yesterday with no clogged arteries, that was a great report and then today with the heart, it took and we didn't even know if it would—and it might not have, but it did. 


Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:6
We find real peace in our hearts when we live our lives the way God wants us to live it. That does not come easily to anyone.
All of us struggle daily to make choices on issues that we don't fully understand.
Sometimes we think we have made a good decision and then over time the consequences of that decision explode nastily in our face.
We look around ourselves and feel very foolish. It happens to everyone. Even the most mature Christians make mistakes.
However, there are some things we can all do to minimize the bad decisions we make.
Here are a few guidelines:
• Ask God to reveal His priorities for your life and show you how to best pursue them. It is easier to fit other things in your life when you know most important things.
• Carve out time to keep regular appointments with God to pray and listen for His guidance.
• Consider the desires God has placed in your heart and the purposes He has revealed for your life. Keep those desires in the forefront of your considerations.
• Commit to investing some time everyday toward fulfilling those desires and purposes. Big ideas are achieved little by little.
• Regularly update your objectives as God leads you into new seasons of life.
• When making short-term decisions, strive to keep your long-term objectives in mind.
• Spend regular time each day praying, reading the Bible and getting to know more about God's character. Even fifteen minutes each day will add up to great benefit over time.
Prayer: Lord, help me to keep Your priorities for my life this year in focus.
Scriptural Reading: Proverbs 9:1-10

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. John 16:7
Jesus assured His disciples that it was to their advantage that He go away so that the Helper could come (John 16:7). God sends Him to convict people of their sin.
Since the Holy Spirit is unlimited by time or space, He can reach out to every individual on the planet.
However, His work differs with regard to believers and unbelievers. With regard to unbelievers, God's Spirit penetrates the heart and brings awareness of wrongdoing.
He reveals that according to God's holy standard, they have sinned and stand condemned by their transgression.
Unbelief is the greatest sin against God, so every prick of the heart is meant to point out their need for the Saviour.
As for believers, the Holy Spirit deals with them on the basis of their relationship with Jesus Christ and convicts us of disobedience to Him.
In other words, He makes us aware of specific sins and the Lord's attitude about them. But He also prompts us to be accountable before Christ for our wrongdoing by confessing it and repenting.
Convicting believers of sin is an important part of the Holy Spirit's job, but He is equally delighted to make them aware of the Lord's approval.
God commends righteous living, obedient actions, and loving acts done in His name. While conviction is often uncomfortable for unbelievers and believers alike, it's a beautiful demonstration of God's love.
He desires to bring us into the centre of His will and keep us there for our good and His glory. The Holy Spirit's work makes that possible, if we choose to follow His promptings.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the work of the Holy Spirit in my heart.
Scriptural Reading: John 16:5-11

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Prayer for Pastor Benny Hinn, Hospitilized for Heart Problems

The family of Benny Hinn is asking for prayers after the televangelist was hospitalized Friday upon returning from a trip to Brazil.

"After he arrived home he suddenly began battling fatigue and shortness of breath," wrote his daughter, Jessica Hinn Koulianos,in a letter  posted to the Benny Hinn Ministries website.

"For those of you who know my Dad, you know that he never stops; so when he spent over a week in bed, we knew something was wrong," Koulianos wrote.

Hinn, 62, is being treated for "lack of oxygen in his cardiovascular system."

"At this moment, his physicians are conducting thorough tests, the results of which have been very positive. He is alert and in good spirits, and we expect he will be released later this week," Koulianos wrote.

"By God's grace and with the help of your prayers, we are told to expect a complete recovery," she continued.
source: cbn.com

Health: 9 Signs of Improper Blood Circulation

People suffers from a heart attack, and every minute someone dies from a cardiovascular-related disorder. Out of the 720,000 individuals who suffer from heart attacks annually, it is the second time for about 205,000 of them. One of the most common causes of this is poor blood circulation.
Poor Blood Circulation
Heart attacks often occur with no prior warning, unless the sufferer is aware of the signs. Plaque, scar tissue, fatty material, and calcium accumulate in the vital arteries, which are responsible for supplying the heart with blood. The inhibition of blood flow causes angina or chest pain. A complete block results in a heart attack.
Signs of Improper Blood Circulation
There are several signs and causes of poor circulation. It is extremely important to be aware of all of these. It is also essential to consult a medical professional if you experience any of them. Ignoring the signs, or simply brushing them off, could be the difference between life and death.
  • Constant extreme fatigue or lethargy
  • Edema or swelling of lower extremities
  • Tingling or numbness in any of the extremities
  • Cold extremities such as feet, toes, hands and/or fingers
  • Legs that feel achy or heavy
  • Sores that will not heal within the normal amount of time
  • Constant dizzy spells
  • Poor or declining memory
  • Muscle cramps or throbbing, shooting pains
Certain disorders can result in poor circulation such as Peripheral Artery Disease, varicose veins, Diabetes and obesity. Raynaud's Disease, which is another, causes the arteries of toes and hands to constrict. Two extremely prevalent causes of poor circulation are smoking and consistently consuming large amounts of fried, overly processed and fast foods.
Foods to Promote Healthy Blood Flow
There are a number of foods that can promote healthy blood flow. Certain foods react in the body similar to anti-coagulants. One of the best medicines for improper blood circulation are specific foods. Citruline is a compound found in watermelon and the body converts this into L-arginine, which is very helpful in enhancing blood flow. Consuming goji berries is excellent for blood circulation.
Both salmon and avocados contain heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They also promote healthy blood flow. Though keep in mind that there has been some concern of farm-raised salmon containing toxic levels of mercury. Garlic adds wonderful flavor to numerous dishes, and ingesting it strengthens arteries. It also inhibits the accumulation of plaque in the arteries.
Capsicum frutescens is found in found in Cayenne Pepper and reduces the stickiness of platelets. It contains vitamin C and E, which promotes circulation. Gingko biloba is rich in antioxidants, which assist in removing contaminants from the circulatory system.
Ginger Root is also said to promote healthy blood circulation. Sunflower seeds increase healthy blood flow, and sunflower oil is often recommended as a healthy alternative oil for heart patients. And for those chocolate lovers out there, there is a bit of great news. Dark chocolate has been shown to improve circulation.
There are a number of exercises that may be incorporated into weekly or daily routine to improve blood circulation. Swimming, biking, jogging and walking all enlarge heart muscles and increase its blood-pumping abilities. Exercises specifically geared toward cardio, such as kick boxing, skiing and running, are excellent exercises for circulation and the heart as well. Resistance and anaerobic routines may be the most helpful for improving blood circulation. This can be weight training, pull-ups and sit-ups.
A good daily exercise does not have to be high impact to help with strengthening the heart. Hiking is also wonderful and rewarding. Taking the kids and/or dog for a stroll in the park provides exercise as well as quality time.
If you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or want to change your diet or lifestyle, please consult a physician before doing so.

Prayer for new week

The Almighty God will take u from the miry clay unto a solid rock. He will visit the foundation of your marriage, finance and education...He will correct whatever has gone wrong in your life in Jesus name!

You will experience Open Heavens and Divine Abundance. God will give you special people to support your life's ambition and dreams in Jesus name! 
Whatever situation you might find yourself in I speak victory in the name of Jesus! I decree every obstacle in your life now a stepping stone to your miracle! The Lord will showcase his glory through you and many people shall come to see it in Jesus name! Claim it! receive it! its yours!
Happy New Week from us ASB-World. 

Saturday, 21 March 2015


All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name. Psalm 66:4
The ultimate purpose of our lives is to worship God. We were created to worship. God created us in His own image and likeness so that we will declare His glory.
We together with all nature are a revelation of the magnificent splendour of God Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth.
When God looks at your life, does He see genuine worship? Is your life declaring the praises of God?
The bottom line is that each of us was made to worship God. And until we realize this true purpose in life, which is to worship God and enjoy Him forever, we'll always be struggling.
We'll always be frustrated because we have deviated from the central purpose of life! It is impossible to be a productive, positive Christian without living out a meaningful, genuine life of worship.
And we are not here just talking about corporate worship.
Worship is something more than singing and lifting up hands to heaven. Worship is a lifestyle.
It is an attitude that we carry with us day by day. It is an attitude that reveals the inner heart and recognizes the value we place on God in our lives.
It is a life lived in response to the grace and mercy God has so lavishly poured on us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Worship is the total surrender of our will, yes, even our very life to God. It is a life of sacrifice and service to God. It is living a life dedicated to the glory and honour of God.
Looking at what God has done for you in Christ, what kind of life should you be living? It is only reasonable that, because of what God has done for you in Christ, you offer your life as a living sacrifice to God.
So today, resolve in your heart to make your life that of worship to God the rest of your life.
Prayer: Lord, let my life be a ceaseless flow of worship to you.
Scriptural Reading: Psalm 66:1-20

Friday, 20 March 2015

Health: 9 Signs You May Have Heart Trouble

Even with knowledge and all of these advancements, Atherosclerosis continues to be the No. 1 silent killer in the United States. Atherosclerosis is a constricting or clogging of the arteries, preventing them from carrying vital nutrients through the body. It can lead to both heart attack and stroke.
Not all of the symptoms of a heart attack are the same, especially between men and women. It some cases the signs may be painfully obvious, but in others they may be much more subtle.
The information that follows are indicators that something may be wrong with your heart. They could also be caused by something entirely different. There are two very important steps that you should take. One is to not panic and the second is speak with your personal physician about any of the signs that you may be suffering from. Remember that only a medical professional can assess your situation. Never rely on Google for a serious diagnosis.
1. Lethargy and fatigue. Simple fatigue from a day of overworking or not receiving adequate sleep is perfectly normal. Severe fatigue on a regular basis which simply does not go away after a good night's rest could be a sign that something is amiss with your heart. This is the type of tiredness you feel when you are coming down with the flu.
Director of Women's Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City Suzanne Steinbaum, urges people, especially women, not to dismiss this ongoing fatigue. It could be a warning sign that something is wrong with your heart.
The reason for the extreme fatigue in these cases is that your heart is in distress from tying to transport vital oxygen for your body through constricted or clogged arteries. The reasons that this causes severe lethargy and extreme fatigue is twofold. First, your heart is tired from working overtime and your body is still not receiving the proper oxygen levels it requires for optimal functioning.
2. Peripheral edema. Peripheral edema is when extremities of the body swell such as ankles and feet. There are numerous non-life-threatening reasons that these areas swell such as varicose veins and pregnancy. But it may also be something much more serious such as poor circulation and/or congestive heart failure. This can cause a chronic condition in which your heart is not able to pump blood efficiently.
A professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of the Maryland School of Medicine states that peripheral edema of the feet can also be a sign that one or more valves in your heart is unable to close properly. This swelling can also be the result of taking certain types of medication such as those for diabetes and/or hypertension. If swelling does correlate with heart issues, in most cases, there will be other indications as well. It may be accompanied by extreme fatigue and/or shortness of breath. It is best to consult your medical professional to determine exactly what is causing the edema.
3. Excruciating pain while walking. If the muscles of your legs and hips may cramp severely when you walk, but then relax upon resting. Do not automatically dismiss this sign as a curse of growing older. This could be a symptom of PAD or peripheral arterial disease. This is a result of fatty plaque accumulating in your arteries and clogging them, which has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Both PAD and related cardiovascular disease are generally completely treatable as long as you listen to the early warning signs and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
4. Feeling faint or light headed. There are many different causes of dizziness which are in no way related to heart disease. Fitness gyms post signs warning individuals that they should stop exercising, if they become faint or light headed. You could simply be dehydrated or you rose from a sitting or lying too quickly. If it is reoccurring, it is important to consult a physician to determine whether it is something such as a side effect of a medication that you are currently taking or if it is related to cardiovascular disease. Dizziness may also be a warning from your heart that your blood pressure is dropping too fast or frequently. This may be the result of a defective heart valve or clogged arteries.
5. Shortness of breath. If you have been fit pretty much all of your life, but suddenly become short of breath when performing those same routine exercises, it could be the result of an infection, anemia or asthma. It could be something much more serious, especially if you began to feel this way after simply climbing stairs and it is to the degree that it makes you cough. The heart may be having trouble pumping blood and/or your heart valves may be injured.
A defective heart valve can cause fluid to accumulate that may cause wheezing and coughing that are often mistaken for bronchial asthma. Once the valve is repaired or replaced it eliminates fluid from the lungs and allows the patient to breathe much easier. Be sure that you consult your doctor about this warning sign.
6. Depression. Depression is extremely prevalent throughout the entire world. More than 19 million people are affected every year in the United States alone. While depression is not generally an actual direct symptom of cardiovascular disease, studies show that it can increase the risk of heart disease. Those who suffer from other symptoms of cardiovascular disease or are hereditarily at risk for it are more likely to suffer from depression as well. Physical and mental health are closely related and play an integral part in your overall well-being. It is essential that you speak with a medical professional immediately, if you are suffering from depression whether you believe it is related to heart disease or not.
7. Frequent migraines. There are all sorts of reason that you may get a headache. It could be the result of stress, allergies or the beginning of a cold. Frequent migraines are an indicator of possible cardiovascular disease. Approximately 12 percent of the world's population suffers from migraine headaches. That figure dramatically increases to 40 percent in those diagnosed with heart disease. Numerous studies are being conducted because the exact connection remains unclear. One common theory is that it is the result of an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system and heart defects. This is because a connection has been made between these abnormalities and individuals suffering from migraines accompanied by auras.
8. Hearing your heartbeat as you fall asleep. Some individuals are able to hear their defective heart valve as they fall asleep. Some of them become adjusted to the sound and/or simply change the positions that they sleep in. It is important not to ignore this symptom and to speak with your doctor about it to determine the cause. There are several reasons why your heart may pound loud enough for you to hear. Certain medications, anemia, dehydration and low blood sugar or blood pressure are all possible causes.
9. Anxiety accompanied by nausea and sweating. Sudden panic attacks accompanied by nausea and sweating may be caused by an anxiety disorder. This may also be an indication of cardiovascular disease. If you experience this with other serious symptoms such as pain that radiates through your shoulder, back, chest and other upper extremities, it is vital that you seek immediate medical attention. This could be a sign that you are having a heart attack. Five precious minutes could be the difference between life and death.


Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh King of Egypt to all who trust in him. 2 Kings 18:21
The American painter, John Sargent, once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by critics.
It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. Although offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused to sell it.
He considered it his best work and was very proud of it.
Whenever he was deeply discouraged and doubtful of his abilities as an artist, he would look at it and remind himself, "I painted that." Then his confidence and ability would come back to him.
This painter's confidence was in his own painting. However, as children of God our confidence is not in what we have done but in what Christ has done.
When we have no confidence in ourselves, we can look back to Calvary's cross and the empty tomb of Joseph of Arimathea and proclaim, 'His victory is my victory'.
Christ died on the cross for our sins and delivered us from the dominion of darkness. He brought us into the Kingdom of Light and made us children and heirs of God.
He has given us His Spirit and power to live a victorious life. And He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. That is our source of confidence.
When our reliance on God is steady, we will respond to difficulties by seeking Him for guidance and strength.
In turn, we will experience the Holy Spirit's presence, provision, and power and, as a result, victory in every circumstance.
Prayer: Lord, you are my strength, and my confidence is in you alone.
Scriptural Reading: 2 Kings 18:17-25

Relationship: How God Can Heal Your S*xual Hurt

God should be our first choice and not our last resort when it comes to healing our sexual hurt. This pain and ache is not something we can easily or quickly figure out or fix all by ourselves.
Time doesn't heal all wounds but God does. How? There is no sexual experience, memory, temptation or addiction that is too strong for Him. His grace is greater than our sin or sadness. Here are 10 reasons to include God in your deepest wounds or darkest secrets in life:
1. God knows what sex can do. He knows that sex can be beautiful or horrible. It can be exhilarating or humiliating, delightful or disgusting. It can bond a couple together and it can tear a person apart. God knows how we can be deeply hurt by unwanted sexual experiences and also by mutually consenting adults. He invented it and knows that it's just not as casual as we think. He knows how it hurts you now.
2. God wrote a book for you. Reality TV is nothing compared to the real life stories in the Bible! God included family sexual dysfunction, honeymoon night romance, violent rape scenes, tender physical fondling, seductive deadly attraction, sneaky sexual assault and devastating emotional trauma. It's all there in the Bible to let us know that God is not a prude but keeps it real and has real answers for us.
3. God knows what you went through. You think He wasn't there when it happened but He was. Nothing escapes Him. You weren't alone then and you're not alone now. He knows all the exact details of who, how, when, why, where and how long—more than anyone else. He can give you clarity and closure like none other. Include Him in your healing because He knows everything that happened to you.
4. God does what we can't do. He offers you strength and peace that the world can't give to you. No self-help book can accomplish what He can do. No one can whisper to you the truths He will tell you when you're quiet in His presence. If He can calm a raging storm, walk on water, make blind people see, get the lame to walk and raise the dead—is there anything God can't do in helping you to heal today?
5. God knows what hurt feels like. Jesus was betrayed and abandoned by people who promised loyalty and protection, much like we are. He was stripped naked, physically violated and sexually humiliated. Maybe the same happened to you ... He was acquainted with grief and a man of sorrows. He's been there and done that with life's trauma, injustices and suffering. He hurt just like we do now.
6. God came to bring you life. He came to bring freedom to those who are held captive. Does that describe how you feel today? You can't forget and you won't forgive. It doesn't go away ... Jesus came to rescue us from thoughts that will destroy us. His truth will set you free and He will guide you into truth. God is not the killjoy; rather, He came to give joy. He brings light to those who are living in darkness.
7. One day, He will right all wrongs. It's tough to handle your hurt because it seems like you lose and they win. They got away with it and fooled everyone. Maybe they're still fooling people to this day. Remember, it will all be reversed. Those who do or did wrong will not get away with their secrets or sins. One day, everything will be exposed. One day, He will wipe away all your tears and erase the memories.
8. Your heart is in His hands. That's great news to know that it's not all up to you to heal yourself. God can restore and soften your heart. Jesus told us we would find rest in Him for our weary souls and heavy burdens. He can mend our hearts to be strong again and mold our heart so you feel clean once again. You may feel like you are damaged goods but God can help you see you are a new creation in Christ. There is no human heart that is too addicted or wounded for Him to change. It's what He does best.
9. Forgiveness comes from God. This is probably the last thing you want to think about at this time. Sooner or later though—when you're ready—there will come a time when it will be wise and healthy for you to forgive the person who deceived or disappointed you. You'll need God's help to do this because an apology will probably never come from the lips of the person who hurt you so deeply. Jesus talked a lot about forgiveness and extended it to people who abused and assaulted Him on the way to the cross. He'll show you how to forgive the person/s who changed your life so you can get on with life afresh.
10. His ways are above our ways. People let us down. They disappoint us, deceive us and some even try to destroy us. God is in a totally different category. He doesn't lie and He doesn't leave. And He doesn't stop loving His children. He will never do anything wrong to you. He is someone you can finally trust. He might actually be the only person you will ever trust in your life as a result of the sexual hurt. Maybe you were treated sexually horribly as a child. Your Father in heaven is different. Maybe your significant other took advantage of you, betrayed you, left you or scarred you. Your Bridegroom in heaven is different. When you've got shattered dreams, broken promises, family dysfunction, panic attacks, powerful addictions, health issues, overwhelming rage, childhood lost, trust stolen, false guilt or permanent memories, God is your very best shot in this life of becoming completely whole again.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Hmmmm, LOL.

Boy: do you have a boyfriend?

Girl: No. I don’t want a boyfriend.
Boy: Genesis 2:18 “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good
for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable
for him’.”

Girl: But I don’t love you.
Boy: 1 John 4:8 "Whoever does not love, does not
know God, because God is love.”
Girl: So how do I discern that your words are true?
Boy: Matthew 12:34b “For the mouth speaks what
the heart is full of."
Girl: But how can I be sure that you are faithful and
Boy: Mark 13:31 “Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will never pass away."
Girl: But why me? There are so many girls out there.
Boy: Proverbs 31:29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all!”
Girl: But what do you see in me, that makes you love
Boy: Song of Songs 4:7 " You are altogether beautiful,
my darling; there is no flaw in you."
Girl: But really, I’m not that beautiful … you’re
Boy: Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty
is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be
Girl: What will happen if I say yes?
Boy: Genesis 2:24 “That is why a man leaves his
father and mother and is united to his wife, and they
become one flesh."
Girl: How is it that you know so many Scriptures?
Boy: Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always
on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you
may be careful to do everything written in it. Then
you will be prosperous and successful. "
Girl: Wooow, I can see you really love God.
Boy: Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is
good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him!”
Girl: Hmmm. Ok please just give me some time to
think about this.
Boy: Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever,
is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy
think about such things."
Girl: owwww I love you already
Boy: Revelations 22:21b "Amen."
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