Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Expect God To Do It

This has been an exciting year! We have seen the hand of the LORD at work in our lives, experiencing His love, peace and blessings. God has taken the good, bad and ugly, and put it all in the mix to work out for the good. Now, a new year is on the horizon. What will come of this year? What new journey will be embarked upon? What kind of growth will be experienced this year?

The new year always presents itself with these questions and many others, building hope that the new year will be better than the last. This is a good thing because God wants His children to have hope. The Bible declares in Romans 5:5, "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." That's the New King James Translation. The first part of that verse in the King James Version says, "And hope maketh not ashamed..."

Both translations use the word "hope." This is powerful because a simple definition of hope is to have a confident favorable expectation. God wants all of His children, every blood washed Christian to have a confident favorable expectation that He will do what He has said He will do in His Word. This is God's hope! Not hope as the world supposes, feeling that what they are hoping for may, or may not come to pass. God charges us to put our hope in Him, for the one who does will not be put to shame.

Now that your hope sensors are tingling, expect God to do what He has said. With that, keep in mind that God's hope has a dual ingredient--His promise, and His performance. Therefore, with His hope in your heart, it is important to know what God has said in His Word concerning you and your circumstance. Then, you must, I repeat must, believe that God will do what He said He will do according to what He has written in His Word. Expect Him to do it! Don't look for explanations. Live with a confident, favorable expectation that God will do what He has said He will do.

Abraham is such a powerful depiction of this. Look at how Romans 4:17 reads in the NLT. It says, "This is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing." Did you get that? Abraham believed in the God, the same God that we serve, who brings dead things to life and creates new things out of nothing.

Romans 4:18 further speaks of Abrahams hope. I like how the NLT translates this verse also. It says, "Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping--believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That's how many descendants you will have!"" Abraham kept hoping, believing that God would perform His promise.

As you go into this new year, I encourage you to expect God to do what He has said He will do just like Abraham did. Hope against hope, expect God! This year will be gone in a few hours. The new year awaits and God is expecting you to take Him at His Word and have a confident, favorable expectation that He will do what He has said. For the God we serve is truthful to His Word and faithful to perform it.

With that I close. Happy New Year and Expect God To Do It!

Leaning on Jesus, 

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Who Do You Think You Are?

The mind is a powerful thing. It is the place where ideas, creativity, dreams and visions are born. It is also the place within man that establishes the groundwork for everything that is done. If a person has a good outlook on life in the mind, there is nothing that can withhold them from bringing to life what they see before it is seen.

Proverbs 23:7a says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Now this verse uses the word "heart," but keep in mind that in scripture, heart and mind are synonymous. There are many defeated Christians out there because of the way that they think of themselves. They have allowed the enemy to infiltrate the mind, causing them to believe what he says instead of what the Lord has to say about them in the Bible.

As a believer, your new life starts with 2 Corinthians 5:17. It says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." This is powerful, because it is stating that everything about the old life is now dead. If you can get this revelation, the enemy has no chance to buffet you in your thought life. For, once this scripture is in your heart, the mind has to line up and live out the new life in Christ.

The enemy knows this to some degree, which is why he works overtime, even double time to keep believers in bondage. Therefore, since you know he knows this, it is up to you to take time out each day to memorize scripture. By doing this, you get it in your heart so that it will transform your mind to think in line with what God thinks about you.

With that in mind, take a look at these questions. Are you in bondage in your mind? Do you have a low self-esteem? Do you wonder whether God is going to do it for you? Who do you think you are? Do you think you are a bum and will never amount to anything? Do you think that you will always struggle with finances, friendships and family? Well, let me ask you this. Are you willing to do what it takes to transform your mind?

Now, don't just run through those questions without honestly answering them. Especially the final question. You must be willing to do whatever it takes to win the war waging in the mind. Yes, I know the war is waging, but I also know that the war can be won if you fill up on God's Word. It is the solution to a low thought life. As you read, rehearse and recite it, your head and heart will be in line with the wonderful person that God has created you to be.

So, who do you think you are? Start with saying, I am a new creation in Christ. I am more than a conqueror. I am forgiven. I am blessed. I am free. Then, after you have disciplined yourself to say the same thing that God says about you in His Word, others will see it too. Now everyone you come in contact with will see just who you think you are and in turn, you will be able to turn them to the One who turned your thinking around.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Confession is Good for the Soul

Catchy title right? It may kind of put you in the mind of bearing your soul to a priest, your parents, or someone you feel you have wronged and need to confess to. That's not the kind of confession I am speaking of. I am speaking of the kind of confession that will calm and quiet your soul (your mind, will and emotions) in the midst of any storm.

The Bible says in Hebrews 10:23, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)." That word "profession" is the Greek word homologĂ­a. It means,  "to agree, confess, say the same." In other words, it means to say the same thing that God says in His Word about any and every situation that you may be faced with.

With that in mind, you can see how confession is good for the soul. The mind, will and emotions of man naturally wants to go against God. The soul wants to panic when there seems to be no way out.  In order to get it to line up with God, you have to speak the same thing that God speaks. You have to speak His language.

The awesome thing about this is that God tells us what His language is in the Bible. His Word is filled with what He is listening for to calm and quiet the soul. His Word says things like, nothing is too hard for God. He is a refuge and strength and ever present help in trouble. He will perfect that which concerns you. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you may ask or think. The steadfast mind He will keep in perfect peace. Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.

These are just a few verses, but there are so many more! What you have to do is to look up all the ones that pertain to your situation and begin confess or say the same thing that God is saying, about it. When you do this, it will be good for the soul. Your confession will quiet your soul and strengthen your spirit so that you will be led by your spirit and not your soul.

We are living in the last days and the end of all things is near. The time is now to teach and train the soul to speak the Word only. The time is now teach and train the soul to confess the Word of God on a daily basis to fill the heart and mind with what the Lord has to say about any and every situation. The time is now for daily confessions, not to a priest, but to yourself, out loud so that your soul will know that God is in control.

So, as you can see, confession IS good for the soul. Therefore, hold fast to saying what God says in His word, without wavering. He who promised is faithful and He WILL bring it to pass.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Finish Strong

Finish Strong

Another year is coming to a close, and I believe the Lord wants me to encourage your hearts to finish strong. I believe He is saying this because, unlike a sprint, He knows your journey with Him is more like a marathon. Many are at the close or end of other situations and the end seems to be in the distant future. However, just like we can see the end of the year, the Lord sees the end of your situation and He is telling you to finish strong.

Here are five things you can meditate on to finish strong for the last thirty-one days of the year.

Obey the command to be strong in The Lord and the power of His might. He gave this commandment because He knew you would need strength to fight spiritual battles. (Ephesians 6:13)

Be aware of the conflict that the devil is sending your way to get you to doubt God. He doesn't want you to finish let alone finish strong. He wants you to quit. He wants you to disobey the command.
(1 Peter 5:8-9)

This is when to counterattack. The way to counter the attack of the enemy is with the Word of God.  He is watching over His Word to perform it. You will finish strong if you counter attack with "It is written." Resist the devil with what is written in the Word of God and he WILL flee.
(Ephesians 6:17; Jeremiah 1:12; Matthew 4:1-11: James 4:7)

In order to counterattack, you must remain committed to God and His Word. You must buffet your body to keep your flesh from doubting God. You, must be committed to counter the attack of the enemy with the Word of God in the conflict so that you will always obey the commandment!
(1 Corinthians 9:27)

The conclusion of the matter is that God is working all things out for your good. You understand that the good is not solely restricted to the good things in life. It also includes your character development that you may be conformed to His image.  God will work any situation out for good and for the good of my character. Therefore instead of growing weary, focus on the conclusion and this will enable you to finish whatever you are coming to an end to strong. (Romans 8:28-29)

Let me leave you with this prayer declaration to finish strong.

Father I thank You for giving me this word, Finish Strong. I realize, recognize and know that we have powerful and cunning foe. But, He is not more powerful and wiser than You. I pray that the command to be strong in You and the power of Your might would be reality to me. I can do nothing in and of my own strength for all my strength comes from you. I purposefully put on the whole armor of God that I may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. I thank you for showing me that there will always be conflict with the enemy because he is out to devour me. I will therefore be sober and vigilant in my stand against him. You said in your Word to resist the devil and he will flee. Jesus resisted the devil with "it is written." I pray therefore, that in every situation, what is written in Your Word will rise up in my spirit that I may not sin against you. I am committed to buffet my body and keep my flesh under subjection, lest I be counted as a counterfeit. I will speak the Word only and I will watch you move on my behalf in response to your Word. Finally Father, I thank You for giving me revelation of Romans 8:28. I decree and declare that every challenge, every issue and ever situation in my life and the lives of my family will work out for the good because we love you. I submit to Your development of my character. I will not quit! I will finish strong! I am committed to counter the attack of the enemy with the Word of God in the conflict so that I will always obey the commandment! You are a great God, and I praise You! I will fix my eyes on Jesus in everything, for He is the Author and finisher of my faith. I love You Father God and I thank you for enabling me to finish strong! In Jesus Name!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Stay Focused

I'm not a football person but my husband is. Every now and then I will watch a game with him. Sometimes I ask questions and from that I understand the logistics of the game. One of the things I understand is that when a team close to the end zone, about to make a touch down, the defense tightens up. The opposing team does all it can to keep its opponent from scoring.

1 Peter 4:7 says, "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." The enemy, our opponent, knows the end is near. He also knows when you are in faith and the end of what you are believing for is near. So, what does he do? He tightens up his defense because he doesn't want you to score! He doesn't want you to believe that God is going to come through. He is doing everything he can to get you to either stop praying or not pray at all.

When this happens, you must make a decision to Stay Focused. Recognize that the enemy is trying to distract you and get your focus off of God. Don't fall for the okie doke! Stay Focused! God is going you move on your behalf, BUT in order to see it you must Stay FOCUSED! Look at this acronym for FOCUS.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2a says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." That word "looking" in the Greek means to look steadfastly or intently toward a distant object. It means to behold or fix the mind upon. It carries the connotation of looking unto Jesus and away from everything else that distracts.

If you fix your eyes on Jesus you will not be distracted and He will give you the faith to Overcome the Obstacles. 1 John 5:4 says, "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world--our faith." Faith in God is all you need to overcome any situation that you are faced with. In the midst of the improbable and the impossible, hold fast the confession of your faith, for He who promised is faithful.

Obstacles in life come, but instead of worrying about them, Commune With God in Prayer about them. Life happens to everyone, so instead of worrying about things that happen in life, pray! Philippians 4:6 in the NLT says, "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." Whatever you are faced with was either permitted or planned by God. Therefore talk to Him. Commune with Him, pouring out your heart before Him and allow Him to speak to your heart about what is going on in your life.

When you commune with God in prayer, He will help you to Understand His Will, work and way in the matter. Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." This is why the enemy is so vehement about getting you distracted. He knows you will faint if he can get your focus off of God. However, if you know that you know that God is working it all out for your good, you will continue in prayer until you hear Him giving you clear direction and guidance for your life.

All that is left to do now is Stand. Ephesians 6:13 says, "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." This is the final piece of staying focused. You have Fixed Your Eyes on Jesus, Overcome the Obstacles and Communed with God in Prayer. Now you that Understand the Will of the Lord, Stand! If you don't understand what the will of the Lord, stay in prayer and stand until you do.

Remember, the end of all things is near. The goal is in sight and the enemy has tightened up his defense. You have been running well, so don't grow weary in prayer. He who gives you justice is near and your breakthrough is on the way. Remain sober and watchful in prayer and you will score for God's kingdom purpose for your life. Stay Focused!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weapons and Waves

I do love sitting on the beach. It is a very relaxing place and God tends to speak to my when I am there. This time was no different. As I was sitting there watching the water come in and go out, I was reminded of Isaiah 54:17 which says, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." Here is another verse that came to mind Proverbs 8:29 "When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:."

These two verses speak of weapons and waters or shall we say weapons and waves. In this life as we all know, we have a very real enemy who fights against us. He doesn't play fair and is out to kill, steal and destroy. This is why it is imperative to know what the Word of God says so that we can use it against him and his weapons. The weapons that he uses against us come in many forms; lack, sickness, a failed marriage, wayward children, depression, discontentment and the like. BUT, the above verse says though they come, they SHALL NOT prosper.

It is important to remind ourselves of this powerful truth because the enemy uses the weapons to get you, to get me, to get us a believers, to doubt the veracity of God's Word. This is where the waves come in. Think of an ocean and how that massive body of water only rolls up on the shores of a sandy beach so far and then, as if it were on some kind of invisible force, it automatically rolls back upon itself. It's just like the Scripture says, ..."the waters should not pass His commandment." God set it up so that the ocean would not flood the sea and in the same way, He set it up so that the weapons CANNOT overtake the life of a believer.

Now think of this ocean in terms of the weapons or warfare that you may be facing, with Isaiah 54:17 in mind. Just like the waves come up on a seashore, so do the weapons come up on your life. Oh, but God will not allow them to prosper! Oh, but God will only allow them to go so far! Oh, BUT GOD, who is an ever present help in trouble, He will not allow the weapons to overtake you! The weapons CANNOT prosper against you. God set it up that way!

This is such an incredible analogy because it give a poignant, powerful picture of our great and mighty God. We serve the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. He is more than able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we ask or think. He is the Great I Am and nothing is too hard for Him. When the enemy comes in like a flood, Jehovah Nissi our Great Commander in Chief lifts up the standard against him.

So, the next time you are faced with some warfare, remember, just like the waves on a seashore, the weapons can only come so far. They will not overtake you. Just speak the Word only and watch the weapons roll back away from you, just like the waves roll back off of the seashore and back into the ocean.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Friday, October 18, 2013

Water And The Word

Years ago when I was in a college biology class, I will never forget the resounding words of the professor. He said, "H2O, it's good stuff." I don't remember anything else about the lesson, but I do recall him teaching us that water is good for the human body. Several years later, at a women's conference in Texas, One of the speakers wrote a book entitled, Drink Water and Live. In this book, as well as in the message, she spoke of the vital importance of drinking water.

Studies have shown that filling up on water suppresses the appetite. That word "suppress" means to forcibly put an end to. In other words, filling up on water kills the appetite to eat. In the same way, if a Christian would fill up on the Word of God it would suppress or forcibly put and end to the desire to sin. Filling up on the Word of God will suppress the soul to sin. When a person is having sin issues in their life, it is evident that they are not spending adequate time in the Word.

Just like the body needs water to function properly, the spirit man needs the Word of God to function properly and keep sin suppressed. Yes, the Word is a powerful sin suppressant! Unfortunately, many saints neglect the Word of God and as a result, live defeated Christian lives. They wonder why they are frustrated, disillusioned and having a hard time overcoming sin, when the simple solution is found in the reading, reciting and rehearsing the Word of God every day.

This is very clear as it is spelled out in Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:2-3. Both of these verses clearly state that success in life as a Christian is directly connected to daily reading and doing the Word of God. Why then, after reading and understanding these verses do saints still neglect this vital daily devotion? I believe it is because the enemy has tricked them into thinking that the Bible can't help like that.

Well, the devil is a liar! Look at these verses.

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate therein, day and night and be careful to do all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous and have good success.

Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls.

Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

It is the Word of God that saves the soul. It is the Word of God that cleanses and sanctifies the soul. It is the Word of God, when meditated on daily and obeyed that guarantees success! Your spirit man needs the Word just like your natural man needs water. Therefore, read your Bible and live! It may not feel like it is doing anything and sometimes it may not even make sense. Nevertheless, just because it doesn't feel like anything is happening, doesn't mean that nothing isn't happening. Besides, it not about how you feel, but trusting by faith that the Word is doing what needs to be done in your life.

The water and the Word are synonymous in their correlation to the body and the spirit. Don't let another day go by without drinking water and spending quality time reading, reciting and rehearsing the Word of God. Your spiritual life depends on it.

Love, peace and blessings

Sr. Sheila