Friday, July 29, 2011

Commune With God

Praise the Lord! We serve a great and mighty God! Welcome again to my "What Does The Word Say?" blog. I trust you will be blessed by today's teaching on the "c" of FOCUS; Commune With God.

God has really been ministering to my heart almost every day on this word FOCUS. So much so that I have prayed it over my children, myself and others who may need to bring things into focus. I have been tremendously blessed by what the Lord is speaking and He has truly strengthened my prayer life.

I delight in spending time with the Lord every day. I have a set thing that I do, and probably two months ago or so things began to seem a little dry. I talked to the Lord about it and shortly after that, while away on a ministry trip God told me to pray first. I immediately changed my structure and my devotion time has been enriched.

Prayer is the staple of ones devotional time because everything stems from prayer. There are countless verses on prayer, stories on prayer and actual prayers that should spark every believer to do the same for God to get involved with the affairs of their lives.
Luke 18:1 says "Men ought to always pray." Philippians 4:6 is summed up in worry about nothing and pray about everything. 1 John 5:14-15 is one of my favorites, exhorting believers that when we pray according to God's will we can be confident that He hears and expect an answer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says, "Pray without ceasing."

With these and countless other verses on prayer, I pray they would be the impetus to drive you to commune with God in prayer. What is it that you are face with today? Are you sick in your body? Pray. Do you need a breakthrough? Pray. Are you suffering from lack and not enough? Pray? Is your spouse acting contrary to the scriptures? Pray. Do you desire a spouse? Pray!

Prayer is the vehicle that will cause you to fix your eyes on Jesus and give you the strength to overcome the obstacles so get to praying! Quit whining, fussing, and complaining and pray. God is calling you to turn away from your problem and turn to Him in prayer. This is how you seek the Kingdom first. He knows what you have need of and wants to give you peace through prayer.

I love you. God bless you and may the Lord strengthen you as you commune with Him in prayer.

Understanding the Kingdom of Heaven in 2011,

Pastor Sheila

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Overcome the Obstacles

Praise the Lord! I am so excited about our mantra this year: Understanding the Kingdom of Heaven in 2011. God has been faithful to meet us as we have trusted Him. I believe a key element in understanding the Kingdom of Heaven is to focus. It is necessary as I shared on the "f" of focus to fix our eyes on Jesus. He needs to be the focal point that our heart mind and soul is fixed upon in order to see His kingdom purposes fulfilled here on earth. Fixing our eyes on Jesus is the impetus that enables us through the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome the obstacles.

The Bible declares in 1 John 5:4-5, "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" Look at it in the New Living Translation, "For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Keep these verses in mind as you think about being focused. God has told us in His Word that we have already overcome or defeated this evil world by faith. We overcome because we have a firm, reliant trust in what Jesus already accomplished on the Cross. We are not fighting to overcome. We have already overcome by the blood of the Lamb, the Word of our testimony and loving not our lives even unto death.

This is good news! I know you may be in a hard place right now, but declare in the midst of that hard place, "This I know that God is for me! I am an overcomer! I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me! I have the victory in every situation because it is the Lord who fights for me."

When you process the challenges of live through the above exhortations from the Word and any other victory promising scripture, you will be able to remain fixed on God's kingdom purposes. Remember, the enemy is trying to trick you into giving up. Don't give up now! You have the stuff to stick. Besides, how will you ever find out that you are an overcomer unless God puts you in a situation where you have to trust Him to overcome?

I am so excited about what the Lord has in store for you. As you go throughout the rest of your day, call to mind these simple truths. You are not to love, belong to, or yield to the world. You are an overcomer, overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil by faith in the Word of God! Hallelujah!

Understanding the Kingdom of Heaven in 2011,

Pastor Sheila

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Praise the Lord! Pastor Rob and I are in Dover, Delaware doing a Singles Conference at Crossroad Christian Church. We are having an awesome time in the Lord and God has been speaking to me about focus.

The Word of God enables us to keep all things in focus in every area of our lives. However, many believers live blurry, obscure lives because of their lack to process and see everything through the Word. Therefore, I want to share with you an acronym for focus that the Lord gave me. I trust it will enrich your life.

F - Fix your eyes on Jesus. The first part of Hebrews 12:2 says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." The word "looking" in the Greek is aphorao and it means according the Strong's Dictionary to look away steadfastly or intently toward a distant object. Metaphorically, to behold in the mind, to fix the mind upon.

What this verse is encouraging all believers to do is to fix the mind steadfastly on Jesus. The world offers many distractions and is constantly trying to lure Christians away from the Lord. Yet, the key component of focus is to fix the mind. Don't fix your mind on what you see. Don't fix your mind on your lack, sickness or marital status. Fix your mind on Jesus, and to fix your mind on Jesus is to fix your mind on the Word of God with the intent to obey it (Joshua 1:8).

2 Corinthians 4:18 in the Good News Bible says, "For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever." Listen to the wisdom in this verse! Fix your mind on Jesus; not your marital status, not your money or your muffins (your sweet children)! Those things are all subject to change!

So today, whatever situation, status or state that you may find yourself in know that God is more that able to change it around for His glory. Just be patient. He is building character in you so that you can fulfill His Kingdom purposes for your life. When you see things as He sees them, He will bring all things into focus.

I trust you were blessed today by my blog. Visit tomorrow as we look at the second letter in this acronym, Overcome Obstacles.

Understanding the Kingdom of Heaven in 2011,

Pastor Sheila