Monday, December 24, 2012

Grow In The Grace

Praise the Lord! The year has come down to its final days and we are in yet another season of reflection and transition. 2012 has been an incredible year of blessings from the Lord as well as character development and growth. I thank the Lord for His blessings, but more than that, I thank the Father for developing my character and growing in Him.

Development and growth are both terms that indicate maturity. A natural child grows and develops as they are fed, nurtured and taught. This is also true when it comes to spiritual growth however, the scripture commands growth which bespeaks of obedience on the part of the individual.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Notice the word "may" in the above verses. This word expresses possibility, permission or contingency. In other words, it is a conditional term which is dependent upon the action or non action of the individual. Practically speaking, this lets us know that our spiritual growth is entirely dependent upon us.

Now this shouldn't come as any shock or surprise. Everything else in our lives is a product of our choices which have come as a result of some action or non-action we took right? For example, financial independence is available to all, but most are in debt because of poor stewardship. Promotion is available to everyone, but has the individual found themselves faithful in their area to qualify for a promotion? Here's one, salvation is available to all, yet not all choose Christ.

In light of what I have just shared, I present to you what Moses said to the children of Israel right before Joshua was appointed as their new leader in Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call -- heaven and -- earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Joshua echoed this sentiment in his farewell speech to the Israelites except he added his own personal conviction. He said in the latter part of Joshua 24:15..."as for me and my house we will serve the Lord."

This is powerful people! God tells us clearly to choose life, knowing that all won't choose life because the choice of life and obedience to the Lord is a matter of the heart. Every individual must have have a personal love relationship with the Lord in order to choose to grow and mature. It cannot be forced or coerced. The information is presented and we must purpose to be positioned to catch the revelation that we "may" grow thereby.

I pray that as the sun sets on 2012 and rises in 2013 that you would position yourself to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you would hunger and thirst for righteousness and desire the things God like the deer thirsts after water. We prevailed in 2012 and now it is time to walk in His love, peace and blessings. Get ready! The best is yet to come!

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mist In The Midst

There are two types of mist. One is an aggregate of water globules that hangs low in the air which diminishes visibility. The other comes from a cloud of particles as in perfumes or aerosols. In essence, both types of mist blur, obscure or dim vision.

Think of this in terms of the commercial where the actors are in a room of trash, dirty laundry, or molded food. They are blind folded and a type of air freshener is sprayed and the mist of the spray is advertised to completely cover the stench to the point that all they smell is the fragrance from the air freshener.

They Holy Spirit brought this to my attention today. He said this is the way of the church today. There is a mist that has unbelievers, as well as unbelieving believers blinded to the truth of the gospel of Christ. The Message translation of 1 Corinthians 4:4 says it this way, "All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won't have to bother believing a Truth they can't see. They're stone- blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we'll ever get." The church is stone blind and they feel they are not accountable for a truth they cannot see.

Then the Lord spoke this to my heart concerning this issue.

"A demonic mist has come in and infiltrated the church. The minds of those who don't believe that My return is eminent have been blinded. The church is sitting amongst the trash and filth of sin and the midst has masked the stench causing them to live as though nothing is wrong. Now is the time like never before to pray that their eyes would be open to their true condition. Pray for revelation, illumination, and a manifestation of transformed lives. I am calling for the cleaners to come and pray first, then in a response to prayer, Operation House Cleaning will go into full effect."

We are at war! There is a call to arms to those who will become a part of Operation House Cleaning. We need to pray like never before Ephesians 1:17-18 over our churches. It reads, "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints."

Nothing is too hard for God! When the saints pray, the mist of the Holy Spirit will drive the demonic mist from our midst. Therefore, rise up mighty men and women of prayer! God wants to use you as a part of His end time revival in the church. The Kingdom shall prevail and the mist shall be dispelled because of our prayers! Hallelujah!

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Monday, November 5, 2012


Consequences. I have been thinking of the word all week. A simple definition for this word is the fruit of choices. When we make good choices, it results in good consequences. When we make bad choices, it results in bad consequences and no one, I mean no one, likes the fruit of bad choices. We would rather God miraculously deliver us from the situation we got ourselves into.

I learned this through my dental ordeal. It was only an ordeal because I failed to go to the dentist every year. I failed to brush for two minutes twice a day and floss. I would eat all the candy and other stuff throughout the day and go to bed with all that stuff still on my teeth. It was my fault and now, though my teeth and gums are healthy I will have to go to the dentist every three months instead of twice a year.

This is an just example of one of my consequences. I was thinking on all of this and while on the way home from Zumba, the Lord spoke to my heart as I was getting off the freeway. He said, "My grace is sufficient through the consequences." I thought, "Yes it is."

We all have suffered consequences from bad choices in life. The blessing for the believer is that after salvation, the sin is under the blood. However, now even though saved, we still have to deal with the consequences. Yes, we have to deal with the consequences of bankruptcy, babies out of wed lock and other bad decisions, but God's grace is sufficient if we repent and trust Him through it all.

Paul asked the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh three times. We do the same by asking Him to deliver us from current consequences that have been birthed out of bad choices. Notice the Lord's response to Paul's request in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

I know that dealing with the fruit of poor decisions never feels good, and we all wish for instant deliverance. Oh, but God has a way of using our weakness and turn it into His strength. Besides, truth be told, now that we have to deal with the fruit, we are in a prime position to trust God to work it all out for the good (Romans 8:28).

Not only does He work it out for the good, the Father, in His infinite wisdom is teaching use where our true sufficiency lies. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 says, "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." Had we not been in this predicament, pride may have welled up in our hearts declaring, "I did this!" However, the thorn produced humility, enabling us to realize and know that our sufficiency is of God.

So, don't regret the choices or the consequences. Rejoice and know that God's grace is sufficient! With His help, we win and the consequences will work out for our good.

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Life Lessons From a Dental Chair

In 2009 I went to the dentist for the first time in possibly ten years. Yikes! I had been taking our children for about a year and each time I went in, I would tell the dentist, "I'm next." I was in no rush to go because I had this foreboding feeling that, when I opened my mouth, things were not going to be good.

I knew something wasn't quite right when my teeth were bleeding every day for about a year. This is NOT normal. When I would brush my teeth I would hear, "Dentist. You need to go to the dentist." I would shake the thought off like one would shake their head knowing a fly was trying to land on their nose. Well, just like a pesky fly keeps coming back until smashed with a fly swatter, the thoughts would come every day until I finally went to the dentist.

My apprehensions were correct. I reluctantly went to the dentist and laid my life down in that dentist chair for some stranger to go poking around in my mouth. I was horrified when the dentist told me that I had periodontal disease, needed a root canal, two crowns, and at least five cavities to be filled! Well, to make a long story short, through much pain and agony I got all of the dental work done and today I have healthy teeth and gums. I was also delivered from dental phobia! I am no longer afraid of going to the dentist. Hallelujah!

Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." One of the ways the Lord gives wisdom to the Body of Christ, is through the five-fold ministry gifts, namely your pastor. However, like many fear the dentist, many fear going to church and heeding pastoral instruction. The result is that even though people know things are wrong in their lives, the fear of change and getting the issue dealt with is not greater that the the things that are wrong. Therefore, saints and sinners alike remain dysfunctional, continue on their own way, knowing that something is wrong.

The problem with continuing on your own way is that the longer you wait to deal with the issue, more damage is being done. My fear of going to the dentist was rooted in the fear of pain which was directly connected with the ultimate fear of death. However, my waiting didn't make my teeth stop bleeding.

No one connects death with not going to the dentist, but serious dental issues can lead to more serious infections which can lead to death. So, no, you may not be dead, but all it takes is one more drink, one more smoke, one more lie and you will either find yourself dead or damaged beyond repair.

Today I pray that you would hear the Spirit of The Lord ministering to you through my life lessons from the dentist. Don't be a fool and despise the wisdom, knowledge, correction and instruction that comes from the Word of God through your pastor. Let me warn you though. Things may get a little painful, and you may even cry out in pain. Just remember, Hebrews 12:11 says, "Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Allow the Word of God to teach and train your soul to trust the Lord. Then you will be able to show through your transformed life what is that good, perfect and acceptable will of God.

Finally, let me say that you will not physically die through this process. Somehow, the devil had me duped into thinking that I was going to die at the dentist. Like I said, you are not going to die by the hand of your pastor dealing with your issue. But, you will learn how to crucify your flesh so that your flesh issues will not kill you.

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Monday, October 29, 2012

Remain Faithful

Remain faithful. Seems simple enough. Nevertheless, how many of us struggle with those two words? People, saved and unsaved, have difficulty remaining faithful in marriage, money, exercise, church, good eating habit, study habits etc., etc. Why is this?

Well, before answering the question, let's look at the life of the wisest man of his time, King Solomon. He was a good king and began his reign asking the Lord for wisdom instead of things (1 Kings 3:1-9). He displayed his loyalty to the Lord in the dedication of the temple (1 Kings 8:23, 61). However, in the end his heart was turned away from the Lord. How could this happen to a man full of such wisdom?

1 Kings 11:2-4 tells exactly how this happened. It says, "The LORD had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the LORD. In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the LORD his God, as his father, David, had been."

King Solomon, the wisest man of his time, had his heart drawn away because of disobedience. He did not remain faithful to the Lord. God clearly told the people of Israel not to intermarry with the pagans because they would turn the Israelites hearts away from the Lord. Solomon was no exception. He did not remain faithful and therefore his heart was turned away from the Lord.

The Word of God instructs us the same in Romans 12:1-2. We are not to adopt the worlds ways. We are to remain faithful to the Lord and His word and let it transform our hearts and minds to His will, word and way. However, if we do not remain faithful, we are not exempt from having our hearts turned away from the Lord.

So, do you see how some may struggle with remaining faithful? It is solely due to the fact that the world's influence has a stronger pull that the influence of the Holy Spirit. In order to reverse this curse, you and I must remain faithful to being transformed by the renewing of our minds. This is the only safeguard against the world's gravitational pull. There is no other way.

Don't go out like Soloman who refused to follow the Lord completely. Cling to the Lord for He is our life and length of days. As long as we remain faithful to Him in our lives, all will go well with our lives.

Until next time...

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Who Will Tell Them?

I love it when what I read during my times of devotion, that The Lord speaks to my heart and gives me an opportunity to write to you and encourage your faith. Today was one of those days. After reading Our Daily Bread, the Holy Spirit stirred my heart with today's blog, "Who Will Tell Them?"

This is a clip of what I read. "In a sense, our lives are marked by “use by” dates—except that none of us knows the exact date when our heart will expire or we’ll take our last breath on this planet. Given that reality, shouldn’t we try a little harder to capture the moments we’ve been given? Capturing the moment means that we’ll do things like love more deeply, forgive more quickly, listen more carefully, and speak more affirmingly.

Paul gives this good advice: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). He also instructs us to “walk as children of light . . . finding out what is acceptable to the Lord” (vv.8-10)."

This reminds me of a message Dr. Poole shared at my uncle's funeral entitled, "The Dash." He told us that, all tombstones have three things in common; the birth date, a dash and the date of death. We don't have anything to do with the birth date or the death date, but we can all do something with the dash; that part of our lives that we have to make a difference. I believe God is calling us to not only love Him, enjoy life and make memories. I also believe that God is calling us to make a difference with our "dash" and share the gospel with as many people as possible.

Back on March 27, 1987, the gospel message was shared with me at a church service. I gave my heart to the Lord that night and shortly after that I took an evangelism class. In one particular class, we listened to an audio clip that was entitled, "Who Will Tell Them?" That little clip has stuck with me through the years, and whenever The Lord is dealing with me about sharing the gospel, I hear that question, "Who will tell them?"

We are in the final quarter of the year. The Word of God says in Luke 10:2, "These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." I believe that in this last quarter, God is looking for workers to send into His fields. He is answering the question of, Who will tell them," with, "You go tell them."

One of the ways that we walk as children of light is to share about the life, light and love of Christ to those who we come in contact with. I encourage you today to ask The Lord of the harvest to use you as a laborer in His vineyard. We are living in the last days and one of the greatest ways to redeem the time is to share the gospel. It really is the power of God at work saving to all who believe.

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Secret Place

"Abs are made in the kitchen." I read that today on Facebook and immediately thought of that yummy pizza that I had yesterday. I just love pizza! I think it just may be my favorite food. BUT, I realize, recognize and know that if I eat pizza like I love it, I will turn into a little butterball! That my friends, is NOT going to happen!

After I was done thinking on the delicious pizza I had, the profundity of that statement hit my spirit and immediately, the Spirit of the Lord spoke this to me. "The soul is made in the secret place." I, in turn posted it on Facebook. Thinking that was the end of that, I went on to something else in my devotions and, that statement continued to dwell in my heart and mind.  

As I continued to pause, ponder and pay attention to what the Lord was speaking to me, I became more aware of the importance of my time spent with the Lord. The world has such a strong pull on us. However, no matter how strong the pull of the world, if we make spending time with Him top priority, His pull will ALWAYS be stronger. The Bible says in Romans 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Transformation of the mind takes place as we take time reading the Word of God and allow Him to transfer His mind on matters into us. This is how the strength of The Lord overpowers the strength of the world.

This reading time, devotion time, quiet time if you will, is synonymous with The Secret Place. This place can be anywhere or at any time, but it is alone time with The Lord where we are with Him, the ultimate audience of one. My secret place with The Lord is the most cherished place and time of my life for I have discovered that this is where my soul, my mind, will and emotions are made to line up with the will, work and way of The Lord.

My prayer for you today is that this statement, "The soul is made in the Secret Place," will resonate in you like it did in me. I pray that it would cause you to pause, ponder and pay attention to what the Spirit of The Lord is saying to you. Most of all I pray that you would hear the voice of The Lord saying, "Come away My beloved to the Secret Place. I desire to have sweet fellowship with you.

 Let me leave you with this prayer that I wrote to The Lord years ago regarding the Secret Place:

Lord take me to the Secret Place! It's where I want to be. Take me to the Secret place; that place for just You and me. Take me to that Secret place; it's what my heart desires.  I want to go higher and higher in You. 

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Friday, August 31, 2012

Faithful to Love

I was reading a devotional today on the fruit of faithfulness and the Holy Spirit spoke very clearly to my heart. Yesterday, I was sharing with Dr. Poole some concerns that I had. He spoke into my life regarding my concerns, and I went on about my day. I know God is dealing with me about being faithful to love because He has brought this to my attention the last three times that I was spending time with Him.

Before I went to bed last night I was reading a bit of The Three Battlegrounds. It was talking about love and how the enemy will use offense and bitterness to get believers to not walk in love. This was just a confirmation of what Dr. Poole  recently preached about how an ant will find food and lead others to it. Offense is looking for food to lead others to it. Then I read the devotional this morning on The Fruit of Faithfulness. I heard the Lord speak to my heart loud and clear on what I need to do regarding my own faithfulness to love.

The Scripture says in Psalm 86:11, "Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name." God manifested Himself to me through this verse as he is teaching me His way in regards to this matter. He said, "You must remain faithful to love, even when others are not faithful to love you."

Look at what the Word says in Matthew 5:44-48. "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them  that  curse you, do good to them  that  hate you, and pray for them  which  despitefully  use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth  rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them  which  love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even  as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Whenever I read this I am in total agreement. It is a blow to the flesh to love, bless, do good and pray for someone that has hurt, upset or offended you. It IS easy to love those you love, but even sinners do that. Yes, I will rely upon the Lord's faithful love to me, so that I in turn can faithfully love others, even under difficult circumstances.

I pray that as I have shared from my personal experience, that the Lord will stir your heart today. Let's not get caught up in a sinner's love. Let us remain faithful to love because the Father always remains faithful to love us, even when we are unfaithful to Him.

Prevailing in Power,

Dr. Sheila

Friday, August 24, 2012

Voices and Choices

We are living in a world today where we consciously and subconsciously hear voices. The problem lies in whose voice to listen to. Should I listen to my parents or should I listen to my friends telling me to defy my parents? Should I listen to my teachers or should I listen to my friends telling me to play instead of doing my school work? Should I listen to my pastors telling me to obey God and all will go well, or should I listen to my flesh telling me that if I fornicate this one time it will be okay? Whose voice should I listen to? Let's look at what the Word says for the answer.

Jeremiah 38:20 Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.

Jeremiah 39:18 Because you trusted me, I will give you your life as a reward. I will rescue you and keep you safe. I, the Lord, have spoken! ’”

Today as I was reading and spending time with the Lord, the above verses, as well as the Our Daily Bread devotional that I read shared coinciding truths. God spoke to me through these truths, which I will share with you today.

Obedience is a choice. We are all faced with choices with voices telling us which one to obey. The devil is a liar and is good at deceiving God's people. However, the profundity of this consequential statement rings true if adhered to. "If we hold on to God's truth, we won't be trapped by the devil's lies." Also, God always rewards and honors obedience.

The only way to grasp the truth of God's Word is to follow these three principles found in  John 8:30-31, which says,  "As he spake these  words, many believed on him.  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make  you  free."

The three principles are: Be attentive, Be convinced and Be continuous.

As long as you are attentive to God's Word and convinced of its truth, you will be continuous in it. When you continue, you are a proven disciplined learner who has a well instructed intensive deeeeep knowledge of the matter as God sees it. When you know the matter as  God sees it and hold on to it, you CANNOT be trapped in the devil's lies.

Today for you as a child of God, the choice was, is and forever should be the voice of God through a parent, teacher, or pastor. Choose today to obey the voice of God, for as long as you do, it will ALWAYS go well. Until next time...

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Persist in Resisting - Example of Three

This is the final teaching in the series Persist in Resisting. I will be sharing with you insights from Daniel 3:12-30. From this passage of scripture I will show you by example from the lives of three Hebrew boys so that you can see that you too can persist in resisting. I showed you through encouragement, exhortation and now by example. I know your life will be enriched! You have the power to prevail! You can persist in resisting!

Shadrach, Meshach and Abenego faced three things that we too will face in the midst of difficult situations. No one is exempt from facing them, however, as one empowered to prevail, you can know going in that you have the victory.

The first thing that they faced is The Wall, which is indicative of anything that is in front of or behind; opposition which puts you in a position of fear or faith. Three Hebrew boys faced with the wall of bowing at the kings command. Should they bow in obedience to God or refuse in obedience to God?

The second thing that they faced was The Warfare - which will presented itself because they refused to bow. The modern day warfare comes in the form of these questions. Does God's word work in the midst? Does God's word work in pain, peril and perplexity? No matter who you are, the warfare presents these types of questions and will rage and you will have a choice to doubt or believe.

I had to choose to believe God was a healer even though I had already declared I was healed, but now my head was not feeling so healed. This is real talk! What do you do when your head still hurts? What do you do when your stuff gets stolen? What do you do when you are still broke? The question is not what to do, but will I do? Will you let the king of your situation know that you will not bow but stand on the Word?

The final thing they faced was the the choice to obey or not obey The Word. They chose to obey the Word of God because they were convinced that It DOES Work! I'm here today to let you know that the Word does not fail! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew God would not fail them.

I love this passage; Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed- nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. In other words they said, O king, the Word does work! Our God can and will deliver us, but if not, HE IS STILL GOD AND WE WILL NOT BOW!

The revelation of this teaching is that We Win!  When you persist in the midst and refuse to bow you will discover the same as they did - He is with you and you will come forth out of the midst of your trial.

Daniel 3:21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

They were cast into the midst but...

Daniel 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar came  near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spoke, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most  high God, come  forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came  forth of the midst of the fire.

They came forth from the midst...

You too shall come forth from the midst of whatever fiery furnace that you may be in! Persist in Resisting! God has given you this example from the lives of the three Hebrew boys to encourage you to PUSH and PRESS in your resisting! God can and will deliver you as long as you refuse to bow. Remember, God can and will, but if not, He is still God!

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Persist in Resisting - The Encouragement

I am continuing on with the series, Persist in Resisting. Now I want to encourage your hearts with seven words. I believe that if you would meditate, mutter and muse over these seven simple words it will revolutionize your life. I know by the Spirit of God that  matter what you are faced with you can stand on the truth found in these seven words.  Are you ready? Here you go.

The Word of God can NOT fail!

Wow! My spirit just did a back flip as I typed out those seven words! Now think of those words in light of what may be going on in your life today. Since the Word of God can NOT fail, you should make it your business to find out what it says about you. Think about the profundity of that statement and let it resonate in your spirit so that you can make it through any season of your life.

With this in mind, I want to encourage you to never give up! The Word can NOT fail if you persist. Remember that it says. “resist the devil and he will flee” (James 4:7). This is absolute, this is truth, make your mind up, BE STEADFAST, don't give up!

Remember what I shared with you in the last blog, stating that the devil is trying to get you to believe that the word of God IS NOT true, and that it will fail you. He is doing everything in his power to get you to believe him. Wait a minute! Did you pick up what I just put down? The devil is a LIAR, yet he is trying to get you to believe that what he is saying is true. How in the world do you believe a liar?

For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

After reading that verse (again) what more do you need? The devil is a liar. All he can do is lie and convince you to believe his lie as truth. Earlier in that passage of scripture in verse 32 Jesus said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make  you  free." Jesus is the Truth and encourages believers to believe Him. So, which do you choose to believe? The truth of God's Word that promises to make you free or a lie that will keep you in bondage?

Let me say to you again, the Word of God can NOT fail! I challenge you to get that in your spirit and chose to persist and not give up! God is able! It shall be seen! Don't believe the liar. As a matter of fact, if you knew someone who is known for lying, you don't hesitate to disregard most of what they say because you know that they are LYING! Do the same with the devil! He lies! Don't believe him. Teach and train your soul to believe God and everything He says. The Word of God does work! It can NOT fail.

I encourage you today that if you are afflicted in your body, wear out the devil with BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS I AM HEALED. SAY, SICKNESS MAY COME AGAINST ME, BUT IT WILL NOT PROSPER! Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:29). He raised Jairus daughter from the dead (Mark 5:42). He healed the man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-18). He healed the woman who was crippled for 18 years (Luke 13:13). God is able to bring dead things to life and create new things out of nothing (Romans 4:17), all you have to do is believe that God is able! He can and will heal you!

Yes God is able and His Word can NOT fail. Ephesians 3:20 declares,  "Now unto him  that  is  able to do exceeding  abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that  worketh in us." Commit this verse to memory today and encourage yourself in the Lord! 

The Word of God can NOT fail! It shall be seen! It shall come to pass!

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Persist In Resisting - The Exhortation

In my last blog I shared with you Persist in Resisting. I am going to continue on with this thought with a word of exhortation and encouragement, along with an example so that you can prevail in the midst of any situation you are faced with.

The exhortation for you today is, all that Jesus accomplished through His death, burial and resurrection provided all who believe with victory. We are not fighting for victory. We are fighting from a place of victory. Once you once you receive the revelation of what He has already done, you will begin to fight and insist on living and walking in the victory God has given you. It may take a while, and may not be easy, but if you persist you will have the victory that is promised to you.

The Bible declares in Ephesians 6:10-12, "Finally, my brethren, be  strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put  on the whole  armor of God, that ye may be  able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take  unto you the whole  armor of God, that ye may be  able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

God has instructed us to be strong in Him and how to stand because we are in a fight against principalities, powers and hosts of wickedness. Although we have the victory, the war wages on because the devil doesn't want you to prevail in the kingdom. He is spit fire mad because you don't belong to him anymore so he is doing all in his power to keep believers despondent, depressed and discouraged.

Why all this persisting? Why all this resisting? Why the warfare? Because the devil is trying to punk you down and get you to believe that the Word of God is not true! So, in your persisting, you must exercise the authority we all have been given over the enemy. Did you get that? I said, you MUST exercise YOUR authority. I have to exercise MY authority. We have to decide by the power of God that NOT BE PUNKED DOWN BY THE DEVIL ANOTHER DAY!

Look again at what the Word says. Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by  any  means hurt you. Matthew 10:1 And when he had called  unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast  them  out, and to heal all  manner of sickness and all  manner of disease. Acts 10:38 How God anointed  --  Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went  about doing  good, and healing all that  were  oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Since these verses are true, confront the demonic forces that are behind these thoughts with them. When you do, the migraines, money issues, depression, discouragement or whatever you are faced with has to flee. God has given you the power and authority, so excercise it! Excersize your God given authority and see the salvation of our God!

I'm here to tell you that when you persist, you will not fail! You WILL BE delivered! Therefore, don't punk down! PUSH! Pray until something happens! PRESS! Put Resolute Energy Into Standing Strong! The enemy knows you are prone to quit and give up, so don't! He also knows that if you persist he will be the one punked down! If you just persist in resisting the devil with what is written in the Word of God, HE WILL FLEE (James 4:7)!

Meditate on these words today and let them be strong encouragement for your soul! Whatever you may be faced with, the Greater One lives on the inside of you and has already given you the victory! Keep persisting! Keep resisting! The battle is the Lord's and He has already given the victory! To God be the Glory!

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Persist In Resisting

Praise the Lord, 2012 has been an incredible year! Our mantra, The Kingdom Prevails has been the impetus to walking in victory, in spite of what life presents. Many have experienced death, prolonged illness, loss of jobs and homes, nevertheless with the word of the Lord burning like an eternal flame in their spirit man, these men and women of God pressed forward, knowing that the Kingdom Shall Prevail.

How are these people doing this? How am I doing this? Why aren't some prevailing. These are simple questions with simple answers that I am going to share with you from my personal experience. I know this is going to help you! You will be blessed.

While attending a ministry conference, I was afflicted with a migraine which caused me to cry out to God for answers. At the second evening service I attended, it was really a press because of the pain I was in. God spoke to me at the height of my pain, this quote by William Barclay. "Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory." How do I turn a migraine into glory? I'm not sure, but I held His answer in my heart.

Then He spoke to me again the next day in answer to my question, "How do I turn a migraine into glory?" He said, as you apply the Word to your life and use the situation as an opportunity for learning and teaching, this affliction will be turned into glory. I said, "Ok Lord," and He began to minister to me further.

God told me to persist in resisting, for if you persist, nothing will be withheld from you. Look at these verses. Matthew 24:13 But he  that  shall  endure unto the end, the  same shall be saved. Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them  who  draw  back unto perdition; but of them  that  believe to  the  saving of the soul. I was encouraged by what the Lord spoke through His Word, and before the next evening service the migraine lifted.

What these verses taught me was that, I must persist in resisting against migraines and anything else for that matter. As some of you may know, migraines don't stay. They come, hang around for a few days and then go. This is how it goes for me, so I must, in the midst of the pain, persist by speaking the Word. Now, here's the thing, in my resisting with the Word, the headache rarely lifts in the midst, BUT I continue to speak the Word anyway! I have an expectation from God and I know that as I CONTINUE to speak the Word I shall be made whole.

With my experience with migraines, all I want to show is that, you must persist in whatever comes against you. The weapons may form against us but they shall not prosper! They shall not prevail! Just persist! It's all in the mix! Keep speaking the Word no matter what you see, feel or hear and expect God to move on your behalf.

So whatever you may be faced with today, persist in your resisting. Your endurance will pay off in the end. Keep in mind that your problem, pain or perplexity may not end overnight, BUT you give God the glory by continuing to stand on His word and what He has promised. Therefore, persist in the midst! God is with you and He will perfect that which concerns you. Until next time...

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Determined to Know Him

I have been serving the Lord now for over 25 years. Hallelujah! I remember as a new believer, I had a strong desire to just know the Lord. I struggled with this for years, as it seemed like the believers around me knew Him better than I did.

Through the years, I came upon Philippians 3:10 in the Amplified Bible. It reads, "[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [ which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]." When I first read this, I had a "eureka" in my spirit; an epiphany if you will, of the expression of my heart to know God.

But what does it mean to know God? This is something that believers talk about all the time. I'm sure you have heard people say, "I know God," and perhaps desired the same. Yet, their knowledge of God didn't line up with the lifestyle of others who say that they are Christians and know God too.

Let me share with you what I read from a commentary today. I believe it will add some clarity on what it means to "know God." J.A. Motyer writes, "We have largely lost the biblical dimensions of the word ‘knowledge’ in our customary use of it. We confine it almost to ‘the contents of the brain.’ The Bible would not resist this meaning, but neither would it accept it as a complete definition. First, it would add a practical dimension. Nothing is truly known unless it is being practiced in daily life, or in some way (according to its nature) allowed to control the conduct of the person concerned—‘to depart from evil is understanding’ ( Job  28:28 ). Secondly, in knowledge between persons, to ‘know’ is to enter into the deepest personal intimacy and contact. Thus the Bible does not say that ‘Adam knew Eve’ ( Gen.  4:1 ) because it is too shy to speak openly about sexual matters, but because this is what knowledge between persons is—deep, intimate union. Consequently, having been saved wholly and solely by Christ, Paul wants to enter into the deepest possible union with Him.” (Copied from Boyce Commentary on Philippians 3:10-11).

Three things from this commentary stuck out to me. First, knowledge of God is way more than just contents of the brain. Brain knowledge of God is so limited because it is molded, moved and motivated by facts. Second, the acid test of knowledge of who God is, was, is and forever will be reflected in one's daily actions and attitudes. If I say I know anything about anything, included God, it shows in my lifestyle. Finally, knowledge is deep, intimate contact. This is what I want with God. It is not limited to some daily Bible reading or casual prayer. No, it is the full scope of living a life that is an outworking of spending time with Him to find out what is pleasing to Him. Make sense?

My determined purpose is to know Him. I pray that your determined purpose is to know Him. As we spend time determined to know Him, I am confident that we will be known by Him. As we do this, He will teach us how to show we know Him by walking in obedience to His will, work and wisdom of His way! Until next time...

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Marinated Mind

Many cooks marinate their meat in order to enhance the flavor. We all know this is done by soaking the meat, sometimes overnight, in some type of concentrated marinade to allow the flavor to permeate the meat. After the meat is satisfactorily saturated, it is cooked and now, what was in the marinade has been absorbed by the meat. Everyone who enjoys the dish, tastes the flavors bursting in their mouth like a Fourth of July fireworks show! Yum!

Okay, so now that you want some marinated meat, let's look at this process of marination a little closer. First off, the definition of marinate is to steep food in a marinade; treating it like a sponge, tenderizing it, enabling it to absorb flavor. Cooks marinate to make meat tender and enhance flavor. So, if you have four steaks and four marinades, each steak is going to become more tender and take on the flavor of the marinade.

Now think of this in terms of your mind. The first line of attack for the enemy is your mind. So if you have four believers, who have marinated their mind in, let's say, unforgiveness, pornography, lust and lies, their hearts and minds will take on unforgiveness, pornography, lust and lies. However, if you marinate your mind in the Word of God, it will cause you to be tender to the Holy Spirit, and emanate the very Word you have been marinating in. What a concept! A marinated mind that emanates the Word of God will put all demonic forces to flight (James 4:7)! Glory to God!

The awesome thing about this, is that a marinated mind is a biblical concept. Joshua 1:8 says, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." What this verse is teaching is that if we, as believers, would marinate our minds in the Word of God and do it we will make our own way better and be successful.

God wants us to prosper and be successful. So much so, that He has clearly shown us how to do it. However, Daddy God knows that our natural propensity is to do evil which is why He has instructed us to have a marinated mind. A marinated mind creates a tender heart in which God can use for His glory. An unmarinated mind creates a hard heart which is a breeding ground for demonic activity. (Read Psalm 1)

I trust that the Holy Spirit has ministered to you through this teaching. This IS the day that the Lord has made, and I pray that this blog will inspire you to marinate your mind with the Word of God. Meditate, memorize and make the Word a part of your life. Let it matriculate down to your heart, tenderizing it, making you sensitive to God's kingdom purposes for your life. Until next time...

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Don't Crack The Mirror

Have you ever gone to the movies and saw someone look in a mirror, not like what they see and then hurl something at it breaking the mirror? It is safe to say that the reason the person broke it was because they weren't pleased with the image. Somehow they felt that breaking the mirror would solve the problem, when the only thing a broken mirror does is make the image worse.

James 1:25 calls the believer to look into the perfect law of liberty, which is the Word of God, and do what it says. This let's us know that the Bible is like a mirror. It shows us where we are and where we are going (Psalm 119:105). If we don't like the way we look in the mirror of God's Word, then by the power of the Holy Ghost we must change. Throwing away the Bible or destroying it will not change the fact that change is necessary to fix the reflection.

Marriage is also an analogy of a mirror. Many married people have found out their true colors through the eyes of the mirror called their spouse. Gary Thomas speaks of this analogy in his book Devotions for a Sacred Marriage. Thomas writes, "Marriage is a mirror. At times, we may not like what we see, but if we resolve not to shy away from the reflection - or worse, crack the mirror - it can be a valuable spiritual tool."

Let this challenge you today. If your life isn't lining up with the mirror of God's Word, change. Also, don't crack the marriage mirror through abuse, attitudes or altercations. Instead, let that image in the Word of God and in your marriage mirror shape your character to reflect the love of Christ. Look at what the Word of God says in Colossians 3:12-14 in the New Living Translation.

"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony."

Meditate on these verses and allow the Holy Spirit to help you to change so that not only your spouse sees Jesus, but also those you come in contact with. Purpose in your heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit to clothe yourself with love. Then you will be able to walk in perfect harmony with your spouse, other believers and even your enemies.

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Friday, May 25, 2012

That's Not Enough

Three years ago, I overcame my dental phobia; to God be the glory. However, when I left the dentist from my initial visit I was traumatized. Nevertheless, I followed his instructions to the letter and, today, I have healthy teeth and gums. I am truly grateful to the Lord for the whole experience and He has taught me many things along the journey. For the sake of space and time, I will share with you the one that continually comes up in my spirit and ministers to me.

For years I was only brushing once a day for barely a minute. I suffered greatly for this. Now that I brush like I am supposed to, along with flossing, brushing in between and rinsing I am the better for it. The thing that amazes me about all of this is that after brushing and rinsing, I still have food in my teeth that comes out with flossing. After flossing, I still have food in between my teeth. Finally, after brushing in between my teeth, I get the last particles of food out. From that, this is what the Lord often speaks, "That's not enough."

What's not enough? Just as brushing for 60 seconds once a day is not enough to get all the food particles out, neither is only reading the Bible enough to promote a healthy spiritual life. In fact, doing the minimal can be detrimental to your spiritual life. This truth is found in these verses.

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

James 1:22 (NKJV) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

John 15:4-5 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

In order for Joshua 1:8 to bear fruit in your life, you must do all that it says. You must speak it, meditate on it and do all of it. In order for James 1:22 to bear fruit in your life you must do the word that you hear. If you don't you will be frustrated, disillusioned and hard to get along with. In order to bear fruit you must abide in Christ. Live in Him and let Him live in you. In short, learning is NOT enough. It is imperative that you live out day to day the truths that you receive from the Word. Also, getting saved is not enough. In order to progress in your spiritual journey, you must desire the milk to grow in order that you will be able to handle the meat.

What I am saying to you today is that doing the spiritual minimum is NOT enough. Therefore, if you are only doing the minimum, I pray that you make the necessary mid-term corrections to grow up in all aspects of Him. Read, study and pray every day. Set up some kind of program to memorize scripture. Speak the Word over your life that pertains to what you are dealing with every day. Seek the Lord for ways to enhance your spiritual life so that you don't fall prey to the trick of the enemy. He will lure you with a logical lie saying that all you need to do is read your Bible. He will lie and say that praying on the way to work is enough. He will lie and say that you are ok as long as you go to church once a week.

Don't listen to his lies! It is not enough to do just enough to get by! Delight in the law of the Lord! Meditate in it day and night! Press toward the mark for the prize of the upward call in Christ. Be determined to know more of Him, to please Him and to be made more like Him. Press, pray and pursue your purpose like never before. Spend your life being spent by Him.

I pray that you have been blessed by today's devotional and remember, if you are doing just enough to get by in your walk with the Lord, THAT'S NOT ENOUGH!

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grow In Grace And Knowledge

Praise the Lord! Last Sunday, Dr. Poole preached a message entitled, And The Child Grew. Ever since I heard that word, the Holy Spirit has been prompting my heart. He did this from His initial pricking of my heart from the end of the message. He said, if you are the same place that you were last year, then you have not grown. If you have not grown you are in sin. What? I'm in sin if I am not growing? Why? Because in 2 Peter 3:18 Peter said, "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." When he said, "but grow," this was a command and and not a suggestion. God is therefore commanding us as believers to grow up in all aspects of Him, and if we are not growing, it is a sin.

Okay, so, he preached that message last Sunday and the Lord has been bringing it before me ever since. In response to His leading, I quit going to Facebook on my free time. I downloaded a couple new books and began to read, as well as purposing to read the devotional that comes to my email before I go to bed. I'm excited about growing!

One of the books that I downloaded was The Strategy of Satan by Warren Weirsbe. It confirmed the Lord dealing with me about my spiritual growth. He stated these four things that a believer must do concerning the Word of God. A believer must, know God's Word, memorize God's Word, meditate on God's Word, and use God's Word.

Yesterday I was reading about memorizing God's Word. Again, the Holy Spirit pricked my heart. Though I have memorized several passages of scripture, I haven't memorized any in a while. Wiersbe mentioned a systematic memorization program to aid in scripture memory. I googled it and came up with several resources, including apps that will help me along the way.

Today I began my journey and I am excited about what the Lord is doing in my life. I encourage you to strengthen your spiritual life by doing what you need to do to grow. It is important to learn and live this Word in order to grow in grace and knowledge. Remember, Jesus grew. He is our ensample and example. Therefore, that let's us know that God wants us to grow too.

The Kingdom will not prevail with babies. So do what you need to do to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you purpose to do what you need to grow, your life will never be the same.

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Worry Is The Wrong Focus

What are you looking at? Quit staring. Take a picture it will last longer. Have you ever asked that question, or used that statement when being stared at? I remember being a teen always thinking that someone was staring at me. What in the world? I was so insecure! Anyway, don't you wish worry would say these same things to you? Ha! That would be nice and perhaps we would listen and change our focus.

However, worry doesn't speak to us that way. In fact, it is like a magnet that draws every negative force to the mind. The last thing worry is trying to do is repel itself. Therefore, the negative magnetism of worry draws these kind of thoughts. What if I lose my house? What if my kids walk away from the Lord? What if this is cancer? What if my spouse leaves me? What if I never get married? What if? What if? What if?

With that said, let me cut right through the chase. What if's are indicative of worry and worry IS a sin! But Dr. Sheila, there is no Bible verse that says, "Worry is a sin." You are absolutely right. The Word does not say, "worry is a sin," but is is definitely displayed. Look at these verses.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink? ’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

In the two verses in Matthew, Jesus told His disciples, "Do not worry." In Philippians, Paul wrote, "Be anxious for nothing." Think of these in terms of when you were a child and your parents may have told you, "Eat your vegetables," or "Make your bed." They were not suggesting to you to eat your veggies or make your bed. It was a command that warranted your obedience. Failure to comply with the command meant bad consequences. You know what I mean?

With that in mind, Jesus telling His disciples not to worry was NOT a suggestion. It was a command. Failure to comply with the command was disobedience and all disobedience was, is and forever shall be sin. So, no the Bible does not say "worry is a sin," but as believers we are commanded not to worry or be anxious for anything in obedience to the Lord.

Therefore today out of obedience to the Lord, instead of focusing on your problem which leads to worry, focus in on Him. Do you remember the blog I did on F.O.C.U.S.? I encouraged you to Fix your eyes on Jesus, Overcome the Obstacles, Commune with God in Prayer, Understand the Seasons and Stand on the Word. Go back over those teachings and begin with fixing your eyes on Jesus and let Him readjust your focus. When you do that, you will see clearly that the Almighty God is powerful, yet personal and more than able to take care of you.

God bless and have a great day in the Lord!

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Powerful Yet Personal

Praise the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever. Great is His faithfulness!

I read something in a poem today that nearly put me on tilt! It was a short poem, but this one line did it for me. "You're powerful; yet personal." Those four words set my heart ablaze, making my heart burn for more of Him. The Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth knows my name and is intimately aware of and concerned about me! That is how that statement translates for you and me.

This profound statement has to be translated and broken down into layman's terms because our natural proclivity is to just see this as a religious statement. When it is seen as a statement, and not see it through the lens of life, it causes problems with how we view God. In other words, it makes God seem obscure, out of reach and out of touch. If we as believers only see Him as the Big Guy in the Sky or the Great God Somewhere Out There, we will never experience Him as our loving, caring, sharing, heavenly Father. He is the Great God who created the universe, yes, BUT He is intimately concerned about our every day lives.

Read Psalm 145 and particularly pay attention to verses 3 and 18. Meditate on them throughout the day and let it saturate your heart. Prayerfully you will discover His power and His person, and know, by way of revelation, that He loves you and cares about you.

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Love Fulfills Christ's Instruction

I read Our Daily Bread today. It's title was Hatred is Self-Destructive. The author quoted George Washington Caver who said, "Hate within will eventually destroy the hater." The author ended the devotional with these words, "Hatred promotes self-destruction;love fulfills Christ’s instruction."

The text used for the devotional was Esther 7:1-10 where the passage talks about Haman's plot to hang Mordecai and destroy the Jewd backfired and he ended up on the gallows being hung instead. The other verse referenced was Romans 12:17 which says, "Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men."

Both of these verses really spoke to my heart as I thought of times when someone hurt me and God reminded me that He is my vindicator. Also, any time when the hurt deeply, the Holy Spirit always reminds me by saying, "Hey little girl. I forgave you, so you can forgive." When I hear that, my heart immediately softens and I thank the Lord for giving me an opportunity to walk in love and forgiveness.

I'm grateful for the grace He has given me to walk out this revelation. It is not easy to love when deeply hurt, and our natural sinful proclivity is to hold on to the hurt until it turns to hatred. My prayer today is that for any who are challenged with letting go of offenses that lead to hatred, will remember the words that spoke to me today, "Hatred promotes self-destruction; love fulfills Christ's instruction."

I love you. God bless you and remember, the Kingdom Shall Prevail in 2012.

Prevailing in Him,

Dr. Sheila

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Don't Quit! God Will Perform What He Has Promised

Praise the Lord! This morning I was reading a devotional and it blessed my soul! It was a direct answer to prayer and I rejoice for His answer concerning the situation. As a result, the Holy Spirit prompted me to encourge you with the same encouragement that He has encouraged me with.

Some of you may be in the fight of your life. You may be facing some impossible situation which is causing your faith to waver. Well, I say to you what the Spirit of the Lord has said to me, "Don't quit!" God is truthful to His Word and faithful to perform it. Hope against hope believe Him and trust in Him to turn your impossible situation around.

With that said, I want to leave you with this faith confession. I encourage you to say it out loud daily until you have it memorized. Then, when the devil comes saying someone is going to die, lose a job or home etc., speak the Word only! Choose to believe God in the face of any and every impossible situation and watch Him move on your behalf.

Remember, faith pleases God, so as you stand in faith, know that God is pleased. Just don't quit! Sometimes these things take time.

Faith Confession

God's Word is the final authority in my life. I base my entire life upon Him and His living Word. My faith is not in my faith, but in God who promised to never fail nor forsake me. I will keep speaking in agreement with God's Word. Through faith and patience I shall receive what God has promised me. I thank You Father that Your Word is final truth. It is ultimate truth. It is truth! You are truth. You are God and You change not! Circumstances may change. Doctors can be wrong and lawyers do change their mind. Oh, but God, You never change. Therefore I will keep trusting in Your holy Word. You are not a man that You should lie, nor the son of man that You should change Your mind. Nothing is too hard for You! I will hold on to the confession of my faith without wavering. You said in Your Word that You give life to dead situations and have the ability to create something out of nothing. SO whatever dead situation I am facing I thank you for Your resurrection power bringing life. I will not be moved by what I see, feel or hear. No matter how bad it looks, no matter how bad it feels or sounds, I will not be moved! I trust in You Father! You are faithful to Your Word and faithful to perform it. Thank You Lord! I have a promise! I will stand on that promise until you bring it to pass. I will not quit! I will not waver! I will not doubt! I wait expectantly for You and I thank You for strengthening me when things get hard. You are my strength and my song. You are my deliverer and I will hold on to Your word until you manifest Your power and glory in my life and in this situation. I love You Lord! Thank you for Your strong Words of encouragement today.

Prevailing In Him,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

From My Heart to Yours - Celebrating 25 Years of Service to the King

Today my heart is overwhelmed as it is my 25th spiritual birthday. As I have gone throughout the day talking with some friends and family about this special day, the tears force themselves to the edge of my heart for the gratitude toward the Lord for what He has done in my life.

I have been sharing with you a series of teachings on Consider the Consequences, but today I want to interject these jewels from the Word that the Lord has ministered to my heart throughout the day. With each scripture, I have given a short yet simple insight for you to treasure in your heart.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

As believers, we MUST learn to discern. This is critical as we deal with life.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

God wants us to grow up! The Kingdom functions at peak performance when believers walk in divine maturity. Purpose not to be a kid all your life. Grow up in all aspects of Him.

Ephesians 1:17-18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Everything we receive from God comes by way of revelation. It's the revelation that makes the difference.

Matthew 7:12 (GW) "Always do for other people everything you want them to do for you. That is the meaning of Moses 'Teachings and the Prophets.

Treat others how you want to be treated in everything. This is a simple, yet profound truth that if adhered to would revolutionize your life.

Let me leave you with this final gem. It is a truth the Lord taught me a few months ago and reminds me of it through this phrase, "Remember Macaroni Grill." That phrase is a trigger for me to not go about in life trying to resurrect dead relationships. Some relationships become covenant relationships that last a life time. However, there are some, no matter how sweet they are at the time come, to pass. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:" This also includes relationships. Therefore when a season passes for a relationship, i.e. childhood, high school, college, etc., let it go! Don't pursue them. Don't fall into the trap of connecting for the sake of Facebook. Pursue God and let Him determine who He wants in your life, no matter what season you are in.

Well glory! I trust you have been blessed today's blog. This is a great day for me as I celebrate 25 years of service to the King. Thanks for following my blog and I trust that my life has caused you in some way, to want more of Him. I love you. God bless you and remember, It's All About Him!

The Kingdom Prevails in 2012,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Consider the Consequences: After You Say I Do

Praise the Lord! I have been sharing with you from the topic Consider the Consequence. All of our actions have consequences. It is important to consider the consequences before you act so you don't have any major problems.

In my last blog, I charged you to consider the consequences of the who, what, when, where and why of marriage before you get married. Today I want to bring your attention to some things you may want to consider after you say I do.

For example, what do you do when you didn't fulfill a commitment to your spouse? Should you lie or tell the truth? What about overspending? What about sin issues such as infidelity, pornography or abuse? There are no easy answers to these real problems that occur in marriage. The real question is how will you choose to handle them? Remember, however YOU CHOOSE to act will have consequences and you must consider your next move through the lens of God's Word. Will your action toward the issue glorify God?

On the flip side, I do believe that if as a married person you choose to treat your spouse with the mindset of wanting to please the Lord, the outcome will always be good. I love the instruction of Joshua 1:8. It promises that if, as a believer we think, speak and do God's Word every day, the consequences of our godly actions are clear. The scripture states that we will prosper (do better) and be successful.

This is good news. The Lord guarantees throughout His Word that if we would simply obey, all would go well for us. However, the other side of this truth is that if we don't obey, things won't go well. Isaiah 1:18-19 declares in the New Living Translation, "If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat. But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

There you have it! It doesn't get any plainer than that. Don't you agree? Keep in mind that this truth applies to every area of your life including your marriage. Therefore, consider the consequences! Obey the Lord in your marriage as it is set forth in Ephesians 5. Choose to obey and live life in the land of the God which is a direct result of your obedience to the Lord.

Well, I trust you have been blessed by today's teaching. Until next time.

The Kingdom Prevails in 2012

Dr. Sheila

Friday, March 2, 2012

Consider the Consequences - Marriage: Before You Say I Do

Last night before I went to bed, I noticed a piece of paper on my dresser that showed what my book sales were at the last event I ministered at. What caught my eye was that my book So You Want to Get Married? Let's Talk! sold the most copies. Immediately I chuckled within myself thinking, "Wow, this is still the heart beat of many single women."

Let me present to you a few questions. What is your heart beat concerning marriage? Do you desire marriage more than you desire God? Do you sense that God is preparing you for marriage? Are you ready to submit to His preparation? Are you even ready to get married? Here's the big question. What if you NEVER get married?

I challenge you to ponder these questions in your heart. I even further challenge you to write each question down, give it thoughtful consideration and write down your answers. This will help to serve as a guide in the direction that the Lord is perhaps leading you. Don't take these questions lightly. Your response to each of them will play a large part in your destiny.

I want you to consider the consequences of your answers before you say, "I do," or if you say, "I do." This is important because Dr. Poole and I have counseled many couples who are now married and on the brink of divorce because they simply were not ready to be married. Couples are getting divorced because either the husband or wife (mostly the wife) desired marriage more than they desired God.

The Bible says in Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart." This passage has dual meaning. It means that if you delight in the Lord He will give you your hearts desire. It also means that if you delight yourself in the Lord He will give you inspired desires. Those are desires that the Lord Himself will put in your heart and He will bring those desires to pass.

So you see, you can't just go wanting things that the Lord has not put in your heart, especially something like marriage. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. Trust Him in your single life and He will lead you in the direction of a spouse or a life of singleness with Him. Whatever the outcome, you must consider the consequences of why you want to get married BEFORE you say I do. God knows what He is doing in your life. All you have to do is learn trust in Him.

Well, that's it for today. I trust you have been blessed. Until next time.

The Kingdom Prevails in 2012,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Consider the Consequences: Dating Leads to Mating

I remember when I was a little girl and my mom said to me, "You don't need to be holding no little boys hand because one thing always leads to another." Of course I thought she didn't know what she was talking about, and it wasn't until I was about twenty-five or so that anything my mother said made any sense. I know it may not make sense, even as a believer not to date before getting married, but I have discovered that if you don't consider the consequences, the end result can prove to be disastrous.

So, have you considered the consequences of a dating relationship? I believe that if you would be honest with yourself, you would say that most of the times, the end result of your dating relationships was not good. However, since society says that dating is acceptable, believers fall into the trap and end up in a relationship that causes them to lose sight of God's kingdom purposes.

God's kingdom purpose for bringing a man and woman together is to build and perpetuate His kingdom here on earth. However, the enemy's counterfeit is dating, which nine times out of ten leads to mating or shall I say, fornicating. Now as a believer, we all know that fornication is a sin, but for the sake of companionship many will forsake their relationship with the Lord just for a momentary gratification of the flesh.

Hebrews 11:24-26 says, "By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward."

What a powerful verse of scripture. Let us look at it in the context of dating. When you get to the age of when society says dating is okay, you have to refuse to go along with the status quo. Make up in your mind that it is for God you live and die and be willing to be called a Jesus freak rather than enjoy the passing pleasures of a non committal dating relationship. You must purpose in your heart to love God more that the relationship, knowing that you will be rewarded for your obedience and faithfulness to Him.

I am so excited because I know that this is blessing the hearts of many single people. However, I also know that you may wonder, "If I don't date, how will I know if he or she is the one?" Well, that is a good question which I will delve into at a later date. For now, you may want to read my book So You Want to Get Married? Let's Talk. It provides in depth answers to that question. In the mean time, trust in the Lord and focus in on your relationship with Him. Father knows best and for right now, He wants you to be filled with all fulness of Him so that in the event that He should choose to bring a spouse your way, you will be ready.

I trust this was helpful. God is faithful and He will perfect that which concerns you. Be encouranged and purpose in your heart to consider the consequences in all that you do before you do what you do.

The Kingdom Prevails in 2012

Dr. Sheila

Friday, February 3, 2012

Consider the Consequences: Mating

The greatest thing that the Lord gave mankind over all of creation is a will. The human will can be our greatest asset or our greatest liability. The choice (based upon our will) is up to the individual. God will allow us to make our own decisions, even though He is not pleased with it, knowing the outcome will be detrimental. Now, the will is no longer an asset. It has become a liability.

As I pondered this after writing my last blog, the Lord gave me five areas to write about to help you consider the consequences. I will set before you the Word of the Lord in each of the areas so that prayerfully you make the right choice. My goal through this process will be to equip you to train your will to be an asset so that you can please God in all that you do.

So the first topic that came to mind was mating. The term seems a bit animalistic being that animals mate. Nevertheless, when a believer fornicates it is liken unto mating because it is birthed out of mankind's base nature to gratify the flesh. A male dog when in heat, is not looking to please God. He is not seeking companionship. He is not looking for a wife. He is looking for a release will even hump a tree to get that release.

Everyone knows this. Greater still, believers know that fornication is a sin and has consequences. Look at 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s."

The command is to flee fornication because it is a sin. We were bought with a price and commanded to glorify God in body and spirit. It's in your Bible, yet fornication is a problem in the body of Christ of paramount proportions. One would think that due to the open display of the consequences (unwanted pregnancies, STD's, failed marriages, mental instability etc.) that Christians would repent and just not fornicate.

I know that this is a hard truth, but God is calling the body of Christ to a greater level of accountability this year. Fornication, or mating is a work of the flesh and anyone who willfully does it will suffer the consequences. Read Ephesians 5:3-14 and find, read and study any verses you can find that will equip you to live a righteous, pure and holy life before the Lord. Then you will discover by way of revelation that sin, including the sin of fornication, no longer has dominion over you.

I pray that you will be strengthened by this truth today. You are more than a conquerer and the Kingdom shall prevail in your life as you purpose to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. Purpose to make choices that please the Father and remember, if you obey, all will go well. Until next time...

Prevailing in the Kingdom,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Consider the Consequences

I remember speaking years ago to a friend who is a social worker. She said something to me that has stuck with me to the point that I often share it with others I may be talking to. She said, "There are consequences to everything we do. If you do good, there will be good consequences. If you do bad, there will be bad consequences."

This is such a simple truth. It is displayed throughout the Bible, yet, due to the sinful nature of man, many times mankind still make bad choices. Moses told the people in Deuteronomy 30:19 to choose life so that they may live. However, as we know from reading the history of the Israelites after the death of Moses they did not choose life. They chose to disobey God repeatedly and this led to them being taken into Babylonian captivity for 70 years.

Here's the clincher, God will allow you make bad choices and suffer the consequences. Don't believe it? Look at how Acts 7:42 reads in the Message Bible: "God wasn't at all pleased; but he let them do it their way, worship every new god that came down the pike-- and live with the consequences, consequences described by the prophet Amos: Did you bring me offerings of animals and grains those forty wilderness years, O Israel?

When I read this verse I was shaken to my core as I reminisced over my own life, seeing the things I did that I know God didn't want me to do. He allowed me to do them anyway and I had to suffer the consequences of them. Take a moment to think of the things you did that you know God wasn't pleased with. What were the consequences? Are you still suffering from those consequences today?

You may need to talk to a trusted friend, pastor or counselor before you make your decision. Last Fall, I had an idea in my heart for ministry that I wanted to pursue. I shared it with a friend whose spiritual insight I trust. Long story short, I was advised not to pursue the idea. I heeded the advice and I am trusting God to direct me as to how He wants me to pursue what is in my heart.

I'm grateful that I considered my friends words and heeded her advice. I know it was the will of the Lord for me and the consequences of my decision have left me with a great sense of peace.

Prayerfully this blog will cause you to consider (pause, ponder and pay attention to) the consequences of the next decision you are about to make. Remember, in 2012 the Kingdom Prevails, BUT it will only prevail if you consider the consequences and be sure that what you are doing is pleasing to God.

Until next time,

Dr. Sheila