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