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