Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Expect God To Do It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaning on Jesus, 


Dr. Sheila

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Who Do You Think You Are?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, peace and blessings,


Dr. Sheila

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Confession is Good for the Soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila









Finish Strong

Finish Strong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, peace and blessings,


Dr. Sheila

Stay Focused

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, peace and blessings,


Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weapons and Waves

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Friday, October 18, 2013

Water And The Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, peace and blessings

Sr. Sheila

Monday, October 7, 2013

He Has Delivered Us

God is all powerful and mighty to save. Colossians 1:13 teaches that, He has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His Son. This means that, the only control the devil has over believers is what we allow him to have. He is a defeated foe who will never, and I mean never be able to overthrow the kingdom of God.

How then, does the devil, who is a defeated foe, still have so many of God's children bound? This is a good question to pause, ponder and pay attention to, especially if you find yourself in bondage to the enemy. The answer to the question lies in this truth, "The only true power the devil holds over a believer is the power of deception." If you do not have an intense, well instructed, deep knowledge of, or a revelation of the truth, the devil will always be able to take advantage of you. And, the only way to have a revelation of the truth is to read, understand and act on the Scriptures.

The two areas the devil's power of deception that are seen most in saints life are chatter and choices. You see, the enemy is like a person who is paralyzed from the neck down. All he can do is talk! However, his argument is so convincing, paralyzed and all, he tells us to take the gun beside his bed and aim it at our our head, then pull the trigger.

This may sound crazy, but that is basically how bondage takes place in the believers life. You may think this is crazy, but it happens constantly with people who do not realize that the words they speak are powerful. If what is being spoken is not in line with the Word of God then, ideas they speak originate with the devil. Every day the devil convinces millions of people to take a spiritual "weapon" -- their words -- and use it against themselves.

Two verses in Proverbs support this truth. Proverbs 6:2 says, "Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth." Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." It is clearly seen here from these two verses that the words we speak can be used as a weapon against us. Therefore, don't be snared by the words of your mouth by speaking contrary to the Word of God. Speak life and eat the fruit of speaking life filled words all the time, every time, no matter what the situation or circumstance presents.

The other way the devil deceives believers is through choices. This is a profound truth because everyone of us are where we are, whether good or bad because of choices we have made. Furthermore, the choice to obey or disobey God is always before every Christian and God will never make us obey. We have to choose, by an act of our will, out of love for the Father, to obey Him all the way, right away and with a right attitude.

Jeremiah 4:18 says it this way, "Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart." Look at how it reads in the Message Bible, "It's the way you've lived that's brought all this on you. The bitter taste is from your evil life. That's what's piercing your heart." This is powerful because it makes you look at you and the choices that you have made. God is not the reason that you are in debt. You chose to spend more than you had. God is not the reason you got a divorce. You chose to disobey the scripture in regards to your marriage. God is not the reason you are discontented. You chose to find contentment in something or someone else and it backfired.

Therefore, don't be deceived! Don't allow the devil's chatter cause you to make bad choices. Don't let him trick you into thinking it is a good choice because in the end, you will find out that when you make bad choices, you don't get to choose the consequences. They choose you.

God is truthful to His Word and faithful to perform it. He has delivered you from the kingdom of darkness and translated you into the kingdom of His Son. You have been delivered, so you are free. Declare your freedom and let the devil and all his cohorts that you will NOT go back by listening to his chatter and making bad choices.

Love, peace and blessings,

Drs. Rob and Sheila

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hydrate

Now that I have entered the fitness world, I keep hearing the word, "hydrate." Of course we know this to mean drink water. When a person is exercising they sweat, and this depletes the body of water. Therefore it is necessary to replenish the body with water that has been lost through exercise.

Even without exercise, it is important and necessary to drink lots of water. They say that we should drink at least half our body weight in water which for most, equates to about eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day. The reason this is essential, whether the individual exercises or not is because the human body is comprised of sixty percent water. This is over half of the body's composition and it makes sense that water is needed to keep things functioning and flowing well in the body.

That's the natural. Spiritually speaking, the Word of God is equated to wash like water. Ephesians 5:26-27 says, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." It is the daily intake of the Word of God that sanctifies and cleanses every believer. When we received Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, that was a one time event which does not have to be repeated. At that moment, the process of sanctification began and the Word of God began to clean out or wash away, if you will, everything that was not like God.

This is why the Word of God is so important. If the believer is not in the Word every day and applying the truths learned, the process of sanctification or washing is halted. It's like not drinking water for a day or two. The waste that comes from the body is dark and has a strong odor. This is always an indication that water has not been through the system to flush out the impurities.

We live our lives in such a way that if the Word of God is not read and applied daily that we will produce works of the flesh. This doesn't always mean fornication, drugs and alcohol either. It means a little lying, cheating and bad attitudes which can lead to the more harmful sins. That is why it is imperative to read and do the Word of God every day.

Joshua 1:8, John 8:30-31 and James 1:21-22 reiterate this truth. I encourage you to read, and rehearse these verses so that you can produce the fruits of righteousness in your lives. Just like the natural body needs water to flush out the impurities, so does the spirit man need the Word of God to flush out the impurities of the inherent sin nature. The blessing is that if you apply this simple truth to your life, you will be blessed and please the Father as well.

With that said, hydrate! Your spirit, soul and body will be the better for it.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, September 28, 2013

True Absolute

Absolute. That word means not qualified or diminished in any way; complete. There are words that are typically used that are absolutes and they carry the full weight of their meaning. For example if someone says, "They never pay their bills on time." That means that whenever bills come for this individual, they are paid beyond the due date. Now if this person pays once or twice before time, then it no longer falls in the "never" category.

Here is another one. "Everyone in my class is talking about me." Well, that would mean that all the people in that class are talking about this individual. However, if the teacher is not talking about this person, then it is no longer everyone. Typically when I am presented with a statement like this, I ask, "Who is everyone?" The response is usually only one or two people.

This is important because most of the time when people use absolutes, they are not fully true. Always, everybody and never usually mean sometimes, and some people. This makes those absolutes not true. It is merely the persons perception of the situation that is making them use these terms.

However, there is a time when you see these absolutes that you can take to the bank and cash out for a return. Let's look at a few of them.

Hebrews 13:5 tells us that God will never fail or forsake us. Matthew 28:20 says, "...lo I am with you always." In these two verses the words "never" and "always" are used in reference to God. What these verses are teaching is that there is no situation or circumstance that a child of God will ever be in that God won't be with him. Friends and family may fail or forsake you, and even your parents cannot always be with you, but God will never fail or forsake you and will will always be with you. These are true absolutes!

The Bible also says in Isaiah 49:15-16, "“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me. The two key phrases in this passage are "yet I will not forget," and "continually before Me." Not and continually mean never and always! Here you have two more absolutes!

God is the True Absolute and the revelation of this truth is a powerful weapon against the enemy. When you know, that you know, that you know, that you know, that God is ALWAYS with you and will NEVER fail you, you can boldly declare, "The LORD is my helper I will not be afraid! He is ALWAYS with me and will never fail me!"

As you go throughout your day and week, meditate and muse over these verses letting them marinate in your mind. God is the True Absolute and nothing is to hard for Him. He is always with you and will never fail or forsake you. He is more that able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all that you ask or think!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hate It Like Potato Salad

Hate It Like Potato Salad

Strange title, huh? Well, it will make more sense in a moment. You see, my husband hates potato salad. I mean, he has a radical, strong dislike of it. Many have tried to persuade him by saying, "You haven't had my potato salad." That never works, and if anyone accidentally puts it on his plate, he will either send it back or give it to me. I remember one time there was potato salad on his plate and it touched his chicken and he requested another plate. Like I said, my husband hates potato salad.

Hate is such a strong word, but the Bible says this in Ecclesiastes 3:8, "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." This verse clearly says there is a  time to hate. More specifically there are two things that the believer is to always hate and they are sin and the devil. Understand that I am not saying to hate the person who is involved in sin, but we are to hate the sin and the devil who is the influence behind the sin.

So what does that have to do with potato salad? Well, let's look at another verse to bring further clarity. Jude 1:22-23 says, "And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." Notice the latter part of the verse says we are to hate the garment that is spotted by the flesh. What this is teaching is that there is a time to have compassion, but as a believer we should always hate, have a radical, strong dislike for sin.

This is where the potato salad comes in. You see, my husband will never come anywhere near, let alone eat potato salad because he hates it. Think of this in terms of sin. What if you hated sin like he hates potato salad? What if you hated fornication like you hate, maybe say, okra or squash? What if you "hated it like potato salad?" This some good food for thought (no pun intended), and I believe that if Christians had this type of strong radical dislike for sin, there would be a lot less sinning going on.

My prayer for you today is that you would begin to seek the Lord to the point that He gives you the ability to see sin like He sees it. Sin is so damaging and the consequences are far reaching. Therefore it would be better to hate it than to indulge in it like you would your favorite food. So the next time you are tempted to sin, just remember this blog and hate it like potato salad or okra or whatever food you won't eat because you hate it.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Grace In His Presence


The book of Esther is such a beautiful story that depicts the favor and grace of God. The king loved Esther, and he delighted in bestowing his favor and grace upon her. This all began after she was prepared and then taken to the king. He took one look at her beauty, poise and elegance, fell in love and chose her as queen in place of Vashti.

That story has many elements, but focus on the fact that Esther was taken into the presence of the king. In the New Testament we find that we don't have to be taken into the presence of God our King. He calls believers to come.

The awesome thing about this is that He already knows everything about you. He knows the good, bad and ugly, yet, He beseeches His children to come into His presence. Look at what the Bible says about this in Hebrews 4:15-16. "For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

This is powerful because, in spite of what you have done, God wants you to come into His presence. The enemy knows this and does everything he can to get you to run from God. Resist the urge to run. He wants you to come into His presence to receive mercy and find the perfect, well-timed help that you need. He wants you to experience His love, peace and blessings. He wants you to experience His grace, growth and glory; all which come from spending time in His presence.

The grace of God is a powerful thing. It is His unmerited favor. It is God's riches at Christ's expense. It is His power and equipment to get the job done. These are familiar concepts, but the revelation of them will never come until you daily, consistently and habitually spend time in His presence. You must spend time with God for it is in His presence that you will find the grace for these five things.

First, you will be enabled to forget the past. The past, if lingered upon has the ability to paralyze the strongest believer. So, whatever it is, forget that and press toward the high calling of God for your life (Philippians 3:13-14). Secondly, from spending time in the presence of the Lord, His grace will remind you that your fiery trials are not strange (1 Peter 4:12-13). You are not the only one going through. God is working some things in and out of you that can only be done through fire. Third, grace from His presence will cause you to remember that your faith under fire is working patience in you (James 1:2-3). Funny thing how faith under fire works endurance in you. Then, when in the fire, you learn to find reasons to rejoice! There is always, and I mean always, somebody whose fire is hotter than yours so, REJOICE (Philippians 4:4)! If you can just learn to find reasons to rejoice, you will find the grace from His presence to declare, "For we know that all things work together for the good" (Romans 8:28).

God wants you to find grace in His presence so He can give you revelation of His light, life and love. He want you to receive revelation that He is your loving, caring, sharing Heavenly Father who delights in giving you His kingdom. When you receive the revelation, His revelation, you will realize, recognize and know that the "good" in Romans 8:28 is referring to your character growth for the sake of His Kingdom growth (Romans 8:29).

Therefore, today, purpose to daily spend time in His presence. He is waiting for you there to refresh, revive and restore your soul. He is waiting for you there to pour out His grace and mercy. Yes, He is waiting for you there and remember, you don't have to be taken, just come.

Love, peace and blessing,

Dr. Sheila

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Familiar With The Familiar


After serving the Lord for some time, there are some verses in the Bible that become quite familiar. For instance, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 23, John 3:16 and Romans 12:1-2 are verses in the Bible that most believers are aware of and can quote, but they have become so familiar, that they have lost the meaning and are not lived out.

One of the marks of a mature Christian is the ability to be able to read and or hear something multiple times and still hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. In other words, no matter how many times you read the logos Word, you should have an ear to hear a rhema Word. This is important because if this principle is not put into practice, it opens the door for pride and a stagnation of growth.

Pride will read a verse like Romans 8:28-29 with a view of, "I know what it says." Yet, when the Spirit of the Lord comes in to bring revelation that person can't hear that God is not interested in bringing you good things. No, the "good" in that verse is a reference to character growth for kingdom advancement. Pride is never interested in character or kingdom because it feels it already has character for the kingdom.

At this point, you must do a self check and ask yourself, "Self, have I become familiar with the familiar?" When you ask the question, be careful not to answer too quickly. Pause, ponder and pay attention to your behavior patterns to see if you are really living out the truths in the Bible that you profess to be your basic instructions before leaving earth.

This self check is critical because every believer at some point in their life will have their faith tested or proven. This test is to prove that you really do believe what you say you believe. Look at what the Word says in Deuteronomy 8:2-3, "And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord."

Faith is tested and proven through trials. When money is low will you trust in Proverbs 3:5-6 or will you trust in your own resources? When you are offended will you obey Ephesians 4:32, or will you be mean, hard hearted and harbor unforgiveness, knowing that you have been forgiven? If you are single, will care about the things of the Lord and how you may please Him as stated in 1 Corinthians 7:32, or will you focus all your energies on being married?

These are important questions to ask, because if you do not allow your faith to be proven, you will become familiar with the familiar verses. This is a dangerous place to be because when you are familiar with the familiar, you cannot grow beyond what you are familiar with. In other words, you will never grow beyond what you know because you think you know all that you need to know. And that my friend, is pride.

Don't allow pride to keep you in its grip. When you spend time with God, ask Him to speak to your heart new and fresh revelation. Ask Him to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that you do not get snared in the trap of becoming familiar with the familiar.

Love, peace and blessing,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The More Excellent Way


There are many lessons taught from the Bible that when they are heard, they are always relevant. Two of those lessons are offense and love. Offense because the Bible says in Luke 17:1 "...“ It is impossible that no offenses should come..." This is a fundamental teaching, yet believers struggle with overcoming offenses. The other, which is love, is always relevant because one of the ways to overcome offense is through love.

Today, let's look at this timeless message of love.

1 Corinthians 12:31 says, "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way." The "more excellent way" in this verse is love. It is love that overcomes offenses and enables us to live in such a way that God will always be glorified. It is love that is at the fiber of all sonship (mature, kingdom minded) relationships with the heart set upon pleasing the Father and fulfilling His kingdom purposes.

Since love is the more excellent way, first and foremost we must repent for not walking in love. Once that is done, it is clear that the mindset of "I love the Lord, but don't like the brethren," is false and needs to be corrected. A Christian cannot love the Lord and not like His children. This is an oxymoron. However, it presents the question of, "How then, do I love people I don't like?" It's simple. Pray!

Prayer does three things that will change your heart toward someone who has offended you or someone you don't like. First it will enable you to see them as God sees them. Second, it will impregnate you with His love for that person and finally, it will empower you to love like He loves. Prayer is the key to loving like God, but in order to pray, for this kind of love, the Father has to reveal His heart to you on this matter. You need, I need, we all need a revelation from the Father that love IS the more excellent way!

Since love is the more excellent way, let me leave you with what the Word says about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. Here it is in the Amplified Bible.

Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing. Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self- seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

Meditate on these verses this week, paying close attention to what love does and doesn't do. Ask the Father to give you the revelation so that you can love like He loves. Then, you will be a living epistle of His love, showing everyone that love IS the more excellent way.

Love, peace and blessing,

Dr. Sheila

Monday, July 29, 2013

Breakthrough Is On The Way


What a title! I know you are encouraged already, especially if you have had a run of challenging things happening in your life. Your heart rate has increased and you have received an answer to your, "When will all this be over?" questions. Well, before you get too excited, you should continue reading. Breakthrough is on the way, but not as you suppose.

The backdrop for this teaching is found in 2 Chronicles 20. A great multitude had come against Jehoshaphat. As a result, the Bible says in verses two and three, "And Jehoshaphat feared, and set -- himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek -- the Lord."

There are situations, seasons and circumstances that come up against every believer that sometimes causes fear to rise up. Depending on the depth of the relationship with the Lord, some Christians don't seek the Lord like Jehoshaphat did (Not you of course!). They sit, soak and sour enlisting the company of all to join their pity party. This is not the best course of action. This is not the route to breakthrough.

As a result of Jehoshaphat seeking the Lord, this is what happened.

And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find -- them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. (2 Chronicles 20:13-16)

Ok, so here is where the revelation comes! Jehoshaphat sought the Lord because of what had come against him and God answered. He said, "Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them..." As a result of seeking, Jehoshaphat received instructions to go. He went, they sent the praisers out in front, and God caused his enemies to route themselves.

There were three components to their breakthrough. First when afraid, Jehoshaphat sought the Lord. Second, he received instruction from the Lord and to go. Third as a result of their obedience to the word of the Lord, God caused the enemy route themselves. This is so profound because, if you notice, breakthrough did not come to them. They received breakthrough "on the way" to battle!

Did you get it? Breakthrough will never come to you as you sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Breakthrough will not come from your whining, fussing and complaining. No! Breakthrough will come on your way to the battlefield that God has prepared for you on the way. What way? The road "on the way" to your destiny.

I pray that this teaching will cause you to get up, gird up and get ready to go into battle. There is no need to be afraid in this fight for the battle is not yours but God's. Just stand, go and see the salvation of the Lord because remember, your breakthrough is not coming to you. It is "on the way" to the battlefield that God has preordained for you to overtake, overthrow and overcome.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Forget That


We just got back from vacation in Cabo. We made some great memories and had a good time. However, several things went left on us that made us wonder what was really going on. God was so faithful and spoke to my heart through the entire vacation, "Count it all joy." I learned that this is the stuff you count it all joy through so that God still gets the glory even through the bad.

The Bible gives other instruction on how to get through the things that go left in life. It says in Philippians 3:13-14, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Notice the instruction in this verse. It says, "forgetting those things which are behind..."

In order to go forward in God you must forget some things. What things? The fact that your year planned vacation had several things to go wrong. Forget that! The fact that your feelings got hurt from an offense. Forget that! The fact that something precious to you was stolen. Forget that! What is that thing that has you depressed, discouraged and disillusioned? Forget that! Whatever is in your past is in your past. Forget that, learn from it and move on.

Did you ever notice in a car that the windshield is much larger than the rear view mirror?  This is so that you can just glance at what is behind and focus on what is in front of you. Spiritually speaking it lets you know that there is no future in your past so stop looking back to figure out your future! The Lord doesn't want His children to focus on what is behind. Forget that! Reach forward to the things that are ahead. God has great things in store for you in your future and He wants to get them to you.

In order to receive all God has in your future, forget that thing, those things or any other thing that has you hemmed up. Don't think it strange, count it all joy and find reasons to rejoice! God will turn any mess into a message and every test into a testimony. The key for you is to learn the lesson and allow that thing to build your character so that you can better reflect Christ. That is what life is all about anyway; being made like Him and let it be known, that God will use anything to make us more like Him.

Let me leave you with this. Whatever "that" is that you are forgetting was either planned or permitted by God. So, as the scripture says in Romans 5:3-5 in the Living Bible, "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-- they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Therefore, rejoice, "forget that" and rest in His love.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Appearance to the Glory of God


In 2010, I preached a message entitled H.A.T.S to the Glory of God. The acronym stands for health, appearance, temperament and security. The text for the message was in 1 Corinthians 10:31 which says, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." In essence, the message was teaching that our health, appearance, temperament and security should all give glory to God.

I want to talk about the appearance portion of this acronym. We live in a day and time where the ungodly fashion trends of society have infiltrated the church. Everything from women dressing like men, to wearing bikini's on beaches, all in the name of self expression have become common place among Christian women with no conviction. This is unfortunate and gives the enemies of God great occasion to blaspheme the name of the Lord.

1 Timothy 2:9-10 gives the blueprint for fashion among Christian women. It says, "in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works." Proverbs 31:10 and 1 Peter 3:3 support this verse giving clarity to how a woman should present herself in public. They can be summed up like this. A virtuous woman is a godly woman of great value. Her adornment is not merely outward. It more so quietly expresses the fear of God in her heart. She has self-control over her own desires. She does not dress in such a way to attract men because she is a Christian woman who displays who she is through the way she lives.

These verses are pretty straight forward, BUT Christian women are not displaying a revelation of these verses in their daily living. Christian women have no problem showing cleavage. Christian women have no conviction about wearing a dress so short that looks like a shirt. Christian women don't see anything wrong with wearing a bikini to the pool or beach. This type of dress does not reflect Christ and have labeled Christian women with the tag of indecent exposure.

As a Christian woman, you should glorify God in what you wear. Your outward appearance should reflect the inward beauty that is in your heart. This means that your dress should not be provocative, attracting the attention of men. It should not accentuate your accents causing you to look like worldly women who have not yet had an encounter with the Savior.

I pray that you would have an encounter with the Savior and receive the revelation that you have been created in His likeness and image. You have been fearfully and wonderfully made in secret to publicly display His beauty. You are His masterpiece designed to outwardly show the reflection of Him which is intricately woven in our hearts. Therefore, don't buy the lie! Live up to the standard that God has created for you and let your outward appearance reflect His glory that is burning brightly in your heart.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Forgiven Forgives


As pastors, my husband and I are very passionate about preaching; namely preaching against sin. This doesn't always go over very well; especially when dealing with an individual about a particular sin. Let me say though, that the sins we deal with, many times are not necessarily big. They are the little character issues of the heart when dealt with that cause deep hurt, offense and the catalyst to send people out the door.

This gets very perplexing, but when my mind tries to go places it doesn't need to be, I hear the Spirit of God reminding me that people come and people go. You keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and choose to walk in love and forgiveness. Whenever, I hear these words, I say, Yes Lord. I will walk in love and forgiveness.

This is not always an easy task, this love and forgiveness business. Yet, I have found that the task is less difficult when my heart and mind are fixed on being obedient to the Lord; rather than giving in to the dictates of my flesh. You see, the bottom line is that forgiveness in not an issue of the "want to." Forgiveness is an issue of obedience.

Jesus said in Mark 11:25-26, "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." This verse clearly teaches that in order to be forgiven you must forgive. Ephesians 4:32 reiterates this truth. It says, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you."

Did you see that? Mark states that if you don't forgive you won't be forgiven. Paul teaches in Ephesians that the forgiven forgive. Let me say it to you this way. You need, we all need, God's forgiveness. When you don't forgive you forfeit God's forgiveness. Furthermore, he forgave you! You have done of some terrible things against the Lord and He forgave you. Yes, He forgave you therefore you must forgive.

Sin is so damaging and many times is the impetus to offense. This is why as believers, we must do all that we can by the grace of God not to sin. Though it is damaging and many times causes offense, the one offended must forgive. You must forgive. I must forgive. We must forgive! Forgiveness is God's kingdom way, and for one to walk in the way of the kingdom, they are obligated to forgive.

Meditate on this teaching today. Ask the Lord to give you a heart that forgives. Ask Him to teach you through offense to learn to walk in love and forgiveness. The only way that you will learn this is through offense. Therefore remember, offenses are going to come, BUT the forgiven forgive.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Stay In The Positive Lane


When I was in high school I ran track. I enjoyed it and learned quickly the importance of staying in my lane. It never happened to me, but I have seen many track meets where runners accidentally or purposely crossed into the lane of their opponent. When this happened, whether by accident or on purpose, it would cause injury and in many cases the loss of the race.

This helps put things in perspective in terms of staying in the positive lane of life with spoken words. We live in a day and time where people are negative about almost everything. No one is happy about anything and they say things like, "If it aint one thing it is another." "I always get stuck in traffic." "There are cutbacks on the job. I know they are going to lay me off." "I always get sick."

These are negative confessions and breed negativity in your life. You have to learn to stay in the positive lane with the words that you speak. The Bible is clear when it says in Proverbs 18:21 which reads, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." This means that if you speak negative, you will have negative things happen in your life. If you speak positive things, positive things will happen in your life. In other words, you life is a product of your words.

Mark 11:23 also teaches this concept. It says, "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Here you have it again and it is summed up in the latter part of the verse, you will have whatever you say.

With that in mind, ask yourself, "Self, what have you been saying?" Are you speaking life or are you speaking death? Are you finding reasons to rejoice or complaining about everything? Are you staying in the positive lane even if it means keeping your mouth shut? These are just a few valid questions to ask yourself because if you cross the line over into negativity you will only hurt yourself and reap the consequences of your negative words.

Let me leave you with a few powerful, positive things to say.

I will stay in the positive lane. I will live up in a down world. I will rise above the common fray of everyday negativity. Life and death are in the power of my tongue and I will have what I say. Therefore I choose to say only what God has to say about everything. I will find reasons to rejoice. I am grateful, and even through hurts, difficulty and disappointment, I choose to count it all joy. The joy of the Lord is my strength. I will fill my heart and mind with the Word of God, so that when I am squeezed, my mouth will be trained to say what God says. Today is a great day and I choose to stay in the positive lane!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Monday, June 3, 2013

Marriage IS a Mystery


I'm excited because in 32 days we will be going to Cabo to celebrate 21 years of marriage with friends and family. I am looking forward to a time of loving Christ, enjoying life and making memories. Most of all I am excited about celebrating 21 years of marriage to my best friend, companion and lover for life Robert Poole Jr.

As I reflect on our time together, and how we are still in love, I think on others who are now in love, but it came at a great price. I think of others who decades earlier pronounced undying love in their wedding vows and now hate each other because of infidelity, abuse, lies and the like. I also think of those who are about to get married and wonder, do they have the stuff to stick. This presents the mystery of marriage and has left many, including Christians scratching and shaking their heads.

Herein lies the mystery of marriage. Paul in Ephesians 5:31-32 calls it a great mystery. He says, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church." So what is the mystery? It is, how do two completely different people get married, stay married and continue to enjoy marriage? The answer to the mystery is the Lordship of Jesus Christ over both husband and wife in the marriage. I say this because the reason why Christian marriages fail is because one and or both REFUSE to submit the Lordship of Jesus Christ by obeying the Scriptures.

Joshua 1:8 and James 1:22-25 both say that by hearing and heeding God's Word will guarantee success in every area of life, including marriage. James tells of how if you hear and don't heed you are self-deceived. And we all know that self-deception is the worst deception. He concludes the matter in verse twenty-five by stating, "But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does." In essence, if you do the work, you will be blessed!

There you have it! Mystery solved! Work the Word in your marriage and your marriage will be blessed. Robert and I have personally experienced this coming on 21 years of marriage. We have had our challenges just like everyone else, BUT both of us are submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and what He says goes, whether we like it or not. We forgive one another because we are commanded to forgive in Mark 11:26 if we want God's forgiveness. Ephesians 4:26-27 says, "Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil." So, we don't give place to the devil by going to bed angry.

If you are married and refuse to obey the scripture for whatever the reason, you marriage will go down as an unsolved mystery. You will have to stand before God and give an account as to why you didn't allow Him to solve the mystery in your marriage with the policies, procedures and principles of His Word. You don't want to go out like that. Yes, marriage is a mystery, but if you fear God and keep His commandments you will live in peace and joy, knowing that the mystery of your marriage has been solved!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Monday, May 20, 2013

Stronger By Struggles


I was watching a nature show with my family, and we were all quite intrigued. In one particular segment, there were some wolves chasing down a herd of bison trying to get the baby bison for some lunch meat. Those wolves were relentless in their chase. The kept running and chasing until finally, they got a calf and its mother disconnected from the herd.

The calf was petrified as the mother tried to ward off the three wolves. The wolves intensified their attack, nipping at its heels, hoping to get the calf for their meal. Suddenly, the young calf kicked one of the wolves in the head. Ouch! It sent the wolf reeling and gave the mother and her calf a chance to run and catch up with the rest of the herd.

When the calf kicked the wolf, the commentator said that the calf had to learn to fight or die. The mother bison could only do so much and knew that the calf had to fight too. This was a part of its training and if the young calf made it through, the struggle of the fight with the wolf would make it stronger. I'm sure that little guy was feeling pretty jubilant as he ran with its mother from that fight.

Stronger by struggles; what a concept! This holds true for believers as well. Paul spoke of a particular thorn in the flesh, or struggle, that he was having. He pleaded with the Lord three times to have it removed. This was the Lord's response found in 2 Corinthians 12:9. "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." This enabled Paul to say, "Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

What struggle are you facing today that you are trying to get out of or wish you were not in? Well, you are not going to get out of it until you learn to fight! You have to kick the devil quick and hard with the Word of God to let Him know you are not going down! Resist him with some, "it is written's," and watch him flee! He can't stand it when you tell him that no weapon that he forms against you will prosper! He hates it when you say, I am strong in the Lord. I have the victory! God is for me! Jesus IS my healer!

You are more than a conqueror because Jesus has already given you the victory. So, don't have a defeatist mentality and give up! No! God is trying to teach you to fight so that you learn that your struggle has come to make you stronger. Don't buckle under the pressure. Speak the Word only and let the Word work! The weapons of your warfare are not carnal. They are MIGHTY in God and can tear down any stronghold! Shout for the victory and remember you are made stronger by your struggles!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Don't Get Distracted


I was just listening to the news and major cell phone companies are working with legislature to establish some kind of law to ban texting while driving. Although, texting in and of itself is not bad, the timing of the texting can be detrimental and even cause death. There is a heightened awareness of this issue because many people have died because they were sending or receiving a text while driving.

Texting is not the problem. It's the timing of the texting that is the problem. There is no way that a person can drive and text at the same time and not be distracted. This is obvious because when you look to the phone to text, your eyes are not on the road. It is that moment that you look away to text "idk," or "wbu," that can cost someone their life.

Just like texting while driving or walking for that matter, causes the user to be distracted, so do other things come in life to get a believer distracted from what is really important in life. The enemy uses life's problems to get your focus off of God who has the ability to fix any and all problems that you may face. He knows that if he can just get you distracted, he will render you inoperative and ineffective against his schemes.

Distraction comes in many shapes and forms. It can be offense, ill-timed relationships, no money, too much money, laziness, and the like. All of these things have the potential to cause distress, which leads to distraction, which has the ability to detour you from your destiny. With that, you have to ask yourself, is it really worth it? Is this thing that has your attention to the degree that it has taken your eyes off of God worth a destiny detour. I think not.

The Word of God offers the solution to distraction. It says in Proverbs 4:25-27, "Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil." This verse simply says, don't be distracted, focus. Keep your eyes open and watch where you are walking. Evil is lurking, but if you stay focused, you won't get distracted.

Meditate on this verse today. You may need to do a self-check to see if distractions have caused you to lose focus. If this is you, repent, readjust and remember, that if you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, you will not get distracted.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Copy Cat

You are such a copy cat! I am sure you have heard that phrase and know that it is one of annoyance because it is describing one who is copying or mimicking the actions of another. However, I must confess, though a bit reluctantly because of its negative connotations, that I am a copy cat!

As I was sitting and thinking of some things, I saw myself sprinting, dancing and doing squats. When I ran track, they showed me what to do and I copied it. When I first got into Zumba, I would intently watch the instructor and dance the moves just like she did. With doing squats,  I was shown the correct way to do it, and copied it. More importantly, since I have been serving the Lord, by His grace, whatever I read in His Word, I copy! This makes me a copy cat!

This is a good thing when you look at it in line with scripture. 1 Corinthians 11:1 says, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."  Ephesians 5:1 says, "Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children." The word 'followers' in both of this verses is the same Greek word which is mimētḗs, from which we get the English word mimic which means to imitate or copy. So Paul was instructing the church at Corinth to copy his actions as he copied the actions of Christ. He told the Ephesians to copy or mimic the actions of God the way a child would copy the actions of a parent.

Even though you can now set aside the negative connotations regarding a copy cat, there are negative consequences awaiting every believer who does not become one! If you don't follow one who is following Christ, many times you will fall into deception because you are left to your own devices. If a Christian doesn't to mimic the will, way and Word of God, they will mimic the will, way and work of the devil. Then you, along with others wonder, Who is your Daddy?

Unfortunately the carnal mind has a problem mimicking the actions of another man. They don't want to be called a flunky or a brown noser. Yet, Jesus only did what the Father told Him and the Holy Spirit instructed Paul to tell the church to follow Him as He followed Christ. We, therefore must learn to follow God as well as follow one who is following God.

As you can now see, being a copy cat isn't a bad thing when you purpose, to copy the will, way and work of God with precision. Read and study the Bible and practice doing exactly what is says to a "T."  This is what the Word of God is conveying in Joshua 1:8, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make -- thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." So today, when you are in the mirror of God's Word purpose to do what you see and you will be a copy cat of God's Word and have good success.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Marriage Takes Work


Marriage takes work! In fact, it takes a lot of hard work! However, somewhere, somehow, the enemy has bamboozled many Christians (women especially) into thinking it is a cake walk on a sunny, summer, Sunday afternoon! This is the furthest thing from the truth. As a result, many (again I say, especially women) are living with dashed hopes and expectations which often times end in divorce.

So how did it come to this? Well, for starters we watch too much television. The shows on t.v. are a scripted reality written to project what the producers want the audience to see as reality. The problem, however, is that many well meaning belivers walk away from these award winning shows hoping the same will happen for them.

I must admit that I am a bit of a romantic and I have fallen prey to scripted reality. One of my favorites was Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. When I first saw it, I walked away wanting my night and shining armor to come and sweep me away to a better life.

Now that I have been serving the Lord and married for over twenty years I realize that, that movie and all the rest don't portray a reality to live by. They give this false sense of romance that leaves you feeling good all the time. However, if a marriage is entered into with this mindset, most times, it will end in divorce.

Look at what the Bible says about the first marriage in Genesis 2:21-24. "And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And -- the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave -- his father and -- his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

The last five words of this verse are key. It says, "...they shall be one flesh." These five simple words dilineate the fact that marriage takes work! It is stating that marriage is comprised of two very different sets of flesh coming together, and being made one. Spiritually speaking, this "being made one," takes place at the altar when the two are pronounced husband and wife. Naturally speaking...well, to all who have been married for any length of time, we know that, "being made one," is a life long process that often doesn't feel so good and takes a lot of work!

Oh, but thanks be to God who is more than able to make two, one in any marriage! The key to this transformation lies in the death of the husband and wife when they declare, "I will," in their marriage vows. The work lies in a constant and daily death of the will. Once this is accomplished, though work, by the grace of God, your marriage will work out for your growth, others gain and God's glory.

So whether you are reading this before you say, "I do," or after you have said, "I do," remember, marriage takes work. Trust the Lord of the work, in the work and let Him work His providential purpose and plan in you through His thing called marriage.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hope Against Hope


Are you currently in a situation that looks hopeless? I mean are you facing financial hardship, underwater mortgage, unemployment with past issues preventing employment, a wayward child, a cantankerous spouse or some other situation that you just can't seem to get out of? Well, if so, you are not alone, and the Bible offers a wealth of scriptures to guide you through your "rock and a hard place situation."

The wealth of scripture is vast on this type of thing, so for the sake of this devotion, I want to turn your attention to Romans 4:18-20.

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Hope against hope, Abraham believed God. In other words, with the odds stacked against him due to his own impotence and the deadness of Sarah's womb, he believed that God would perform what He had promised. This is powerful! Yet, it leaves this question on the table for believer's who are faced with hope against hope situations. Can you believe God in dead situations?

I don't know about you, but I had to ask myself, Can I believe God in dead situations? I mean, let's face it, the rock and a hard place is about to grind you down to nothing and you have exhausted all human possibilities. You can't even conjure up in your mind how God will get you out. You find yourself like, Abraham, Jehoshaphat, Gideon and others and all you can do now is look to God.

This isn't a bad thing either. When you look to the scriptures and see what Abraham, Jehoshaphat and Gideon did, they all looked to God. I like how Jehoshaphat said it in 2 Chronicles 20:18, "...for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee." We have no power against the "hope against hope" situations, nor do we know what to do, but if we would just look to the One who gives us hope we shall see that all hope is not lost.

Abraham received what was promised in his hope against hope situation and so can you. However, in order to receive what you have been promised, you have to do what he did, and that is look to God. You must look to the One who has promised for He cannot lie, He is faithful and He is more that able to do what He has promised. Your role is to discipline yourself to look to God only and say what He says only, in order to see what He has said about you come to pass in your life.

Whatever you are faced with today, believe God. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly far above all that you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Don't stagger at what God has promised through unbelief. Be strong in your faith because this is what brings glory to God. Most of all, no matter what your "hope against hope" is, be fully persuaded that He is more that able to perform what He has promised!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Terrible Times


This week has been a time of terror, tribulation and tragedy. Everything from the Boston Marathon bombings, the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West Texas, the shooting and bombs going off on the MIT campus in Boston has left this country reeling in despair. Lives of many innocent people have been lost and others mortally wounded through these events, leaving many, (even some Christians) wondering, Where is God in the midst of all of this?

While these events have left many are wondering where is God, they have also stirred up fear in the hearts of the people everywhere, especially in the places where it all happened. Nevertheless, it is in times like these that we as believers need to amp up our faith and fix our focus on our faithful Father who promised to never leave nor forsake us.

The Bible declares in Hebrews 12:2-3 KJV, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

Why look to Jesus? He knew all about tragedy. He first hand experienced tragic events in His own life on His journey to the Cross. He was beat beyond recognition, spit on, whipped, mocked and abused. Nevertheless, He said not a word. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:23, "who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously." Therefore, we can fix our eyes on Him and do what He did to give us hope in terrible times.

Another reason to look to Jesus is because of one of the most profound things that He did just before He gave up his life on the Cross; He prayed. He prayed and asked the Father to forgive those who had done all those terrible things to Him because they didn't know what they were doing (Luke 23:34). Therefore as we go through times of tragedy, the most important thing we must do is pray. Pray for the victims, those who lost loved ones, healing, justice, wisdom and grace to get through it all to name a few.

We are living in the last days and perilous times have come. However, nothing escapes God's notice and we can trust that He is still on the throne answering the prayers of the righteous. So, don't succumb to fear, have faith in God knowing that His grace is sufficient to get through terrible times. Prayerfully as a believer, these terrible times will help you to learn more about the God of your faith. For those who don't know the Lord, prayerfully these terrible times will cause you to come to know Him.

Remember, don't panic in fear during terrible times. Fix your eyes on Jesus and by faith trust Him for healing, help and hope.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Choices


Life is all about choices; choices for the good and choices for the bad. The profundity of this truth is that, we don't get to choose the consequences for our choices. The consequences for our choices choose us. The awesome thing about choices for the believer is that God tells us what to choose.

Moses said 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." Notice the latter part of the verse says, "choose life." It doesn't get any clearer than that! It goes on to say that the reason to choose life is to promise life for you and your offspring. That is great news!

However, along with that great news is the crashing reality that sin is lurking in the dark recesses of the flesh waiting for a port of entry. That port may be offense, addictions, attitudes or any other fleshly propensity that we may have. The question at this point will always be, will I choose to dock at the port called flesh or, will I choose to continue on to the port called life more abundantly?

Joshua echoed Moses sentiments in his address to the children of Israel. He said in Joshua 24:14-15, "Now therefore fear -- the Lord, and serve -- him in sincerity and in truth: and put away -- the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye -- the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve -- the Lord, choose you this day -- whom ye will serve; whether -- the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or -- the gods of the Amorites, in whose land -- ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve -- the Lord.

He gives the same charge to choose whom they would serve. He then lets the people know, whether you choose God or not is up to you, but as for me and mine we will serve the Lord. This is so powerful because as a leader he was letting the people know what He was going to do, regardless of what they did. If they picked up what he was putting down, they would choose what he chose and walk in the blessings of the Lord.

Unfortunately, the end of that story was that though they said yes to God in the presence of Joshua, when that generation died, they ended up choosing to serve other gods. The results of their choice are recorded in the book of Judges which is a detailed account of the cycle of sin which ultimately led to the Babylonian captivity.

In light of what you just read, what will you choose? Remember there will be consequences for whatever you decide. Blessings and abundant life if you choose God and His way or curses and calamity in life if you choose the devil and his way. The choice is up to you, but I say to you as Moses said to the children of Israel, choose life that you and your seed may live.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Maintenance Is Mandatory


The dentist office is really not a bad place if you do the daily maintenance that is prescribed by the doctor. The daily maintenance of brushing in the morning and the evening before bed for two minutes plus rinsing and flossing will promote healthy teeth and gums. The earlier in life that this is put into practice, the better the chances are for not having cavities or other issues with teeth.

Many people are aware of these simple maintenance practices, but many still don't do it. I know I was guilty of this for several years. When I finally made it to the dentist, I found out the price I had to pay for not doing the basic things to keep my teeth and gums healthy.

The Word of God also talks about spiritual maintenance. I admit, it is not called this in the Bible, but the pragmatics of it is displayed. Take a look at Joshua 1:8. It reads this way in the NIV, "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

This verse is teaching that if a believer would take the time out to meditate, mutter and muse over the Word every day AND apply its truths to life, success is guaranteed. Do you see the parallel to oral maintenance? Another way to look at is if a believer will read and do morning and night every day, they will maintain a healthy spiritual life.

Another passage of Scripture that reiterates this truth is found in Psalm 1:1-3. It says, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." Again the Bible is teaching that the one who delights in meditating on the Word every day will bear fruit and prosper or do better.

I trust that you see the simplicity of this teaching and either start doing it or keep doing it. If you would just purpose to do spiritual maintenance, you will be well equipped to handle any challenge that life may present. The antithesis of this is that if you don't do spiritual maintenance you will suffer many ills and pains that could have been prevented  by simply daily reading and doing the Word.

In short, remember, maintenance is mandatory to overall spiritual health. So, purpose to read and do the Word of God daily to guarantee a healthy spiritual life.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Look To Jesus


Palm Sunday begins the Passion Week of Jesus' life which is the seven days before His crucifixion. I cannot even begin to imagine what was going through the Savior's mind as He knew what type of death that He must die. However Hebrews 12:2 gives us a glimpse of what he was thinking. It says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." The Good News translation of this verse gives it more clarity. "Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God's throne."

Jesus had joy in his heart at the thought of presenting us His church before the Father. The joy gave Him the strength to endure. William Barclay said this of endurance, "Endurance is not just the ability to endure a hard thing, but to turn it into glory." Hallelujah! The humility of Jesus death on the cross was turned into glory! This is why the scripture tells us to look to Jesus. Don't look at what you are going through. Look to Jesus. His death was turned into glory so that you and I can know that whatever hard thing that we are going through shall be turned into glory!

Another verse that gives strong encouragement through the hard things of life is Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Whatever it is that you are going through right now will work out for your good! It's all in the mix; the good, the bad and the ugly! The great Apothecary, Jesus, will take it all, turn it around and transform it into a glorious testimony.

The enemy wants to discourage you and tell you that your hard thing is the worst thing ever. He lies and says that no one else has experienced what you are experiencing to create a sense of despair. If you are feeling like this, you must look to Jesus! Look to the cross! He died so that you could be free from all discouragement, depression and despair. He shed His blood therefore you are free, forgiven and full of His love. So instead of feeling down, look up by faith and see Jesus! He died so you could be free!

As you go through this week keep your eyes fixed and focused on Him. Reflect on the fact that Jesus died so that you could be free. He went through all that He went through so that you get through all that you are going through. So instead of being discouraged, encourage yourself with James 1:2-4, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." So my beloved brothers and sisters, look to Jesus and count it all joy! He will perfect that which concerns you!

Until next time...

Love, peace and blessing,

Dr. Sheila

Monday, March 18, 2013

Yes You Can!


As I sit here on a beautiful beach in Hawaii, my heart swells at the grandeur and beauty of God. Only God could paint this beauty on the canvas of earth for us to enjoy! I am truly grateful to be here to see the Lord's handiwork.

We are also the Lord's handiwork created by Him for good works which He has already prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10). Since we are created by Him, like Him and for Him, what is it that we cannot do in Him? We live in such a negative culture that says, "I can't," to the smallest thing. As believers, we must rise above the common fray of the world's negativity and declare, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

This short little verse packs a punch and I am challenging you to bring it into the everyday reality of your life. For example, it has been proven that if a person walks for thirty minutes a day five days a week will improve the overall health of that individual. Some of you reading this may say before even thinking, I can't do that. I don't have time. I don't like to walk. Well, if that is you, I ask, why can't you do it? You might not know why you feel you can't, but truth be told, the reason why YOU can't is because you SAID you can't.

I'm here to tell you that you can walk thirty minutes a day five days a week because you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! There is nothing you can't do with God's strength infused in you by His Holy Spirit! Think about that verse. If it says you can do ALL things through Christ then it means you can do ALL things through Christ! However, you must take this theology from the recesses of your mind and bring it into the reality of your life and get to walking or doing whatever else that you have said that you can't.

It is in your DNA to do it, and now, there is nothing to it but to do it! I am excited because I am about to live this truth out in my life today and swim across a lagoon. We met some people here who do it regularly and we were inspired to give it a try. When I came out to the beach today with my sister, I told her that the only thing that would prevent us from doing it would be not having a swim cap. Well, the guy who is swimming right now as I write, gave both of swim caps! Excuse is eliminated! Lagoon swim here we come!

As he was going for his swim, the last thing he said was, "The time to do it is now." I could have turned a cartwheel in the sand at his words! The time is now to do the thing that you have been saying that you can't do! Don't say that you can't because you can. You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you.

So what are you waiting for? Start walking, running, writing, sewing, drinking water, making music, living right or any other thing that you may feel you can't. I am here to tell you there is nothing that you cannot do in God! Yes you can do ALL things through Christ. The time is now to employ your faith. There is nothing left now but to do it, and when you do, don't forget to give God the glory for He is the one who gave you the strength to do it!

Well, until next time. I'm off to prepare to swim the lagoon! Whoo hoooo!

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Instinct For Increase


It is in every human being to know what to do. When you don't know what to do you know to ask someone what to do. For example, we have all heard of "maternal instinct." There is no manual on how to be a mom, but every mother instinctively knows how to nurture her children. How do mom's instinctively know? Where does this instinct come from?

It comes from three little letters that stand for a really big word. I know about this little lettered big word, but I needed to do some research to bring clarity to myself for the sake of what I am going to share with you. I discovered that it's simple and complex at the same time. However, when you understand the pragmatics of how it pertains to you, spiritually, it will change your life.

Ok, so, these three little letters, DNA, stand for deoxyribonucleic acid. It is found in the nucleus of every cell and carries the genetic code for all living things. The genetic code carries the instructions for everything humans need to grow, develop and live. I told you, it was simple and complex! Stick with me! Biology class has just ended. You are about to see how it all applies to you.

The Bible says in Matthew 25:14-15, "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey." Notice that all three of the servants received talents according to their ability. Once they received the talents, the master went his own way.

This is incredible! They were all given talents and the master just left! They were not given any instructions on what to do with the talents.  Now read what they did with what they were given. "Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them" (Matthew 25:16-19).

The two did something with what they were given. How did they know what to do? It was in their DNA! They had, you have instinct for increase! This parable is teaching that when you are given something, you ought to instinctively know to increase it. When you are serving in any area of ministry as a leader, and come to a place where you don't know what to do, your instinct should kick in and tell you what to do.

Unfortunately, many in the body of Christ function like the third slave. "“ Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed" (Matthew 25:24-16). This servant was afraid so he hid the talent. As a result, the master called him wicked and lazy. In the servants mind, his fear justified why he hid the talent. The master only heard a weak excuse because he allowed fear to hinder his instinct to increase. He may have been afraid, but he still had instinct. Fear and laziness kept him from doing what was in him to do.

The spiritual application of the story is this. You don't always need instruction. Sometimes you ought to do what you know to do. Each servant was given an opportunity to no longer be a servant, but a son. Wherever you are serving in your church, working on your job or at home, your position is requiring you to increase what you have been given. The choice is now yours. Don't allow fear and laziness hinder your God-given instinct for increase. I charge you to rise up and be a son. Son's don't need commands. They just need an opportunity to increase.

Let this teaching penetrate your heart and mind so that you can function in the full capacity that your were created to function. You were created to increase. It is in your DNA. You have instinct for increase! Until next time, opportunity awaits!

Love, peace and blessing,

Dr. Sheila