Monday, January 28, 2013

Commanded to Love


There are many cliches referring to love. Love is a many splendid thing. What's love got to do with it? If loving you is wrong I don't want to be right. These are all phrases from love songs, and many have adapted them as their own way of thinking. The problem with this is that the songs above are not referring to God's love, which is the love we are commanded to love with.

The Bible has much to say about love, which I am not even going to attempt to put in this blog. The servers are not big enough! Therefore, for the sake of this devotion, I will only focus on a few.

First, let's look at Mark 12:27-31 which says, "Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no other commandment greater than these.'”

This clearly shows us that love is not a suggestion but a commandment. Now this gets a little tricky, especially when you talk about "loving your neighbor as yourself." What if I don't like my neighbor? As a matter of fact, I don't like my neighbor and the more I think about it, there are a few people at my church that I don't like either! Well, this may be true, BUT the commandment still stands. If you call yourself a Christian you are commanded to love.

Let's look at this a little further. Not only are we commanded to love our neighbor, of whom we may not even like, we are are commanded to love our enemy. Matthew 5:43-48 says, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

What? Love my enemy? Yes, love your enemy and in case you were wondering, your enemy is anybody that you don't like. Now I know that this may be a bit much to take in especially since you have an extensive list of enemies. Therefore I will leave you with just a few more thoughts to meditate on.

The commandment to love is not some cruel punishment that the Lord has given to punish you. It is to awaken your heart to the reality that God loves you and has put His love in your heart through the Holy Spirit. Our loving Heavenly Father wants to share His love for others through us and this can only be done if we love like He loves. So, as you are going throughout this week, ask the Lord to give you a revelation of His love so that you can share it with others. Remember, if He commanded us to love like Him, then we can love like Him.

Love, peace and blessings,

Dr. Sheila

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

God CANNOT Lie


Well, I know you know that God cannot lie, but, I also know that many believers are challenged with believing the truth of that statement. The reasoning behind it may be because of a parent who made promises and didn't come through. Perhaps someone else in your life continually broke promises. I don't know, nor will I try to justify why those people in your life didn't keep their word. Nevertheless, that does not change the fact that God CANNOT lie!

The antithesis of that fact is the fact that the devil IS a liar. He has gone throughout your life creating situations and circumstances to get you to doubt God. So, all the times your parents, peers and other people let you down was a set up by the devil. Now that you are saved, God, by the power of the Holy Ghost wants to reverse the curse.

How do you reverse all the years of disappointment? Well, it's simple. You must take the time to find out what God says in His Word and begin to meditate, memorize and speak it every day. For example, Isaiah 55:11 says, "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." Meditate on this verse, memorize it and say, "Since God's Word is always fruitful, it will always do what it was sent out to do, then I will only speak God's word pertaining to my situation. God CANNOT lie! His word will come to pass in my life."

Once you begin to do this with every situation, you will find that you will begin to take God at His word instead of believing the enemies lies. Now, let me warn you, the devil is going to fight you tooth and nail, but don't quit! He is going to challenge everything that you have been saying and believing. Resist him by continuing to speak the Word no matter what you see, feel or hear. Remember he is a liar and he is still trying to get you to believe that God is lying to you and that He will not come through for you.

As you continue in the Word in this fashion you will begin to operate with a new mindset. You will see that God CANNOT lie! You will experience that God IS truthful to His word and FAITHFUL to perform it; so rejoice! You are developing spiritual character that will benefit every area of your life.
So purpose in your heart to continue in the truth of God's Word. As you continue you will come to know and experience the truth and you will be free from the bondage of believing the devil. Hallelujah!

Until next time
Love, peace and blessings!

Dr. Sheila

Monday, January 14, 2013

F.A.T. or F.I.T.?


Praise the Lord! What an exciting time to be in the Kingdom! It shall be seen and I truly have an expectation of a manifestation of love, peace and blessing from the Lord. I know I shall receive it as I continue to love Him, trust Him and walk in obedience to His will work and way for my life. I pray this too is your testimony and confession. Glory!

Currently I am preparing to get my Group Exercise Certification. One of the things that I read, which I already knew, was that regular movement prevents weight gain, and overall improves general health and well being. Non-movement conversely, aids and abets in weight gain. This is no deep profound truth, but all of us are acutely aware that if we continue to eat and not burn off what we are eating, we gain many unwanted pounds. This, my friends is just a fact of life!

The Bible declares in Hosea 14:9 in the New Living Translation, "Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall." This verse teaches many truths, but one thing is clear, righteous people live by walking in (or putting into action) the truth of God's Word. This is great news, because as long as we actively live by God's Word we will not become F.A.T.!

Now, don't get mad at me! I am not calling anyone F.A.T. However, we all understand that weight gain is always indicative of eating more and moving less. The same applies spiritually. If we don't live by the truth we know we will be F.A.T. - False Advertisers of Truth. F.A.T. Christians are the ones who come to church on Sunday, but live any old kind of way Monday through Saturday. Sad to say, F.A.T. Christians know the Word, but don't live the Word they know. F.A.T. Christians are deceived because they hear the Word but don't obey the Word they hear. F.A.T. Christians are not only deceived, but they deceive others because they display that you can be a Christian and still...

I released this in our Church on Sunday, and I could feel the air being sucked out of the room as I was talking about this touchy subject. Nevertheless, it presents a bold truth confronting the hearer with a choice. Will I be F.A.T. or F.I.T. - Faithful In Training.

I decided long ago that I would be F.I.T. I challenge you to do the same. Let me leave you with this verse to help you remain F.I.T. 1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT "Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified."

Let this verse get down in your spirit and decide by the grace of God not to be a F.A.T. Christian. Remain F.I.T. and you shall receive your reward now and in the life to come.

Love, peace and blessing,

Dr. Sheila

Monday, January 7, 2013

In Pursuit of Happiness


Now that I have your attention with the title,  do you find yourself in pursuit of being "happy?" As I was preparing to write this blog, I paused and thought about being, "in pursuit of happiness."

My thoughts took me to the web, the Word, the movie In Pursuit of Happyness and thoughts of others who say,  "I just want to be happy." I did a search for "happy" in the Bible and as I was reviewing the references, I saw that many scriptures correlated happiness with being connected with the Lord. I found this interesting and a direct antithesis to the world's view of happiness.

In fact, I realized that there is a great revelation of a difference between the world's view of happiness and God's view on happiness. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:13, "Happy is the man who finds  wisdom and the man who gains understanding." This one verse tells me that my happiness is connected with wisdom and since God is wisdom, in order for me to be happy I need to be connected with God. The world on the other hand has a very selfish view of happiness which is directly connected with circumstances. When things are going good, or going my way, I am happy. When they are not, I am not happy. Of the two views, connection to God for my happiness is much more stable than my connection to circumstances. God never changes. Circumstances are ever changing like the ebbing and flowing of an ocean's tide.

With that in mind, you see that you are now presented with a choice. Should I look to God as my source of happiness or my circumstances? The right choice is right before us, but many times, as believers we are frustrated, disillusioned and hard to get along with because we choose to look to circumstances, instead of God for happiness.

You will never find true and lasting happiness in marriage, money, material things, or anything else for that matter. I believe the reason that many women are disappointed in their husbands because they were looking for happiness in their man instead of the Man, the Lord Jesus Christ. People are disappointed with life because their money and material things have dissipated.

Please understand that, the pursuit of happiness can only be found in pursuit of the Lord and His kingdom will, word, work and wisdom of His way. So this year, instead of looking to people, places or things for happiness, seek the Lord. Seek and pursue what makes Him happy for He is the true source of all joy and happiness. If you do that, your pursuit will end with fulfillment in Him.

Until next time, may you be filled with the love, peace and blessing of the Lord.

Dr. Sheila

Friday, January 4, 2013

What Do You See? IT Shall Be Seen!

Praise the Lord and Happy New Year! May the manifold love, peace and blessing of God be poured out upon your lives this year in a tangible way. I have an expectation for it. It shall be seen!

During my devotion time today, I came across a message I preached back in 2011. It confirmed in my spirit what God was speaking to me that in order to see a manifestation of love, peace and blessing, we must spend time with the source of these things, God. 

So, for today's blog I am going to share this message with you. I left the content in the form of my notes. I encourage you to look up the scriptures, meditate upon them and apply them to your life. Yes, the manifestation of the love, peace and blessing of God is available, but it is only available to those who FIRST spend time with Him. 


Jeremiah 1:4-12

Praise the Lord! We are in the last quarter of declaring Understanding the Kingdom of Heaven in 2011. Have you therefore understood all these things (Matthew 13:51-52)? Have you transitioned from or been delivered from religion? Are you now walking in a stronger relationship with the Lord?

God wants RELATIONSHIP. He wants us to see as He sees, but the only way for us to see as He sees is by abiding in Him (John 15:4-7).

Abiding reflects one's dependence on Christ, communion with Him, and obedience to Him. Remaining in these things will result in one's life becoming fruitful for Christ. For the believer, CHRIST ALONE can provide the grace and provision of needs in life. Thus, he must remain faithful to his service for the Lord and to the study of the Scriptures in order to bear fruit.

As long as we understand (see it as He sees it) we will have no problems with our vision (what we see).

Problem of vision
Purpose of vision
Power of vision - Life Without Limits - Nothing Is Impossible With God.

PROBLEM OF VISION
-Vision problems. Can't see tomorrow for today because of vision problems.
-Over 100 eye diseases that affect vision. We are going to look at four of them

    1. Nearsighted (Myopia) - short sighted. Can only see things close up
    a. Jeremiah was nearsighted.
        b. He said he couldn't do what God said he could do because
        he couldn't see past being a child.
        c. Nearsighted people cannot see tomorrow for today. 

    2. Farsighted (hyperopic) - seeing things at a far distance rather than close at hand.
    a. Jeremiah was also farsighted.
    b. He knew of God but was having difficulty seeing the power 
       of what God was saying right to him.
    c. Farsighted people know God, but when reading the Word
       can't see the God of the Word. (JESUS IS THE WORD!)

    3. Cataracts - An abnormality of the eye characterized by opacity (dullness) of the lens. A clouding of the lens in the eye.
    a. Mark 8:22-25 The man at Bethsiada had cataracts.
    b. It wasn't until after he had been touched by Jesus that
    he could see clearly.
    c. Unless you have been touched by Jesus, you will suffer from 
    spiritual cataracts.
    
    4. Glaucoma - A dangerous build up of internal eye pressure, which can damage the eye's optic nerve that transmits visual
        information to the brain. It is called the silent thief of sight. Leading cause of blindness if don't comply with the program
        of prescribed medications.
    a. Gideon suffered from glaucoma
    b. Judges 6:11-17
    c. Prescribed medication for spiritual glaucoma is obedience

PURPOSE OF VISION
-The purpose of vision is found in the definition of vision; the ability to see tomorrow today.
-God wants us to see tomorrow today no matter what we see today.
-Jeremiah 1:4
-Don't say what you see. Say what God is saying.
-God said 5 key things to Jeremiah

1. Say not that I am a child
2. For thou shalt go to all that I send thee
3. Whatever I command thee thou shalt speak
4. Be not afraid of their faces
5. For I am with thee to deliver thee

Five = Grace
God's grace is sufficient and will enable you to see tomorrow today
God's grace is sufficient and will enable you to see through pain, problems and perplexities of life
God's grace is sufficient and will enable you to say, "When I am weak, then am I strong."
God's grace (the power and equipment for ministry) will enable you to see it as He sees it.
Jeremiah 1:11-12

God wants to get us to the place where we see it as He sees it. He is waiting for us to fellowship with Him long enough so that He can talk to us and tell us great and mighty things we don't know. He is waiting to touch our mouth so that we can say what He has put in our hearts from spending time with Him. Then He will ask, "What do you see?" When we say what we see according to the Word of God, God will say, "You have seen well; for I will hasten my word to perform it. When you speak God's words, the words will come true.

I trust this has blessed you as it has blessed me. I'm excited! It shall be seen in 2013, but it all begins by sitting at His feet, listening, learning and loving on Him.

Love, Peace and Blessings!

Dr. Sheila