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