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