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 homologĂ­a. 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