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