Daily Guidance

Do you realize that each day that we awake to the opportunity to know the one true and living God? He is only a prayer away and even though he is not visibly seen to us, it is by faith in him and what is said in his Holy Word (the "Bible")that we reach out.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Understanding Spiritual Warfare


The little girl was about 3 and shy, when someone ‘new’ tried to strike up a conversation she would put her little hands over her eyes, in her way of thinking; “if I cover MY eyes then THEY can’t see me”.

 Is that the mentality of most Christians today when it comes to spiritual warfare? I think it is. Just like the ostrich that sinks its’ head in the sand when the adversary approaches and the childish act of covering the eyes clearly believing they won’t be seen, well sadly that is most Christians. Not all but most.

 The Bible clearly gives us instructions and guidance on spiritual warfare. One scripture says that Satan goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, another says, ‘put on the whole armor of God as to resist the whiles of the devil’. I could fill page after page of scriptures about what WE are to do as Christians to fight the enemy for ourselves. But what do we do? What do we do when the enemy comes in like a flood? What do we do when it feels that all Hell has been turned against us?

What do we do?

 As a Christian you have been given the power to use the name of Jesus to defeat every enemy that you have. You have been given the Word of God, which is the Bible, and every word in it has power because it is real, it is holy and it is truth.

 If you don’t know a scripture to quote, let me give you one. In John 10:10 the verse is: ‘The thief comes but to kill, steal and destroy, but I (this is Jesus speaking) have come that you have life and life more abundantly’. So you say, “Thief, who has come to kill, steal and destroy me I command you in the name of Jesus to leave me now. I am a child of the most high God and I have been given the name of Jesus to use against you. Also I have the blood of Jesus applied to my life because Jesus died on the cross, shed his blood so that I can be born again, become a child of God and have eternal life so therefore you have NO authority or power over me, leave me now!”.

 It helps to memorize those words but if you can’t quote them, then read them out loud to your enemy. Shout them if you have too. Until you feel the heaviness of the situation is gone, I would keep right on speaking these words if you have to say them every day, do it!!!

 Remember you are going to have difficulties, you are going to have thoughts come at you, at times you are going to feel discouraged but the great news is that you can say the Word of God and your situation will change. Don’t accept bad times and think there is no way out; pray to God and speak out to the enemy to leave you alone.

 Don’t be intimated by the words ‘spiritual warfare’, it doesn’t mean you are going to cast demons out of someone (unless that is your God given calling) it means that you have authority to speak the Word of God over your life. It means that the enemy has to leave your situation when you use the name of Jesus.

 I pray that you understand this writing. I pray that you will have the words to say and that you are strong. I am praying for you today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Remember Happiness???


Remember Happiness???

 There are times in all of our lives where we feel in our emotions sadness and emptiness. Where is happiness? Does it exist anymore? Is it possible to have it again?

 Do you remember happiness? As you look back on your life even as a child doesn’t it seem like it was such a happy time? I know that there are many who might read this that didn’t have constant happiness because of an abusive childhood however try to remember something that brought you happiness.

 Did (as a child) happiness come from playing in the rain? Catching fireflies at night? What about smelling cookies that your mom was baking? Do you remember taking a walk with your best friend?

 Now that I have you thinking about happiness let me assure you that you can have that happiness again!

 God has told us in the Bible (Nehemiah) that ‘the joy of the Lord is your strength’. Joy you ask, “How can God give me joy? “ Isn’t he somewhere in Heaven and he is God and doesn’t have knowledge of me”?

 Yes he is God and yes he is in Heaven but he does have knowledge of you, he created you and he loves you.  For all his creation of humans on this earth he has given us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can’t be seen or heard with our human elements but he can be found in our spirit. So now you are saying, “My Spirit”?
 If you can believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came to this earth from Heaven about 2000 years ago, and he died on a cross and supernaturally you can be born again, well then you can have his Spirit live and dwell in you! Long sentence I know but I had to get that all in.

Now back to joy and happiness. Even if you are already a Christian and have already accepted Jesus into your life and you haven’t experienced any joy or happiness in such a long time, then just hold on. I am writing this and you are reading this because God wants you to know joy and happiness again.

How? By realizing that you can find a peace in your mind by saying and believing this, “I am a Christian, I am not going to let my circumstances dictate or rob me of joy.  I know from the words in the Bible, (which are God’s words) that he wants me to laugh. ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine’, that is a promise in the Bible for me and I take that promise now because I need that medicine of a merry heart…. now”.

Do you remember a time when you laughed? Do you remember something that made you happy when you were a child? I want you to think about it and try to relive that moment. Take the time to go there in your mind. I am praying that you decide it’s time to be happy! Be determined to find happiness and joy.

This is my thought and prayer for you today! What is that I hear??? I believe I hear you laughing!!!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What test are you facing? What trial is before you?

Why read the Bible?


Life is so full of tests. When you and I were in school most of the time we studied the material that we knew or the teacher told us would be covered on the test. Life as a Chrisitian has tests that we can't study ahead of time for because we don't know what that test will be about.

I have a secret for you! If you study the Word of God, if you hide it in your heart, when the tests come, and they will, you can be sure that the Word of God contains your answer.

Jesus said that in this world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer because he had overcome the world. Remember also that the Bible says, 'greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world'.

Sometimes testing comes to make us study more of the Word and to learn more about what Jesus has done for us. However the tests come, remember they will come. No there isn't a passing grade like the tests in school; however the tests will determine where are weaknesses are!

Study the Word of God, let that Holy Word get deep down inside of you and it will lead you and guide you into all truths and the tests will be there but you will pass them. On the other side, if you you fail one test then you know the area that you need to concentrate in so that you don't fail again. Trust me ... we all fail tests and some of us on a daily basis. Learning from test failures is the sign that we are knowledgeable and growing into a mature Christian.

Make yourself read the Bible, don't go a week and realize that you didn't even pick it up....prayer and reading God's Word is essential to passing the tests of life.

That is my prayer and thought for today.
Sheila

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The story of the Prodigal Son, what role do you play?


‘Coming home, coming home never more to roam, open wide those arms of love, Lord I’m coming home. I’ve wasted many precious years…’ and the old Gospel song continues with words of repentance for living a life estranged from the presence of the loving Father God.

One of the most heartwarming stories in the Bible is the one of the Prodigal Son. The story is found in the 15th Chapter of Luke.

Yes I have ‘been in church most of my life’ and heard many sermons preached on the Prodigal Son but let me give you another perspective of the parable.

Can we compare the son that left with his inheritance to all of us that are alive, all of us that have the knowledge of Jesus (Yeshua) and knowing that he died on the cross for all of our sins? Yes I know there was another son and he was the ‘good’ son and the ‘obedient’ son and I will want you to decide which son’s role do you portray, is it ‘grace’ or ‘works’???

There is a lot of preaching and teaching on ‘grace’ and ‘works’ in this day and age. I do disagree with the teaching that allows the ‘Christian’ to live an unholy, ungodly life and chalk all their sins up to, “well God’s grace will ‘overlook’ all my sins and weaknesses and I am okay in his eyes”.  This is baloney (pardon my vernacular) and false teaching.

Sure we all sin and God does forgive ALL our sins but to deliberately sin over and over and use God’s grace??? Well my friend I can’t judge but I believe this is treacherous waters that you tread on.

But, let’s get back to the 2 sons and their situation.

The Bible states that the Father ‘gave all’ to his sons at the time of the younger son’s decision to leave and go out on his own. The older one surely lived by ‘works’ didn’t he? He stated to his Father in so many words that he ‘always done right’ and yet the Father never prepared a party for him or killed the fatted calf, or gave him a ring and certainly not put ‘new’ shoes on his feet.

The younger son, let’s call him by the verb ‘grace’; he spent his portion of his inheritance didn’t he? He spent it on whatever he wanted, all kinds of sins. When we are in the world, before our conversion to Christianity we commit various sins of our own choosing don’t we? Nobody but us picks the ‘sins and pleasures’, we do. Just like the younger son in our story.

Now the older son, who we will name use the noun ‘works’,  was one who actually, physically worked. Luke tells us that it was when the older son was ‘working’ in the fields that he heard the commotion coming from the house and he asked his Father’s servants ‘what was going on in the house’?

‘Works’ (and I think he immediately went to the house) questioned his Father as to what was going on? Is that you?? Do you resent that a sinner can be changed immediately regardless of their past life and God can elevate them and prosper them and bless them? Are you the older son or the younger son? Now I know, don’t think ‘how can I be a ‘son’ when I am a female? Just put gender aside and let’s try to place ourselves in the role not the gender.

Do we question, why to God? Do you realize that all the promises in the Bible are yours? Do you realize that it is ‘grace’ that gives you faith to believe in what the Bible says to you?

Works is just that, works! You try to follow the 10 commandments, you attend church, you tithe, you dress right and as that saying goes, you don’t chew and you don’t hang around with the ones that do’. Please hear what I am saying. We do and should live a holy life just as Jesus (Yeshua) did when he was on this earth. But it isn’t works that will save you and guarantee an eternal life in Heaven, it is ‘grace’.

The message of the younger prodigal son is such a sweet message and it covers such promises that we have. I feel that there are some reading this who see themselves as the Father or parent.  Don’t be discouraged. The Father ‘was looking’ when he saw his son coming down the road. Please keep looking for your son or daughter, never stop! Keep praying for that lost son or daughter, never stop! If your role in this story can fit the Father and that you have lost hope as the parent, then dust off your feet, pick yourself up and go look down the road and with faith and hope, see that son or daughter walking back to you and God. Nothing is impossible with God. He knows your pain and your suffering. Please start looking, I pray hope to you and this very moment for that lost child….i pray and command the forces of evil and darkness to release that child now and that they have clarity of thought and purpose no matter where they are or what they are doing. God IS going to bring them home.

‘Works’ or the older son had strong resentment against his younger brother. He couldn’t understand ‘grace’ and I think all of us that were raised or taught by the church and maybe our parents that rewards come from ‘works’ have a tougher time understanding.

My prayer to you if your role is ‘works’ in this story, is that you allow the Holy Spirit, who is the great teacher, to open your mind, heart and will to see what ‘grace’ is all about.

If you are like the younger son and you need ‘grace’ then at this very moment I pray for God’s grace to surround you and assure you that he loves you and will forgive you and restore all that you ‘gave away’. Trust me, I have so needed God’s grace and you know what? He is the Father and my Heavenly Father he welcomed me back home and he put a robe on me and he put a ring on my finger and best of all, he put new shoes on my feet. He put new shoes that is a symbol of my new walk, my walk of grace.

Do you need the Father to put ‘new shoes’ on you? He will you know. He loves you just as he loves me. You are his child, oh you may be in the pig pen or out in the world willfully sinning, but he will take you and restore you. Turn to him, talk to him and let his ‘grace’ do the rest.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Do you feel disconnected from God?

Sometimes our connection to God through our prayer life and reading his Word gets ‘disconnected’. Disconnected? How you ask?
 
May I compare it to a ‘lightening bug’?
 
I was raised a country girl and way before cell phones or mp3 players or even computers we spent a lot of times outdoors yes even in the winter time. However in the summer time I, along with my 11 brothers and sisters would stay out as late as we could just to enjoy the summer evenings. Among our fun things to do (well we thought it was fun) was to catch ‘fire flies’ or lightening bugs as we called them. Now for any of you readers that don’t know what a lightening bug is, let me ask you to Google on the internet and see a picture of one.
 
A lightening bug is a small bug about the size of a common house fly that had the ability to fly and they were only out during the nighttime. What makes them unique is that they have a small part of their body that glows or lights up.
 
We would find a jar with a lid which usually was an old Mason jar with a somewhat rusty lid. We would break off a few blades of grass and place them in the jar in case they ‘got hungry’. The quest had begun and the fire flies were plentiful. After running the gambit of our yard and having successfully gathered more than enough of these illusive bugs, we would set on the porch with our natural flashlight and just stare at the wonder of their light and yes it was sort of mesmerizing to watch.
 
Now you are wondering what is the connection of a lightening bug to my prayer life and the Bible? Let me compare it to those fire flies. You see there was another part of catching those fire flies and it was a little cruel but as kids you don’t always think of the harm (if in fact it was harmful).
 
Sometimes we would run and catch another one (not one in the jar) and we would pull off their body part that was lit and glowing. I know, it might seem cruel but we did it. We would watch and even timed was how long that light would glow without it being on the body of the fire fly or lightening bug. Oh I imagine it was only a few seconds until the glow would dissipate and then we would catch another one and yes do the same thing to it.
 
My point is this, just like that part of the lightening bug eventually could not glow and give off light when it was disconnected to the body we also can lose our ‘light’ if we disconnect ourselves from praying and reading the Bible. After a while it gradually will grow dim and then will go out. It is so important as Christians to stay connected to what is important and what will sustain us and keep us strong in the Lord and the power of his might (Eph. 6:10).
 
If you live in an area where those lightening bugs or fire flies are, look at them a little differently now. And like those bugs, stay connected to the body of Christ. Keep praying even if you feel like you are not ‘getting through’…pray to God and praise him for what he has done in your life. He will sustain you, he will meet your needs and most importantly, he loves you .. yes you!! He loves you and I want you to know that today. No matter who you are, no matter what your situation is, he loves you and wants to help you. Just ask him, talk to him and let him into your heart by faith.
 
This is my prayer and thought for today.
Sheila

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Escaping temptation

In Ephesians 5:14-16, Paul was teaching us that we are to walk in the light (listening and knowing what God is saying) and to walk carefully, not as fools but as wise and most importantly he said, 'redemning the time because the days are evil'.

The media connection in the day and age is amazing. With the technology of the internet it makes it possible for us to know news almost the minute it happens. Good or bad? I think in some ways it helps us to redemn the time as we are told by Paul and it helps us to realize that the days certainly are evil and evil as never before. But today's technology also brings so many tempations.

What do we do? Do we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that it is 1950 when things were 'old fashioned' as compared to today? No, we can't do that but we can protect our minds and emotions from getting caught up in the things of the world. We are in the world but as the gospel recording group Petra used to sing, 'we are NOT of this world'.

We are truly just passing through, our lives are but a vapor. What will you do with today or tomorrow? Will you realize that the god of this world (satan) is the great deceiver? Will you realize that evil is more rampant than it ever was before? Do you wonder why?

Let me give you something to think about. Could it be that more and more people even Christians are opening the door to the things of the world that we aren't supposed to view or let in? Do you realize when you open the door to look at a lustful situation or listen to a lustful conversation that the door (even though it is a little crack) is now open and it is going to be very difficult to ever close that door again? The Bible says that in every temptation there is made a way of escape, but...it is up to us whether we listen to our conscience or our spirit and escape before we give in. We have our own free will, God promises the way of escape, we determine whether we take it or not.

Can you revert? Yes, but it is going to take a lot of prayer, fasting and determination to seal that crack or opening. Are you willing? God is faithful and he is all about grace and mercy but consider the law of sowing and reaping. What we sow to the flesh we reap to the flesh and pay back to that reaping of the flesh can be Hell and torment.

I pray today for you, I pray strength and determination. If you slipped, pull yourself back up and ask God for help and I promise you he will give it to you. Just as he warned you before the temptation, he in his mercy will let you know what to do to get victory over the temptation.

Strength to you today and wisdom to know God's direction.
This is my prayer and thought for today.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Prepared??? Are you??

It must be the sound of the Holy Spirit that is calling out to me..."Sheila, the time is coming that the cares of the world will be so intense that all believers in God and especially those who call themselves 'Christians' must realize that the coming of the Lord is so soon and we better be prepared; what are you doing to prepare?"

I want to ask you the same thing, 'what are you doing to prepare?'

Living in Florida and the having the reality of hurricanes each year; the media will start broadcasting the dangers of a hurricane even if the system in the Atantic is only a 'tropical depression'. The other day I was thinking about the comparison of the weather people to the ministries and pastors, they are sounding the alarm. Weather people will let you know 2 or 3 weeks ahead of the hurricanes projected entry and the closer it gets, the more accurate they can predict its path. If you scan the religious stations on the TV or radio, most of them are saying that it surely is so near to the time of the rapture of the church and we better get our house in order. All scriptures pertaining to prophecy have been fulfilled up to the coming of Jesus in the clouds for his children.

Do you believe it? Are you sounding the alarm? If there ever was a time that it is easy to witness to non-believers and believers for that matter, it is now? People that don't claim any 'religion' are commenting that things just don't seem right, there is too much going on and things anymore are just weird and strange (to quote part of a conversation I heard last week).

How do you prepare?? Are you studying the Bible, God's word and are you spending time in prayer? Do you really even believe that it is the end time or are you complacent and just keep 'burying your head in the sand'?

If I could tell you anything with all sincerity and honesty, I want to tell you to watch out for the intensity of the cares of the world to start affecting all people especially God's people; watch out for troubles on every hand which will be the result of these end times. But can I tell you the good news, if through these trials and tribulations you draw closer to God, he will draw closer to you. He will give you the answers you are seeking and he will provide a way for you to stand in strength and victory.

Be encouraged my family and friends....God is on our side, and WE WIN in the end! It is just getting to the end that requires us to grid our loins, have the shield of faith at all times, that shield which is able to quinch all the firey darts of the evil one, satan! You are a winner! You stand in that victory today and until you hear him calling your name and all of us are caught up together in the air to meet our Lord Jesus Christ....I am ready are you??

That is my prayer and thought for today!
Sheila