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.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Darkness? Have you lost happiness?



In Psalms 77 the Psalmsist Asaph was writing about crying out to God. If you read the first verse it goes like this: "I cried out to God with my voice-to God with my voice". I read it a couple of times before it dawned on me that he repeated 'to God with my voice' twice. Why? Why did he say it twice? Was he letting us know that some things need to be said outloud? Are there things that we need to say or sing with our voice?

A few verses down he said, "I call to remembrance my song in the night" and this is the verse that got my attention. Last night was one of those restless nights when I felt that there was a strong need for me to pray. Have you had those type of nights? You toss and turn until you get awake enough to know that God is trying to get your attention, that was me last night.

I begin to pray even though I felt half asleep... I know that it doesn't matter if I am fully awake, I pray in the state or frame of being that I am and usually in a short time I will be fully awake. The Holy Spirit is patient and he knows what we need or what someone close to us needs. Yes I begin to pray and seek God for what he was troubling me about. Now I use the word 'troubling' only to describe the way I recognize that there is a need and by me being obedient, God was going to move either for me or the person I was praying for. I don't always know who or what, sometimes I think we only need to be obedient to pray.

Did the Psalmist mean in this chapter that by calling to remembrance his song in the night, he would find comfort? I believe so. When I went through dark times, I had to with my voice sing songs of remembrance. I had to with my voice sing, 'the God on the mountain is the God of the valley', I had to sing...'through it all, through it all..I learned to trust in Jesus, I learned to trust in God, I had to sing, 'where he leads me I will follow, I will follow all the way, I had to sing, 'Just as I am, without one plea but that his blood was shed for me'. Do you have a song of remembrance? Has your voice cried out in distress to your God..."I can't do this alone" and the second those words left your mouth your felt the Lord answer you with a word or a song? Oh I have, so many times.

Our voice is so important to find peace and comfort from our Heavenly Father, the God of the universe who loves us beyond our comprehension. The next time you can't sleep or the next time you are troubled, I want you to sing with your voice a song in the night just as the Psalmist did. He went in his writing to say that 'he will remember the works of the Lord' and he 'would talk of his deeds' and he said, 'who is so great a God as our God, you are the God who does wonders'. Keep these words that he spoke, add them to your own words and know that if you are awaken or troubled, with your own voice speak words of victory, speak words of praise, sing a song that brings healing and comfort.

I pray for you today, I pray that the song of remembrance so resinates in your being that it almost becomes alive and a part of you and you remember it forever!
This is my prayer and thought for today.
Sheila

Friday, March 18, 2016

Alzheimer's, prevention with scripture.


Are you concerned or fearful of developing Alzheimer's or dementia? In prayer the Holy Spirit gave me this to write concerning a verse in Psalms 23 which reads, The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want he makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside the still waters, he RESTORETH my soul. Now there is more great promises in that chapter but I want to stop with that verse.

Before writing this I wanted to see what a few commentaries had to say about the verse, ‘he restoreth my soul’; I want to build my faith in this area. The writer (Barnes) used the words, ‘he causes my life to return’. Wow, powerful and encouraging words to anyone that is getting older. A scripture in Isiah says that he will renew our strength like an eagle and in Ephesians 4:23, the verse says for us to be ‘renewed in the spirit of our mind’.

 

With all the onslaught of opinions, documentaries and commentaries on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the fear of getting older has started to plague many (especially if you are nearing the age of 50). I felt the need to write words of encouragement pertaining to our mind and what fears we face as we get older.

 

When I hear someone joke that they are getting Alzheimer’s I almost literally cringe. I want to tell them that they shouldn’t even allow those words to come out of their mouth.  

 

Thinking about the night time and darkness; the person with full blown Alzheimer’s and/or dementia gets to a point where there is nothing to look forward to, a day is a day that doesn’t bring happiness even if the sun is shining and the blue skies are in abundance, no… another day is just that, another day of mental torture. A night only means pills to make you sleep and possibly dream a mirage of mind confusing moments.

 

Is there hope? As a Christian do you have the promise that the scripture is true?

 

Let’s look back at the commentary again.

 

He restoreth my soul - literally, "He causes my life to return."  "He quickens me," or causes me to live. The word ‘soul’ here means life, or spirit. It refers to the spirit when exhausted, weary, or sad; and the meaning is, that God quickens or vivifies the spirit when thus exhausted. The reference is not to the soul as wandering or backsliding from God, but to the life or spirit as exhausted, wearied, troubled, anxious, worn down with care and toil. The heart, thus exhausted, He re-animates. He brings back its vigor. He encourages it; excites it to new effort; fills it with new joy. (Barnes)

 

When we read the inspired words that are contained in the Bible and they have promises that we are entitled to, well my friend I don’t know about you but I am seizing those words as if they were written directly to me!

 

Restores my soul (the mind, will and emotions). So through the power of God the Holy Spirit my mind will be restored IF I believe these scriptures. Impossible you think?

 

With the logic of man it’s impossible but not with God!

 

I firmly believe that we are living in the last days as spoken in many verses of the Bible. So many plagues and wars and rumors of wars that are in abundance throughout the world. Christians are being killed, dying martyrs for their faith. It’s very similar to certain times of bondage that the children of Israel encountered and were delivered from. Many Christians are truly worn down with cares and toils and so many troubles and heartaches and these have tremendous effects on their minds.

 

Can I explain why people and especially Christians suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia?  No I can’t. Do I believe God’s word is personable and that he will ‘renew my mind’ and ‘restore to me the joy of my salvation’? Yes or I wouldn’t be writing this for you to read.

 

What can you do? Here’s what I feel is the greatest hope; hold to the scriptures of Psalms 23, all of them but especially the one, ‘he restores my soul’. You should say them out loud. I plan on writing them down and putting them in a place where I see them, they are ever before me. I plan on praying and casting down thoughts of fear and not letting them live in my mind. My plan is like an offensive one like of a sports team. I am making the plays and scores before the attack would come. I am finding the scriptures that pertain to my mind and my joy! Those will be my defense to the enemy’s taunts and lies.

 

Please don’t let fear take hold of you! Cling to the scripture in the Bible and all of God’s promises to you. I will be praying for you! God WILL restore your soul.

 

I leave you with this scripture from Isiah 40: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

FEAR HATH TORMENT

I SOUGHT THE LORD AND HE HEARD ME AND DELIVERED ME FROM ALL MY FEARS: PSALMS 34:4.


The seed of FEAR and it's torment plagues so many of humanity and yes, so many Christians.


What opens the door and is there hope to combat it? YES, YES and YES again!!!


If you want to read something interesting, then I suggest you start with Genesis chapter 3, verses 9 and 10. What you will find is the part of the Bible where Adam and Eve realized that they were naked after yielding to Satan's (Lucifer) temptation and lies.


And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.


Notice this: the first words recorded spoken by Adam where that Eve was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh and that man should leave his parents and cleave to his wife. The next words spoken were after they took of the forbidden fruit and their soul and flesh were awakened, he HID from God and then said to God, "I was afraid......".


There you have it. The first recorded words about fear, Adam said I was AFRAID. The seed of Satan was planted, the seed of fear was alive and thousands of years later you and I and so many others fight the torment of fear.


We fear the loss of our health, we fear loss of our finances, we fear loss of our loved ones, we fear divorce, we fear death, we fear....we fear and we fear!


What is the solution you ask, is there hope you ask?? YES there is.


The scripture I started off with is a seed of faith against the seed of fear and it is stronger and can defeat the fear. "I sought the Lord....who sought the Lord? YOU will need to seek the Lord in prayer and reading the Bible and searching the scriptures that deal with fear. Next, ‘he heard me’….you cannot let doubt or condemnation make you believe that God didn’t hear your prayers he did and as long as you ask in the name of Jesus he heard you. Next, ‘he delivered me’…oh yes...deliverance from fear! I have been delivered from fear so many times… what freedom it is to be set free of fear. Next…and last is that God delivers me from ALL of my fears. Not a few or some of them, but ALL of them.


Seeds grow if they are watered….fear is a seed. Imagine a weed. You cannot find its’ seed but it will spring up almost anywhere that there is soil.  If that seed isn’t plucked out or pulled out it will grow and overtake the garden or a field. When a thought or worry that is fearful comes to you then that is when you say, out loud the scripture I just gave you and that fear has to die. You cannot give it life you must speak to it the word of God which will kill the fear.


Stand against the voice of fear! Stand against its’ torment. Stand on the Word of God. Ask someone to pray with you if you don’t feel you can fight it alone. I am already praying for whoever reads this that you will find deliverance from the fear you are facing. I know God’s word is powerful and has the answer to all your needs.


Know that God the Father loves you and sent Jesus his son to bring salvation to everyone, that everyone includes you! I want you to be free of fear and you can be.


 








Monday, December 14, 2015

I know that voice, do you?

Did you ever think about the way God made voices to be so very different in sound, some loud, some squeaky or high pitched but yet they can blend in a choir and sound so good??


I think about my son's voices, I could pick them out in a massive crowd above all the other voices if I heard them speak. If you are a parent I am sure you relate to what I am saying. We know our kids voice and they know ours.


Jesus said in the Bible, 'my sheep know my voice and another they will not follow'. Now of course he wasn't referring to a 'human' voice but the voice that a 'born again' Christian believer hears. You know that still small voice inside you that isn't audible but it can be described as a 'feeling' or 'unction'.


These last days (and yes I believe we are living in the last days as the Bible tells us about), are full of trouble on every hand. Families fighting each other, world wide hunger, floods, earthquakes, fires, wars and refugees invading countries; times like never before.


Are you scared? Are you full of anxiety? Do you fear what the next year will bring?


I find myself getting caught up in lies and half-truths the media broadcast almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and then comes the anxiety! Why do I put myself through this? Well I'm changing that part of my life.


The remedy for me and you???? Know 'HIS' voice and another do not follow. How do you learn his voice?


You learn his voice through prayer and reading the Bible. Yes that sounds like a cliché to some of you but its the truth. You can know his voice. His voice will lead and guide you into all truths. You can trust his voice because he is as a shepherd and we as his sheep. Just as the 23rd Psalms says, 'he will lead us beside the still water', he will 'deliver us from evil', he is 'our shepherd' he will 'make you to lie down in green pastures', he will 'restore your soul'.


If you don't know his voice then I invite you to ask him to come into your life; ask him to forgive your sins; ask him to dwell with you and most of all, ask him to so make his voice real to you that you know where he is leading and guiding you!


My prayer for you today is genuine and sincere. I know Jesus loves you and you can rest in his love and not be anxious no matter what happens in this country or any other country. Read the Bible, read the 91st Psalms and know that he will protect you and make a way for you. Jesus loves you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Salute to all Veterans

The Veteran

There is a southern gospel song who’s words go like this: ‘If I surveyed all the good things that comes to me from above if I counted my blessings from the store house of love I simply ask for a favor of Him beyond mortal man and I know he will grant it again. I want to stroll over Heaven with you some sweet day, when all our trials and heartaches have truly vanished away and we’ll enjoy all the beauty where all things are new. I want to stroll over Heaven with you’.
This weekend I had the privilege of volunteering at the mobile Vietnam Veterans wall aiding (with the help of a computer) the search of names to see where the deceased soldier’s name was located on the vast wall. The names are in the chronological order from the first casualty to the last.

The emotion that I and others who helped was more than words could say. To hear grown men cry when they located the name of their soldier, well I will let you imagine the overwhelming feeling it gave. To hear those sobs and see some of them drop to their knees with tears flowing from their eyes, anyone with a heart would sense their hurt.

One older man came to ask for help with a name. When the volunteer found the soldier and the location the elderly man with a cane asked him if he would take him to the part of the wall where the name was located because his vision wasn’t good enough for him to read the small print. The volunteer was more than happy to help him as he was a Veteran too.

When they arrived at the wall the elderly man fell to his knees, crying uncontrollably. The volunteer asked him if he was alright. Through the deep cries the volunteer heard these words, “This is my son….I didn’t get to go to his  funeral service, but at least now I can look upon his name on this wall and say my 'good bye and thank him”.

For those who lost a family member, a spouse or a friend in any war I want to bring you hope that one day you will be able to stroll over Heaven with them.  If you have been born again then you are a child of God then you are assured that one day you will go to Heaven that is a promise in the Bible. Jesus told us that he was going to prepare a place for us. He said in his Father’s house were many mansions. The Bible is full of promises about eternal life.

If you are a Veteran then know that we as Americans are so proud of you and so thankful to you for your service. I can’t even imagine what fear one must endure when they are in a battle and the bullets and bombs are going off all around you. I can’t imagine the fear and hurt when you witnessed a buddy get killed or severally injured….no words that is in my vocabulary have the ability to describe what that must feel like. All I can say is ‘thanks’.

Many of you veterans that are maimed in body, soul and mind I want to give you hope. I want to tell you that one day you will be whole again. I want to promise you that when you get to Heaven you will stroll with Jesus and the Angels.  I want you to know that the Hell you went through protecting the America that you love will be turned to your good and you will be rewarded because your trial and your heartache will truly vanish away. You will enjoy the beauty where all things are new and all of us Christians will stroll over Heaven with you.

As you read this please know that I am praying for you. Please know that Jesus loves you and has gone to Heaven to prepare a place for you. No more hurt, pain, disappointments, heartaches, wars…can you imagine what it will be like? Ask Jesus into your heart and ask him to forgive you of all your sins and he will and you will stroll over Heaven one day with all believers. Thank you Veteran, with all my heart I thank you!

Friday, October 30, 2015

In love??

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7-9.

I have to admit that I have watched American Idol show on TV and I used to like it but that is not the topic of this writing but I must make an observation.

One thing that I notice from my years of watching this show is the judge’s critique to the young aspiring singers. Now I have to admit that most of the ‘fine tuning’ is good for them. One critique that is especially gets my attention occurs after an unsuccessful attempt of the singer to make a serious love song their own. One or all of the judges will tell them it wasn’t that good because when they sang it was obvious that they just didn’t connect with the song. The judge will go on to tell them the audience could tell that they haven’t ‘been there – done that’ so to speak or they haven’t experienced being in love or loving and losing and it came across in their performance. Next they go on to tell them that one day when they have the experience their song will reflect it. And…you are wondering ‘well Sheila what does American Idol have to do with my life as a Christian?’ Well I want to talk to you about being in love with Jesus and how being in love with Jesus is such a wonderful experience and it is so life changing.

Being in love with Jesus means that you will desire his presence and you desire to know more about him and his life. I would guess that most of you have experienced love in your lifetime. Being in love can encompass many arenas which includes your spouse, children, parents, siblings, a good friend and so on.

When you fell in love or realized that you loved, what was your reaction? Didn’t you want to spend a lot of time with the person? Didn’t you want to learn everything you could about them? Didn’t you want to know how they were as a kid, what their likes and dislikes were and oh…you thought there weren’t enough hours in the day when you could spend time with them. Now can you compare that to when you first became born again or accepted Jesus into your life?

My oh my....I remember when I first got saved. I was consumed with praying, reading the Bible and finding other Christians to talk to. Now don’t get me wrong, I still do and enjoy all the above, what I want to talk to you about is losing that first love and how to get it back. The passage at the beginning of this writing is about Adam and Eve after they ate of the tree of knowledge and how they DIDN'T want to be in God’s presence; how is this tied into this message? Just keep reading.

Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of Satan after Satan convinced Eve and she convinced Adam that they would have all this knowledge that really God didn’t want them to have. You know the story. After they ate of the fruit of the tree they realized their humanity and knew that they did wrong. But the sad part (well there are many to their story) is that they HID themselves from the presence of God. God himself came to their home or the Garden of Eden and walked and talked with them, he created them and man for fellowship and Adam and Eve ‘blew it’.

When God sent his only begotten son to die on the cross so we can be saved and know communication with God it renewed that communication and fellowship that Adam and Eve disowned and I for one am so eternally grateful. Do you want to renew that love that you had with God? Do you want to know his presence like you have in the past? It’s easy to do you know. You doubt? Don’t doubt. I assure you that reaching out to Jesus with a sincere heart and mind is all it takes. His presence is just a prayer away!

If you desire his presence and are sincere then I want you to prayer this simple prayer with me and when you do a breakthrough is coming to you. “Father in the name of Jesus I am asking you to make your presence known to me. I know that you sent Jesus your son to this earth and he died for my sins. I accept you as my personal savior and I ask you to forgive all my sins. Starting now I am going to talk to you, pray to you, read your Word the Bible and I am going to learn more about you. I am hungry for your presence and I know that I need your presence to help me through each day. I give you all my heartaches, burdens, disappointments, loneliness, trials and tribulations. Help me to search for you in everything I do and say. Be with me I pray, renew me with your power I pray”.

There, you did it and now expect God to be with you and he will. It is a walk of faith for all of us. You won’t hear an audible voice guide you and direct you but you will know things in your mind. You can read the Bible which will tell you all about Jesus. Go to church and make Christian friends, you need friends of like beliefs that you relate to. SEEK HIS PRESENCE AND YOU WILL FIND HIM.

When you know Jesus then you will have the experience to talk about him or sing about him with full knowledge of what he has done in your life. You won’t be like the young contestants on American Idol who don’t relate to love, you will relate because you know the God of the universe who created love and loves you unconditionally. Sing your song…..you have what it takes, you DO know true love and you sing like it.

This is my prayer and thought for today. Sheila

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do you know the voice of God?


America was handed a new law that basically legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states on June 25th. Yes our America. I am appalled and so are most Christians. What concerns me though is how long until this new way of life will be accepted and like others shockers this decade, WE ADJUST and get complacent and nothing more is said and the fighting and arguments fade away. Then the acceptance comes and life goes on.

 

Many of the main stream ministers are not making waves or comments. WHY??? Because they rely on contributions to run their huge corporations, oh pardon me I mean churches. And some of the contributions are from the ‘ear itching’ liberals who get the tax write-offs for their contribution.

 

Well this ruling on same sex marriages will open a flood gate to other perversions in our America. The prosecution of Christians will be as never before. The times of playing church and ‘having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof’ are over if you want to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus said in his word, “My sheep know my voice and another they will not follow”. Do you know his voice?? Really know his voice? His voice will tell you to pray, to read his word and to worship him for who he is. This will be vital to mine and your survival……knowing his voice.

 

We are most definitely living in the last days. We are going to see some awful persecution of the Bible believing and practicing Christians. The way to stay strong is to know his word, believe his word and know his voice.

 

I pray that you don’t have your conscience seared as with a hot iron. I pray that your spirit is alive in you and you believe and know that God’s Word is truth and God’s Word will prevail. One day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. If you don’t know Jesus, you can bow your knee and confess right now that Jesus is Lord and ask him to forgive you of all your sin and he will.

 

We don’t have to fear what is coming upon America, we only have to trust that our Heavenly Father will take care of us.