Month: May 2017

  • You’ve Got to Run at The Enemy

    As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.
                                                                                     1 Samuel 17:48 NLT

    When I was young my parents auto mechanics shop was located in a rough area of downtown Hamilton. German Shepherd guard dogs kept the building safe.

    Some of the people who worked for our family had what you might call ‘interesting backgrounds’.  One of my favorites was a guy named Jimmy; my sister Lori and I loved him.  He was an excellent employee trying to cut all ties from his former connections when a dangerous biker gang started putting pressure on his little brother.  In confidence Jimmy went to the clubhouse to confront them and warn them to leave his brother alone.  When Jimmy turned to walk away they shot him in the back.

    The Funeral

    Lori and I were distraught at Jimmy’s funeral.  As a little girl I wondered why there were so many police in the funeral home and parked along the road to the cemetery, but my adult self fully understands.

    Jimmy’s Fatal Error

    Jimmy’s error was in turning his back to the enemy.  All too often we run away from the enemy, leaving ourselves open for attack.

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    You’ve Got to Run at The Enemy

    David was a born warrior so he knew not to do this, he knew exactly how to defeat the enemy.   Scripture tells us that “David quickly ran out to meet” Goliath.   He didn’t sit back, cower back or turn and run away.  David ran towards the enemy.

    Roman warrior back exposedComparing this verse with another set of warrior verses in the Bible, it’s interesting to me that when Paul encourages us to “put on the full armor of God” in Ephesians 61 there isn’t one article described to cover your back.  It makes me ask, Why would God leave us unprotected?

    I believe God never intended for you to turn away from the enemy.  God knew that you would only be safe as you move forward and run at the enemy.

    Prayer

    armor of GodFather…Today I choose to put on a full set of armor.

    On my head, I place the helmet of salvation to guard my thoughts.  I’m wrapping the belt of Your truth around my waist and cinching it in tight.  I’m protecting my heart, with the breastplate of Your righteousness and tying up my shoes getting ready to run with the gospel of peace.  I extinguish all the enemy’s darts as I raise up the shield my faith in You provides.  In my hand I place the sword of Your Word and it is Your Word I will declare as I run at the enemy!   In Jesus Name…Amen

     

    1. Ephesians 6:13-17

    The Armor of God

    13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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  • Saying The Right Thing

    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
                                                    Hebrews 10:23 NIV

    “I just can’t take it anymore!” These are terribly hopeless words of complete surrender to defeat.  Years ago, in a place of brokenness I quoted them too much.  At some point I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me and encouraging me to be careful with what I allowed to roll off my lips.  So, when those words came spilling out of my mouth recently, alarms started going off in my head.  I knew that I no longer was saying the right thing.

    The confession of my mouth was negative, void of hope or faith.  The opposite is what I needed to declare.

    Only days later, my daughter reminded me how to speak in hope.  Shelby was talking with her friends and professed about her future in hope and faith.  Shelby spoke words to the direction God gave her a few years ago for her life.

    The writer of Hebrews was encouraging believers to profess their hope.  Since profess isn’t a word I normally use (and maybe you don’t either) I looked this verse up in the original Greek.  Strong’s concordance explains that profess means to “speak to a conclusion”1.  Our profession; our spoken words need to speak to the end…not to our current situation.  Profess hope for your future in the words you speak.

    So…

    What are you professing?

    Are you releasing your faith through what you say or binding it up?

    Are you saying the right thing?

    Prayer

    Father…let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You.  Help me to set a guard around my mouth so I can eat of the good fruit that my words produce and not the bitter.  I will hold unswervingly to the hope I hold in You and profess it with my words because YOU ARE FAITHFUL!  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    1        https://biblehub.com/greek/3671.htm

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    1. Hebrews 10:23
    2. Proverbs 18:21
    3. Matthew 12:36-37
    4. Psalm 19:14
    5. Romans 4:17

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  • Happy Victoria Day 2017!

    Cya tomorrow for this week’s #SoulH2O Devotion.  Today, have a great day celebrating with friends and family!

    Be Blessed & Refreshed!

    ~Sherry

    xoxo

     

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  • Do You Feel Adequate For The Task?

    And who is adequate for such a task as this?
                                                    2 Corinthians 2:16 (b) NIV

    This Sunday was a big day for me.  I preached at my home church in Hamilton, ON with a crowd that included a lot of family, friends, former members of my teenage youth group and members of the Jr. High youth group I led. Preaching from the pulpit that brought me a large majority of the sermons I’ve heard seemed quite surreal.  People may find this hard to believe but in the morning of the day I spoke I was a nervous wreck. I began to question whether or not I was adequate for the task.

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    Do You Feel Adequate For The Task?

    Before I spoke, thoughts of inadequacy were running through my head.  Phrases were flitting through my mind, mocking me: “I’m divorced”, “These people knew me when I was young and immature”, “My family knows all my flaws”, “who am I to stand in the pulpit where so many great men and women of the faith have stood?”, did I mention, “I’m divorced”.  I questioned my right to do anything for God.

    The truth is, I’m not adequate and neither are you.

    None of us are.  Paul came to this conclusion when sending the letter to the Corinthians.  Just a few verses after his question “And who is adequate for such a task as this?” Paul settles the answer in his mind when he says, “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”1

    If you haven’t heard it said, you need to hear it…

    God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

    Today, don’t let yourself question if you’re adequate for the task.  Walk in confidence to do all you’re called to, knowing your competence comes from God!

    Prayer

    Father…I’m relieved to know the pressure is off of me.  I don’t have to be good enough, because You are!  Help me to walk with lighter steps today trusting in your all-sufficiency. Your divine power has given me everything I need for life and godliness.2  Thank You for making me, adequate for the task.  In Jesus Name…Amen  

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    1        2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV
    2           2 Peter 1:3

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. 2 Corinthians 2:16 (b)
    2. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
    3. 2 Peter 1:3
    4. Genesis 41:16

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  • Why Mothers Are Always So Tired

    This post is to help any non-moms understand why mothers are always so tired!

     “…in humility value others above yourselves, let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

    PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4 NIV
    Mothers always tired

    When I became a mother, I never knew how much work was involved!  You see, I had babysat a million or so times and thought I’d be a pro… but, good moms, are much more than babysitters. 

    Really good mothers are selfless and, they take Scripture to heart.

    The Job Checklist

    Loving moms live out these verses on a day-to-day basis, putting the needs of their children before their own.  Moms are willing to stay up late or get up early; to wash clothes, cook a meal, prepare lunches, sit with a sick child, clean the house, work from home, ‘help’ do homework, listen to a broken heart, wipe away tears, and other questionable substances.  

    For many moms of littles, tweens, or teens right now, you know that being what your kids need takes a lot of effort and Covid-19 has added the role of teacher to the litany of job requirements.

    And that’s why mothers are always so tired!

    quote milton berle moms

    In Philippians 2:3-4  Paul was encouraging believers to treat each other well.  He reminded us all to have the same attitude of Christ in the way we interact with one other.  He instructed with these words:

    “don’t be selfish and…
    think of others as better than yourselves…
    take care of the interests of others…
    You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

    Leading By Example

    As a great leader, Jesus never asks us to do anything He hasn’t already shown us by example.  The selfless characteristic of a mother comes from being made in the image of God. At no other time do we reveal the attitude of Christ better than when we place the needs of others, before our own.

    But sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop helping and take a rest. It seems Jesus was very discerning with his need to balance work and rest, but I don’t think many moms have mastered this divine dance.

    Moms would be wise to heed the advice in Galatians 6:9 and discern, where to draw the line, taking to heart these words that say,

    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time… we will reap a harvest… if we do not give up.

    Wise moms rely on God’s strength to help them be the best mother they can be, not wearing themselves as thin as the carpet on their floors. Oh! How I wish I’d been a wiser mom when my kids were little.

    Mothers, it’s my prayer that you understand how valuable your labour is.  You are truly the hands of God extended to your child.  Believers everywhere, follow in the attitude of Christ to be His hands and feet to those around you.

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for showing me how to love self-lessly by sending Your one and only son to earth.  Let me not become weary in well-doing as I follow Your lead.  I ask You to help me love in the attitude of Christ, placing proper value on those around me and providing for their needs.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    Related Soul H2O Radio/Podcast Episode

    Soul H2O Radio-39 Weary moms

    Ep#39 The Weary Mom Syndrome

    I hope this conversation with Heather Rodin and Becki Baxter help provide some practical tips to break the crazy cycle of The Weary Mom Syndrome in your life and leave you refreshed!
    http://www.soulh2o.com/39

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