Away I Am

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Good day/ evening beloved. Just a note to let you know that I will be away from posting until  mid November. Thank you for stopping in. I pray that you all keep the faith, walk mighty in love towards all,  have compassion for all, and forgive those who do wrong towards you and yours.  Let us pray this psalm together:



 Psalm 25

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me!

20 Guard my life and rescue me;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord, is in you.

22 Deliver Israel, O God,
    from all their troubles!

May God deliver us all from our troubles, those who believe in Him.

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The Gift of In the Fear of the Lord from the Spirit of the Lord

“…shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of…” (Isaiah 11:3)

I wrestled with this for a moment until the Holy Spirit placed my focus on the words “IN THE FEAR OF.” The previous post about piety was fear OF. I’m straight now. Let us have an English moment:

In – is the preposition used when stating a location or a position within something; used to indicate that someone or something belongs to or is included as part of something
Of- is the preposition used when there is a belonging to, relating to, or connected with (someone or something)
Fear- : to be afraid of (something or someone); to have a reverential awe of <fear God>

Now let’s back it up to some key words that glorify the word fear- “quick understanding”. (TYHS) How often is that overlooked? The word fear is the cause of overlooking many things said and done. When this gift is resting upon us from the Spirit of the Lord, I shall be bold to say that we will know things without a doubt, without lagging in thought, and with no afterthoughts or forethoughts; we will have a belonging to “quick understanding in the fear of the Lord.” (poof on the spot!) How cool is that?

... Has The Church Lost The <b>Fear Of The Lord</b>” – Pastor Shane Idleman

Simply put, I believe Acts 9:31 explains what it is to be n fear of the Lord: Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. Do you understand the spiritual aspect of that verse?


Let me break it down as to what happens when one has a QUICK UNDERSTANDING:

  1. You have rest(relaxation) in the Lord
  2. You will be edified(educated) in the Lord
  3. You will be in comfort (well-being) of the Holy Ghost
  4. Your branches will multiply (grow) in Christ, the root of Jesse
  5. You will have complete intimacy with the Lord (Ding! Ding! Knock Out!)

And to mention-with a quick understanding you can be considered a jack of all trades. You are positioned right where God is, connected to and within Him. You are able to do many works that are of His will. You are as the Temptations would sing “Standing on the top”. You will know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) To love God is to be in the fear of God-H.O.L.I.N.E.S.S.

<b>fear of the Lord</b>Moses said it best: “…Do not fear, for God has come to test you that the fear of him may be before you that you may not sin.”(Exodus 20:20)

Think deeply about this. Who would you rather live in fear of? When we live in fear of others, what happens? Let me tell ya!

The Happens:

  • We are always stressed and depressed
  • We are always looking over our shoulders(deficiency in trusting others)
  • We have no peace/rest within
  • We don’t understand the fear
  • We are repetitively sinning
  • We have car and house alarm systems just waiting for someone to steal or break into
  • We have security guards and alarm systems in place at churches
  • We don’t love others unconditionally (1 John 4:18-There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.)
  • Hatred runs amuck

I bet you didn’t think of those things as being related to living in fear of others and not fear in the Lord? (TYHS) Let us be reminded my loves, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”(2 Timothy 1:7) I believe that the fear of others comes from that bad spiritual realm. If we are doing wrong, fear automatically comes through that realm. “Know what I mean Vern?”

The bottom line is this:

“In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.” (Proverbs 14:26) “And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50)

My beloved, understand, when a place of refuge/protection can’t be found anywhere else; this verse clearly teaches us that in living in the fear of the Lord, we are guaranteed a place of refuge/protection by our Heavenly Father. We are connected with(of) God. (TYHS) Only the Spirit of the Lord can give us that peace BY RESTING THIS GIFT UPON US. Father, we all pray to receive a quick understanding from the Spirit of the Lord, teach us to stop fearing one another. Prepare our hearts and minds to receive this gift in Jesus name. Amen.

<b>Fear of the Lord</b> acrostic

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The Gift of Piety from the Spirit of the Lord

*Piety- n- reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations: the quality or state of being pious: dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.:
*Syn.- 1. respect, veneration, awe. 2. godliness, devotion, devoutness, sanctity, holiness, faithfulness
* Hebrew- Yir’ah – fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety

“To sum up, remember that unless piety and your interest be in the same thing, piety cannot be maintained in any man.”-Epictetus

My Key Belief-  Piety in its full manifestation comes directly from the Holy Spirit. Piety at this stage is something we cannot produce on our own. Let us think about what took place on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
Using the KJV, Isaiah 11:2 states- And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;-(i.e. Piety)


In this world, fear can be classified as alarming respect. For example, a lot of us have earthly levels of fear, i.e. a fear of flying, animals, truth, and what others do or say to us. The idiom works well here “Once bitten, twice shy” (If somebody is said to be once bitten twice shy, it means that someone who has been hurt or who has had something go wrong will be far more careful the next time.) Experiences of fear are great lessons, yea?

We unconsciously have respect of that fear by staying far away from it as possible and consciously have respect of by remembering the bite. Simply put- Fear of puts us in a position of being controlled by whatever the fear is. With that being said, it leads me to ask what a lot of us ponder in our hearts and mind. Why should we have fear /Yir’ah of the Lord? Specifically, why should we, when He says that He loves us? The reasons will come directly from the Word of God as shared below from Genesis 20 and other chapters about Abraham. I feel the Spirit working in my heart, as I write, so let me pray.

Prayer- Abba Father, Holy Spirit, let the focus and the truth manifest itself from Genesis 20 about piety. Out of all the other verses that speak of piety, you have led me here for a reason. Lord, thank you for the death of things and people you are removing and replacing in my life, even those things I fear letting go of. Lo, Father, I don’t understand why you need me to lose, but I know you will provide and renew in another area away from those and places that hinder my growth in you. All I ask is not to be moved too far away from my children and grandchildren. In Psalm 37, David said “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” You have called me out Lord to walk upon your many oceans without the fear of drowning as I trust in and give you all reverence due you. In Jesus name, let your Spirit lead others who read this to understand where this message fits in their life because your truth is deeper than we can even imagine. Amen. I’ve been led to share this song of worship with you. (TYHS)

This has been put in the order given to me, be not confused. Tis, the season of migration til we get to God’s POINT. (TYHS)

Genesis 20:11 – And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. (What one thinks when one has a reverence of God and others do not) As the story goes, God came to Abimelech in a dream and put fear in which turned to fear of, so that Abimelech does right by a man who already has fear of God. In short, piety was produced by the Holy Spirit of God.

In Genesis 20:6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. Can we agree that this example shows that piety keeps us from sinning against God?

Verse 17 -So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. Can we agree that piety allows one to be healed? Did God show Abimelech love?

Verses 7-8– Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine. Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid. Can we agree that piety allows us to be obedient to the word of God without giving it a second thought? Can we agree that piety allows us to tell others about God’s power?

Verse 13-15 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. Can we agree that even piety of God exists within those that lie out of fear of what others may say or do to them?(Read the full story about Abraham) Can we agree that piety leads us to wander to get to the place God has set before us through other venues? (Oh Lord! TYHS!)

In closing I believe that upon receiving the gift of Piety from the Spirit of the Lord we can understand migrating to where God wants and needs us to be, forever in His presence.(TYHS):

Genesis 20:1– And Abraham journeyed from thence toward…..

Genesis 18:33 -And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

Genesis 12:1– Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

Genesis 15:1– After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (God’s POINT)

A Key for you– Having Piety of God and a true interest in Him brings forth His love and shield of protection which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. For He alone is God.

Many thanks to you beloved readers for stopping by and spending time with my thoughts! I pray that you received a blessing and that you never be led astray by me nor others, from the Word of God.  May the gift of Piety rest upon you. One more gift to go!

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:-) Sorry! The Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me end this…have to sneak in some Job

Job 4:6- Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

Let It Go and Grow! – A Beautiful September Calendar 4 U

Isaiah 43:18-19- Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

You should visit for more inspirational calendars. :-)

September 2015 - Let Things Go

The Gift of Knowledge from the Spirit of the Lord

Good day Beloved! I have reached the gift that I believe gives us the ability to discern between right and wrong; the ability to teach others what is right and wrong ; and the ability to lead by example. 


tree of knowledge plantKey Note– Having knowledge means being planted in the Word of God. Was not the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil planted by God? Read Genesis 2:8-9. How ironic is that?  “good and evil” is known to us as ‘right and wrong’ growing on the Tree of Knowledge.   There’s your thought for the day!   :-P

At the end of the day, it allows us to DO what is right, because we KNOW what is right. Knowledge defines our character and it defines a relationship of spiritual obedience to the Lord. We are to GROW in knowledge of the Lord.


Before moving forward, let me share with you part of a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925:

“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.

Pleasure without conscience.

Knowledge without character.

Commerce without morality.

Science without humanity.

Worship without sacrifice.

Politics without principle.

Knowledge- “Through God’s words we gain an understanding that God is the one who gives the gift of knowledge- that is an understanding or awareness of something. The Lord however, grants knowledge to those who have an honest relationship with him.” – Courtesy of Biblegateway

So many times in our lives we roam around thinking that we know everything about everything there is to know about everything. Is that sensible? Is that spiritual?

It is sensible to us when we study certain subjects, yet we will never know all there is to know about any one subject. AND… If we think we know everything there is to know about a certain subject we would probably be sufferers of the mental condition known as egoism. That is just plain old worldly general knowledge. The Lord does not want  His people to be lack in His knowledge. His people need to go beyond the realm of general knowledge. We are to gain spiritual knowledge. You know what He said in Hosea 4:6.

It is spiritual to us when we “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) This describes a person that has an “honest relationship with” God. Such a person KNOWS without a doubt that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”(John 4:24) Worshipping Him in Spirit and Truth gives the Gift of Knowledge from the Spirit of the Lord, its CHARACTER. (TYHS)

The person that receives this gift is one that is very well-versed in the Word of God. He/she is not only a hearer, or speaker/translator of the word, but is also a doer of the word that he/she makes knowledgeable to others. Such a person has the ability to speak TRUTH where and when truth is needed. I would say that this person have good memorization and recitation skills about the scriptures. Most of us have the knowledge to memorize and recite, but fail to do. (TYHS) What good is it that a man memorizes and recites scriptures but does not what God instructed him to do? Guilty as charged, I am.

Here is something else I found about the manifestation of this gift in others, courtesy of :

Characteristics of Those with This Gift:
– Have a large storehouse of biblical knowledge
– Have a habit of regularly reading and studying the Scriptures and delight in discovering new biblical truths
– Love research and do not mind long hours of biblical study
– Are concerned about biblical accuracy in presentations (class, sermon, devotional)
– Are conscientious about following God’s will and being obedient

Finally beloved, let us remember that each one of the gifts mentioned in Isaiah 11:1-3 were rested upon Jesus by the Spirit of the Lord. We have yet to attain such a position with the Spirit of the Lord to receive all the gifts at once. Let us also remember this fact if nothing else about the gift of knowledge-

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is knowledge in its greatest, truest, and ONLY form.

Paul confirms this in 1 Corinthians 1:4-7- “I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Peter also tells us in 2 Peter 3:18-“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” and if we believe in God’s law, we ask, and He will “teach us knowledge and good judgement.”(Psalm 119:66)


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A Bonus Note– In the beginning and in the end to receive such a gift from the Spirit of the Lord you must “ … be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2) After all, the mind is where knowledge is stored/planted and used.

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Fasting 4 Real-HERE AM I! – Isaiah 58

My worship song for this morning was:



Isaiah 58 KJV

Isaiah 58 NIV

Good evening beloved! After my morning prayer the Lord did say to me “Shelia, Here AM  I”… I immediately thought about Samuel. After hearing that I began studying Isaiah 58, Day 5 of my church’s Fall Prayer Consecration. I want to share something the Holy Spirit showed me about Fasting 4 Real and the words “Here Am I.”

I was reminded of this inspirational saying:Real talk God is up

First and most importantly shown to me were the words “Here Am I” or “Here I Am” (vs. 9) said by none other that God Himself. Those words worked my spirit into tears, shouts, and a whole lot of praise earlier this morn. Don’t you just love it when the Holy Spirit of God cleanses and refreshes the soul when He speaks directly to you? I must share with you my beloved comrades and readers in prayer,  a real sad personal moment.  The Holy Spirit is prompting me to share this.  I have been battling the devil working in my sister for over a month over heir property /inherited shared property from our Grandparents (many more years over other things) that she thinks she is “controlling” and “taking to my grave” she said claiming it to be “mine only.” She  yelled at me last week “I am Christ” and “you are not a part of this family…what is it you don’t get after all this time?” In the presence of our mother, who just lowered her head.  Is that the sign of Christ working in others? NO.  Lord have mercy!


the devil is realHave you ever been face to face with the devil? I have more times than I care to have been. I rebuked that quickly in her face and the devil is riding high now within her that she does not communicate and is always leaving my mom’s house to avoid seeing me now. I will not back down in Jesus name and that passage reminded me this morning that God is with me through this battle. PRAY for her to be released from the many devils controlling her since our earthly father’s death….a long time, please. It is not just me in the family who sees she is “out there without God claiming to be Christ“…And PRAY for me, the Lord’s will be done.  To-Day, I’ve finally decided to stop feeling sorry for her, that was the damnation cloud hanging over me.

Too many people walk around believing and are taught that Satan is not real. A lot of  people believe that he “wears PRADA”.   I beg to differ. The devil wears and conceals himself within any scented spirit well open to him.


Now on to the REAL I discovered this morning:(TYHS!) This chapter showed me how God views humanity with their false sense of fasting… Pure Hypocrisy! In Isaiah 58 he showed me the real.. we cannot continue to fast as we do today and think that he hears us. Every  one of us need to pray together for God’s guidance in All matters. ( now I get why the Holy Spirit led me to share my issue. An army is needed to break this stronghold of  many devils “Legion”- TYHS again) PRAY.   

Isaiah 58:3-5

‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
    ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
    and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.

 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

Guidance to Fasting 4 Real per the Lord, Our God

  • loose the chains of injustice
  • untie the cords of the yoke
  • set the oppressed free
  • break every yoke
  • share your food with the hungry
  • provide the poor wanderer with shelter
  • when you see the naked, to clothe them
  • not to turn away from your own flesh and blood ( I hear you Lord)

After you DO these things beloved…Hear what the Lord hath said :”Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.  Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

In Fasting 4 Real, again we are reminded that we must:

  • do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk
  • spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed

Note of Light -“Then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.”

And Fasting 4 real doesn’t end there:

  • keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day
  • call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable
  • honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words

Are you ready for this? Guess what else will take place after Fasting 4 Real?

Note of God’s Promise- “Then you will find your joy in the Lordand I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


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The Gift of Fortitude from the Spirit of the Lord

Fortitude-n- strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage: strength
Synonyms- backbone, constancy, fiber, grit, guts, intestinal fortitude, pluck, spunk

Let’s pray- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit let me keep my focus on the scriptures that you’ve given me. Bring forth the message you want me to convey about fortitude in Jesus name. Amen

In this blog, I’ll be sharing examples of a few people in the bible that received the Gift of Fortitude from the Spirit of the Lord.

Isaiah 53: 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
  • Jesus- The fullness of Fortitude from the Spirit of the Lord in action
Luke 12:11-12- And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
  • Trusting in the Spirit of the Lord for strength and courage.

In these two verses, two things were made clear to me…the Spirit of the Lord was in control and the Spirit of the Lord gives courage that strengthens.


A Discovery I made – Fortitude has a lot to do with where TRUST is placed. We have three options: TRUST In God; trust in self; or trust in man.courage2-


We must trust in God in such a way that this gift is available to use when we are facing adversities and adversaries. The Lord wants us to see that this gift is necessary to do His will and for His children to be victorious. (TYHS) Why is it necessary you may ask? Below are questions to help you answer this question.

  • Who is God?
  • Who is man?
  • Is anyone or anything i.e. the government, armies, humans, spiritual forces of evil, mountains, etc. stronger than God?
  • Which is easier, to trust the seen (man)or to trust the unseen(God)?
  • Who can help us fight against sin?
  • Why do we easily fall into sin?
  • Is it easy for us to tell a boss, a pastor, or government official face to face that they are making wrong decisions; that they are sinning?
  • What limits us from confronting transgressions?
  • Ultimately, our life is in the hands of _____?

Pull out your bibles, its study time. You will find wonderful instances and points about the Gift of Fortitude from the Spirit on the Lord resting upon those going through something and becoming victorious. Please read the following:

  • 2 Chronicles 16-17 – Asa trusted in man; Jehoshaphat “sought” God.
  • 2 Chronicles 26- Uzziah’s pride and downfall. Azariah and 80 other “courageous priests” were strong enough to confront King Uzziah. Keynote-Azariah had a support system in place.
  • Joshua – Fighting against the wicked and taking possession. Who did Joshua serve?
  • Samuel 17- David, a ‘youngun’, kills a giant. Where did little David get his confidence to go against big Goliath?
  • Acts 27- Courage to face your storms and encourage others.

I think that’s enough reading for you to do. I pray that it gives you deep thoughts about the Gift of Fortitude from the Spirit of the Lord and how to receive it.

Stenght in the LordLastly, the basic point I want to brand about the Gift of Fortitude from the Spirit of the Lord is this-> God wants us to look to Him for what we cannot do ourselves. From the above scriptures, do you understand the importance of obtaining and using this gift? Do you understand how this gift is received? Have you ever witnessed a child of God’s on their death-bed say “Lord, I don’t want to die?” TYHS for that question!

Let us pray. Father, I repent of all my sins. Forgive me Lord. I trust you Lord. Help me, your child, as you have helped many. Rest the gift of fortitude on me so that I can stand against all evil that try to weaken me. As your child, I do not want to be spineless in your ways. Spinelessness does not glorify you. In your son, Jesus name I pray. Thank you Holy Spirit – Amen. Amen. Amen.

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The Gift of Counsel from the Spirit of the Lord

Counsel – n- advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another; Theology-one of the advisory declarations of Christ, considered by some Christians as not universally binding but as given for aid in attaining moral perfection.
Shelia’s Definition-  Correct decisions; You KNOW what you should do.

Personal Moment– Last week while beginning this writing, it dawned on me that I have a habit that I have inherited from my mom. It was brought to my attention by my son and other people I know a few months ago. When giving advice, I always say “you need to do…” When talking to my mom she is ALWAYS saying “you need to” or “they need to.” I don’t recall hearing her say the words “you should.”  Last Sunday after church services, a person that used to keep me as a child, told my son that his 3-year-old daughter was “bossy like her grandma.” She went on to say “Shelia came out of the womb giving instructions.”  Convicted, I felt. I found it odd that I was reminded of this habit while writing about COUNSEL.(TYHS) I suppose it’s a gift from birth that I have yet to master to God’s liking. Yes, I should  work on being more like Jesus when “giving instructions” and making correct decisions, aka counsel.

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Ok, so we’ve arrived at our third gift from the Spirit of the Lord. Yeah! This is all a part of God’s grace leading us home. Amen.  It appears to me that once we receive wisdom, then comes understanding  leading us open to receive and use the gift of counsel in its correct form. Once the heart and mind is right with God, we are in a better place to receive and give counsel from the Lord. We will be operating through God’s perspective, not our own. It’s all about the Lord stepping into us and us stepping into others. “Can you hear me now?” 


This gift from the Spirit of the Lord allows us to do at a minimum at least two (2) things before becoming the maximum in Christ: use both wisdom and understanding before giving counsel. People with the gift of counsel are well-appointed to say and do what should be changed from bad to good.  For example- In the church, a few people have observed that there exist many dysfunctional and divisional ministries. Such ministries do not glorify our Lord. People that have received the gift of counsel have the ability and know-how to both offer a solution for and resolve problems.

Listen. Improper counsel opens the door for division in the body of Christ. When that door is open and godliness is shut out, anyone can come in and try to seduce members into their way of thinking how things should be running.(TYHS) Remember the letters to the seven churches? The Church in Philadelphia only appears to have operated using proper counsel received from God. Rev. 3:7-13 NIV ;  Rev. 3:7-13 KJV

God tells us that this church was weak and we also learn that NO church is perfect.  But, God said that he will keep such a church from the hour of trial/temptation. In my heart I believe this to be so because the church used the Lord’s gift of counsel to their best ability. Did you notice that even through their weakness, this church did two things: (1) kept His commands and (2)endured patiently…not just endured?

The greatest form of counsel we have received from our God is in the form of Jesus’ parables.(MHO) Let me share two parables and brief thoughts on His instructions. 

Matthew 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

Change- Counsel BlogSelf- Check Moment 1- This is a habit infused in humans since the day of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. We try to patch up sin and things get worse.  None of us like to give up things, nor beings that we become attach to; nor the ways we become attached to doing things when outside the will of God. We are hardcore rebels when it comes to a good change. Did you know that rebelliousness rejects counsel and limits wisdom and understanding?  When we rebel against correct counsel, it is clear to God and others that we lack wisdom and understanding.  We are quick to give up on God’s counsel when things are not going the way we want them to go and when other options are presented to us that are not in line with God’s counsel. Jesus clearly counsels us on what happens when you mix the old with the new. When we are new in Christ, old ways should disappear. Change…He never said it would be easy.

Luke 6:46-49 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

doers 3Self- Check Moment 2-This parable counsels us by letting us know that we should not have the mind-set of “do as I say, not as I do.” As followers of Christ, we should both say and do what he counsels us to do to receive the gift of counsel which gives us the ability to counsel others. James gave us great counsel to back up Jesus’ teaching:  “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:”(James 1:21-23)

Word to the Children of God- The Gift of Counsel infuses us with the ability to look directly at our “natural face in a glass:” Let us stop being deceived and stop deceiving others by pretending that we have received the true Gift of Counsel from the Spirit of the Lord.

Can you find anywhere in God’s word that Jesus only spoke and did not do?  This counselor in training closes her case. :-Pbible and gavel



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Greetings Brothers & Sisters in Christ!

It’s been a very long while since I posted a message.  I am very much concerned at the growing intensity of evil and wicked activity that is playing out in the world through demonic possession and oppression.  EVIL SPIRITS ARE AMONG US!

The level of wickedness in the world today far surpasses that of the time of Noah….thank God that he promised not to destroy mankind with another flood!  But we are forewarned of these things in the Word of God and so what we see today precludes the coming Tribulation and End-Times; yet I still see a majority of the Body of Christ Believers who do not give any thought to the demonic activity that is all around us….and thus, the devil and his demons are running rampant and taking captives every minute of every day, throughout the world.


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The Gift of Understanding from the Spirit of the Lord- Isaiah 11:2-3

Understanding-(n)1.mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: 2. intellectual faculties; intelligence; mind:


After reading the definition of understanding, right away, I knew where this post was going. We are a planet filled with anxiety. Anxiety is a mind issue; a mental process, right? Understanding is a thing of the mind. Oh, but wait, what does the bible tell us about it?  Per the bible, wisdom and understanding go heart in heart and mind in heart. The Spirit of God is telling me that it is spiritual. Other informational items will tell us that understanding is purely psychological.

Wiki Moment Understanding (also called intellection) is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object. Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding. Understanding implies abilities and dispositions with respect to an object of knowledge sufficient to support intelligent behavior.[1] An understanding is the limit of a conceptualization. To understand something is to have conceptualized it to a given measure. Ex.- 2.A psychiatrist understands another person’s anxieties if he/she knows that person’s anxieties, their causes, and can give useful advice on how to cope with the anxiety.

Note to self… A psychiatrist “can give useful advice on how to cope…” not heal.

One reason that people are reacting to one another out of fear is due to psychological misunderstandings. It is sound to believe that ANXIETY is running this world amuck, we are coping, i.e. getting by.  Even a few patients do not discuss their deepest angst with their psychiatrist/physician because some patients believe no one understands exactly what they are feeling, nor knows what the patient really thinks.  But then,  there is God who knows and understands all. For he said “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, (Jer. 17:10) “…and for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts…” (1 Chr. 28:9) Therefore, it is the Spirit of the Lord that gives us complete understanding to do, not just useful advice on how to cope.

anxiety3The human race is a very anxious race. We think we understand, but we really don’t because of mind issues. What we need to grasp here is that our personal interpretation means nothing to God. The Holy Spirit is our Interpreter, our Translator, our Linguist – do you get it?  Whose interpretation of our mind and heart is important for us to receive the gift of understanding?

I don’t believe that the bible ever teaches us to just cope without understanding. There is only ONE Psychiatrist/Physician that can give us the gift of understanding period. Paul said “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7) I am guilty of not heeding this advice during many situations and have been broken down. Have you been guilty and broken down? Even as Christians we can be stubborn as all get-out. It has a lot to do with what and why we think the way we do…it’s a symptom of an anxious mind and an absence of the Holy Spirit working within us. 

An anxious mind with the wrong mindset can cause us to experience independence from the Spirit of the Lord. Guilty as charged. Before the Spirit of the Lord appeared, Paul  had the wrong mindset at one time in his life. God had to break him down and take away his physical and psychological sight and give him spiritual sight into understanding the mindset of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (TYHS)

dik-dikA Key– It occurred to me that animals possess an understanding of survival.  I was reading my Animal Encyclopedia to learn about various habits. Let me tell you about the dik-dik animal. It is a small species of the antelope living in many parts of Africa. Their name comes from the sound the female(wisdom…ha ha) makes when alarmed. Needless to say, hunters dislike them because of their ability to alert other animals of a hunter’s presence. They live to see another day.

A Key Point– Using the gift of understanding is a survival skill. When the gift is resting upon us from the Spirit of the Lord, we would be able to alert others of the presence of  hunters that want to prey on us; hunters that want to separate us from the love and understanding of God. It is biblically clear that when one receives the gift of understanding, it is then that one is drawn closer to God. One can become clear of self and understand what God’s will is to live eternally in His kingdom.(TYHS)

Now, let me quiet self and share with you a few verses with thoughts about the gift of understanding.  The 1 Corinthians verse below is used to focus on understanding period, not understanding the gift of speaking in tongues. :-)

  • Proverbs 8:1 – Understanding raises wisdom’s voice. Understanding is her helper.
  • Job 28:28 – Knowing how to shun evil is a gift of understanding from the Lord’s Spirit.
  • Ephesians 4:17-19 – When we live with the futility of our thinking, we are darkened in our understanding. Misunderstanding occurs due to the hardness of our hearts.
  • 1 Corinthians 14:11-17 – The gift of understanding is not just for your benefit. It is to be used to build up the body of believers.
  • 1 Samuel 8:10 – We need to experience what Hannah experienced until our heart and mind is just opened to God only. We must become broken to receive the gift of understanding.

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