Tuesday, July 26, 2016

No Fear!

I recently read an article in a popular magazine for women that stated “Fear is a given, we just need to learn to manage it.” Wrong!
Fear is one of Satan's favorite tools for harassing Christians.
Fear is not part of the good life God has planned for us. We can learn to act on God's Word rather than react to fear. Learning to shift the focus from the fearful situation to God’s Word will bring true freedom!
As you read and meditate on the following scriptures, ask the Lord to reveal areas where fear may be an issue in your life.
2 Timothy 1:7--For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
Isaiah 41:10--Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. 
Psalm 23:4--Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalm 27:1--The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 
Write out a prayer praising God you do not have to live in fear. Ask Him to reveal any areas of your life where you might be allowing fear to rule.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Inheritance

And if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:17 

Did you know that you have an inheritance coming? 

The dictionary defines the words heir and inheritance as follows: 

Heir: a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter's death. 

Inheritance: something that is or may be inherited; property passing at the owner's death to the heir or those entitled to succeed; legacy. 

In our culture today, an inheritance is the end result of a legal document called a Last Will and Testament. This document states that the deceased has assigned their possessions (inheritance) to a specific person or persons (heir). If prepared properly, this document is binding and cannot be changed after the writer’s death. 

It serves as a guarantee that when the writer of the will dies, their instructions will be carried out and the designated recipient will receive the inheritance. An inheritance usually comes from a family member and is most often material possessions: money, property, jewelry, furniture, etc. 

As Christians, God is our wealthy Father and we are members of His family. He has loved us, redeemed us, adopted us and made us heirs by His grace. The inheritance we have coming from God is greater than anything we can imagine and nothing on earth compares! 

That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7 

Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:7 

Who are we according to these scriptures?

Romans 8:17 

Titus 3:7 

Galatians 4:7 

Romans 8:17 says we are “joint heirs” with whom? 

Something to Think About: 

Have you ever been named in a will or received an inheritance? If so, how did you feel when you discovered you were an heir? 

What does it mean to you personally to be an heir to the King of 

What does it mean to be a co-heir of Jesus Christ? 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chasing After Freedom

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1 The Message

Freedom....we all want it!

Most of us desire financial freedom, freedom from illness, and freedom to do what we want to do.

But freedom from our own spiritual bondage is what we must pursue.

Freedom from bondage of our thinking.
Freedom from bondage of our words.
Freedom from bondage of our actions.
Freedom from bondage of our emotions.

The book of Galatians is about the freedom we can have in Jesus Christ. Galatians was written by Paul, a former Christian persecutor. 

God set him free from religious bondage and he wanted everyone to know this freedom!

Let’s take a different approach to our devotions this week and read the entire book of Galatians. It’s not a long book, but it is rich with teaching on pursuing freedom in Jesus Christ!  

Next, read the suggested chapters carefully and meditate on the word.
Look for the freedom themes throughout the six chapters. 

Day 1
Read the book of Galatians. .Note the themes.

Day 2
Read Galatians 1-2

Day 3
Read Galatians 3

Day 4
Read Galatians 4

Day 5
Read Galatians 5-6

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Monday, July 4, 2016

All Things Moments

Have you ever wondered how the words “…all things work together for good” fit properly into the set of circumstances you are facing?

There I was, 49 years old, sitting across from a psychiatrist being assessed for a possible mental disorder. Wait a minute. A mental disorder? Who me? Months prior, a concerned friend had asked me if I thought I might be bi-polar. That possibility had never crossed my mind. However, I had often wondered if there was something that could really be wrong with me. Rather than be offended or ashamed about what may be, I agreed to investigate, and ended up in her office. 

Do you ever fidget? How is your impulse control? Are you often irritable? Do you have difficulty focusing? Are you forgetful?  How would you rate your ability to concentrate? Do you have trouble paying attention? Do your thoughts race? Would you say you have a short attention span? Are you or have you ever been anxious? Have you ever been depressed?

After 45 minutes of questioning, I couldn’t help but wonder if this perfect stranger actually knew me. I answered affirmatively to almost every question she asked. The tallied result would indicate my situation was severe, but I was not bi-polar. I exhaled deeply. I felt vindicated… I was NOT crazy! Another deep breath… I felt hopeful. Finally, the “whatever this is” had a name… I had adult ADHD.  I had prayed and cried and prayed. I had asked others to pray for me and cried some more. I had beaten myself to a bloody pulp on a regular basis over my inability to do become productive and accomplish tasks.  “What is the matter with me?” 

When no answers came, I decided that I was the problem. I was defective, unable to concentrate, incapable of finishing projects, unproductive, unfocused, and undisciplined. I branded myself sinful, disobedient, lacking faith.  I had fallen into the dark abyss of self-loathing and self-hatred. In order to cope with all of my perceived shortcomings, I learned to compensate by working harder, getting up earlier, doing more, being better. I had become a performer. I was trying to be perfect. Striving to please an unrelenting and insufferable taskmaster. Unfortunately though in an unforeseen turn, the end results of all my “work” made me look like a proud, arrogant, self-righteous know it all. 

I did not ever see this as being one of those “all things working together for good” scenarios. I had come to the conclusion that I would not and could not be fixed. Then, I listened to wise counsel, got out of my own head and sought professional assistance. I found out that none of what I had believed about myself was actually true. I was reassured that my diagnosis was not uncommon. The doctor said she had many middle aged patients with adult ADHD that had gone undiagnosed. I was not unproductive, unfocused, undisciplined, sinful, disobedient or lacking faith. I simply had a long-standing issue that needed to be addressed. 

My encouragement to anyone facing an “all things” moment is this:

1. Submit yourself to God as Father. Recognize that whatever may be “wrong” with you has already been “father filtered”. Isaiah 64:8 says, “He is the Potter, all of us are the work of His hand.” Whatever the construct, we have been fearfully and wonderfully made. Skillfully wrought by a Sovereign God who does not make mistakes. Know he did not make any mistakes concerning you.  Reckoning this truth will give you the freedom to receive the help you need. 

2. Begin to delight in the events that have tethered you intimately to His side. Rejoice that provision has already been made for your weakness. Jesus says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” His powerful ability is more than enough to complete you, carry you through, and add to what is insufficient in the midst of your infirmity. Boast in the weakness that has worked for the good to bring you closer to him in fellowship. 

3. Surrender yourself fully to the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “Lord” (kyrios) means “He to whom a person or thing belongs, the possessor of a thing, one who has control of a person, a title of respect and reverence.” Romans 10:9 is oft quoted to the unsaved, but let’s apply it now to those already in the household of faith. It says: “That if you confess that Jesus is Lord (the owner and master)…you will be saved. That word saved means to be kept safe and sound, to rescue from danger, to save one suffering from a disease, to make well, to heal, to restore to health. Unless he owns us, we will be limited in how much of him we experience. If he owns us, he is bound to care for us. Our “all things” moments demand that we surrender.   When we do this, it provides a Kingdom perspective in whatever we are facing. It also brings liberty and the freedom of release to lavish our love on Him for who he is as he moves in power on our behalf.

Learning to live with a new normal has been a bit challenging to say the least. There have been quite a few missteps and do-overs in the process. In the midst of dismantling all my coping mechanisms, I have embraced the lighter yoke of grace and the easier burden of unfailing love.  I am broken and blessed.  All of the fragments of that brokenness have been gathered and nothing was lost. All things are indeed working for my good, with His purposes and plans unfolding to give me hope and a bright future. 

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Ingrid Shanklin, a wife, mother, teacher and disciple-maker has used a very practical and humorous approach to touch the lives of men and women around the world. Married to Dr. Abraham Shanklin for 29 years and mother of 4 children, Ingrid gleaned much of her training for ministry while a stay-at-home mom and the Chief Executive Officer of the Shanklin Home. Ingrid is the author of The Grace of A King.
Her uncommon ability to combine authority and humor while communicating has served her well as she has shared the reality of life experiences. Although Ingrid is a mentor, bible lay counselor, teacher, preacher, pastor, facilitator, and speaker her deep desire is to disciple women and to see them living in the fullness of their kingdom identity.