You Are Fit For the Fight!

Life happens to us all…

Out of nowhere circumstances arise that will either set you back, or simply shift everything in your life. You did not see it coming so you feel totally unprepared. It could be anything from an unfavorable doctor’s report during a routine annual check-up, or termination of employment after years of commendations and faithful service. While you would like to discover a deep complex reason, more often than not it’s just life, and life happens to us all.

Whether it’s in your health, your family, or in your finances, at some point we will all go through storms. Storms that make you want to condemn yourself, or blame the devil. Storms so severe, that you want to hide from the embarrassment of loss. You’re left feeling that you are the only one caught in the cyclone of setbacks.

Most believers have become especially adept at putting on a spiritual face to cover up what we perceive as failures or vulnerabilities. Please allow me to fill you in on something; it is not uncommon to love the Lord and still deal with depression, disappointment, and defeat.

1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man

Usually you see this scripture and immediately think of sin, lust, or moral failure. However, there are many other temptations in life. What about the temptation to quit; get even and seek revenge; harbor bitterness; or the temptation to believe that doctor’s report and not even try. You didn’t pick the test. It came in and took over. As if that isn’t enough, while you are navigating through these land mines of life, someone is sitting on the sidelines judging you. Often times, coming to the conclusion that obviously you’ve failed God somewhere to get into the situation you are in. You begin to wonder, “Maybe they’re right.”

Before you fall into despair, remember 1 Corinthians 10:13 also says, …but God is faithful.

He knows your frame and He knows just how much you can bear. And just when you feel you can’t face another day, He graciously extends a supernatural strength to withstand and overcome the obstacles and opposition life may bring.

I can’t tell you how many times I just kept moving because God was faithful, even when I wasn’t. When I failed, when I disappointed Him, when I messed up, He still loved me. He loved me in my unfaithfulness and in my disobedience. Believe me when I tell you everything has the potential to fail you, but God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore and His Word will come to pass.

Remember You are fit for the Fight! Don’t fret and don’t give in, God has already equipped you with everything you need to win.

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If it’s in your Frame, it’s in your Future

What a blessed assurance to know that God has reserved a priceless inheritance for you! I’m sure you have heard many times that we are Abraham’s seed, therefore we are heirs according to the promises of God. 1Peter 1:4 says we have been given exceeding great and precious promises. You have heard teaching, sung songs and read books about them all. In your prayer time you have even reminded God about His promises. Although we understand what God has reserved for us, we often misunderstand His timing.

God is not affected by time. HE lives in eternity, WE live in time.

Do you realize everything God decreed in eternity will come to pass in time because it’s already done? Time is the agent for purpose and for every purpose under heaven there is a season.

Time is the only thing that separates the decree of God from the manifestation of that decree. You see, God frames your purpose within the borders we know as time.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God… (Hebrews 11:3)

When the scripture mentions “worlds” in Hebrews 11:3, the reference is not to planets. It means eons, ages, or seasons. You have to remind yourself you are a purpose under heaven, which means there is a time for you. When you have a greater understanding of God’s timing, you will not become anxious or discouraged.

Picture a stone tossed in the water. The ripples go on and on. When God releases a Word it goes on and on until it completes what it’s supposed to accomplish in your life. You are a word spoken out of the mouth of God. The same word that called you into existence is the same word that will keep you going. He’s already spoken it and it shall come to pass. Your future is locked up in your time and every bit of it is in His hands.

Q: So how do I make it through time? A: Find good ministry that will teach you how to have it, hold it, and not lose it, till it’s time to use it!

I will tell you, it’s not easy being in a good church where the Word will nourish you, convict you and confront you all at the same time. Real good ministry is not always “seeker friendly.” It will challenge you to change. You may find you need to make some corrections in your family, your character, even your credit. Without question when the Word does reach you, it is getting you ready for what God is going to do in your life and He knows exactly when you’re ready!

Everything God has for you has been perfectly pre-arranged and framed in the borders of time, so If It’s In Your Frame, It’s In Your Future. I pray that this email will create a hunger in you that will cause you to pull your chair up to the table and be fed over and over again.

Today, I urge you to bring Him your whole heart, be kind, be honest, do unto others as you would have them do unto you and trust the timing of God. There is nothing that He will withhold from those who walk uprightly before Him. I am so grateful and tremendously blessed by the faithfulness of your partnership with this ministry. Thank you for helping extend the gospel across the world.

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10 steps toward a healthy heart

Some of you are dealing with things in your life that you genuinely need God to fix. Your help is not coming in a preacher, friend, lover, money or family. Its got to come from God. And the only way you can see the answer is to have a healthy heart. Here are steps to having a healthy heart (both spiritually and naturally).

1. Get plenty of exercise: Stir up the gift of God within you. Get moving!
2. Watch what you eat: Diet matters. You cant eat everything that is put in front of you. Make good choices that won’t clog your arteries.
3. Monitor your weight: Challenge yourself if you are weak. Build up yourself in the most Holy faith!
4. Give up bad habits and develop good ones
5. Pace and don’t race: Give yourself time with God so that you can hear him clearly.
6. Keep your heart clean
7. Manage Stress: Stay in control
8. Have regular check ups: Let a man examine himself. Call yourself on the carpet
9. Eliminate strife: Strife aims to tear up everything in your life.
10. Keep it Simple: Don’t set huge goals and then be mad at your self when you don’t make them. Many people miss the plan of God because they don’t realize how simple it is.

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He’s aiming for your heart!

Your heart is the basis of everything when it comes to God. 
 
Whatever comes out of you is based on what is in your heart. That’s why Psalm 119:11 tells us Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. You may not realize it, but your heart produces your behavior just like a tree produces fruit. So, if you say you are a believer, there should be some evidence of that in your life and God is holding you accountable for it. It will never be about how much of the Bible you know, but rather how much of the Bible you can live. You have to access the word hidden in your heart.

Will you miss the mark? Of course, we all do from time to time. Will you make mistakes? Without a doubt, we all have and will continue to do so. However, when you don’t want to make the same mistakes, you have to aim for a change, and real change means a change in your heart.
 
Change that ignores your heart will never transform your life. Change not rooted in your heart will not last. Most decisions made in the mind and not in the heart are also temporary. Matthew 5:8 says Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. The pure in heart will acknowledge Him, recognize Him, and see their purpose along with God-given ideas and strategies. Everything revolves around your heart. 
 
I’m sure you agree we must be heart healthy to live and thrive naturally. Well, we must also have healthy hearts to live and thrive spiritually. Now is the time to examine why you do what you do, because God is coming after The Heart of the Matter.

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It’s only a threat

I hate bullies! I can’t stand to see someone who seemingly has the upper hand take an unfair advantage of someone else.  They make threats and cause havoc all because they think they can.  I’ve noticed that, most of the time, a bully is all talk.  They will make you think they are going to do something to you but it turns out they were just trying to scare you into believing they are more important than they really were.

If anyone can give us insight into the adverse effects of giving in to a bully’s threats it would be Elijah.  In 1 Kings 19 you’ll discover a man who has just been used by God to utterly destroy over 400 prophets of Baal.  He was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things.  But after this great victory he was suddenly caught in the grips of a paralyzing fear because of threats on his life by Jezebel.  Always remember that the enemy won’t bother with anyone who is not doing something great for God.

Have you ever felt life’s subtle and not so subtle threats?  You’re just coasting along and life suddenly sucker punches you so hard that you can’t seem to catch your breath.   Maybe it’s a devastating diagnosis or receiving the news that your marriage is ending.  It could be the report that says your child is failing in school.  Whatever it is, I’m telling you it’s just a threat. 

Elijah ran for his life after hearing what the queen threatened to do to him. God had a plan for his life but he chose to believe the words of someone who had no real power. Sound familiar? Our enemy gets in our ear and tells us we won’t recover from the illness or get the promotion or lose the weight.  We have to make up our minds to believe God’s word and not the enemy.  Worry and doubt won’t change a thing but Faith will.

When you are feeling the pressure of life’s threats just remember that Jesus came that we might have life and to have it more abundantly (John 10:10).  If the diagnosis comes back negatively, believe God to be a healer.  If your marriage is falling apart, believe God to be a restorer and a sustainer. And, if your child is failing in school, hire a tutor 🙂 Have Life!

I hope this encourages you today.  If you know someone who could benefit from reading it, please share it with them.  If you’d like this entire teaching for your library, visit www.sherylbrady.com/havelife for more information. You’ll find a wealth of resources including ministry videos and mentorship moments on this very subject.  Thank you for being such a vital part of this ministry.  Your prayers, love and support have kept this ministry going for over 30 years.  I’m grateful for that!

Having Life,

Sheryl Brady

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Like Father…Like Son (or Daughter)

There are many words used to describe a father. He is a protector, provider, sustainer, just to name a few. Ultimately, a father is a supporter of what he generates. Fathers are loaded with blessings, and there are sons and daughters who need those blessings. It’s important for fathers to aim and affirm their children, define and design, and point them towards their purpose. Perhaps your natural father has failed you somehow. Maybe you have never heard the voice of your natural father. It doesn’t mean you give up and it doesn’t mean you stop looking for direction and identity. You’ve seen God as Savior and Lord, so it might be time for you to see him as father.
 
When you don’t get what you should get, from whom you should get it, God will make sure you get it anyway.
 
God always has a back-up plan. Such was the case with Elijah and Elisha whose story begins in 2nd Kings Chapter 2. Elijah was under divine direction from a sovereign God to find Elisha and anoint him as his son/successor. Elisha was minding his own business, plowing the field of his natural father. He had the ground groomed, and everything carefully cultivated so the seed planting would be successful. Elijah walked towards Elisha, trampling all he had done, dropped his mantle on Elisha, and walked away. In that moment Elisha knew something had hit his life that he could not ignore.
 
Once your life has been touched by a leader who is going to another level, you will never be content to stay where you are.
 
He didn’t understand it all, but he knew he had been divinely discovered and divinely disconnected from his family at the same time. He had to follow Elijah. Elisha loved Elijah and faithfully served him without motive or a hidden agenda. He synchronized his life with the timing of God rather than anxiousness and ambition. He passed the tests that might have ultimately disqualified him from receiving the blessing that empowered him to reach his destiny. Elisha came to recognize what he was going through was not a test of fatherhood, it was a test of sonship.
 
Unfortunately today we live amongst the “I want it now” generation that lack patience and need instant gratification. We have too many gifted, talented believers suffering from “MY ministry syndrome.” They have big dreams, big desires, and big names, however, they lack integrity, character, and stewardship. They reject accountability, refusing alignment and rejecting correction.
 
When we are corrected in ministry in a way we don’t like, we run from church to church, leader to leader, and pastor to pastor looking for destiny and fulfillment. Stop running. Stay close and let those whom God has chosen as the voice of the father to adjust you, teach you, and redefine your life.
 
I felt compelled to write this today in hopes that it would become a wind of change to break the cycles robbing so many sons and daughters of their destiny. Elisha’s first miracle was on the same level as his mentor’s last. Just imagine! Have ears to hear this Word from the Lord because your destiny is definitely locked up in the spirit of fatherhood — like father, like son (or daughter 🙂 )
 
Love ya,  Pastor Brady
 
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A journey of transformation: reinvention in hard times

Via the Washington Post:

A journey of transformation: reinvention in hard times

By Sheryl Brady

In my vocation as a pastor, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to individuals and large groups at churches and at events across the country. In these off-line conversations a common theme emerges: people are growing increasingly dissatisfied with mere survival. They know intuitively that there’s more to life than the status quo.

This age-old angst is magnified 100-fold in hard economic times.

When you encounter hardship, you can’t continue down the same familiar, comfortable path, sticking with what you know, doing what you’ve always done. Mike Tyson famously mused: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

When things aren’t going according to plan, it’s time to head in another direction. It’s time to reinvent the dream.

More often than not, hard times are the catalyst that invariably sets you up to repurpose pursuits and reignite the vision.

I’ve learned to look for the opportunity within the adversity.

More often than not, our struggles will invite us to develop new skills and to connect to that internal inkling that we were created for something greater.

When we pay close attention, we find that God is constantly revealing hidden talents and undiscovered passions that help unstick and unlock our circumstances.

If we put one foot in front of the other even when the way seems uncertain, a path will emerge like an old Polaroid peeling away the darkness to reveal a clearly formed image right before our eyes.

So begins the journey of transformation.

As a high school dropout, I would never have imagined the turns that my own journey would take. I unknowingly set on a new course as a young pastor’s wife and mother when my world intersected with Bishop T.D. Jakes’ following a family move to Tennessee.

Over time, he became a mentor who helped me to realize my full potential as a preacher, singer, and now first time author. Along this journey, I found my own voice and a purpose to encourage others. His guidance gave me the courage to feel that there was nothing that I couldn’t tackle.

That is until one late August afternoon in 2010 when I received a call asking me to speak at his popular men’s-only conference called ManPower. I knew that this was a truly historic, breakthrough moment. I would be the first woman ever to address this audience of 10,000 men, waiting expectantly to hear from the visionary himself. Insecurity set in and I asked him if he really wanted me to do this.

He told me that I was the perfect woman for the job. Nevertheless, I was scared. But, I caught my breath, dug deep and delivered a power-packed message. Had I not listened to that little voice inside that said, “You can do this!” Jakes’ empowering, trust-filled words would have fallen on deaf ears.

I wrote my first book, “You Have It In You!: Empowered to do the Impossible,” out of my own scrapbook: a wife in my teens, a mother in my 20s, pastor in my 30s and an author at the age of 50. Each decade brought with it new twists, challenges and achievements that I never imagined were within my reach.

So now, when my Sunday morning seekers come I speak to them from the volumes of my own living epistle.

I tell them with conviction, “No matter what landed you on life’s crash cart – an unforgiving economy, unemployment, debt, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, family strife – the latitude and longitude of your destiny lie within.’

I tell them to listen to that little voice inside and to take that first giant step towards the best part of their lives.

Then with a tender knowing embrace, I say, ‘”Hard times don’t last, resilient people do. Your time is now. Reinvent you. You have it in you!”

Sheryl Brady is the campus pastor at the Potter’s House of North Dallas. She has traveled the globe as a singer, pastor, lecturer and recording artist speaking and singing at conferences and churches. She and her husband, Bishop Joby Brady, have three daughters and five grandchildren.

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