In This Issue:
From Ameerah's Heart to
short note to you
Shaddai - Calling For Reinforcement
DO IT! - by Guest Columnist Laraine Hemrick Horney
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Ameerah's Heart To Yours: A
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Who He says He is.
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Devotional: El Shaddai
- Calling For Reinforcement...
And God said to him, I am
God Almighty (El Shaddai).
Be fruitful and
multiply; a nation and a company of
shall come from you and
kings shall be born of your stock;
land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I will give to you,
and to your
descendants after you I will give the land.
~Genesis 35:11:12 (AMP)
Have you ever seen a
struggling to do something on their own? They struggle and
struggle, but no matter how hard they try, they're still just a little
too short to reach, or their hands are just a little too small to grasp
it. But, though you've offered your assistance, they are so
focused on being "all grown up," that they won't even take your help.
Well, many of us are that way with God, and we don't even know it.
our society, there is a certain amount of pride that we put into being
self-sufficient. We don't want to ask anyone for help because
think it is a sign of weakness and, like all other walls that we build
around us, we take this same mindset into our relationship with God.
standing there, watching us struggle to do something all on our own,
waiting for us to accept His outstretched helping hand, and yet we are
so focused on proving to ourselves that we are capable that we fail to
recognize that we aren't.
"What do you mean, Ameerah, telling my I'm not capable! Why,
they Bible says that I can do all things!"
you are half way right. The Bible says that you can do all
through Christ Who strengthens you. But, on your own, you are
just like that small child, struggling to grab hold of your goal, but
your hands are just too small to grasp it.
You know, my husband
had an important test that he had to take a few days ago for his
profession. It was a test to receive what is called A+
certification (it's a computer thing). The test ment an
pay increase AND more respect as a professional in his field.
Needless to say, he was studying hard to make sure
passed. But, when it came down to it, the book he was
from was over 1,000 pages long, and there was no way that he was going
to fit all of that information into his brain with the time
that he had.
In and of himself, he was insufficient for the
task. He could deny it if he wanted to, but he just didn't
measure up. He would take practice test after practice test,
revealing that he was not ready.
But, thankfully, he knew
what to do. He called in reinforcements! His ever
helper that promises to be his "El Shaddai" - The All Mighty and All
You see, El Shaddai promises to be all
sufficient in our insufficientcy. When we don't meansure up,
can always call for reinforcements!
After much prayer on both of
our parts, my husband took his exam on Monday, and didn't just pass,
but his boss was impressed with his scores! You see, when El
Shaddai shows up, He's not just barely enough to supply your needs,
He's MORE than enough. When you put your trust into Him
of in yourself, He always does excedingly and abundantly above what
you've asked Him to do.
I think one of the sneakiest forms of
pride is the kind that stops us from going to God for help.
know, He promises to be our El Shaddia and to supply our needs, and yet
how many of us have needs that we are still trying to supply on our own?
want to challenge you to pray and ask God what things in your own life
that you have been trying to tackle on your own that He wants to help
you with. I can guarantee you that it won't be as easy as you
think to relinquish control of those things over the your Heavely
Father. But, once you watch as He comes through for you in a
you could have never done for yourself, you will never want to do
anything else on your own again!
Scripture Memory Card
Print this scripture
memory card, and meditate on these words from God throughout
Allow His Word to renew your mind as you learn how to depend
on Him instead of your own power.
Me To Believe in and Receive Your Help
And God said to him, I am God Almighty (El Shaddai). Be fruitful and
multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you and
kings shall be born of your stock; The land which I gave Abraham and
Isaac I will give to you, and to your descendants after you I will give
the land. -Genesis 35:11:12 (AMP)
I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will
-Psalm 121:1-3 (NLT)
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Columnist Article: ME
By Guest Columnist Laraine Hemrick Horney
The little child perched on his father’s lap behind the wheel of the
big semi. The child pretended to start the engine by turning an
imaginary key in the keyless ignition, his tiny voice imitating the
sounds of a roaring engine. Straining to look in both side mirrors, he
checked for traffic. He stretched as far as he could to get his pointed
tiny toes to reach the gas pedal.
Truth is, he was just playing.
When Dad offered to help, the boy became indignant, shouting “Me do
it!” at the top of his voice, and then a tantrum followed. Dad backed
off and let the child pretend. How ridiculous it would have been for
the Dad to say “No I will do it” and have a shouting match and power
struggle ensue. This was learning time, play time. Dad was training the
We are in training too We sit in the presence of the Most High God, and
holler “Me Do It” as He trains us in righteousness. We turn the
imaginary key in the ignition of our lives and think that we can
actually drive ourselves anywhere. We think we know where we are going
and what we are doing, but truth be told, we are novices on the highway
God, in His graciousness, fills us in on some of the details of the
journey as we go, but we are really participants and students in this
journey. We are not in control of the engine that drives our vehicle,
nor the steering mechanism that guides our path. God is, or at least is
supposed to be in control, that is, if we are not too busy struggling
to take it from Him!
I am not saying we are mindless captive passengers, but we must
acquiesce to the fact that we do not truly have a clue where we are
going, or how to get there. And, when our “vehicle of faith” is not
running as it should, we must seek skilled repair from the Master
Mechanic to make us right again.
Oh yes, God wants us to mature in our faith… to learn … to grow – but
this knowledge and maturity will never replace our need for God to be
the true driving force in our life.
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