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When You Need Some Reinforcement! - The Hem eDevotional
July 02, 2008

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"If I may but touch His garment...I Shall Be Whole!"
~Mark 5:28

Ameerah Lewis- Author

July 02, 2008
Issue #011
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In This Issue:

From Ameerah's Heart to Yours
A short note to you

Monthly Devotional
El Shaddai - Calling For Reinforcement

Guest Columnist Article
ME DO IT! - by Guest Columnist  Laraine Hemrick Horney

In The VIP Corner
What's New in The Hem's Special VIP Corner?

From Ameerah's Heart To Yours: A short note to you...

Greetings from The Hem!

Welcome to another issue of The Hem Devotional!   I want to thank you once again for allowing me into your life to share God's love and promises with you.  I want you to know that I don't take this responsibility lightly!

NEW! Free Reaching for the Hem Tele-Classes!
As The Hem's webministry continues to grow, God is once again challenging me to take this website to another level.

Watching how many people God was able to touch through the free 4 day web-conference that we recently held, I wondered what He would be able to do if every month I taught a free tele-class on how to go deeper in Him.  Then, I thought, what could He do if I hosted 2?

Aafter some prayer, I realized that is exactly what God wants me to do.  But, then I wondered, 'How will I come up with topics for all of these classes?'  But, as always, God lead me to the perfect  solution.  Since the classes are for you - Let You Choose!

So, before each class, you will be able to submit questions  you have about connecting with your Heavenly Father and deepening your relationship with Him. Then, I will prayerfully pick the best questions, and answer them during the class. Quality questions that I don't get to will go into the pool of questions for the next free class.

All Free Tele-Classes will be held 8:30pm Eastern Standard Time
(5:30pm Pacific/7:30pm Central) and you can join in online or by phone!

Our first free class will be July 24th.  I'll be sending you the registration information late next week, so be on the look out for a special message from me.

Those of you who attended the Reaching for the Hem Conference know that there was a special preview opening of The Hem's new School of the Spirit exclusively for those who attended the conference ( really doesn't open until September).  Well, for those believers who managed to sneak into the school during the secret summer registration, we are in the midst of studying the true heart and nature of God.  As I was making this week's video lesson, Introducing God: Who is He really,  God knew it was the perfect time to teach me and my husband Who He really is in our own personal life.

So, that's what this month's devotional is going to be about - Who is God?  Not Who our pastors say He is, or who the world says He is, but Who He says He is.

God Bless,
Ameerah's Signature


New In The VIP Corner!  
This month's Christian Video of the Month is an excellent lesson on the amazing awesomeness of our God.  You'll want to set aside about 10 minutes to watch the video all of the way through for a special revelation about God's ability to hold all things together by His power.   Check it out in the VIP Corner!

Monthly 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 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)

Have you ever seen a small child 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.

In 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 we 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.

He's 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!"  

Well, you are half way right.  The Bible says that you can do all things 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 immediate pay increase AND more respect as a professional in his field.  Needless to say, he was studying hard to make sure that he passed.  But, when it came down to it, the book he was studying 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 limit 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, all revealing that he was not ready.  

But, thankfully, he knew what to do.  He called in reinforcements!  His ever present helper that promises to be his "El Shaddai" - The All Mighty and All Sufficient God!

You see, El Shaddai promises to be all sufficient in our insufficientcy.  When we don't meansure up, we 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 instead 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.  You 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?

I 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 way you could have never done for yourself, you will never want to do anything else on your own again!

Monthly Meditations
Scripture Memory Card

Print this scripture memory card, and meditate on these words from God throughout the month.  Allow His Word to renew your mind as you learn how to depend on Him instead of your own power.

Lord, Help 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 earth! 
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
-Psalm 121:1-3 (NLT)

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Guest Columnist Article: ME DO IT!

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 boy.

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 of life.

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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