How’s Your Wall?

On November 20, I shared about the wall that God instructed
Nehemiah to build around Jerusalem. Let’s peek at a few more

When Nehemiah received word that the wall around his hometown of
Jerusalem had been torn down, he made the journey home to repair

It was an actual physical wall that surrounded Jerusalem.
This protected the residents from enemies and bad influences.
Jerusalem’s enemies were angry the wall was being rebuilt, so they
began attacking Nehemiah and his workers. We’re told when the wall
was half-finished, the attacks were so bad that the work force had to
be cut so that only half actually built while the others stood guard
girded with weapons to protect the workers.
(See Nehemiah 4:16-18).

We can expect the same, can’t we?
When we live in radical obedience to the LORDSHIP of Jesus Christ, it
angers satan, and we will be attacked. Here’s the proof:

“Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of
trouble; there’s no getting around it. Unscrupulous con men will
continue to exploit the faith” (2 Timothy 3:12 The Message).

Let’s look at the same Scripture from The Living Bible:
“Those who decide to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives
will suffer at the hands of those who hate him.”

Nehemiah didn’t let it stop him, and neither should we.
When God directs us to do something, He always equips us.


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How’s Your Wall?

When Nehemiah received word that the wall around his hometown of
Jerusalem had been torn down, he made the journey home to repair

It was an actual physical wall that surrounded Jerusalem.
This protected the residents from enemies and bad influences.
I’ll talk more about this actual wall in our December 4 devotional.
But right now I’d like us to think about our own wall.

Just as God desired to protect Jerusalem with a physical wall,
He wants to help us build a strong spiritual wall around our lives.

How can we do this?

#1: Lay a solid foundation.
Make sure your identity, your trust and your focus is grounded in

#2: Be extremely selective of the bricks with which you choose
to build your wall.
Instead of grabbing a brick of astrology, a brick of deception and a
brick of gossip, choose instead bricks of Scripture, faith and total

#3: Maintain your wall.
Take time to pray daily. “Die to self” daily. Read the Bible daily.
These are strong elements of mortar around the bricks of your wall
that will keep it strong, stable and secure.

How’s your wall?


I have an open calendar now until mid-January.

While I will enjoy this time of renewal, it’s always a faith-walk
during the holiday season with no income from speaking.

If God leads you to make a financial donation to the ministry which
He has called me, you can send a check my way and I’ll mail you a
contribution receipt for your tax files because I’m a 501-C non-profit
organization and have the authority to do this. It’s the same thing as
giving tithe or offerings to your local church and receiving a
contribution receipt from them.

Susie Shellenberger Ministries
7012 N. Lake Front Drive
Warr Acres, OK 73132

Thank you so much for your prayers!


Boiled in Salt

Ever eaten a salt potato?
Syracuse salt potatoes are boiled with so much salt,
they come out covered in white crust.

By adding a really really really large amount of salt (two cups of salt
for every eight cups of water) cooks in central NY create a white-
crusted creamy potato.

It’s easy to take salt for granted.
But during Roman times, salt was so valuable soldiers were paid with
salt. It was extremely valued.
In fact, that’s where the saying, “Are you worth your salt?” came from.

Having salt was considered a sign of wealth.
We get the word salary from salt.

Jesus knew the importance of salt, and He referred to it in His
sermon on the mount:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness,
how can it be made salty again?” (Matthew 5:13 NIV) 

Let’s look at this same Scripture from The Message paraphrase:
“Let me tell you why you are here.

You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors
of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste
godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing
out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.
We’re going public with this.” (Matthew 5:13-16 The Message)

Our heavenly Father wants to use US to bring out His God-flavors
and His God-colors!

Wouldn’t it be great—if like the potatoes boiled in so much salt that
they come out white-crusted—WE would be so saturated with the
Holy Spirit that we are God-crusted each day?

In other words, we abandon ourselves in such a way to Him,
that after spending time with Jesus,
we come out drenched in Him . . .
ooozing His Spirit . . .
saturated in God-colors . . .
acting and reacting in God-flavors to those around us!


I just finished speaking at a non-denominational ladies conference in
Cannon Beach, Ore., and God truly blessed our services. Thank you
so much for your prayers. He is so faithful!

An Unexpected Surprise

In many German restaurants you can find what may look like an
unusual item on the menu: Spaghettini.

Chefs create it to look like a plate of spaghetti, but it’s actually
an ice-cream delicacy.

Vanilla ice-cream is served in thin strands that resemble
spaghetti noodles, and strawberry puree is poured on top that looks
like marinara sauce. You’ll even find coconut flakes on top to mimic
parmesan cheese!

May I state the obvious?
Although it looks like one thing on the outside, it’s completely
different once you taste it.

The same is often true of us, isn’t it?

We profess Christ on the outside.

We easily lift our hands in praise on Sunday mornings.
But when someone cuts in front of us on the road . . . do our
insides match our outsides?

Aren’t you grateful that God is patient with us?
Each one of us is still a work in progress.
Ephesians 5:1 tells us to copycat our heavenly Father:

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do. . . .” (NLT)

Let’s continue to allow God to break us and reshape us in His
holy image as we walk with Him.


I just returned from speaking to pastors and wives at a state-
wide ministers retreat in Alaska. God was faithful and blessed in
wonderful ways. I’m excited about speaking in Alaska again June 1-8,
2019 on the Susie Shellenberger Ministries cruise. I’d LOVE for you
to join me! This will be an amazing spiritual retreat complete with the
adventure and wonder of Alaska’s beauty! If you’d like more

information, please send me an email (not on this website, but
through my email address):

Behind the Scenes

Back story: Before Elijah defeated the 450 false prophets of the
false god of Baal, he told wicked King Ahab that God would withhold
rain from the land. God made good on His Word, and the result was a
severe famine.

King Ahab summoned Obadiah (who was in charge of his
palace (and also a devout believer in Jehovah God).

Ahab had said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the
springs and valleys. Maybe we can find some grass to keep the
horses and mules alive so we will not have to kill any of our animals”
(1 Kings 18:5 NIV).

They split up, and King Ahab went one way while Obadiah
headed the other direction. Meanwhile, evil Queen Jezebel was busy
killing God’s prophets.

Elijah is thinking he’s the only Jehovah-follower left. The Queen
had already killed so many godly people. The country was in horrible
shape due to the famine, and Elijah knew he’d have to face King
Ahab and take on the 450 prophets of Baal.

But as Obadiah was searching for grass to feed the king’s
animals, Elijah crossed paths with him. Imagine Elijah’s surprise to
discover that while Jezebel was killing off God’s prophets, Obadiah
had taken 100 godly prophets and hidden them in two caves—50 in
each cave. Obadiah had kept them safe and provided them with food
and water in the middle of the famine!

When things looked like they couldn’t get any worse, God was
working quietly behind the scenes.

You may remember the godly priest Eli of Israel. He was the
one who mentored Samuel. Eli had two wicked sons: Hophni and
Phinehas. These two men were serving as temple priests but they
didn’t have a relationship with God. They took advantage of the
people who brought sacrifices, became sexually involved with women
around the temple, and were extremely dishonest.

People wondered why God didn’t do something to stop this
horrific situation. But what they didn’t know was that God was quietly
working behind the scenes. He was allowing the Philistine army to
gain strength. Pushing the fast-forward button, we see that a few
years later, the Philistines defeated the Israelites—and killed
Phinehas and Hophni.

What does this mean for us?
We can know that our God never stops working.
He never sleeps, goes on vacation or puts us on hold.

When our situation seems horrific and we wonder why He
hasn’t moved, it may be that He’s working quietly behind the scenes.
Sometimes we see Him explosively arrive in full detail. Other
times He simply works quietly behind the scenes.

So we can rest in God’s peace. And what kind of peace does
He give? “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And
the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t
be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27 LB).

If you’re facing a wall and wondering why God isn’t moving on
your behalf . . . it could be that He IS, but He’s simply working quietly
behind the scenes right now.
In His perfect timing, He will reveal Himself.
He always does.


Spiritual Renewal

If Jesus needed to spend time in renewal,
how much more do we!

Let’s face it:
family responsibilities,
job stress,
relationship woes,
and simply the everyday routine of life
can wear us down.

That’s why I’ve put together the perfect spiritual renewal
adventure. If Alaska is on your bucket list, you can cross it off by
joining me on the Susie Shellenberger Ministries “Friends & Family
Alaskan Adventure” June 1-8, 2019.

Even though it’s several months away, RIGHT NOW is the time
to decide to put down your deposit and make plans to participate.

We’ll have our own special services together where I’ll be
speaking—along with a friend of mine Kathy Slamp—who has spoken
on several Alaskan cruises as a naturalist. She has an exciting
ministry and is gifted at intertwining the Alaskan beauty with spiritual

We’ll be cruising on the Holland America line—a fantastic fleet
of ships that has your comfort at the top of the list.

If whale-watching, dog-sledding, touring quaint little cities in the
Alaskan ports we stop in, fishing, and a lot of other activities interest
you, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

Or . . . you can simply stay on board the ship the entire time
and enjoy free room service, the fun shows, and of course our own
special services together. This will truly be the spiritual renewal
you’ve been yearning for.

If you want more information, email our cruise liaison, Carla

OR email me with your complete mailing address if you’d like to
receive a full-color brochure through regular mail.

Oh! Holland America is allowing me to give a $50 credit to
each room! You can use it for anything you want—an excursion, the
gift shop, tips, whatever!

I’d LOVE to spend a week with you enjoying spiritual growth
through our services and seeing God through His natural and
amazing beauty in Alaska!

Please pray for me this weekend.
I’m excited to be performing my nephew Scott Shellenberger’s

Spiritual Drama

Once in a while I hear someone say, “Whoa!”
But I never hear anyone say “Woe!”
It’s a word we don’t use much anymore.

But Isaiah used it—and when we did—it had a powerful
meaning. Let’s take a look:

“Woe to me!” I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean
lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have
seen the King, the Lord Almighty’ ” (Isaiah 6:5 NIV).

Isaiah got close enough to God, he was able to see Him as He
truly is—exalted and in fathomless glory. Isaiah’s response?
“Woe to me!”
And he cried this exclamation.

The apostle John, when banished on the criminally infested,
rocky, volcanic island of Patmos, also saw God in the exalted Christ.

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. . . .”
(John 1:17 LB).

John’s response? He fainted.
He was out cold. Down for the count.

When God passed by Moses, He told Moses to cover his face.
Moses obeyed, but after God had passed by and Moses joined his
people, they noticed his face was shining in brilliance because he had
been so close to the Lord. (See Exodus 33:19-23)

Ezekiel saw a vision of God:
“And when I saw it, I fell face downward on the ground. . . .”
(Ezekiel 1:28 LB).

He fainted.

Why all the drama? Fainting, crying “Woe,” and out cold?
It’s because when we get close enough to God and see Him
exalted—as He truly is—we are suddenly and keenly aware of our
own sinfulness.

As long as we don’t get that close to God, we can live
comfortably with our own personal holiness. But when He truly
reveals Himself to us in His perfect glory, we become radically

Instead of being satisfied with where we are spiritually right now
. . . lets become consistently agitated until we are close enough to
God that we become radically changed.


Please pray for me as I speak in Nacogdoches, Texas this

Right Concept, Wrong Idea #7

We’re taking a look at some well-known thoughts that we tend to
misinterpret biblically.

“God heals everyone who has enough faith.”

God’s healing isn’t dependent on your faith.
God can do whatever, whenever and wherever He wants regardless
of you.

Yes, He loves it when you express your faith in Him.
And He loves to increase your faith.
But He also accepts your shallow faith:
(Remember the father whose son was demon-possessed and mute?)
“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 ESV)

Paul didn’t tell Timothy to have more faith so his stomach would be
healed. Instead, Paul advised him not only to drink water—
but to take a little wine for his stomach problems.

This isn’t telling all of us who have stomach problems to drink wine,
but it does show us that God doesn’t heal all Christians while they’re
on earth. Eventually, all will be healed—in heaven.

Paul spoke about the “thorn in his flesh.”
Many Bible scholars think this had something to do with his eyesight.
Notice in 2 Thessalonians 3:17, he tells us he’s ending the letter with
his own handwriting. This lets us know that he dictated the letter to
someone else, but Paul signed it himself.

Many scholars believe it was because of his poor eyesight that he
needed to use a scribe to write his letters.

And in Galatians 6:11, Paul tells us he’s writing in large letters. Again,
many believe that’s because of his declining eyesight at that time.

Paul prayed many times that God would heal him of the “thorn in his
flesh.” He certainly had faith that God could do this. But whatever the
thorn was, Paul wasn’t healed of it.

He accepted God’s answer: “My grace is sufficient for you, my
power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

I can’t help but think of Joni Eareckson Tada whose diving accident
during her teen years caused her to become a quadriplegic.
She—long with many others—have prayed for her healing. It’s
certainly not because she doesn’t have faith that God hasn’t healed

For reasons we won’t understand until we’re in heaven, God simply
chooses to heal some people on earth and others not until they’re
with Him.

It’s His will that we continue to pray healing for those who need it, but
we shouldn’t lose faith when we don’t see our prayers answered
during our timetable.


Please pray for me as I speak in Swartz Creek, MI this weekend.

Right Concept, Wrong Idea #6

We’re taking a look at some well-known thoughts that we tend to
misinterpret biblically.

“God will only give me what I can handle.”

We often assume God won’t load our lives with more than we can
bear. Many Christians make this faulty assumption based on the fact
that God won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle.

Here’s the proof:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to
mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted
beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will
also provide a way out so that you can endure it”
(1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV).

Make no mistake.
God will always provide a way out of temptation.

But temptation is a completely different subject than life’s difficulties.
We often have more than we can bear.
And many times God calls us to do something beyond our

Check out what the apostle Paul experienced in Asia:

“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to
endure . . . we felt we had received the sentence of death.
“But this happened that we might not rely on
ourselves but on God, who raises the dead”
(2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NIV).

Did you catch that?
Paul thought he was dying!

The pressure was so unbearable, the difficulty so horrific,
he thought he’d never see another sunset.
It was definitely MORE than he could handle!

But what happened?
He relied on God!

Let’s read what he wrote later:

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses,
         in insult,
                in hardships,
                         in persecutions,
                                  in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong”
(2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV).

Instead of saying that God won’t give us more than we can handle,
let’s try saying this:

God will often give us more than we can handle, but never more
than we can handle when we depend on His strength instead of
our own.


Right Concept, Wrong Idea #4

We’re taking a look at some well-known thoughts that we tend to
misinterpret biblically.

“God is the only One who can judge.” (Part 1)

Many Christians have become so afraid of being labeled judgmental,
they have misunderstood what Christ said about judging!

Only God can judge for condemnation.
He’s the only One who has the authority to condemn someone.
It’s not our place to condemn.
But He has authorized us to judge in a discerning manner for
identification purposes.

Matthew chapter 7 begins with Christ telling us not to judge for
condemnation. But in verses 15-23, He tells us we are to judge or
discern for identification—and then He instructs us how to do that.

Christians have Christ’s authority to discern between what’s true and
what’s false and to make that known. Of course, this takes the
guiding of the Holy Spirit within us. If we do this on our own, we run
the risk of condemning.

But because we have misunderstood how to judge with Christ’s
discernment, we’ve become paranoid about offending others.

Christ tells us to do everything in love!

“Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us
really love them, and show it by our actions” (1 John 3:18 LB).

But genuine love doesn’t ignore what’s false.
As we depend on the Holy Spirit, let’s stand in boldness for truth and
all that’s right, while we no longer remain silent about sin.

(Catch part 2 of this devotional regarding judging on June 19, 2018.)


Please pray for me as I speak in Indianapolis this week.