App Interruption

App Interruption

As an avid runner, my favorite app on my iPhone 5 to help monitor my progress and chart my running goals is Map My Run. This cool device helps track my running mileage, gauges my pace and even audibly tells me how many calories I’ve burned. Last week, I was enjoying my run, breathing the fresh air deep into my lungs, just getting warmed up. I heard the woman’s voice (I call her Gertrude) tell me: “Distance: 1 mile, pace 9.3 seconds, split 9.3 minutes.” About two or three minutes later, almost in the middle of my second mile and a different woman’s voice startled me with, “Hello Gorgeous, you are looking better all the time, your fabulous future awaits, find out more here.” I thought, “Are you kidding me? What happened to Gertrude? My Map My Run app was interrupted by an advertisement from a psychic app?” I couldn’t believe it! Yet the shocking reality hit me: wherever technology is, there will be those who try to distract us from truth.

I reminded myself that “I am a child of God, the evil one cannot touch me, I am chosen and appointed by Christ Jesus to bear His fruit.” As I affirmed my identity “who I am in Christ Jesus,” The evil one could not touch me.

As I affirmed my identity “who I am in Christ Jesus,” The evil one could not touch me.

John Stott says, “In practice, we should constantly be reminding ourselves who we are. We need to talk to ourselves, ask ourselves, “Don’t you know you are enslaved to God and are committed to His obedience?” We must continue until we reply, “Yes, I do know who I am, a new person in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 5:15 reminds us “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.”

If you’ve been interrupted by any voices other than truth, remind them whose you are and speak this prayer aloud: “Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the precious shed blood of Jesus, who paid the price for my sins and forgave me, thank You, in Christ Jesus, I am made righteous. Thank You for protecting me with Your presence, Lord Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for fighting this battle. I claim victory over the power of darkness, bring the light and let me shine Your truth. Thank You for freedom.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries ( and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

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