Daily Devotional – 9/11/11 “Isn’t this God’s house”

1 Corinthians 11:17-33 was written by Paul about the conduct of Christians Worshipping. Verse 17-18 says that when we come into God’s house it’s mostly for the mess not the message. That when we enter into God’s house, we come in divided. Choir members fighting, deacons not getting along & ushers not serving and then we wonder why we leave like we came.

Don’t you know the church is in you? You are suppose to come into God’s house with a praise already in your heart and on your lips but instead you got both filled with gossip. You are so busy talking about what folk got on, who went where last night and whose sleeping with who that you don’t even realize when God is talking to you. You’re so busy texting during service that if God sat right next to you, you wouldn’t notice. You’re so busy looking at folk, talking & playing at the Altar that your prayers aren’t getting through and then you say God ain’t hearing me! Chile, God ain’t got time to deal with your mess every Sunday. He’d rather have 2 genuine worshipers than 56 unworthy ones. At some point & time you’ve got to be accountable for you. You’ve got to get yourself up for Worship service, pay your own tithes, pray for yourself! Stop gossiping and start glorifying God. Stop complaining! If every time a non Christian come to you & you’re complaining what good are they seeing in coming to God? Most times the only God they get is what you’re giving them but if you’re too busy texting during worship service how can you relay the message to others? God ain’t texting and whoever it is can surely wait until after church.

John 6:53-54 .. Jesus said unto them “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Choose the side you’re standing on. You can’t have one foot in the world and one on God because he doesn’t deal in halves only whole!

Daily Devotional – 9/10/11 “Thankful”

1 Corinthians 11:17-33 was written by Paul about the conduct of Christians Worshipping. Verse 17-18 says that when we come into God’s house it’s mostly for the mess not the message. That is when we enter into God’s house, we come in divided. Choir members fighting, deacons not getting along & ushers not serving and then we wonder why we leave like we came.

Don’t you know the church is in you? You are supposed to come into God’s house with praise already in your heart and on your lips but instead you got both filled with gossip. You are so busy talking about what folk got on, who went where last night and whose sleeping with whom that you don’t even realize when God is talking to you. You’re so busy texting during service that if God sat right next to you, you wouldn’t notice. You’re so busy looking at folk, talking & playing at the Altar that your prayers aren’t getting through and then you say God ain’t hearing me! Chile, God ain’t got time to deal with your mess every Sunday. He’d rather have 2 genuine worshipers than 56 unworthy ones. At some point & time you’ve got to be accountable for you. You’ve got to get yourself up for Worship service, pay your own tithes, and pray for yourself! Stop gossiping and start glorifying God. Stop complaining! If every time a non-Christian come to you & you’re complaining what good are they seeing in coming to God? Most times the only God they get is what you’re giving them but if you’re too busy texting during worship service how can you relay the message to others? God ain’t texting and whoever it is can surely wait until after church.

John 6:53-54… Jesus said unto them “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood; you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Choose the side you’re standing on. You can’t have one foot in the world and one on God because he doesn’t deal in halves only whole!

Daily Devotional – 9/9/11 “A woman’s worth”

Just because no one says you’re pretty does that mean you’re not? Just because no one says you look nice does it mean you don’t? Just because no one says you’re talented does it mean you’re not? Stop waiting on FOLK to assess your value. Don’t you look in the mirror for yourself? Don’t you trust in the gifts God has given? If no one ever says/show they love you, God does! Isn’t that enough? Value yourself!

In the bible, Proverbs 31: 10-31 speaks about the value, worth & characteristics of a wife; but not just a wife but a woman.  Verse 10 states; Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies (some interpretations say diamonds).  However, this is simply saying your worth is priceless.  Why do you give it away so cheap or sometimes for free?  Don’t you value yourself? 

You, yes you, find a man (because you can’t wait for God to send him) that treats you any kind of way.  He treats his friends better than the one that he has married, he doesn’t answer when you call and can’t be depended on if you needed him.  Yet verse 11 says, The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” This means he trust her with his whole heart, he will never spitefully do her wrong, and because of this she will do good by him all her life.  Isn’t this the way things should be between a husband/wife; boyfriend/girlfriend?

A real woman, one who values her worth, puts God first, takes care of her husband, children and house.  She is quick to stand by her man even if the decision he made falls through, she is there being his only support.  She stays up late washing & ironing, preparing lunches, getting the kids backpacks together, thinking about breakfast for the next morning, what bills have to be paid on Friday, how much money she will have left for groceries and the deadline she has at work.   For Proverbs 14:1 states; “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Build up what is yours!  Stop allowing mess to rule your house! Stop gossiping, lying, backbiting, judging & criticizing others.   You wonder why your marriage is shaky it’s because of the “friends” you’ve shared all your secrets with.  You’re so busy telling them everything that you don’t even realize they are praying for what you’ve got.  By the time you realize it, it’s too late.  Be slow to talk but quick to listen, (James 1:19), cause the signs are there.  Can’t anybody tell you how to run your house but YOU! Even those that have been through something similar to your situation, they haven’t been through yours.  You are worthy of all God has promised, but first you have to believe in you.  Start with you and the rest will follow. 

Prayer for today: Heavenly Father, I thank you today for all that you’ve done.  I know that you have made me in your image, so I am asking you now to forgive me for not valuing my self-worth.  God I know that you’ve equipped me with the things that I need to endure the hardships of this world and today I choose ME!  God bless my home, keep my mind, & search my heart & if there is anything there that should not be, please take it away.  I am worthy God because you made me.  I will put my trust in you.  God, guide my footsteps so that I may walk in your way.  Guide my tongue so that I may talk like you.  Guide my heart so that I may love like you.  I am worthy God! Amen

Daily Devotional – 9/8/11 “The Potter”

When a potter is making pottery, he or she uses clay on a wheel that is shaped into all different types of designs, shapes and sizes.  Most times, not even a skilled potter can get it right the first time, so when they make a mistake they take the SAME clay, start over and reshape.  After, sometimes, numerous tries the final peace of pottery is then created.  It is then placed into a high-temperature, heating source that seals the clay into its shape & gives it it’s strength, thus creating the masterpiece that has been created by the Potter’s hand.

Isn’t God that way?  He is the potter isn’t he?  He has sculpted you into the masterpiece that you are.  Sometimes, it takes numerous tries to get you right but he said, that’s ok for even the righteous man fall 7 times and be raised (Proverbs 24:16).  He even puts you in high temperature situations (storms, trials, tribulations, and heartache, and grief, struggles) in order to seal you and make you strong enough to endure.  He has made your skin tough enough to handle being lied on, talked about, name being drug through the mud, folk wishing bad on your life & even speaking death in certain situations.  He made you with tough skin so when folk try to walk all over you; you’d be able to take it without wavering.  He made you tough so that your skin could handle the tears that will be shed and the scars that you’ll get from being stabbed in the back.  He made your shoulders strong in order to carry the weight of the world on them without falling over.  He made your legs and arms strong in order to carry those that may need your help.  He made your feet strong to stand in the face of adversity & still march on.  He even made your knees strong enough to endure a satisfying prayer life,  for the times you’ll need them.

So why are you trying to conform to the world that is against you? For the bible states in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Think for yourself! Be yourself! For God, the potter, has made YOU in HIS image (Genesis 1:27). 

POTTERPressing Out Things That Evil Reared! Let go of those things holding you back.  Let go & let God!

Daily Devotional – 9/7/11 “You asked, didn’t you?”

You ask God to bind your enemies and then you get mad when so-called friends aren’t around anymore.  You ask God for an increase in money & then complain when overtime is offered.  You ask for a car because you’re tired of asking for a ride and/or walking & then complain about the gas prices.   You asked for a mate & then complain because they call too much.  You ask God for healing and then complain about the medicine you got to take.  You ask God for guidance and then second guess the path that he sets before you.  You ask God for a sign and then ignore it.   You ask God to open doors for you and then you’re too scared to walk through them.  You ask God to move your mountain/obstacle that’s in your way and you’re still turning back to it.  You ask God for help and then you still worry!

Baby, make up your mind, even God is confused!  Either let God do it or stop worrying him.  There is no need for the both of you to work on it.  I know the saying is 2 heads are better than one, but not in this case! God doesn’t need your help, just your praise & thanks! 

He got his part covered, work on yours!!