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Daily Devotional – 10/2/12 “When your witnessing is whack!”

You didn’t think this was possible? Oh, well let me check you boo. Every time you’re boasting about your sinful living, your witnessing is whack! Every time you brag about whose spouse you slept with, your witnessing is whack! Every time you find joy in other folks pain, your witnessing is whack! And when you find it cool to be rude, your witnessing is whack! Yea, everybody sins, at some point in time but you don’t have to tell it like you’re spreading the evening news. The bible says in 1 Peter 3:15, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” Yet, how can you tell someone how good God is if your mouth is always filled with gossip? How can you honestly show folks the God in you if all they see if your butt from the too little skirt/shorts you have on? How can folks honestly take your witnessing serious if you never do? I mean, really? See, Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Now, I don’t mean your faith at this moment but I am talking about the faith of someone who is unsure about their walk with God. Let me explain. If there is a person whose faith is wavering right next to you and they over hear you talking, boasting, bragging about your sins why would they need to come to God if they think you’re still being blessed while still doing what the world is doing? They don’t understand that the blessings you’re receiving aren’t coming from God because they haven’t realized the devil can bless too. All they see is you and you seem to be just fine walking on God’s side while living in the world, so they automatically assume that this is the way to be. They don’t over hear you talking about Sunday’s message only Saturday’s mess. They don’t hear you discussing Monday night’s Bible Study Notes because all they hear about is the high notes you hit while you were with Jimmy or Sue. Don’t you see the problem here?

Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” It is our responsibility, as Christians, to be witnesses to others who’ve never accepted Christ, who may have had a set back and slipped back into the world or one whose in church and wrestling with the devil because our witness may be their deciding factor. Yet, you don’t even notice that your mouth is running like an old refrigerator and scaring off that shaky sinner. You’re like the seed that is discussed in Mark 4:18-19 which says, “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” You’re this type of seed because you allow worldly mess and sinful stuff to choke the word that’s in you which then keeps you from sharing it with others. Baby, no one will ever believe your witness if all you’ve ever showed them is your waywardness. Do you actually think you’re a worthy witness just because you sit at your desk humming a gospel song 10 minutes after you told me about the lunch date you had with your boyfriend and you’re both married? Oh, you’re a worthy witness because you were the one to shout at church on Sunday after you bragged about how drunk you were on Saturday night to your choir members. Oh, I got it; you’re a worthy witness because you can recite a few scriptures by memory and can easily find the books of the bible but weren’t you the same one boasting about the time you spent with Rev. No Good from Headed Straight to Hell Baptist Church? Child, stop it because you know as well as I do that your witnessing is whack!

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” But you can’t do this when you’re doing, going and talking wrong most of the time. Again, I am not perfect but I am striving to be better than I was on yesterday. Do I always say the right thing, all the time, NO, but I’m pushing myself to be better, every day. I have faults and in order to change them, I have to first admit them. I cannot honestly witness to you if every other word out of my mouth is a curse word. No, I’m not saying that I curse like a sailor but it’s still something I have to work on because, again, I’m not perfect for Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All I am saying is govern your tongue because you never know whose listening and if you carry yourself in a Godly way then your mouth, as well as your heart, has to match. You don’t have to do as the world does because you can be different. You don’t have to follow in the footsteps of those before you because you can break the generational curse. And you don’t have to change your testimony simple because the devil has you on the stand and he seems to be winning because James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” Love God so that you can love yourself at which point you can be a worthy witness who’s witnessing won’t be whack!
 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Daily Devotional

 

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Daily Devotional – 7/20/12 “Look through your spiritual eyes!”

While driving to work this morning, I had 2 people to pull in front of me and had I not being paying attention I could have had a wreck yet I’m thankful because I had my eyes open and my mind focused. Now, when I got to my desk I begin thinking about it and I realized that the enemy was trying to detour my path and had I not being paying attention, he probably would have succeeded. Then it made sense because while we’re working on this Christian journey , the enemy’s job is to make us unbalanced but if we’re paying attention God will have our eyes open to see the enemy’s traps AND then avoid them. Isn’t that great news? See, had I been texting or messing with the radio I could have had an accident the first time and when that didn’t work, he tried again but Oh, my God still has work for me to do here so the enemy’s attempts didn’t work. Yea, I know the devil’s sole purpose is to throw us off of God’s path but I’m reminded every day that God has us surrounded with his protection as long as WE STAY in his protection. Psalm 91:1-6 says, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” See, God’s protection for us doesn’t change but we sometimes change the direction in which we’re walking which takes us from under it. You know good and well that God didn’t tell you to meet that man/woman at the hotel on lunch and now you’re mad at him because somebody backed into your car but had you had your tail at Taco Bell like you said your car would be fine. Oh and if I shall tell the truth you’ve been some places and done some things you shouldn’t have and the only reason why you didn’t get caught is because of God’s protection. (So I’ll pause and let you say thank you Lord).

The enemy uses the moments that we’re distracted to slip in because he knows we aren’t paying attention and we surely aren’t talking to God then so it’s his prime opportunity. That’s why the bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” He knows you had an argument before you left home so he sends your coworker by, smelling all good, to see how you are and before long you all have exchanged numbers. Now, you’re walking around the house being real rude so that you can have an excuse to use that number in your phone but James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Or the kids have worked your nerves all the way to church so he allows you to go into worship with anger on your heart because he knows the Holy Spirit isn’t abiding in you and now you leave church worse than before you came and you want to blame the preacher. No, child; it isn’t the preacher, it’s all you because Ephesians 4:27 says, “For anger gives a foothole to the devil.” You have to stop being so wishy washy in your relationship with God and so easily persuaded. If you’ve made a vow to stop smoking, don’t give in just because somebody said you can’t do it. If you’ve committed yourself to making your marriage work, then stop responding to the text messages that are being received. You don’t have to go the wrong way just because you have the chance too because an easy route doesn’t necessarily make the best route to take. I’ve told you before the devil can make a patch of dirt look like fresh green grass, that’s if you’re looking through natural eyes, and you’ll fall for it every time. We’ve got to get back to this spiritual thing. See, in your natural eyesight you’ll see trust but in your spiritual eyesight you’ll see God saying it’s just temptation. In your natural eyesight you’ll see love but in your spiritual eyesight you’ll see God showing you that it’s just lust. In your natural eyesight you’ll see marriage but in your spiritual eyesight, God will show that it’s just misery looking for company. That’s why God says in 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Please note this … Not all things we go through are caused by the enemy because God sometimes sends us test just to see if we are ready to be elevated but if you haven’t been studying His word, you won’t be able to tell the difference. That’s why you have to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” as it says in 2 Timothy 2:15. Study God’s word and pray with a clean heart so that your eyes can be opened to see the traps, messy folks and situations that have been set by the enemy in order for you to avoid them or at least get the strength you need to handle them. If you go into a fight blind, you’ll lose every time. Be careful of the folks you call friends because not everyone has your best intentions in mind. Be careful of the roads you’re traveling because not all have signs letting you know that danger is ahead. Be careful of the Spiritual Guide you’re following because not all of them are reading the map correctly. Study for yourself so that when you seem to be off course, you’ll notice it in enough time to get back on it. Open your spiritual eyes and then look again because not everything is as clear cut as it seems.
 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Daily Devotional

 

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