Weak Devotion

Blog fam! I pray all is well with you since my last post. A couple of days ago I woke up and went about my daily routine: I picked up my phone, unlocked it and checked all of my social media apps. Then I decided to research a particular scripture that I’d been stuck on for weeks. Even though the revelation I got from the scripture was great, what I heard next floored me. I heard the Lord say, “weak devotion”.

Weak is defined as inadequate, poor, feeble or defective. While devotion is defined as love, loyalty or enthusiasm. I was shocked that two words on opposite ends of the spectrum were put together to describe my life as a Christian. I’m a worker in my local church and do my absolute best to live a life pleasing in the sight of God but my devotion has been inadequate.

As believers, we often take God’s goodness for granted. We take God for granted by settling for our Sunday worship experience and failing to keep him first throughout our busy work week. We’ve become accustomed to his grace and mercy because he chooses to be good to us. While we may be workers in ministry, we cannot miss our personal time with God. My morning wasn’t necessarily perfect, but it flowed so much better because I spent time with the Lord. I believe God wants to reveal the mysteries of his word to us but we have to be willing to slow down and seek him. The Bible says in ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

We will know and do better by spending that one on one time with God. There are thousands of things going on around us to take our attention. Make the choice to put those things off and spend a few extra minutes in God’s word and in prayer. You can only get out what you put in.

God, we thank you for being mindful of us even when we take it for granted. As we spend more and more time with you reveal yourself to us in new ways. Show us the mysteries of your word and teach us to live a life that’s truly pleasing in your sight. Help us to be patient and discern your voice and cancel out the noise. All these things we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Be blessed blog fam!
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Blog fam! As always, I pray you all have been blessed since my last post. I was listening to a podcast at work and heard an interesting story. This church used to have what they called open prayer requests. Anyone could stand up and ask the church to pray for them or their families. One guy gets up several weeks in a row and asks the congregation to pray that God would clear his mind of the cobwebs of sin. After a few weeks of hearing the same request, a member stood up and suggested that he ask God to kill the spider! I immediately heard the Lord say that we often want to kill the effects of sin but not the source. Like the man in the story, we like temporary fixes. We sweep away the outward manifestations of the sin and appear well groomed and put together while the cause of the sin is slowing spinning another web to entangle us again. It may be hard and down right painful to get to the source of the sin but it is necessary. God can’t heal what we hide and make excuses for. Galatians 5:1 tells us to,

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Jesus has already fought the battle for us! We have to make the decision to stand in the liberty that he attained for us. Once we realize that we are fighting from victory it makes the press that much easier. Jesus did not die and rise for us to battle the same issues over and over. Once we have obtained our freedom, it’s up to us to walk in it! We cannot and should not want to go back to the things that had us bound.

Father, we just want to take time to thank you for the liberty we have in Jesus! We will no longer seek relief from the effects of sin. Instead, we are asking you to kill the source of it. No more temporary fixes. We want to be able to wholly serve you with no limits. Thank you for the revelation received today. Help us to apply the knowledge and seek you for more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Be blessed peeps!

I’m right…Right?!

Happy new year blog family! I know it’s been a minute but I’m back! I actually had an entirely different blog written to post but this morning I read the verses of the day and God dropped something else on my heart. It truly amazes me how we react when different things happen. We could be driving down the interstate and someone cuts us off and we literally lose it for the next few seconds. Even though they are wrong for cutting us off, our reaction doesn’t have to be a negative one. How many times have we found ourselves reacting to different things? In a past blog I talked about triggers. Things that happen just for the reaction that comes after the trigger is pulled. The revelation began last night while talking to a friend and the scriptures this morning sealed the deal. I was asked why I was doing something. My actions were completely justified but the motive was still wrong. I asked God how I could be justified and wrong at the same time?!
Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭6-8 answered that for me: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
My response was ok God, I hear what you’re saying. Because my action was more of a reaction, I was thinking with my mind. I prayed about it with my mind already made up about what I was going to do. After the conversation last night and the scripture this morning, it reminded me that in all situations, I have to be spiritually minded. Even in those rough situations, I still have to remain true to who I say I am in Christ. Being spiritually minded also gives us peace in the midst of everything. When we react the way we want to with our half baked thoughts, it causes more confusion. Lastly, when I’m in flesh I can’t please God, no matter how justified I may be; I’m still wrong. This reminds me of my favorite scripture:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-7
When we take our problems to God we allow him to work it out because he care for us. When we have the Father’s attention, we will be exalted at the proper time! Be blessed and pass the word to someone else.

The Point of no Return!

IMG_4971.PNG I know I’m not the only one to have gone on a trip and forgotten something. What makes it worse is by the time you remember that you forgot it, you’re too close to your destination to turn back and get it. You’re basically at the point of no return. This is concept is also true as we walk with Christ. When we start the journey, we have a lot of extra baggage that we hold on to because we feel we need it to survive. As we walk or commune with God we hear scriptures like:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.‬ 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17

For most of us, the extra bags we have been carrying slowly drop off. We conquer that particular situation and continue to move forward. We trade in our old ways of thinking, and put on the mind of Christ. What happens when those things we overcame come back with a vengeance? Do we turn around and forfeit the entire journey to go back to something we have learned to live without? No! We have to remember the words of Paul in Galatians 5:1,

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

We have to remember our past victories. Standing fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free means no matter the temptation or situation, you do not waiver to the left or right; you keep your head in the game and remember that you’re at the point of no return. You began to think about how hard it was to shake that stuff loose. You weigh the situation and decide that you did not come this far to be entangled with the same issues from five years ago. You make the choice to push forward with Christ and leave the past where it is. You realize that you’re thriving without the extra baggage you thought you needed at the beginning of your journey. Not to be redundant, but you’re at the point of no return so push on!

Sailing without a SAIL

IMG_4143.PNG There is a song/hymn that says: Without God I could do nothing, without Him I would fail; without God, my life would be drifting like a ship without a sail. I really love analogies; they make life plain and simple. From the research I have done, sails are essential for a ships movement, direction and speed. Without sails, ships are at the mercy of the ocean. They often drift in circles because there is nothing to give them direction. Our lives are actually a ship that God has given us to take care of. Before we get saved or come to the knowledge of Christ, we are missing the essential element of the ship; the sail. When we have given our lives to Jesus, he becomes our sail. The purpose of the sail is to give direction even when the ship hits turbulent waters. No matter how high the waves or the strength of the winds, the sail keeps us on track. Without Jesus as our sail, we are literally in the waters of life drifting. We get stuck in habits and circle around the same issues because we do not have the direction a sail provides. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

This means that we need to allow Jesus to be the sail of our ship. We have to surrender our will and embrace the will of God concerning our lives. Once we get tired of drifting and being tossed to and fro, Jesus will be happy to take control of our ship and become our sail.