Daily Devotional – 7/27/18 “What are you doing with your deliverance?”

I wonder how fast most our mouths would snap shut if God were to reveal the dirty parts of us. You know the contents of your heart when you aren’t worshipping on Sunday. The browser history of your internet, when no one is watching. The unfiltered version of your mouth, when you aren’t acting holy. The parts of you that you cover up when you’re shouting on the altar. Those parts that no one can see when you are preaching real good. I just wonder how you’d feel if God revealed those parts of you to people. If God pulled back the curtain and it came out that you really aren’t who you ‘post’ to be. If God uncovered the things we got away with. Stealing, cheating and intentionally writing bad checks. Or the many times you’ve had to sell the title to your car or get a check advance. Or the many times you’ve had to ask somebody for help or went to bed hungry. I wonder what would happen if God revealed what He allows to stay covered. Hear me or is it read me; whatever way is correct, get this … Just because you’ve been delivered, can pray out loud, can recite a few scriptures, you no longer need alcohol or pills to sleep, your marriage is going well, your children are halfway right, you got a few dollars in the bank; stop treating people like you didn’t go through what they have. What are you doing with your deliverance?

You are quick to offer unsolicited advice on somebody’s marriage when truth is, you and Mr. Jimmy haven’t slept in the same bed for 10 years. You can’t wait to tell folk how to raise their children when your son is in jail and you’ve been lying like he’s in the military. You want to tell Tay-Tay to pull her dress down but have you stopped to think, it’s the way you deliver the message? You all over Junior about his tattoos when you got some hidden on your forearm. Sometimes, holy folk can be too much. You talk too much. You are over the top, too much. You are in folk business, too much. You are just too much when the fact is, we all have a past we’d much rather forget about. We all have done some things we are not proud of. We all have made mistakes we wish we could erase from the book of life. But we can’t. And although I cannot see yours or I didn’t know you when you were doing any and everything; stop acting as if you’ve never sinned or done wrong when I make a mistake. My point is; don’t be quick to label and put your mouth on people, from your high place, today when God delivered you from your low place just yesterday. What are you doing with your deliverance? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:19, “Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.”

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