Daily Devotional – 10/24/18 “But what do YOU say?”

People will sometimes use you against you. What do I mean? Abusive people, whether it be men or women, will use your fear of them against you. People who know you are in a desperate place will use that against you. You don’t have to believe me but need a place to stay and the person who can give you one needs a baby sitter. They will use you against you. When the folk on your job know you really need your job, they’ll use it against you. And when people know you’ve yet to rightly divide God’s word, they’ll use it against you too. There was a post someone made yesterday asking if women can be pastors. First off, I am sick of this conversation and it’s not because I am a woman assistant pastor but because we (Christians) like to pick and choose what we believe in when it fits us. Most of the folk who believe women can’t be preachers or pastors do so because somebody else instilled it in them. But to each its own. You not believing in me doesn’t stop God from using me. However, here’s something I want to point out. A lot of people who were commenting ‘no’ on the post yesterday referenced 1 Timothy 2:11-15 which says, “Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.”

Before you go any further, go back to 1 Timothy 2:1 and see what the first word is. Don’t have your bible? I’ll tell you. It says I as in Paul. Nowhere in this passage does Paul say God says. It’s Paul talking to Timothy and for those who will say he’s talking on the authority of God, well maybe you should know the word silence, as in women should learn in silence is translated as peaceable. In other words, women should learn in peace. As for the word submissively, Bible says in 1 Corinthians 11:3, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” Get this though, this headship doesn’t change because a woman is your pastor. She is your pastor, your spiritual guide and your shepherd whose responsibility is to save and protect the sheep. A woman isn’t trying to assert her authority simple because she is pastor neither should a man. A pastor is God’s appointed shepherd for God says in Jeremiah 3:15, “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” This scripture didn’t refer to a certain manner of person. Nevertheless, believe what you want but stop allowing people to use you against you. Stand up for yourself, fight for yourself, study for yourself and please do away with fear. Try and trust God for you.

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Daily Devotional – 2/14/14 “Then and now!”

My sister and I were having a conversation on last night about some of the things the bible speak on that are so hard to follow now. Most people still follow 1 Corinthians 11:3 that says, “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.” Now, please understand I don’t have an issue with this verse however now days most men aren’t husband material and the wife surely isn’t a Proverbs 31 woman. (I’m just keeping it real.) See, the man wants to lie in the house all day while he sends his wife to work and then he calls himself the head but didn’t the bible say in 1 Timothy 5:8, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever?” And in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat?”” Yes, in the bible days the men worked, provided, maintained the worship places, ruled and fought in wars while the women stayed home to maintain the home, bared and raised the children, cooked, cleaned and etc., so then the men could be the head in everything. Oh but now, it takes 2 sometimes 3 incomes to maintain the household so she has to work. Now, men aren’t being raised to be men so the women have to step up in order to make sure her family eats. Now, women aren’t being raised to be a wife because many don’t even know how to cook, clean and less known raise children so then the entire household is falling apart. Families don’t worship as a family because momma is going to church, daddy is staying in the bed and the children are being given a choice on whether to go or not. Some older men have an issue with women working in the church but they want them to pay their tithes, sing in the choir, usher, cook in the kitchen, make the announcements and print the programs. Isn’t that working? She even has to sometimes turn the lights off after the deacons leave.

All I’m saying is, we tailor scriptures to fit our lives every day and these are no different. No sir, no ma’am; I don’t have an issue with my husband being the head of our household even though I’m working as long as he’s the head of his household. (You’ll get that later!) I, also, don’t have a problem following his lead as long as I trust him to get us to the right destination. I also don’t have a problem standing behind him because then I’m better protected. And just for the record, being behind the man doesn’t make you less than a woman because no matter where you’re standing, your light of God should be shining bright enough to be seen. And as long as God is the head of your life and you’re allowing Him to run things, everything else will fall into place. Read and study the bible for yourself that way you’ll understand what is being taught which will then lead you to be a better man or woman of God.