Daily Devotional – 5/22/17 “Missing the fellowship”

On yesterday, I witnessed the true meaning of fellowship, something that is missing in a lot of worship places of today. My niece, Michaiah, who is 15 years, is preparing to study abroad her sophomore year of high school and in September, she will travel to Italy. Yesterday, there was a benefit to help offset the over $15K in fees associated with making her dream a reality because we cannot do it alone. Some new villagers were added to the tribe of #forMichaiahsbenefit and they came together, in a way of fellowship and raised over $2300. It was amazing. I am sharing this because there is not a lot of fellowship happening within the walls of worship places anymore. Just think about it. There used to be a time when a person was sick, the ‘fellowship’ of believers would rally around and pray. Now, they just show up to be the first to get information. When a person died, the ‘fellowship’ would ensure the family lacked for nothing but now, you can’t even get a 7 piece chicken without everybody knowing you were the one who bought it. When the pastor is going through, the ‘fellowship’ would rally around to hold up his/her arms but now most of them are the ones causing the hell.

The bible says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” What happened to fellowship? Where are the services that actually care about your soul? What happened to the deacons and trustees that care about God’s assigned under shepherds and not the savings account? What happened to the fellowship of believers who can recite the mission statement or tell you the real vision of the church? Where is the fellowship of folk who still follow the law of God? Where is the fellowship of believers who can pay somebody’s light bill without it needing a vote from the majority? What happened to the fellowship who would hold up those who were leaning? Where are the believers who once covered the altar for others in spite of what they were going through? I am only asking because I miss this kind of fellowship. The genuine fellowship of closed mouths and open arms to receive you without knowing your problem. The fellowship of prayers to rebuke the storm you’re in. The fellowship of mothers who carried something to cover your knees if your skirt was too short but never made you feel bad about it. The fellowship of men who you could look up too instead of them looking at you. Where is the fellowship? If you see, tell him I’ve been looking for him.

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Daily Devotional – 5/19/17 “The lesson of begging!”

When I was little, if we begged for stuff, let’s say food, only to get it and not like it; my granddaddy would make us eat it. He did not care if it took an hour, you would have to sit at the table and eat it because he was teaching a lesson of not begging. And this has stuck with me because I have found that sometimes, we can bite off more than we can chew. For the sake of this devotional, I’ll put it into laymen’s terms and say, stop begging God for stuff while in flesh that we are not spiritually ready to handle. Yes, I know you want your Boaz or your Ruth but then what? Can you handle the financial responsibility that Boaz brings to the table or are you still having trouble balancing your own checkbook? Can you cook a mighty man meal that Boaz hungers for or is spaghetti o’s the only thing you can warm up? Can you keep a house that Boaz can live in? Can you handle strains of Boaz’s profession or are you the jealous type that looks through his stuff? Sir, can you meet the needs of Ruth or are you still hung up on the one who hurt you last? Can you afford to bring home the bacon or will she need to do that too? Can you handle meeting the needs of Ruth’s intimate desires or are you all about self? Can you handle the demands of her professional life or are you mad because she makes more money?

These are the kinds of things you have to ask because you may find yourself in some stuff you’ll be forced to deal with it. Okay, the sex is good but what about his/her spirit? Yea, the finances are on point but what about his/her faith? Oh, he/she looks good but will they labor for you? Beloved, you can’t move in with somebody who doesn’t allow pork in the house and that’s all you eat. You cannot be mad at her for not cleaning when, had you paid attention to the living room instead of running to the bedroom, you would have known her skills were lacking. You can’t be mad that he is now the pastor of the church when you knew ministry was his thing when you met him. You can’t keep begging God for directions to destiny just to get there and it not be like you thought. You cannot pray for God to remove some stuff unless you are ready for some soul ties to be severed. You cannot pray for healing unless you’re ready to deal with the pain of recovering. You cannot beg God to intervene unless you are ready to handle the effects of withdrawal. You cannot beg God to do it and then get mad when He does. Because you may just find yourself, sitting at the table of sacrifice, scarfing down a bitter lesson that looked better than it tasted. Prepare yourself for what you ask of God because Jesus says in John 14:14, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”