Daily Devotional – 5/18/17 “Is your worship real?”

Beloved, if you don’t think it is time to stop playing church, read the news! No, the church doesn’t have all the answers but the church should be able to equip some folks to rebuke and decree. Are you not tired of the prophet-lying prophets that prophecy for profit? Are you not sick of the money hungry ministers who pimp out the gift of the anointing? Are you not fed up with these pitiful pastors who prey more than they pray? What about the messy missionaries who sit on the second row yet they’ve yet to mission. Or what about the evangelists that look real good in their robe but don’t even know the meaning of their title. Or the apostle whose collar is just right but they have yet to tap into their apostolic flow. Or the mothers, dressed in their all white with no power. The deacons, who can worry the hell out a pastor but can’t even pray for devotion. Yes, your flyers for revival is real cute but nobody is getting revived. Yea, I saw your video but all I heard was hollering and no hope. Sir, you can whoop very well but when are you going to worship. Ok, you’re baptizing every Sunday but can you keep them?

I don’t know about you but what happened to the services where folk were healed and delivered, for real? Where are the worship places that don’t worry about a program because they are more concerned with releasing Sis. Smith from pain? Where are the for real worship places? Where are the worship places that allow the Holy Spirit to show up without worrying about if one service will run into the next? What happened to lock-ins, vacation bible school and youth in action for Christ? I am only asking these questions because too many people are walking around feeling hopeless when we have access to a God who says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Where are the people who are not afraid? For the bible says in Isaiah 58:1, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Will the real worship places open your doors because we have a world in need?

Daily Devotional – 9/21/16 “Cry loud!”

I’ve never lost a family member or friend to tragedy. I’ve never received a phone call or a late night/early morning knock on the door notifying me of death. Yet as I watch the news and see the social media posts, my heart breaks. I am sadden by the increase of unarmed black men and women being killed by the hands of those who have sworn to serve and protect. I am dishearten by our police departments. I am sickened at the thought that yesterday it was somebody else brother and today it could be mine. What happened to the days when you got pulled over by police and left the scene alive? Where are those police officers who aren’t afraid of the neighborhood they’re in? Yes, people have said it’s not a black and white issue but I’m not so sure anymore. Because I’ve seen the news reports of supposed terrorists being taken alive but a black man with his arms in the air being shot dead. I’ve read the reports of white men, with guns, making it safely to the police station but an unarmed black woman never making it out. You have to know that I am not turning this devotional blog into a rant and raving post but I just know that God isn’t pleased with the state of this world. As I read my bible, I’m reminded of the things the Israelites did to cause God’s heart to be hardened towards them and I’m just wondering if this doesn’t.

See, I used to be fearful for the black men in my family but now I’m afraid to be pulled over because if I happen to move suddenly, there’s a chance I can get killed. Don’t you see that we are living in a world, now, where police bullets have no respect of person? There was a time when an officer killed a man or woman and it was justified by their crime but now it’s indicative of skin color or if you look suspicious. Why? What happened? When did this become acceptable? And what can we do to fix it? Oh, we can pray but what will we do when we get up? We can march but then what? We can riot but that’ll only leave a ruined city. WHAT. MUST. WE. DO? What can we do as a city, a state and a nation? What must we do to ensure this new normal is demolished? What can we do as blacks and whites to save a dying world? I could plug 2 Chronicles 7:14 here but instead I’ll share Isaiah 58:1 that says, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” It’s time we cry loud and spare not the feelings of those who do nothing. It’s time we cry loud and spare not the looks and the stares. It’s time we cry loud and spare not because we are losing! Don’t wait until trouble attacks your house to cry loud and spare not because while it may not be there today, it could be me or you who becomes a hashtag tomorrow. It’s time to cry loud!

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