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 – 9/26/16 “LIVE LIFE HAPPY!”

The bible says in Romans 14:8, “If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” So, my question is, “Why aren’t you living before you die?” We spend so much time on negative things, stressing over stuff that can’t sustain us, fretting over bills, and killing ourselves trying to keep someone who doesn’t want to be kept or mad because somebody said something about you; when does actually living come in? Yes, I know you value the sanctity of marriage but if it’s causing you more harm than good, something needs to change. You can’t sleep for bills, can’t eat because of nerves, can’t enjoy life because you’re too wound up; when does living fit in? If you can’t afford where you’re staying, move somewhere that you can. If you aren’t happy, find the reason why not and fix it. You and your spouse are probably fighting, right now, over finances instead of sitting down like adults and figuring out how to fix them. Get on a budget, file bankruptcy or ask for help. You are probably at home stressing over the folk on the job instead of leaving that mess on the job.

At what point will you actually enjoy the life that God has actually given you? Ecclesiastes 2:24 says, “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” This means you can enjoy the fruits of your labor every now and then. If you work, why shouldn’t you have some enjoyment in your life? Baby, life should be enjoyable, your marriage should be enjoyable and your home should be enjoyable because it’s your place of refuge. You shouldn’t come home dreading to be there. Oh but look now, don’t go home giving your spouse a Dear John letter talking about Lakisha told me to do it, that’s not what I said. What I am saying is, life is too short to live each day stressing, losing your hair, getting sick, balance is off, running up doctor bills because your pressure up, can’t get prayers through because your heart is hateful, worship ain’t about nothing because your praise is so full of crap, you can’t smile because all you know is crying, not allowing yourself to be happy because you might enjoy it, can’t be love because you’re so caught up on dude or dudette who broke your heart years ago, selfishly not allowing God in because you’re still holding church hurt from 82; baby LET IT GO! Momma hurt you; she gone. Daddy didn’t love you, he gone. Baby daddy did you wrong, he’s moved on. Baby momma put you on child support, pay it and move on. Cousin didn’t pay you back, forgive and let it go! Job laid you off, find a new one. Whatever it is, LET IT GO! For the bible says in Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” This is my good word for you today … LIVE LIFE HAPPY!

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