Daily Devotional – 3/23/16 “Does God fit in your religion?”

“I’m so glad I got good religion,” but baby do you have God? Yes, I know you got religion but where does God fit in? I mean religion is people’s beliefs and opinions but God is your choice so again I ask where does God fit. See, our religion keeps us tied to old traditions that don’t have a scriptural backing but God keeps us tied to Him which allows us to save those lost even if it means changing what you’re used to. Religion pumps us up to think we’re in charge but having God lets us know we’re not. Religion places discord in the church, God deals in deliverance. Religion lets junk move about the church, God causes joy to abound. Religion will have you gossiping whereas God will have you girding your mouth. With religion you pick and choose your worship days but having God, worship is continually on your lips. Religion makes you feel authorized, God makes you feel anointed. Religion makes you think you have your own pew but God lets you know you have purpose. Having religion gives you the audacity to put your mouth on the man or woman of God but having God, you have the knowledge to know when to shut up. Yea, I know you have religion but where is God?

Many times as Saints of God, we get caught up in seeking religion that we forget about serving God when Matthew 6:1 says, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Chile, we get so overwhelmed by titles that we forget the teaching. We get so caught up in ‘tradition’ that we lose the real purpose of our calling. For the bible tells us in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We cannot do this being stuck in our religious practices. What may have worked for grandma may not reach the unsaved today. Please understand, it has nothing to do with the word of God because it never changes but it has everything to do with rethinking your traditions. Singing those hymns means nothing to the youth & young adults if you’ve yet to teach them the hymn. Doing responsive reading is fine if you let them know the reason behind it. You cannot continue to let Betty who is 82 run the youth department; she’s out of her league and era the same way Bro. Deacon who is 77 is out of his. Everything has a season including people in positions in the church. This is why we’ve got to get back to God and throw out some of this “religious” stuff. Yes ma’am, yes sir; your religion fits you well but where does God fit?

Daily Devotional – 5/13/14 “God’s Resuscitation!”

When I got to work this morning and started my computer, I got this blue screen that said the computer detected an issue and needed to shut down to keep from causing major damage to my system and all I needed to do was restart it. Now, this started the wheels spinning because in bible study on last night, Pastor Letcher stated that he was excited about the next bible study because he would be teaching on resuscitation. And then I couldn’t help but refer back to a devotional I did on 8/27/13 title, “Shut down to start up.” Oh, go with me now. See, to resuscitate means to make an unconscious person breathe again but it also means to make something effective or successful again. Yea, I know you thought that when you fell and all seemed lost that it was over for you but God was simply resuscitating those dead areas to breathe again. Yea, you thought that sickness was your final call but it was simply God resuscitating your dead life to give you the chance to live again. Yea, those folks at the job thought they could count you out when they handed you those termination papers but baby that’s simply God resuscitating that area of faith you’ve been too scared to step out on (now you don’t have an excuse). Sometimes God has to resuscitate the living because you’re acting like you’re dead. Sometimes God has to resuscitate your heart so that the blood starts to flow again in order to get your lazy butt up to do the work He left to do. Sometimes God has to resuscitate your mind because your thoughts and actions have become foolish. Sometimes God needs to resuscitate us so that we realize our purpose. Yea, sometimes God has to take us to the brink of death only to resuscitate us so that we realize our true calling. God allows our heart to stop beating and our lungs to stop functioning only to resuscitate us back to living with a testimony of, “I was once dead yet now I’m alive and well!”

In the natural world, when your heart stops beating, man can use a defibrillator that sends an electric dose of energy to your heart to start it beating again. Oh but in the spiritual ram of things; when you can’t understand why it seems like your life is in chaos, why all hell is breaking loose around you, why nothing can go right, why it seems like you’re wandering lost, not being spiritually fed or no matter how much you work you can’t get your head above water; that’s simply God shutting you down to resuscitate you by sending a spiritual dose of the Holy Ghost to get you living again. Yea, you’ve felt it. It feels like adrenaline coursing through your veins, it feels like love taking over your heart, it feels like you’ve got work to do and no one can stop you, if feels like fire that’s burning in your bones, it feels like a reason to shout in the midst of your job, it feels like a song that makes you dance on Tuesday in the living room of your home and it feels like that shout that’s in your spirit beckoning to come out. When you’ve been resuscitated by God; your skin has a new glow and your walk is no longer slow, your spirituality looks new and your talk sounds better too, your living is not in vain and you no longer give to gain, your work is not about you because now you understand what you’ve been commissioned to do for Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” God’s resuscitation is worth it and it works every time!