Daily Devotional – 10/24/14 “Saints … help more!”

What if you laid down on last night and didn’t get up? Would your life have been meaningful?

What if you were in an accident and needed someone to care for you? Would you have someone there? Without hesitation, might I add, because you’ve been there for someone else?

What if you were sick and needed someone? Can you honestly say you’ve cared enough about someone for them to return the favor?

If you were broken down on the side of the road and called for help, would they come?

If you needed money and asked to borrow, would they give?

If you needed a place to stay, would they open their doors?

I’m only asking these things because the bible says that in order to get a friend you have to first show yourself as friendly. But isn’t it strange that as Christians we don’t show Godly love to one another like we should and don’t do Christian things to and for one another like we could? I mean the bible says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need,” yet we’d rather walk past each other on the street. We try to figure out if the person who is doing the begging really need what they are begging for, when it’s really not our place, instead of helping them with they ask you for. We either help or don’t but don’t question their need.

See, you have to understand, it’s not about the person you help for the bible says in Luke 6:38, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Don’t you get it! Your giving isn’t about the person you’re helping. Your helping isn’t about the act and your serving shouldn’t be for glorification from man because you should know by now that Proverbs 19:17 says, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD–and he will repay you!” This all goes back to studying your word. We should be helping one another because it’s what we are supposed to do. This is why I said earlier, we need more Saints! Then we wouldn’t have church folk being all up in church folk business because then church folk would sit their tails down somewhere. Help more and maybe you’d hush more!

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Daily Devotional – 1/3/12 – “But God Moment!”

Have you ever had a “but God” moment?  A moment where you realized that no one could have brought you out the situation that you were in or fixed a problem that you were having but God?  See, but is a word that is used in the middle or the beginning of a sentence to introduce something that is true even though it is contrary to what was just said.  You know when your teenager asks if they can borrow your car and you say “Yes, but not now.”  In this case, I’ve placed my but at the end of the sentence because it has more of a profound effect on the abilities of what God can do.  You know like being in the car, driving while you are playing around with your cell phone and you look up at just the right moment to keep you from rear-ending somebody?  If so, you probably said or at least you should have said, but God!  See, it’s at those very moments you know that it was nobody but God that could have saved your life and some months, if not years, of pure hell. Maybe this wasn’t your moment, but I’m sure you’ve had a few, I know I have. Maybe it was receiving a check in the mail at right moment or receiving that bonus at work even when you didn’t expect it because you didn’t know what you would do.  It was “But God!”

Maybe you don’t text and drive but maybe you drink and drive.  I know, I know, you weren’t drunk but you had a few drinks before getting behind the wheel, right? Then you were driving under the influence.  It doesn’t matter that you weren’t feeling intoxicated or even looked like it, but get pulled over by a cop who smells it on your breath or just happen to have an accident and see what happens.  If you’ve gotten home safely from all those girls nights, Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations, then you’ve had a but God moment.  If you didn’t, then you surely should have because you should know that it wasn’t you that protected you while you were driving, it wasn’t you that kept a person or a dog from crossing in front of you, it wasn’t you that keep the other cars from coming into your lane and it wasn’t you who kept you from going your usual route home because they had a checkpoint out, but it was God.

When you were in the world doing any and everything that you were bad enough to do, it was God that kept you.  When you were drinking out of other folks bottles and passing cigarettes around from person to person, it was God that kept you from diseases.  When you were sleeping with any and everybody, God kept you from STDs and HIV.  When you sit back and think about some of the things you use to do and realize that you shouldn’t be alive, that’s your but God moment.  When you make it home and your gas light has been on all day, it was but God.  When the doctor said cancer but when he opened you up, they found nothing, it was but God.  When your husband left and you didn’t think you would make it, but you found out you were better off without him, it was but God.  When you don’t know how you keep making ends meet with the amount of money you bring home, it was but God.  When momma/daddy died, you didn’t think you could breathe without them but you’re living, it was but God. Even when you don’t realize it, you’ve had a “But God” moment.  Some of us have a lot of these moments because God is truly good.  All you have to do is sit down for a minute and reflect back over your life, you’ll see those but God moments and even if you didn’t say it then, I know that you are probably saying it now. Humph, it wasn’t anybody but God!

The bible says in Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” See, it was God that kept your mind after the years of drug, alcohol or spousal abuse.  It was God that picked you up, cleaned you up and placed your feet back on the right path after years of wondering lost.  It was God that gave you your sight back when you too blind to see that man was doing you no good.  It was God that wiped your credit report clean when you got approved for that car, house, apartment or loan.  It was God that gave you rest after you had chemo or dialysis all day long.  It was God that added experience to your resume when you applied for that job knowing you weren’t qualified on paper.  It was God who covered you when your car rolled 3 times and you came out without a scratch.  It was God who protected you when robbers invaded your home right after you left.  If was God that made you a few minutes late so you could avoid the car wreck in front of you.  It was God that bought you home safely from college even when you could barely keep your eyes open.  So, yes, you’ve had some but God moments, it’s just taking you a little longer time to realize it.  But that’s alright, because God works even when we don’t give him credit.  Unlike folk, we sometimes do things just so our name can be called and we are recognized.  However, Philippians 2:3 says “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” It’s not always about what you do for yourself that God is taking note of, but it’s what you do for others.  If God wanted you to only help yourself, then I would imagine he would have only given you one hand. Proverbs 19:17 says Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”  I’m so glad that it was “But God!”