Daily Devotional – 4/17/17 “Whose report will you believe?”

The day after the Resurrection and some of you are being attacked, spiritually. It was probably somebody, at the family dinner, yesterday questioning you on “your belief.” You may even see some post on social media, downing what you believe in but whose report will you believe? In the bible, the day after some of the guards at Jesus’ tomb went running to the temple leaders to report to them what had happened. The bible says in Matthew 28:12-15, “A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.” They knew what happened because Jesus had already told them ahead of time, however, in order to discredit the faith of the believers in Jesus, they came up with a story to cover it up. Instead of owning up to the truth of being wrong, they bribed the guards to spread a false report. And you know what? It’s still happening today? Some of us are still being paid to tell the same false story. Yea, I know the churches are preaching “He got up,” in their good ole Baptist voice but do you know why Jesus had to die in the first place? Yes ma’am, yes sir; the resurrection is a good piece to make folk shout but the suffering, in the Garden of Gethsemane, is even greater to make folk save!

See, some of you are in covenant with folk who will try to convince you that all what you believe isn’t true. They will try to shame your faith, simply because it isn’t in line with theirs. They will try to cover up the fact that what you say contradicts theirs. They will have you sitting, near them, in order to hear what you’ll say and keep you close to ensure you don’t blow the cover off them. Some will brand it, ‘spiritual growth,’ when they know good and well there is nothing spiritual about it. They are bribing you to tell a story and you’re going along with it because the money and the fame is good. Well beloved, on this Monday, whose report will you believe? I mean, you’ve read the biblical report (I hope) and you know the tomb was empty, right? You do know that Jesus wasn’t there, don’t you? You also know that Resurrection Sunday has nothing to do with bunnies and eggs too; right? Then whose report will you believe? Listen, I am not knocking how you celebrate the Resurrection because I love me some boiled eggs and family dinner and I also enjoy the innocence of my nephew who wants to dress up in his suit and get his easter basket filled with candy and treats from my sister. However, I have a responsibility to teach him about Jesus and to let him know the real report. Stop accepting anything just to be in the presence of someone who has followers. Stop tell their story and tell Jesus’. There are reports out there but whose will you believe? I believe Jesus. Even when I have to suffer, I believe Jesus. Whose report will you believe?

Daily Devotional – 4/21/14 “Easter is over, now what?”

Well, Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is over, all of the eggs have been found and eaten; clothes that were bought are now either in the dirty clothes hamper or on the floor of the kids room, the grass from the Easter baskets and candy paper is all over the house, pictures taken have been posted and statuses about just how much you love Jesus have all been seen but now what? Do you feel the same about Jesus today as you did yesterday? Will you even take a moment to post about God this week? Will you even darken the door of somebody’s church this Sunday? I mean, isn’t the sacrifice God made, by sending His only Son to die worthy of being celebrated every day? Isn’t the sacrifice Jesus made worthy of being mentioned more than just one day? Yes, you looked real pretty on yesterday and yes the children were even dressed real cute but did you teach them that Easter isn’t about rabbit, eggs and baskets filled with candy? I’ve read the bible and I even watched the Passion of Christ a few times and I’ve yet to see anything about a rabbit being sacrificed on a cross to bear our sins. Yea, I appreciated my Facebook timeline being filled, on yesterday, with the appreciation and the love you have for Jesus yet today it’s filled with mess. Don’t you get it? God isn’t concerned about the number of followers you have on Twitter, the friends you have on Facebook or the number of likes you get on Instagram because none of that will be counted at judgment. It won’t matter about the new outfit you wore to church on yesterday because God is looking at the heart, it matters for Luke 6:45 says “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” All I’m sharing with you on today is, don’t wait until it’s a holiday to give God the gratefulness He deserves because you might not see another one. Don’t wait until it’s convenient for you to serve God because you might not get the chance. Give God all He is due especially when He’s given you everything and most times you don’t even deserve it. Appreciate Him every day because even when you don’t He still blesses you beyond any man’s measure! Easter is over, now what?