Daily Devotional – 11/13/17 “With the measure you use…”

Before you begin to hold court on someone’s life based on your perception of them, you might want to check the reference book of life. Before you open your mouth to criticize folk’s ways, you may need to turn with me in the good book. Before you set out to talk about others in group texts and on social media; you may want to inspect God’s word. Because the bible shares with us these words in Matthew 7:1-2, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” The Message Bible shares it like this, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.” See, being quick to judge people on their lifestyle opens the door for somebody to judge yours. Having loose lips with your personal opinions of others, gives access to someone else to be just as open about yours. This is why, beloved, you have to be mindful of what you put out because, and you know this, what you do to others will be done to you.

You need to understand that as God’s children, we are commanded to love and love unconditionally which means I will love you even though I may not like your ways. And I will love you even though I am not in agreement with your choices. Why? Because God loves us even when He doesn’t like our ways. Look, when we think the worst of folk, without knowing them, we judge unjustly. When we criticize their choices, without knowing why they made the choice, we judge unjustly. When we dislike based on somebody else’s opinion, we judge unjustly. When we base our decisions on the worst moments of their life, we judge unjustly. When we spread the story without knowing the story, we judge unjustly. God never said we couldn’t examine the hearts of others but He says, with whatever measure you use, will be the same used on you. So, before you place the microscope over my life to magnify my misdeeds, for the enjoyment of seeing me suffer, ensure you don’t have anything hiding because when you are done judging me; yours begins. For with the same measure you use on me, the same will be used on you.

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Daily Devotional – 11/9/17 “Look Deeper!”

When I rolled over this morning and saw the sun, I assumed the outside temperature was warmer. Then I checked the weather and it gave me a reality check, “no sis, its 40 degrees.” As I got out of bed, I thought about the times life has tricked us into assuming something other than reality because we based “it” on what we saw. I mean, the enemy makes the ending of the story look happily ever after and we assume it is because we base it on what we’ve been shown, never checking further. We assume him or her is our soul mate because they dressed the part and speak our love language but reality is, we assumed based on what we saw, instead of looking deeper. We see the outside of the car, pop the hood and yes, that’s it but drive it three days and the check engine light comes on and we’re stuck with it because we signed based on what we saw. Are you looking deeper? Had I based my wardrobe on the fact the sun was shining bright, I would have been in for a rude awakening when I got to the car. But get this … I looked deeper than what my natural eyes showed me, I checked the weather. Are you looking beloved?

Before you say yes to the proposal, are you checking with God, knowing He’s the very thing available to check heart and soul references or are you going by what you see? Before you say yes to the promotion, are you checking the resources available in order to make an informed decision or are you looking at the pay and going for it? Before you say yes to that place of worship, have you run the spiritual readiness test to ensure it meets your spiritual needs or did they shout you on Sunday and you feel good? Before you say yes to the dress, did you check the price tag and your checking account? Are you checking the resources available to ensure what you see is actually what you’re getting? When God sent Samuel to anoint a new king, he looked at the appearance of Jesse’s sons but the bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” Don’t assume based on what you see because it could cause your more pain than you’re naturally capable of handling. Instead follow the advice of Jesus when He said in John 7:24, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” In other words, look deeper.