Friday, April 28, 2017

Heart Thoughts

Matthew 15: 15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”


Thinking I had it all together I was proud to give advice.  As I sat on high, people would come and ask what they should be doing to get ahead. I was moving up rapidly but hit a ceiling. This group of leaders loved strip clubs, prostitutes and lewd discussions. Hmm, but I want to get ahead. I wonder if I should join in.

  • GOD said to me “Your heart is desperately wicked, who can know it.”
  • GOD said to me “Do not trust your heart for it has all kinds of evil in it.”
  • GOD said to me “Empty you heart of all unclean things.”

My problem was the willingness to fill my heart with “whatever it took” to become successful. I may not have committed the same offenses as the leaders, but why did “joining” them even cross my mind? GOD wanted me to stand firm.

  • GOD wants me to empty my heart of all foul things.
  • GOD wants me to meditate on HIM in order to fill my heart with the right things.
  • GOD wants me to open my mouth about HIM and take the good things out of my heart.

A heart transplant was needed. GOD wanted me to fill my heart with HIM versus tradition. HE wanted me to not only “go to church” but hear what was said and put HIS words into action. HE wanted me to build enough character to do HIS will when no one is looking. GOD wanted my heart and I reluctantly gave it to HIM. It is the best thing that has happened to me!

  • What is coming out of your mouth?
  • Are you busy speaking lustfully or negatively about someone?
  • Can you empty those evil ways from your heart and fill your heart with GOD?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Planted or Pit

Matthew 15: 12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”


Without reading the Bible, I began to teach Sunday school. I was a corporate instructor at the time, so this could not be as hard. I picked up the lesson and began to wing it. They ate it up. This was easy!

  • When I want to be noticed, I am blind and headed for the pit.
  • When I think I can “wing it” with GOD, I am blind and headed for the pit.
  • When I do not even believe in the words I say or teach about GOD; I am blind and headed for the pit.

I began to pick and choose what I taught in order to get rich discussion going. I stayed away from all the “boring” parts of the Bible and away from the sections that may be offensive. Soon, I was only saying what people wanted to hear. BUT GOD wanted something different.

  • GOD wants me to walk with HIM instead of walking with the crowd.
  • GOD wants me to believe in all of HIS word, not just the easy parts.
  • GOD wants me to teach from studying HIM versus “winging it.”

Living for GOD means I do not point at myself. It means I have to say what is in the Bible, not what’s on my mind. GOD wants my eyes wide open to HIS teaching so I can lead others to HIM.

  • Are you trying to steer away from some of the more difficult teaching of GOD?
  • Do you teach about things people want to hear?
  • Can you stop following the crowd and start teaching what GOD says to teach?
  • Will you allow yourself to be planted by GOD?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Yuck Mouth

Matthew 15: 10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”


Wanting to fit in, I started using foul language. I did it wrong at first, but like a fine wine, over time I got better. Now that I had the crowds laughing, it was time to graduate to lewd comments about people. Soon after that, I moved on to body part discussions. “Now I fit in! But to what end?”

  • Fitting in feels great only for a moment.
  • Fitting in dullens my senses.
  • Fitting in causes me to do like the crowd, act like the crowd and please the crowd.

I then placed complaints on my cursing, foul tongue and topped it off with slander. Now it was complete. I was no longer a witness for GOD, but I had a nice sized crowd! Blame, bragging and criticism were soon to follow. BUT GOD wanted me to act differently.

  • GOD wants me to encourage versus curse.
  • GOD wants me to praise versus complain.
  • GOD wants me to teach versus rip apart.

When I cleaned up my mouth, I lost a lot of “friends.” Soon I was encouraging people and speaking peace in folks lives. GOD delivered more and more to me. My crowd grew and I did not have to please them, GOD did.

  • Are you trying to make yourself look good by slandering someone else?
  • Do you use foul or suggestive language so you can fit in with the crowd?
  • Can you stop your filth and change your words to praise GOD and HIS people?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rules to Support the Rules

Matthew 15: Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.

They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’”


“Wear a suit to church” was the statement given to me. I actually did not understand why. I mean it was July and I had layers upon layers of clothes on. I asked, “Why do I need to put on this suit?” “Because you have to give GOD your best!” was the reply. I went to church, frowning and hot, but I looked good.

  • Many times I followed human traditions.
  • Many times I thought human traditions were GOD’s rules.
  • Many times I made up rules to support GOD’s rules.

At first I thought making up rules to support GOD’s rules was a good idea. I rationalized “suit wearing” and started to make others do the same. Then one day I went out into the neighborhood and invited people to church. “I don’t have anything to wear” was the person’s issue. I have never worn a suit to church again.

  • GOD sees my rules as a barrier to HIS Word.
  • GOD does not want me to add a “jot” or a “tittle” to HIS word.
  • GOD recognizes when I am following tradition versus following HIS guidance.

Meet on Saturday. Meet on Sunday. Sing three sings. Sing four songs. Dress up. Celebrate church anniversaries. Celebrate calendar holidays. Wear a cross. Don’t wear a cross.

After a while I forgot the primary message “Believe in the SON and you will be saved.” My traditions are quite dangerous. Divisive tones and exclusion are the undetermined side effects of my innocent rule making. GOD simply wants me to follow HIM.

  • Are you making up rules to support GOD’s rules?
  • Do you follow rules and traditions that are not in the Bible?
  • Can you assess the effort you are making to support human rules and give your life to following GOD’s guidance?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Send Word

Matthew 14: 34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.


Hard dress shoes with no socks is the only memory I have of the guy. We were on a mission’s trip in a place where hope was high and money was low. People from all around came to hear us speak. When I spoke to the gentleman, I asked “Do you live nearby?” “Yes, he answered.” “I walked twenty miles to hear you speak.” I looked at his worn shoes.

  • When Good News comes in town, the word gets sent.
  • When Good News comes in town, people from all around come to hear it.
  • When Good News comes in town, hope raises higher than problems.

Humbled by his trek, I took my teaching more seriously. I mean I didn’t want to disappoint a person who walked on a dusty rocky road for hours, just to hear me, and I am not special or so I think.

  • GOD showed me the example that all I need is HIS word to give hope.
  • GOD gave me HIS word to give to others freely.
  • GOD wants me to go to people who are willing to hear and provide HIS healing.

While the people were seeking JESUS as a healer, they more than likely got something they did not anticipate, namely spiritual healing. The crowd touched his garment after coming from all over the countryside to be healed. They touched only HIS clothes and they were healed. JESUS was amazing to them and HE is amazing to me!

  • Are you so excited about GOD that you can’t hold it in?
  • Do you feel led to talk about GOD to a group of people?
  • Can you send word to many people that JESUS is the Savior?

Friday, April 21, 2017

I Doubt It

Matthew 14: 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


After searching for a while I prayed, “LORD help me find my license.” Then it came to me, “Look behind the desk.” It was there. After being in school for too long I stubbornly prayed, “LORD please help me graduate.” Seemingly in no time, I graduated. After job loss and bills were mounting I thought, “I wonder if GOD will hear me.” I doubt it.

  • There are situations that I think are too large for GOD.
  • There are times when the world is coming at me so fast that I think GOD cannot possibly handle this!
  • There are circumstances where I think my sin is greater than GOD’s grace so I doubt HIS grace.

During the winds of life I simply want things under “my” control. I try to place logic around what’s going on and somehow I can’t make things make sense. The question “why” would pop into my mind without resolution. My doubt grew. BUT GOD had a remedy.

  • GOD wants me to focus on praising HIM so I can build stronger faith.
  • GOD wants me to rest in HIM so I can calm down enough to hear HIS voice.
  • GOD wants me to seek HIM versus seeking to always “fix” the problem.

Sometimes it is best to let go of the problem for a while and just walk out to GOD. HE can handle life’s troubles while I take steps towards HIM. Since GOD was only an earshot away, Peter wasn’t far from making it all the way to HIM, same with me.

GOD wants me to have total trust that HE has the situation fully covered. HE wants me to stop looking around and look at only at HIM.  GOD is my complete Savior.

  • Do you doubt GOD?
  • Have you trusted HIM in the past and are choosing not to trust HIM now?
  • Can you drop your timelines and focus only on how GOD is blessing you today?
  • Will you take more steps towards HIM today?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Unseen Solution

Matthew 14: 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”


“LORD, please grant me my prayer” is what I asked. Days later I got exactly what I asked for but got nervous that I would mess up. “What If I don’t do well?” “What if I can’t handle this?” More questions flooded my mind and I began to falter.

  • Sometimes GOD gives me exactly what I asked for.
  • Sometimes GOD instantly grants me favor.
  • Sometimes GOD does some amazing things in my life that I am not quite ready for.

“If you don’t really want it, don’t ask for it”, don’t ask it is what I learned. GOD has said “Okay” to some of my prayers and I found myself in over my head and overwhelmed. I looked around and suddenly began to sink. BUT GOD pulled me through.

  • GOD hears me when I earnestly cry out to HIM.
  • GOD knows I need saving even before I get into a mess.
  • GOD saves me from the turmoil’s of life even when I ask for them.

Faith was the unseen solution to Peter’s problem and mine. When I place my faith in GOD I can face enormous challenges. I have to tell myself constantly, “Don’t look left, don’t look right, just keep looking straight towards CHRIST.” When I focus on GOD my worries diminish. GOD saves me from the waves.

  • Are you sinking?
  • Do you have worries and doubts?
  • Can you stop looking around at your situation and look at CHRIST as your Savior?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Matthew 14: 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”


My mind raced as I heard a noise. I paused to perk my ears like a rabbit tracking a predator. “What or even worse, who is that?” I cringed in terror. This went on for an eternal two minutes! “Hi, just checking in to see how you are doing” was the statement from my boss. I was not expecting him. My trapped feeling went away.

  • Sometimes my mind conjures up the worst that could happen.
  • Sometimes my mind thinks of pain and problem when facing the unknown.
  • Sometimes my mind magnifies the figment of my imagination to be something bigger than it is.

Seeing a figure come out of the dark must have scared the wits out of the disciples. I mean no one had ever walked on water before so it must have been a ghost was their logic. I concur. I would have been scared too. They were not able to run or get away so the “trapped” feeling magnified their fears. I feel like that sometimes. BUT GOD wants me to fee different.

  • GOD wants me to expect HIS miracles in ways I will never understand.
  • GOD wants me to know HE can do anything so I need to watch for the peculiar and the norm.
  • GOD wants me to “Take courage” for it is HE who calms the situation.

“Don’t be afraid” was JESUS’s calming words and HE says this to me when I get scared. HE wants me to focus on the miracle, not the problem, so I can praise HIM. Feeling trapped and scared blinds me. GOD wants me to slow down to see HIS might.

  • Are you feeling trapped?
  • Are you afraid?
  • Can you slow down and look for GOD in the situation so HE can show you HIS miracle?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Slip Away

Matthew 14: 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.


Rock music blasted on one side, rap on the other. I could not concentrate with all of the noise so I slipped away to a quiet location to study. With no distractions, I could comprehend more.

  • Sometimes I needed to get away from the distractions.
  • Sometimes I needed to get away from the noise.
  • Sometimes I needed to get away from everyone around me so I could concentrate.

Concentration sometimes requires solitude in a peaceful setting. JESUS chose a mountainside. My guess is that HE could see the people HE created and pray for them. HE needed total concentration so HE slipped away from the crowds often to pray.

  • GOD wants me to slip away from people in order to have concentrated prayer.
  • GOD wants me to sometimes have quick prayer and other times deep concentrated prayer.
  • GOD wants me to dismiss the crowd, go to a place and pray for those around me.

There is no definition for “real” prayer. I mean sometimes I can only say a few words “Help me LORD” and other times I can feel praise while other times I can feel deep empathy. GOD wants me to take time to communicate with HIM on a regular basis. Slipping away to talk to HIM about anything definitely clears my heart.

  • Are you flooded with thoughts?
  • Is it very noisy around you?
  • Can you slip away to a quiet place so you can concentrate on the LORD?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Being part of it

Matthew 14: 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.


 Amazing life in abundance is what GOD wants me to have. When HE has something for me to do, HE will not only provide HE will multiply. The strange thing about this slice of history is the JESUS told the disciples to feed the people with inadequate resources. They even questioned HIM.

  • GOD expects me to do amazing things with my limited resources.
  • GOD expects me to feed thousands without having the means to do so.
  • GOD expects me to be part of HIS solution rather than constantly voicing the problem.

Being part of it means I have to trust GOD when HE tells me to do something huge and I don’t even know where to start. It means being diligent when there is nowhere left to turn. GOD wants to do some amazing things with me and through me. All I need to do is trust HIS provision.

  • Is GOD calling you to do something amazing yet you don’t have the resources?
  • Do you feel GOD is leading you to do something and you don’t know how to do it?
  • Will you allow GOD to provide the resources while you provide your willingness? 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mistaken Report

Matthew 14: At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.


Herod’s beliefs made him hear the report of JESUS’s miracles differently. Herod thought that if a person is killed they could come back as a super-powered ghost-human. Though he may have had many killed, he chose John as the cause because he had John murdered.

  • My soul will last for eternity and will never enter into someone else.
  • My soul will be raised to heaven only because I believe that JESUS is my savior.
  • My soul will receive a new sinless body not another sinful body.

Herod almost had it right. JESUS would later be raised from the dead but not for Herod’s self-center purpose. JESUS would in fact be murdered, just like HIS cousin John. BUT JESUS died for a much greater purpose.

  • JESUS came to earth as a human who never sinned.
  • JESUS was accused, slandered, beaten and killed by those who were church leaders.
  • JESUS rose from the dead to assume all power.

Suffering was JESUS’s purpose, not to come back and torment one person. Herod’s beliefs got him an eternity separated from JESUS. My beliefs bring me eternal salvation.

  • Do you have beliefs in reincarnation?
  • Do you think science will explain away your eternal soul?
  • Will you take the step today to believe in the ONE who can save you, namely JESUS? 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hits Too Close

Matthew 13: 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.


“But you are supposed to be a role model to me” I said to myself as I watched yet another mentor fall by the wayside. This person seemed like a godly giant, but turned out to be just like the others. My faith dwindled quickly.

  • My faith used to be based on someone else’s actions.
  • My faith used to be based on what I could see others do.
  • My faith used to be easily thwarted by the fall of others.

When “that” person sinned, I would be so disappointed. I could not hear any preaching or teaching from them. BUT GOD wants me to think differently.

  • GOD wants me to have faith in HIM and the people HE sends.
  • GOD wants me to drop my arrogance of thinking “that” person can’t possibly perform miracles.
  • GOD wants me to stop looking at the sinner and look at GOD inside.

I am in a very popular club, namely ALL those who committed sins. Miracles do not come from humans rather they come from GOD. I should focus only on the SPIRIT not the sinner. Judging people weakens my faith. GOD wants me to see HIM in action, even through the highly unlikely.

  • Are you judging someone who is an unlikely candidate for GOD?
  • Are you basing your faith on someone else’s actions?
  • Can you stop looking at others and start looking at the HOLY SPIRIT?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Matthew 13: 47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”


“Step on it” my passenger said to me on a dirty, gravely, tar filled, construction zone road.. I replied, “I don’t want to kick up too many rocks.” I was surprised by the reply. “It’s a rental, who cares what happens to it!” Hmmm, I thought. I spun the tires!

  • When it’s not mine, I don’t care what happens to it.
  • When it’s not mine, I treat it like it is someone else’s problem.
  • When it’s not mine, I could care less about the condition I leave it in after I use it.

From cars to apartments to houses, if I don’t own it, I do not care what happens to it. I may even have a title or a deed, but not “own” the thing in the way I treat it. Same with people, if I do not take responsibility for those around me, then I could care less for what happens to them.

  • GOD says to me “Help MY people get into the net.”
  • GOD says to me “Help MY people understand MY kingdom.”
  • GOD says to me “Help MY confused sheep follow MY voice.”

Ownership in this parable points to the kingdom. The teacher is responsible for speaking about CHRIST as the new covenant, but upholds the laws of the Old Testament. Owning GOD’s word means I see things as “us” versus “them.” “We have sinned” not just me.

GOD wants me to take ownership of HIS people so I can tend to them with care.

  • Are you looking at GOD selfishly?
  • Do you refuse to pray for “that” person?”
  • Can you include more people in your care and provide for them “new treasures” as well as old?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

An Incredible Find

Matthew 13: 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.


Incredibly, JESUS uses money as an analogy to Heaven. I guess it’s because money presses against humans from all sides and is sometimes my highest worry. HE knew just how to get through to people to enable them to gain understanding.

  • GOD’s kingdom of heaven is far more valuable than any currency in the world.
  • GOD’s kingdom of heaven is extremely rich and well worth everything I have here on earth.
  • GOD’s kingdom of heaven is a wonderful find.

Finding GOD is an indescribable feeling. It is like a weight lifted from my soul. I mean when I lose my way, I always have a way back. GOD provides in incredible abundance but sometimes in ways I cannot see.

I noticed the second parable discusses the person who was “looking” for fine pearls. Those who seek GOD shall find HIM.

  • Are you looking for something else?
  • What are you looking for?
  • Can you seek GOD today and delight in HIM?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fate of the Seed

Matthew 13: 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.


GOD put me here for a purpose, namely to speak about HIS SON. Everything else is a distraction. Yet I find myself focused on the things and worries of the world. People tend to pop up with new shiny messages that keep me from focusing on the glory of GOD.

  • GOD wants me to focus on HIM daily.
  • GOD wants me to seek HIS face each and every day.
  • GOD wants me to believe in HIM, not in humans around me.

One day GOD will harvest those who believe in HIM. I’m not just talking about HIS existence. I’m speaking about HIS love. The way HE died and was raised from the dead. I’m talking about the HOLY SPIRIT who was sent on my behalf, who now lives in me. That belief!

GOD does not want me to be part of the weeds, so HE grows me to bear fruit.

  • Are you being distracted with the things of the world?
  • Do you desire to be grown?
  • Can you allow yourself to be led of GOD’s SPIRIT today?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Only a Pinch is Necessary

Matthew 13: 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables,

    I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”


Study hard, stay away from sin and live in church was my thought of “success” in GOD. I mean that sounds about right doesn’t it? Well maybe…

  • There have been times I put too many rules in front of GOD.
  • There have been times I worshiped the structure of GOD rather than worshiping HIM.
  • There have been times I felt I could earn GOD’s favor by being “righteous.”

The kingdom of Heaven requires a little, not a lot. What I mean is GOD saw “no” righteousness in me, yet HE saved me. HE gave me a tiny bit of faith and watched it grow in me.

  • GOD says to me “I only need a little of your faith and I will do the rest.”
  • GOD says to me “If you would have a tiny bit of faith, I will grow it in you like a mustard seed.”
  • GOD says to me “I provide infectious faith that grows you and others around you.”

Faith does not come from me. I cannot manufacture it or think I have it when I don’t. Faith comes only from GOD. HE has to provide me with a tiny kernel of faith to believe in HIS guidance. It is up to me to ask for faith and to believe in it when HE provides it.

GOD does not mind providing faith. I have to recognize when HE gives me chances to use it.

  • Do you want faith or more of it?
  • Are you tired of being scared and worried?
  • Can you ask GOD for a tiny kernel of faith today?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Small is Large

Matthew 13: 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”


“Go and evangelize the neighborhood” was the overwhelming message I felt. This was very scary because I did not know anyone in the area and some of the neighbors were into some dangerous things. I felt small and did not know where to start.

  • Sometimes I feel insignificant.
  • Sometimes I feel like I’m facing giants as an ant.
  • Sometimes I feel so small that the issues, situations and circumstances seem to be overwhelming.

“What powers do I have?” I mean I’m no one special, am I? Yes!

  • GOD does not expect me to be powerful but believe HE is the most powerful.
  • GOD does not expect me to be the answer; rather believe HE is the only answer.
  • GOD does not expect me to be a savior but believe JESUS is my savior.

Millions of people saved begins with the one person I talk to about the Great News of being rescued by JESUS. I don’t have to “be” special or “do” anything special. HE sends people to me! How much easier can it get?! GOD’s only requirement is that I have the tiniest bit of faith to follow HIS leading.

  • Do you feel small?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed?
  • Can you have the tiniest bit of faith and let GOD handle the rest?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Two People

Matthew 13: 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”


Every day I have a choice of which person I will be. Person one in this passage sowed “good” seed and person two sowed “bad” seed or weeds. Each seed grew in the story.

  • Some days I sow bad seed of fear, worry and doubt.
  • Some days I sow bad seed of lust, slander and rage.
  • Some days I sow bad seed of self-centeredness, self-promotion and self-righteousness.

There are many reasons I sow these seeds, none of which are good. BUT GOD wants me to prepare myself for something different.

  • GOD wants me to prepare myself daily to sow “good” seeds.
  • GOD wants me to seize every opportunity to plant something “good.”
  • GOD wants me to seek out situations where I can say something “good.”

Complaints, slander and arguments weaken my “good” seed. In fact, every negative word I speak grows in weird ways I cannot imagine. GOD wants me to speak the “Good” seed about HIS SON especially when I feel like spreading bad seed.

  • Which person will you be today?
  • Will you choose to sow GOD’s “good” seeds or your own seeds which could contain weeds?
  • Can you identify negative words and positive words that come from your mouth?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Guarding the Fruit

Matthew 13: 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”


People got on my nerves discussing the Bible. I had not read it and did not understand what was said in it. “Trust in the LORD” people would quote. “What about my needs right now? I would quote back this was a bad path.

Every once in a while I would attend church, especially when things were going wrong. I would hear some music, cry a little and feel better after service only to disappear for months on end. This was rocky ground.

When I started attending church regularly, I finally fit in. I would sit and listen for a couple of hours but would act different on the very next day, sometimes the next hour. My worries about finances and other aspects of life would creep in and there was no way I would talk about CHRIST.

  • GOD wants me to seek not only HIS word but HIS SPIRIT.
  • GOD wants me to plant my roots deep in HIM so my relationship with HIM is everlasting.
  • GOD wants me to clip the thorns of life on a daily basis by quieting down and listening to HIM.

Yielding fruit is the most important thing I can do, according to this passage. It requires understanding and purposeful relationships that bring people to GOD.

  • Do you lack understanding of GOD?
  • Do you pop in and out of church, meanwhile wondering why your life is not on track?
  • Do you worry about life’s difficulties or financial woes?
  • Can you stop your lack of understanding by seeking GOD’s kingdom to purposefully bring people to HIM?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Looking and Listening

Matthew 13: 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.


Seeing and hearing GOD are two things that eluded me for the longest. I just wanted to hear the movie like voice, booming through the clouds. I also desired to see the hand people always paint, reaching down to pick me up. Wouldn’t seeing and hearing make me believe more?

  • My faith in GOD has sometimes been small.
  • My faith in GOD has sometimes been mixed in with fear and doubt.
  • My faith in GOD has sometimes had a dangerous mix of “prove YOURSELF.”

“If YOU are GOD, then why don’t YOU…” has been a thought that has popped into my mind This thought is one that I have learned is the most dangerous one to entertain. It questions HIS being, authority and love. It also introduces my doubt which leads me to need for HIM to boom HIS voice and reach down in ways my small faith can understand.

  • GOD shows me HIS hand when HE feeds me daily.
  • GOD talks to me through HIS word and HIS SPIRIT.
  • GOD gives me purpose of spreading HIS word to those who can hear it.

Every day GOD shows me something and says a lot to me. HE takes my fears, doubts and worries and transforms them into faith, love and peace. HE walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. Now I expect to be attacked and I also expect that GOD will protect.

  • Are you looking tor GOD?
  • Do you want a sign from HIM?
  • Can you seek HIS face in a different way by seeking to do HIS will?
  • Will you listen for HIM by reading HIS word today?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hearing a Story

Matthew 13: 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’


“But what will I do about my family” were the words the employee said to me as I prepared to let them go. Someone told me I had to be tough to handle this type of work.

  • I have been in positions where a heart of stone was necessary.
  • I have been in roles where a cold heart was applauded.
  • I have been in organizations where callouses on the heart were welcome.

“Business is business” was the mantra, yet many were getting hurt by calloused hearts. What was I to do?

  • GOD said to me “Open your heart and let ME in.”
  • GOD said to me “I will turn your stony heart into one that can hear MY words.”
  • GOD said to me “When you can hear MY words, I will provide you with abundance.”

Blind, deaf and mute was my path when my heart was calloused. I could not see GOD, hear HIS direction or speak on HIS behalf, yet I was “successful” in human terms. GOD wants me to have “treasure in heaven” which does not rust or moths cannot eat. HE desires me to have a heart for HIM.

  • Do you love you more than GOD?
  • Do you find your heart getting colder and colder towards others?
  • Can you ask GOD to ignite your heart for others so HE can provide you with abundance?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Becoming a Farmer

Matthew 13: Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”


Overlooked in this passage is the farmer. There are many qualities of the farmer that stick out to me.

  • The farmer had a purpose, namely to sow as many seeds as he could.
  • The farmer did not care where he spread the seeds because he had plenty to spread.
  • The farmer had seeds of potential that could produce huge crops from only a few.

JESUS was so busy explaining what the seeds were for that could not get to the point where HE revealed HIMSELF as the farmer.  HE had plenty of seed to spread but sometimes I could not allow them to grow in my life. BUT GOD did something wonderful in my life.

  • GOD tilled my rocky soil heart to become softer.
  • GOD fertilized my barren heart to become ready.
  • GOD watered my dried up heart to grow HIS seeds.

Farming is the example in this parable that is often overlooked. GOD wants me to spread HIS seeds wherever I go.

  • Does your life have purpose?
  • Can you stop caring about who you spread GOD’s message to and go where HE sends you?
  • Will you take one “seed of potential” and place it in someone today to grow GOD’s kingdom?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We are Family

Matthew 12: 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”


Outcast was how I felt when going to school. I mean other’s fit in and I stuck out like a sore thumb, or at least I felt that way. Ridiculed and unpopular, I trudged through my daily routines. Fortunately for me, I met a group who pulled me in as one of their own.

  • Regardless of what I look like, I am part of GOD’s glorious family.
  • No matter how I have sinned in the past, I am part of GOD’s wonderful family.
  • Irrespective of what I want to be, I am a person in GOD’s family.

Belonging is what I craved from the world but the requirements were too steep. I had to look like the trendiest people and act like people who acted like brats. I could not be quirky in my humor or just relax when I wanted to. BUT GOD says different.

  • GOD says to me “I made you just how you are.”
  • GOD says to me “I created you with a purpose that only you can fulfill.”
  • GOD says to me “I love you so now you belong in MY family.”

Being part of a holy family is a breath of fresh air. I can be valuable just by being me. GOD expects me to treat others the same. HE wants me to see their value as part of an amazing family that HE created and purposed. I belong.

  • Do you feel like an outcast?
  • Is your immediate family torn apart?
  • Can you give your life to GOD so you can be part of an amazing family who are still sinners yet forgiven?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Unoccupied House

Matthew 12: 43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”


Someone told me it would take one hundred days to start or break any daily habit. I had plenty of “bad” habits so I chose a few and stopped cold turkey. Ninety eight, ninety nine, one hundred was my countdown. I did it I thought to myself, but after a while, I missed my old habits.

  • Sin can become a habit.
  • Sin can overwhelm the thoughts.
  • Sin can fill an empty void.

After sweeping out my house and putting everything in order I still felt empty so I chose to fill the void with more sin. After a while it seemed like I was in worse shape. What was I to do?

  • GOD said to me “I will continue to knock on your heart and will enter if you allow ME.”
  • GOD said to me “I will pursue you as one of MY lost sheep.”
  • GOD said to me “I will fill you up until you are overflowing.”

Filling my emptiness with the things of the world left me in a very bad spot. BUT GOD did something different. HE filled me with HIS HOLY SPIRIT which gave me purpose to do HIS will. The void was gone and something overflowed, namely CHRIST.

I realized I would never become “clean” but I can be “forgiven.” Now thanksgiving fills my heart knowing that I am redeemed.

  • Are you trying to do “self-help” techniques without GOD?
  • Do you think you can “clean” yourself up and get your life on track by yourself?
  • Will you stop trying to do things under your own power and seek GOD’s face?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Passed the Sign

Matthew 12: 38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.


Wow, this sure feels wrong said my internal compass. I looked down and checked the GPS and saw the words “Rerouting” over and over. I had accidentally turned the volume down and could not hear my phone begging and pleading for me to turn around. Meanwhile, I had passed a massive sign that would have easily shown me the way, even without a GPS.

  • There have been times I have ignored the signs.
  • There have been times I have turned down the volume and listened to my own direction.
  • There have been times I wanted to see a sign when the sign was already given to me.

When I say to GOD “Just give me a sign” I may have already passed up the sign HE gave me. I am then forced to turn around and travel a very uncomfortable road, relearning lessons I should have paid attention to in the first place.

  • GOD has given me HIS ultimate sign, namely JESUS.
  • GOD has already done enough to show me HIS love, all I have to do now is praise HIM.
  • GOD is greater than any prophet or king and HE came to earth in the form of a human to be murdered just for me.

When I want GOD to give me my way, I scream out “just give me a sign” or I hunt for signs that give me evidence of HIS love. HE has already given me plenty I need only to ask HIM to “Open my blind eyes to YOUR blessings” daily.

  • Are you blinded with your desires that you have already passed GOD’s sign for you?
  • Can you ask GOD to open your eyes to do HIS will and to stop seeking the comforts of this day?
  • Will you turn to CHRIST so HE will be your sign?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Heart Words

Matthew 12: 33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”


“I hate that person” blurted from my sophomoric mouth along with a few expletive words. Once said, I could never put them back in my mouth or erase them from someone’s ears.

  • I have said some very harmful things.
  • I have said some very slanderous things.
  • I have said some very foul things.

In an effort to be funny or fit in, I have said words that needed a warning label, not once thinking of how harmful or destructive the words could be. How could I change my words?

  • GOD wants my words to come from the heart.
  • GOD wants my heart to come from HIM.
  • GOD wants me to speak about HIS kingdom in a heartfelt way.

Instead of blurting out random thoughts, GOD wants me to be purposeful with my words. Since my heart is desperately wicked, I must take the lessons I have learned about GOD and apply them to the words that come from my heart. After a while, GOD starts rebuilding my heart to be HIS.

If my heart is full of garbage then garbage will flow from out of my mouth. Suddenly I will find myself without GOD’s fruit. BUT GOD is gracious enough to place HIS SPIRIT in me, enabling me to speak sincerely about HIM.  I want GOD’s fruit, not mine.

  • Are you seeking to be the center of attention?
  • What foul words are proceeding from your mouth?
  • Can you ask GOD to enter your heart so your words will change?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Caught in the Act

Matthew 12: 29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.


“Where did you get the ice cream?” was my parent’s question. I had no answer as I had stolen the money from them. Thus ended my life of thievery. “What are you looking at?” was my gym teacher’s question as I was caught peeping at the girls locker room. Thus ending my, well I don’t know where that was going.

  • I have had premeditated sin.
  • I have been caught in the middle of my sin.
  • I have actually planned out my sin without thinking of the consequences.

When I got out “on my own” I was free to do as I pleased. I could lie, steal, and peep at who I wanted to. Something felt different though. Each conquest felt more and more empty. Something had to change.

  • GOD died for me in the middle of my sins.
  • GOD rose for me and received all power.
  • GOD sent HIS HOLY SPIRIT on me because I believe I needed a Savior.

To those who believe, JESUS sends THE COMFORTER to live inside them. An early warning system named THE HOLY SPIRIT is installed which guides me away from the wrong path and back onto one following CHRIST.

I have a choice, believe in the SPIRIT or not. If I do not even believe in the need for a CHRIST, how can I believe in the HOLY SPIRIT? I find it impossible. The HOLY SPIRIT has a tirelessly thankless job of begging for my forgiveness before the FATHER. GOD wants me to be with HIM and the HOLY SPIRIT is my guide.

  • Is it difficult for you to comprehend the existence of THE HOLY SPIRIT?
  • Are you aware that the HOLY SPIRIT is GOD dwelling inside of you?
  • Can you allow yourself to be led by the SPIRIT today.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Multiplication and Division

Matthew 12: 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.


“Divide and conquer” was the advice of my boss. I heard it all the time and even used these words. It may have been used in a harmless way at the time to tackle a problem. Division can also have extreme consequences.

  • I have seen families divided to long term hurt.
  • I have seen neighborhoods divided to long term degradation.
  • I have seen churches divided to eternal consequences of someone observing.

Divisive tactics begin by slander followed by justification of a point. “First let me show you how stupid that person is” followed by “Here is why I am right.” Blindly I followed these tactics. It was called “The Game.” GOD was not pleased with those tactics.

  • GOD wants me to see others with the value HE sees I them.
  • GOD wants me to be with HIM instead of being against HIM.
  • GOD wants me to multiply instead of divide.

Living together in peace with people who are against me is difficult but worth it. They may look different than me or even have very different views, BUT GOD wants me to remain and be HIS servant.  HE wants me to pray for the different just as much as I pray for my friends and family.

GOD wants me to bring people together so we can multiply HIS kingdom in unity in CHRIST.

  • Are you divisive?
  • Do you find yourself brooding over someone?
  • Can you stop your pouting and join them so you can bring the kingdom to more people?
  • Will you ask for GOD’s strength to stay where you are and reach your different neighbors?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Amazing Hate

Matthew 12: 22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”


Hatred is bewildering and amazing. I mean when I don’t like a person, there is not much “right” they can do.
  • Hatred blinds me.
  • Hatred makes me unable to see any good.
  • Hatred takes me to s place where grace cannot live.

I may justify my words and say “I don’t hate the person” but if I am constantly thinking of their wrongs and talking about their missteps, I hate them, plain and simple. What can help me with this hatred?
  • GOD says to me “Love one another” is the greatest command.
  • GOD says to me “How can I show you grace if you cannot show others grace?”
  • GOD says to me “Pray for your enemies for it is easy to pray for those who love you.”

Even a slight margin of hatred can breed a war. I tussle with GOD when HE tries to get me to do the right thing. GOD wants me to turn my amazing hate into amazing grace. When I do this, HE gives me rewards that I cannot imagine!

  • Are you on the path to hatred?
  • Is there someone in your life or on the news who you talk about constantly in a negative way?
  • Can you stop your hatred and get on the road to grace?
  • Will you ask GOD to heal your wounds and channel you anger towards GOD’s love?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Simply Be

Matthew 12: 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
    the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
    no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21     In his name the nations will put their hope.”


When yet another request came from the church I was reluctant to say yes this time because I was the trustee chair, deacon, accountant and teacher. My, get it done, attitude had caught up to me and now I was weary. “Does GOD want me to carry all this weight?” I asked.

  • Sometimes I try too hard to please GOD.
  • Sometimes I feel the more I do, the more GOD is pleased.
  • Sometimes I anticipate GOD’s love through my actions.

Facing burn out, I finally had to say “No!” Does GOD want us to work our fingers to the bone trying to be forgiven for our sins? NO! In fact GOD made it easy.

  • JESUS became the chosen servant for me whom the FATHER and HOLY SPIRIT delight.
  • JESUS proclaims justice to the nations through me whenever HE sends me to HIS people.
  • JESUS brings justice, victory and hope to all nations; this is where I place my trust.

What does GOD want from me? What does HE want me to do? How often should I do it? Should I sell everything and live in a desert, proclaiming HIS name? all of these questions raced through my mind. GOD says to me “Just Be.”

“Be the person I made you to be” is what GOD says to me. HE made me with a purpose and I am the only one who can reach “that” person with the message of grace from JESUS. Serving is nice, wearing myself out is not. GOD wants me to simply “be.”

  • Are you trying to make GOD do something by working harder?
  • Do you think GOD will love you more or less depending on how much you work?
  • Can you place your total trust in JESUS’ salvation so your works become a gift rather than an obligation?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Higher Habit

Matthew 12 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.


Getting up and going to church was a real struggle for me. I mean after hanging out in the clubs with my “friends” I felt I owed it to myself to get some sleep. When I started going to church, it felt weird at first but soon became a habit. Soon I was a regular attendee and decided to tell “those sinners” they should do the same.

  • I used to think church was the destination for sinners.
  • I used to think church was a place to go that I could check off my list each week.
  • I used to think church was the goal and getting “cleaned up” was the prize.

Taking my disgusting habits to a place where I could dump them off seemed like the right thing to do. Follow a few rules, sing a few songs, listen to someone tell me how wrong I was felt like the right thing to do to get my life on track. BUT GOD wanted so much more than that.

  • GOD wants me to see HIM as the destination beyond church.
  • GOD wants me to worship HIM daily not just minutes on a given day.
  • GOD wants me to “be” with HIM rather than going to HIM.

Don’t get me wrong, going to a church that serves people through GODLY words and habits is great. BUT GOD wants more. HE wants me to open my eyes to HIS kingdom around me to tell people about the Good News. Church should not be a habit rather GOD should be a “relationship” that drives me to go to church and beyond.

  • Are you judging someone because you attend church regularly?
  • Do you feel you have made it because you go to church?
  • Can you stop thinking more highly of yourself and seek those who need GOD today?