A while back I read a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men’s breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country.
The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.
“Lord, I hate buttermilk”, the farmer began. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going. The farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was growing concerned. Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, “And Lord, you know I don’t much care for raw white flour”. The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn’t the only one to feel uncomfortable.
Then the farmer added, “But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we don’t understand what you’re saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits Amen.”
Within that prayer there is great wisdom for all when it comes to complicated situations like we are experiencing in the world today.
Stay strong, my friends, because our LORD is mixing several things that we don’t really care for, but something even better is going to come when HE is done with it. AMEN! ❤️
Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgement.
Church is hard for the pastor’s family, under the microscope of an entire body.
Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, broken and battered by the world.
Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesn’t.
Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.
Church is hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands, and seemingly perfect families.
Church is hard for the widow and widower with no invitation to lunch after service.
Church is hard for the deacon with an estranged child.
Church is hard for the person singing worship songs, overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics.
Church is hard for the man insecure in his role as a leader.
Church is hard for the wife who longs to be led by a righteous man.
Church is hard for the nursery volunteer who desperately longs for a baby to love.
Church is hard for the single woman and single man, praying God brings them a mate.
Church is hard for the teenage girl, wearing a scarlet letter, ashamed of her mistakes.
Church is hard for the sinners.
Church is hard for me.
It’s hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect. Sunday best in behavior and dress.
However, underneath those layers, you find a body of imperfect people, carnal souls, selfish motives.
But, here is the beauty of church—
Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.
Church is a body.
Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.
Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters by an eternal love.
Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne of Grace.
Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors.
Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.
Church is a lesson in faith and trust.
Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.
Church is a family. A family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.
Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.
So even on the hard days at church—
The days when I am at odds with a friend, when I’ve fought with my husband because we’re late once again. When I’ve walked in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face. When I’ve worn a scarlet letter, under the microscope. When I’ve longed for a baby to hold, or fought tears as the lyrics were sung. When I’ve walked back in, afraid and broken, after walking away.
I’ll remember, He has never failed to meet me there.
The price of obedience is not for the faint of heart.
True believers and followers of Jesus Christ felt that sacrificing their very lives was but a small token of their Love of Jesus for His blood sacrifice and the forgiveness of their sins!
Waffling back and forth between obedience and sin is the true definition of a backslider! Backsliders never achieves their purpose and God’s plan for their lives because they lack the faith, knowledge and true commitment to The Word of God. Their inability to stay on track and adhere to God’s Word, no matter the cost or loss of wealth, fame, parents approval, family or friends, causes them to always fall short of attaining their purpose because they bow to the world and sin.
Choose this day whom you shall serve. Satan and sin, or The Living God who forgave your sins and wants to elevate you and use you for Kingdom building.
Lord, we have fallen short and our lack of faith and our unbelief that You are able to do all things and You never fall, has kept us treading water and never achieving our purpose in life due to waffling between two worlds… Your Kingdom and the world of sin. Redirect our feet onto the path of righteousness and living by Your Word, even if we must correct our steps to be in alignment with You! For it is better to live by The Word, than languish in sin. Amen 🙏🏽
Experiencing the fullness of life, joy, peace and happiness is an outgrowth of two things: trusting God and obeying His Word!
Obedience to God’s Word is what He desires and as His children it is the least of what we owe. If you truly trust God as your Lord and Savior, you will willingly and joyfully have no problem with adherence to His Word and trusting that no matter what the world advises you to do, you will put your trust in God!
The world, friends, family and even your parents or so-called “believers” will lead you astray or try to convince you that you can knowingly disobey scripture then fast and pray and ask for God’s forgiveness or do some Hail Mary’s if you are Catholic and increase your tithes or offerings and God will overlook your conscience decision to sin. But here is the truth… He does not!
If we persist in flagrant sin, God will bring His escalating discipline into the life of the believer with the result that he/she may suffer greatly and even die. But their soul will still be saved.
Everything God asks of us, He does so to give something good to us and keep some harm from us. Therefore, the shortest distance between us and the life we long for is total obedience to God.
The bottom line is “trust.” If we truly trust God… if we trust His character and His plan for us… if we accept that God is who He says He is… we will be “obedient from the heart” to whatever He asks of us (Romans 6:17).
God bestows His favor and blessings when you listen to Him, and not the world.
If you waiver in God’s ability to solve your problems and fix the issues in your life, marriage and relationships, you lack faith in The One who is the foundation of our salvation and The Word which is filled with testimonies of His Great Works!
If you made decisions that don’t follow The Word, correct them and get back in line with Godly living.
Brothers and Sisters, His Word is true. Experience the life, blessings and health He promised in His Word, by following His Word, no matter what the world, your family or friends say. They didn’t save you or forgive your sins…God Did!
Lord, forgive our unfaithfulness, our departures from Your Godly advice, and from following Your Word. Give us the strength to amend our wrongs, restore our relationships and reconcile with those who we hurt or who hurt us. In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name we pray, Amen 🙏🏽
Everyday that we are blessed to see the sunrise, God needs us to be a faithful witness, to share The Gospel of Jesus Christ, just as someone shared it with you!
We never know what pain or hurt someone is masking as they try to navigate this world until you take a moment to truly “see and hear” their spirit, not their flesh.
The flesh is deceiving, deceitful and dying. Only the Word of God can breathe life into it. And how will they hear it if we, as Christ’s Ambassadors, have our mouths closed?
Use everyday to share The Gift of Salvation. There is always someone God puts in our path that we can either plant a seed or pray the prayer of salvation with.
Do not fear witnessing. The devil wants you to live in fear. Be bold for Christ. Evangelize souls for God! This world is hurting and needs God’s healing. Carpe diem = seize the day but seize it for God!
Lord, thank You for another day to serve You and not myself. 🙏🏽🙌🏽🙏🏽Amen