Have you ever done something (good) because you knew someone was watching and you wanted to be recognized, praised or rewarded?
On the other hand, have you ever done something in secret because you knew it was wrong and you didn’t want anyone to see or know what you were doing?
I think we already know this, but sometimes we forget that God sees what man doesn’t see. There is nothing hidden from God.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3).
God is not like man. Man rewards us for what they see us do in public, but God rewards us for what we do faithfully and in secret.
What are you doing in secret?
Your Father which sees in secret himself shall reward you openly (Matthew 6:4).
forgive: to treat the offender as not guilty, to pardon, to put it away or lay it aside; to release a person from guilt or punishment
Why must I always let it go?
Why must I always apologize (even when it wasn’t my fault)?
Why can’t I do to them what they did to me?
Why must I always forgive them?
Because I always forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trepasses (Matthew 6:15, AMP).
In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part (Matthew 6:15, MSG).
Then Peter said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22, NKJV).
Suppose ye that I come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division (Luke 12:51).
I couldn’t understand how the One, who is full of grace and sent as a result of love, came to divide.
But division is coming.
In fact, you can see it now. I’m not talking about the division between racial groups, but a division between those who follow God half-heartedly and those who follow whole-heartedly – between those who are doers and those who are hearers only – between the wheat and the tare. The scriptures tell us that in one household, family members will be divided over HIM and His word and His message – not over race or injustice, but over HIM.
Jesus came to make people choose sides.
Elijah asked the people, How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him (1 Kings 18:21). The reason why Elijah asked this question was because they honored God with their lips, but they honored Baal with their hearts. They gave to Baal what belonged to God, but the time had come. Each individual had to make up their minds and choose a side.
There is so much that has happened since March and because of these trying times, many will go back to doing what they used to do and will not walk with Christ anymore.
But I pray that we don’t be easily moved by what is happening all around us. May we press forward and not go backward. I pray that we be planted like a tree and may Christ find us standing.
May we, like Peter, be sure – even in these times – that Jesus is ‘that Christ, the Son of the Living God’ (John 6:69).
So much is being said, but all that matters is what He has said.
For He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
From the biblical standpoint, there is one race and that race is human.
There is no such thing as race in the kingdom of God.
God has made all men from one blood.
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…
The ‘Racial’ Issue in America by Bishop Clarence E. McClendon
acknowledge: to know or recognize
I am supposed to always acknowledge the Lord, but I don’t always acknowledge him. For most of my life, I’ve been making decisions without consulting Him first. I’ve sought counsel from everyone’s mouth except His mouth.
I’ve never asked the Lord,
Who do You want me to help today?
Who do You want me to marry?
What is the career/business You’ve chosen for me?
Where do You want me to live?
What car do You want me to drive?
What do You want me to wear today?
And do you know why I never asked those questions?
Because I was afraid of the answer.
I was afraid that He wouldn’t pick what I picked.
I was afraid that I wouldn’t like what He loved.
Oftentimes, I don’t think about what He wants. I only think about what I want.
My path goes in circle, but His path leads to success.
To acknowledge God means you recognize that you don’t know it all. You recognize that you need Him. You recognize that you can’t live without Him. You recognize that He owns you and you belong to Him. You recognize that your body is now His body.
Lord, forgive me for not acknowledging You in every decision I make and forgive me for not trusting You with all of my heart.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6).
serve: to answer the needs of, to supply or provide with something needed; to be useful
Jesus told a parable of a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen. When we think of purple, we think of royalty. That’s us. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.
The Open Bible (KJV) translated that this man was brought to the gate and God brings people to us – people who are sick, poor, hurting, hungry, and needy like Lazarus. This man was brought to the gate sick (full of sores) and hungry. He desired to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table, but no one fed him. This man was in need of help and someone brought him to the gate because the one inside of the gate was able to meet his need. But the dog did more for Lazarus than the rich man. He licked his sores, which not only cleansed his sores, but it also helped in the healing process.
One day, the rich man and Lazarus died. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom, but the rich man died and was buried. While the rich man was being tormented in hell, he looked up and saw Abraham from a distance with Lazarus in his bosom. The first thing he cried for was mercy, but he never showed Lazarus mercy. Then, he asked Abraham to let Lazarus dip the tip of his finger in the water and cool his tongue yet he never gave Lazarus anything to drink on earth. The rich man never went to where Lazarus was, but he wanted Lazarus to come to where he was. Then, he asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers to warn them and to witness them so that they wouldn’t end up where he was. The rich man saw Lazarus suffering, but refused to help him. But now that he was suffering, he wanted Lazarus’ help.
It seems that the rich man learned nothing while he was on earth. The person he was in hell was the same person he was on the earth. He still desired to be served, but refused to serve others.
Despite his ways, Abraham still called the rich man ‘son’. Son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things while Lazarus received evil things, but now he is comforted and you are tormented. Isn’t that what God calls those who receive Jesus Christ? Doesn’t he call us His son (or daughter)? But the rich man represented what the church shouldn’t look like.
When God blesses us, He blesses us to be a blessing to others. This is why we were born – to serve others, not just ourselves. God had given the rich man more than enough to share with others. He gave him what others needed, but instead he chose to take care of his own needs.
Maybe you’re not rich in finances, but you should be rich in love, rich in compassion and rich in the word of God.
The scriptures tells us that people will be lovers of their own selves, but choose to become lovers of God because when you love God, you love His people. If anyone says, “I love God’, but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20).
Let us learn how to serve.
Jesus told a parable of a rich man who wore expensive clothes and had a feast – food and drink every day. He was not named, but there was a beggar named Lazarus who was laid at the gate. The Open Bible (KJV) translated that this man was brought to the gate sick, full of sores and hungry. He desired to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table, but no one fed him.
Soon, they both died. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom, but the rich man died and was buried. While the rich man was being tormented in hell, he looked up and saw Abraham from a distance with Lazarus in his bosom.
One of the things I noticed from this parable was how their lives were reversed. Son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things while Lazarus received evil things, but now he is comforted and you are tormented (Luke 16:25).
Even in a pandemic, some things are being reversed. Things are about to change. God knows what He is doing. His plan is to prosper His people, and that plan has not changed. He is turning things around. God is going to undo what the enemy did to you. Wealth is changing hands – from the hands of the sinner to the hands of the just. Those who are beneath will be above and the tail will become the head.
Lazarus’ name means ‘God has helped’ and your help has come. Not only will you be comforted, but you will receive good things.
And be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
I remember after my dad passed away how lonely I felt.
Prior to his death, I would sometimes imagine coming home to an empty house. No one asking me to do anything or to go anywhere. I could just go home after work and do nothing (if that’s what I wanted to do).
After his transition, I wasn’t looking for another dad, but I was constantly searching for someone or something to fill the void and the emptiness I had.
But no matter what I did or who I was with, nothing or no one could fill that void. They could not make me feel better. Sometimes I walked away feeling worse.
I was still sad and empty.
But that’s because the Holy Spirit is the Filler. He fills the void. He fills the emptiness. He fills the loneliness. He fills those areas that are broken.
I had placed such high expectations on people. I was expecting so much from people that I had stopped expecting anything from God. I wanted them to be this in my life and I wanted them to do that in my life – not realizing that they needed the same Person I needed. They couldn’t fix me and I sure couldn’t fix them.
But to all the people I hurt along the way, please forgive me for putting so much pressure on you to be who only God can be in my life.
The devil is a liar and the father of it.
What are some of the lies the devil has told you?
You will always be this way.
You will never get married.
Nothing good will ever happen to you.
You will always struggle.
You will never be truly happy.
But today, you are being released from every curse, lie and negative word.
And if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Every man and demon will be proven a liar.
But God will always be proven faithful and true to His word.
Let God be true, but every man a liar (Romans 3:4).