Faye Bryant

On being enviably fortunate while being bullied for living right

Another of what are called the Beatitudes, those verses where Jesus declared the things that seem horrid on earth to have blessings in the Kingdom of God. In a conquered land, led by those who did not believe in God, treated as second-class humans, it was easy to believe that the lot they were living was eternal. Jesus said it was not. He declared that the suffering experienced by His followers was only for a time and would yield something incredible.

Seriously! The Amplified Bible shares the understanding of the original language translated as “blessed” here:

Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous – in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions …

Whoa! Wait, what?

Those who are jeered at for doing the right things will be happy and enviably fortunate? Even when they feel like they’re all messed up and should just stop trying?

Yes.

See, Believer, we must stop thinking in only the here-and-now. We think in eternal terms. We see past what’s happening in this moment and make choices based on the outcome once this life is over.

Jesus was saying that when we’re picked on, laughed at, called names for living in right standing before God, choosing to do right in every situation, we ARE enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous. Our physical and emotional self may not FEEL so prosperous, but our spiritual self – that part of us that will live forever – is ecstatic, growing and maturing.

As a believer in Jesus, one who has accepted His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary for all your sins, you hold God’s favor and salvation. It is all over you. That is what gives you righteousness. That is what you can and should revel in. Regardless of the outward conditions, you still hold God’s favor and salvation. You should find vast satisfaction in that truth. That is what will sustain you through the things said to and about you for being who God created you to be.

Let’s slow down long enough today to take a long look at our place in the Kingdom, and determine deep in our hearts how we’re going to feel about the favor of God and His salvation. Let’s decide how we’re going to respond when others don’t understand why we act so “weird.” Then, let’s get out there and do it.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

Mountains, hills, valleys… ALL GONE!

Can you imagine? All the mountains and hills flattened? all the valleys filled in? all the earth made a plain?

Now, I’m a mountain girl, and not too sure how I feel about losing that majesty, but I’m looking at what comes next in this scripture.

The glory of Adonai will be revealed and all humans will see it together.

It seems that the leveling of the earth is necessary for this to happen. Then it won’t be a matter of the people on the peaks will get a glimpse first and then those in the valley long after. TOGETHER. We’ll see it together. At the same time. I understand this. Where I live is surrounded by mountains. It gets daylight when the sun comes up, but other people are seeing the sunrise while we don’t see the sun until an hour or more after everyone else.

Time zones won’t matter either. I have friends across the globe and we never see things together. I mean, even New Year’s comes to those in Australia before it gets to us.

Yet on that day, we will ALL see the glory of the Lord TOGETHER. As though we were all standing in one place. We will be in awe of the One who created all the universe and chose to make humans that He knew would choose things other than Him. I’m in awe now, thinking how this will look and feel. For the believer, it will be amazing confirmation of all we’ve believed in.

For those who have chosen to not believe in Jesus as Lord, it will likely be terrifying. To suddenly see that everything those silly Christians said all those years was true? To see that there really IS a God, and it isn’t them? To realize that they have defied the One True and Living God, shaking their fists at Him, declaring Him useless and unreal? Yeah, I think those realizations will breed fear in them.

There is hope, my friends. If you’ve never accepted that Jesus is Lord, that He died in your place in payment for your sins, then rose again on the third day, today is the day and now is the time to make that change. You can’t bridge the gap between you and God on your own. Jesus has already done it, you simply need to agree to go that way. If you need help with this, let’s talk.

Let’s examine ourselves today to be sure we’re ready to see everything on earth made level and to see the glory of Almighty God together with all humankind.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

It WILL happen.

God spoke through Isaiah thousands of years ago, telling Israel that His Word would not return void, without the results He intended for them. Back then they had the prophets like Isaiah, through whom He spoke to the people. (The Holy Spirit didn’t come to reside in everyone who believes until Jesus ascended back into Heaven.) Throughout time, those prophets and the historians had written down the events to preserve them for those who would come later. We have those words on pages in a binding that we can carry easily, or read digitally on our phones.

Our God is so powerful! And He is a planner. Things don’t sneak up on God. Yes, I know it’s hard to comprehend that He knows bout things coming down the pike and chooses to allow them to happen. It’s hard because we don’t know the fullness of His plans and we don’t understand how the circumstances can move that plan forward.

Why can’t we, you ask? Because we’re not God. And that’s okay. We’re supposed to trust Him. Trust doesn’t come in the knowing, it comes in the believing.

Just yesterday, someone questioned me about how something had been done by someone else. I answered that I knew the person who had done it and that they are very thorough and conscientious. If that person had done things that way, there was a reason and I’d trust that.

How much more so we should trust the One who spoke the universe into existence!

Let me ask you, have you ever had a moment when you were talking to someone and you felt like you were supposed to say this scripture or that? Did you speak it? That’s when we can trust that whatever God is working in that person’s life, He has applied His words to them and whatever He has planned will not fail.

Oh, but you didn’t see instant results? Yeah, we don’t get to choose God’s timeline, either. We would LOVE it if whenever we shared about Jesus, shared scripture, or prayed, that BAM! in that instant, everything would change. You know what, though? We are the same as our ancestors, and we would become so arrogant. “I prayed over this person, and they were healed! I am so good!” And don’t you know we would revel in the attention we got when people said “He/She prayed over me and I was healed! They are so good!”

We are NOT God and we’re never going to be. We don’t get to be in on all the planning, that’s been done. We aren’t apprised of the timeline and where we are on it, we couldn’t handle it. We who are believers in Jesus are His servants. We are to be ready to do what He says when He says it without question or balking. We are to just do it.

We are NOT God and we’re never going to be. We don’t get to be in on all the planning, that’s been done. We aren’t apprised of the timeline and where we are on it, we couldn’t handle it. We who are believers in Jesus are His servants. We are to be ready to do what He says when He says it without question or balking. We are to just do it.

Let’s let His Word live in us and share it at every opportunity, especially when we feel that urgency to do so. Never to beat someone up, never to condemn someone; always, ALWAYS to lift Jesus high.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

God IS your authority.

What a prayer to pray! Simple, yet so filled with truth and joy.

David prayed these words, declaring that there is no other god anything like YHWH, Jehovah, Elohim (three names for God). He goes on to say they (Israel) hadn’t even heard of a god that was anything like the God of Israel. Not one.

I’m thinking I need to speak these words every day. What a way to reset my thinking to remind myself that there is no god — not money, not fame, not cars, not home, not family, not me — that can compare to God Almighty. Not one.

And that phrase, “O Sovereign Lord”? That’s a huge declaration in itself. The sovereign of any nation is the ruler. The head of the country. The one who can grant or take away. The utmost in authority.

Our God is sovereign over all creation, whether His creation recognizes Him or not. He is the Ruler. He tells the oceans their boundaries, and causes the mountains to stand. He tells the sun to rise then set. He is the utmost in authority, whether we agree with that or not. Those who deny His authority and refuse to come under it will face severe consequences for that choice. I hope it’s not yours.

Understanding God’s sovereignty is extremely hard, because we want a kind, gentle, loving giant of a God who wouldn’t hurt anyone or anything. His attribute that He mentions so much is that He is holy. A perfect holy. His holiness is beyond our capability to attain outside of Christ’s sacrifice. Only those who have attained that level of holiness will be able to enter into God’s presence. Trying to do so without that level of holiness results in death – eternal separation from Him.

Moving to that level of holiness is impossible in our own power, yet is so very simple. The solution is Jesus. He died on the cross, bearing all our sins — even us, over 2,000 years into the future! He was buried in a borrowed tomb, and He rose again to life, then ascended into heaven to be our advocate with the Father. He exchanged our sin for His righteousness. Our part is to agree aloud that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. Instant holiness.

Mind you, though, the flippant get-me-out-of-trouble belief won’t cut it. God knows your heart. It must be in alignment with your words or that righteousness won’t be imparted. Just being real here, y’all.

If you don’t know, accept, and follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, my prayer is that you will meet Him in all His glory today — like Saul on the road to Damascus. If you do know and follow Jesus, my hope is that you surrender to His sovereignty without reservation or question, knowing that He is working all things out according to His plan.

There is NO one like You, O Sovereign Lord. No one.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

Stop believing your own press!

Ooh, my goodness. This verse starts with a strong imperative. That’s close to a command. The intent is: DO IT!

Do what? We have to stop thinking we’re all that and a bag of donuts in the wisdom department. If we’re measuring by the world’s standards — which believers should never do about anything — we may seem wise, but by God’s measure be way short of that title. God gives true wisdom. The kind that can sustain and lead through any crisis or good time. The kind that lasts more than one statement. The kind that is not self-serving. Real wisdom comes from God. All we have to do to have that wisdom is to ask (James 1:5) and He will give it.

We’re to become fools? Like idiots?

No. Not like idiots.

It’s the internal thinking that needs to change.

It’s a matter of how you see yourself. Instead of thinking you’re the wise person handing out tidbits that people need to live by, you need to throw away that worldly discernment and recognize yourself as dull, without learning and scholarship. See, compared to the next guy, we may seem wise, but compared to the One who IS wisdom, we’re pretty much stupid. God won’t leave us there, if we’re willing to be different.

When we do this discarding and recognizing, we’ll start seeking wisdom in the right place and soon become truly wise. So wise, in fact, that the world will look to us for that wisdom and we can point to God as our Source.

Let’s stop trying to impress the people and acknowledge that we ain’t got it. Let’s humble ourselves and let God be God in our lives. One step, one moment, one day at a time. Then do it again.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

Your words kill or heal.

You have the power of life and death, did you know that? That’s what the Book says. Right there in Proverbs 18:21. James also talks about the power of that little organ within us, so tiny comparatively speaking, and so mighty.

Words. That’s what we’re talking about. (It’s not about how well you can lick a lollipop or an ice cream cone.) It’s the words that come from you. Of course, we’re told that the things that come from our mouths are what is in our hearts, and God warns us that we must be careful. Edward Bulwer-Lytton said the pen is mightier than the sword. Power.

You don’t see it, huh? Okay, let’s talk.

We don’t knock people over with words, it’s true. However, we can speak life and truth into someone and watch them flourish, or we can speak death and lies into someone and watch them wither. IKEA did an experiment that shows this in action. You can see it here. Take a minute and view it then come back. https://youtu.be/Yx6UgfQreYY

All across the globe are people have suffered what we call emotional abuse. I am one. To hear – even in subtle ways – that you’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, unloved, unliked, unworthy, not trusted, not trustworthy, useless, and other words like these takes a toll, even unto death. Maybe not physical death, but death of the spirit, mind, and soul — three-fourths of the person gone. There are people we see every day who are walking around physically alive but spiritually, mentally, and emotionally dead — because of words.

Conversely, people who have been told they are enough, they are worthy, smart, handsome, pretty, trustworthy, needed, and loved are people whose spirit, mind, and soul are alive and thriving.

In this time of Internet and social media, the tongue works its power through our fingertips with the same incredible power.

Here’s the thing: what each person learns, they pass on. There’s power in that tongue to move beyond this generation to the next and the one after that.

God has given us a mind to use, yet far too often we let that tool of life or death run wild without the mind engaged. That’s never good. We should always take a beat to think before we speak. Believers should take that breath to ask God if what they’re about to say is worthy, to examine if it is uplifting (Ephesians 4:29), then if it doesn’t measure up, leave it unsaid.

What we say matters. Even when said in jest. Many an insult has been delivered as wit. The sting may take a bit longer to be felt, yet it is just as deadly.

Let’s choose to speak life today. Let’s choose to type life today. Let’s choose to engage our minds before our tongues. And let’s watch to see what speaking life does for those to whom we speak.

ChooseWell

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

Why isn’t God bearing YOUR burdens?

Praise the Lord, David said, noting that God is the the One who saves us, bears our burdens, and carries us daily.

Strong reasons to praise the God of our salvation. Strong reasons.

Uh-oh, you’re not feeling that burden-bearing? You don’t feel like He’s carrying you? Man! That’s hard, and I know it hurts. You feel like you’re the one God has forgotten, laid aside, and left behind.

Thing is, God hasn’t done any of those. God can’t lie. If He did, He would be sinning, and there is zero sin in God. So these words are utterly true about the Almighty. He has NOT forgotten you, laid you aside, or left you behind.

Well, why don’t you feel Him lifting your burdens or carrying you, you ask?

I don’t have that answer, I’m sorry. I can, however, posit some possibilities.

There’s always the sin-separates-us-from-God thing. The solution is to do as David did in Psalms 51: seek God, asking Him to reveal any sin in your life so that you can confess it and repent (turn away from it). God promises in 1 John 1:9 that He will forgive those sins and clean you up to the state of being able to enter His presence again.

Could it be that you’re holding God at arms’ length believing that you’ve got this, you’ll handle whatever burden you have?

Is it possible that God has been carrying you as much as you let Him, then you hop out of His hand, picking up your burden and walking away?

My friend, He won’t hold us so tightly we can’t move. He holds us safely, nothing and no one able to take us from His hand, yet He does so with an open palm, giving us the choice to stay or go. No. I am not talking about salvation here. I’m talking about this understanding that God is bearing our burdens and carrying us.

Often when we don’t feel like God is holding us up, it’s because we have chosen a different god. Anyone or anything we choose over YHWH is a god to us. Even us.

Look where you are. Are you in His hands, allowing Him to be God in your life or are you standing outside His hands, choosing to do it all or even partially yourself, making you god of your life?

Make the change today! This moment! Agree with God that you’ve made something else god of your life and that that is wrong. Ask Him for His forgiveness. Do this from a repentant heart determined to not do it again. He’s waiting. Practically speaking, as the habit of picking up your burdens kicks in, you have to intentionally deny it. Even say it aloud, “I’m not picking up that __. That’s God’s to carry, not mine.” Sit down in His hand. Rest there. Trust that He is holding you safe and secure and will carry you through all that seeks to destroy you.

Oh, one other thing: you’ll probably have to do this every day. At least for a while until it’s ingrained in your heart and soul.

Let’s let go of control of us and start praising the One Who really has it. Praise the Lord!

One last thing I almost forgot. When you see the word selah, do you wonder what it means? Yeah, me, too. It’s an instruction to pause and calmly think about what was just said. Hmm… need I say more?

Sacrificing our lives for our “sheep” is living like Jesus.

Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd. Then He said a good shepherd gives up his life for the sheep.

We know that he was talking about His coming crucifixion, but I believe He was also talking about His life.

We think about sacrificing our lives as dying. But what if it means more?

What if it means the dying to self Jesus talks about? What if it means instead of going out to do what I want, I choose to stay home and do laundry for my family? What if it means instead of watching TV, I choose to color pictures with my grandchildren? What if it means instead of going for a long hike in the mountains, I choose to help a family member clean house or wash a car or just sit and talk with them?

What if sacrificing our lives really means giving up our wants and desires to serve our “sheep” — our family?

We are such a me-first society, and sadly, that has reached into the Church as well. Seemingly gone are the days when the church leadership could say, “We need someone to …..” and a dozen people would volunteer on the spot. Now it seems that people are more concerned with whether or not they feel like doing it or if it fits their lifestyle that in helping where needed.

Sometimes we do things that need done just because they need doing.

Confession: I am not the one who will generally take up the dust rag and mop to clean the church. I’m much better behind the computer keys and in prayer. But if something came up that the regular dusters and moppers couldn’t, I’d take up the rag and mop and get it done. Not my thing, but meeting a need doesn’t have to be my thing.

Believers, we need to stop robbing ourselves of blessings by saying no to everything the church needs done. Whether it’s serving in the nursery or teaching some preschoolers or encouraging some youth, we can stand in the gap for those who need a break. Who knows, we might find out that that is exactly where we were supposed to be all along.

Sacrificing our lives for our “sheep” is living like Jesus.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

You don’t need that!

Do we know what our needs are? I mean, really? Way back when I was in school, we learned that our basic needs were food, clothing, and shelter. The Declaration of Independence says our inalienable rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Are those our needs?

“I’m pretty sure I need a car and a television and a phone; definitely a phone. I need that specific bed, and that celebrity designed furniture. Oh, I need my coffee and bookstores and money. I realllllly need more money so I can … uhh … so I can help others. Yeah, that’s it. I need money so I can help others.”

Do you really? Need, I mean? As in you would die without those things? Or would you simply be uncomfortable without those things?

Yeah, me too. And listen, I don’t like being uncomfortable. I mean, I adjust the thermostat often when I get too hot or cold, no matter the season.

Before Paul wrote these words to the church at Philippi, he declared that he had learned how to be content with what he had. When he wrote that, he was a prisoner in Rome. Strange to say you’re content then. Oh yeah, some have said it was basically house arrest. That would be kinda like we’re living now, in this moment in time with the coronavirus quarantines. Yep. Except he didn’t get to go to the market or anywhere else. He was at the mercy of others in a city where he was essentially a stranger.

Contentment. Do we have a clue how to be content with what we have? Look at your phone for example. What kind is it? Is it the latest and greatest? When did you upgrade? Are you making payments on it that are three times what your cell bill would be otherwise? Think about that. What wasn’t working on your old one? Oh, I know. Some of you got the new one because the old one stopped working or broke. Did you go for the gold to replace it? I mean, since you had to get a new one anyway, why not just get the best, right?

I won’t say I’m doing this right. Do not hold yourself up to me!
I’m toting around an iPhone 6. That’s several iterations old. Matter of fact, the support from Apple for it is waning. The reminders won’t sync with the new devices. It’s hard to live with this old, outdated piece of equipment! (Not really, work with me here.) I am choosing to be content with it. Heck yeah, I look through the sale ads my provider has to see if I can upgrade at least to an 8, but so far, the price is more than I can pay in full, so it stays in their warehouse and I stay content.

I haven’t used this example to condemn you. Merely to get you thinking. We could apply this to our clothes, our appliances, our cars, our trash cans even. Look at your stuff.

And there it is. Whatever we have, it is enough. It may not be like the neighbor’s. It may not be like what our friends have or even family. But it is what we have and it is enough. Even when it doesn’t feel like enough.

We need to step out of comparison and relative thinking.

We need to trust that Almighty God who designed and created us knows us enough to know exactly what we need and then provide it. He isn’t like us. His capability to remember doesn’t decline with age or distraction. He knows you. And He knows your needs much better than you. He also knows your wants, and sometimes…. sometimes He provides those, too.

Let’s choose contentment today. Read a bit more in Philippians and you’ll see that that choice will also bring peace. Who doesn’t want peace right now?

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

How to be known as a child of God

Work for peace. Peacemaker. Work. Make.

Sounds like Jesus meant for His followers to understand that peace doesn’t just happen among mankind. I mean, just put a couple of innocent children together for a bit and at some point, one will take the toy of another and eruptions of feelings and desires occur, requiring the intervention of the Peacemaker.

Those who work for peace will be known as children of God. Known as. As in, understood to be.

Imagine that. Being noticed as being a child of God – not because you’ve said so, but because your consistent actions say so. Is there any greater honor?

I think that means that when we hear that juicy tidbit about you-know-who, we’re supposed to squash it. Right there. Say something that reminds the speaker that you’re not going to carry on that line of discussion. If the speaker has issues with you-know-who, we should get them together and help them talk out and reconcile those issues. Alone, without anyone’s posse.

I think it means that when two or more are arguing, we must never take a side. We can listen to both parties and hear what they’re saying, repeat it back to them… “I’m hearing you say _” so they hear a calm voice speaking back their impassioned words. We remain unflappable. We remain a place of peace in a moment of turmoil. We allow each to vent, but don’t agree. (Don’t you KNOW this is hard! We want to uh-huh or nod or say something positive, but we have to be sure that we don’t seem to be agreeing with what they are saying!)

In any case, we listen, gently interject truth, and love well. Realize, that loving doesn’t mean agreeing. It means loving despite the anger, the words, the ugliness. It means speaking truth when they don’t want to hear it, but doing so with a tender heart… with a longing for them to move closer to the Lord and away from their anger.

It is from our own place of peace with the Lord that we can offer peace to others.

Making peace among our children is difficult, but as the ones with authority, it’s doable. Same principles. Listen calmly, repeat their words back to them. If error exists, correct it. Love them.

Peacemakers, workers for peace, realize they must rely heavily on the Lord or they’ll be speaking into situations where they are most unwelcome and will not be heard. God gives the direction on who to speak to and how to do so. When we listen to Him and follow His lead, it will become obvious to all around us that we are children of Almighty God.

What an honor to be used thusly by the Lord!

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

Your doubt is killing you!

What needed words today, huh? Whose mind ISN’T filled with doubt and questions right now? This time we’re living is weird and constantly changing. Businesses are closed, jobs are on hold or gone, the stock market dropped deep causing many retirement funds to lose tons, church services don’t look like they used to, everything is in turmoil because of a virus we can’t even see.

Doubt.

Does it crowd into your mind, even though you’re striving to keep your thoughts on Christ? Does it feel like sometimes someone is pushing that gigantic battering ram of fear and doubt into your brain over and over?

Yeah, I get it. I’m living in this too.

Here, though, we see the psalmist say that in the midst of doubt and turmoil, God provided comfort that renewed hope and cheer. How can that happen if we can’t see God? How could hope and cheer be renewed when we can’t begin to find it?

Oh, Friend, I’m here to tell you, I don’t understand the hows, but I sure do enjoy the truth. I know that in the deepest sorrows I’ve experienced, God has met me there. No, not like I saw Him and we had a cup of coffee. I felt His presence through the comfort He gave when I cried out to Him.

In my deepest pit of despair, the time when my mind told me the only way of relief for me was to end my life — since I was saved, I would go to heaven, and the world didn’t need me anyway — I experienced this renewed hope and cheer. Over the 12 long years of living in that pit, I felt this renewed hope and cheer several times.

No, full relief didn’t happen the first time I cried out, that took me working with God to deal with that which was holding me fast in the muck and mire of my pit. But every time I cried out to the Lord, it seemed as though He was in that pit with me, lifting my head up, reminding me of my worth. Out of the blue, someone would call or I’d get a card reminding me that I was loved. “Out of the blue,” you know that’s code for “God did something,” right?

Today, in this fearful time, it’s so easy to slip into a pit of despair. I pray you reach up to the Father before you slide in. Seek Him constantly. Every time a doubt enters your mind, don’t be ashamed! Tell God about it. Pretend you’re a six-year-old tattling on someone. Spend time in the Word. God promises to meet us there, so if we devour it, we have fewer doubt-moments — or at least when they come, we don’t collapse in despair.

Beloved of God, every person of God you’ll read about in the Bible had doubts. That is NOT A SIN! Don’t be afraid to take that to the Lord as soon as you have a thought. He’s much more concerned with what we allow that doubt to do to us or what we do with it. Take it to Him immediately and drop it there. He’s willing and able to take it off your hands.

Trick is, you have to leave it lying there. Don’t even touch that baggage! Not even with a fingertip. Scoot. God has plans for you and this virus hasn’t changed that. Promise.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.

Don’t give your money!

That’s all God wants is my money! That’s all I ever hear preachers saying, “give, give, give!” I’m not doing it!

Errr... that’s okay.

Wait. What???

Yeah, it’s okay if you don’t give. God doesn’t need your money. That’s not what He’s after.

Okay, then, what’s He after?

You.

He’s got me. I’m a Christian!

Umm, okay.


Let’s talk about 2 Corinthians 9:7 a minute. No, wait, before we do, allow me to share with you the Amplified Version of it. The AMP translates the original languages with more than one English word in many places. There are times when a Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic word means much more than the one English word generally used.

Let each one give as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver whose heart is in his giving.

Shouldn’t our love for God be described this way? To say we love Him, meaning that we take pleasure in Him? We prize Him above other things? We are unwilling to abandon or do without Him?

As a believer in Jesus Christ, why wouldn’t you give? To the church, to charities, to your fellow human? You have been given so much. So much. Oh, I get it, you may not have much in the way of material things, but you have LIFE. Abundant life, according to Jesus. (How we warped humans have messed the meaning of THAT verse up!)

If we are focused on how we don’t have enough money to give, that money likely holds a higher place in our heart and mind than God does.

If we are reluctant to give our time in service to God and the people He loves, our time likely sits on a higher throne than God does.

Actually, the one we’ve placed on the throne isn’t time or money. It’s US. We have set ourselves up as the god of our lives.

Oh, Believer, examine you today. Allow God to take pleasure in you, to prize you above other things, to be unwilling to abandon or do without you. Become a cheerful, joyous, “prompt to do it” giver with your heart in your giving.

Coffee, Bible, Journal.