Tithes and our Country

April 4, 2020

Word of the day: 28 “At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town. 29 Give it to the Levites, who will receive no allotment of land among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the Lord, your God, will bless you in all your work. Deuteronomy 14:28-29 NLT

In the NIV, verse 28 say, “at the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns.” Why does the bible instruct us to do that? Because we can tackle poverty that happens around us. We can help people that are helpless, hungry, or poor. The bible also tells us to do this so we can prevent the country from sinking. This country keeps falling into debt; there are so much arguing and debates about how to run the country. The bible instructs us on how to run the country. But who in our government is listening or reading the word? There is so much greed to try to put more money into their own pockets and not enough thoughtfulness. God counts on us to be giving. Deuteronomy 15:7a-8 says, “do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them. Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.” I have seen more of this during the COVID-19 outbreak than anything. There are still some that are willing to make a profit out of it. More importantly, God will get them. Meanwhile, let’s continue to do our part and give generously. Amen.
Father, thank you for today. I pray for our country. There are a lot of disagreements, and greed that some government officials are doing what they can to make sure they keep everything. There may be some discouragement about us giving everything while most are being greedy. I pray for wisdom that we can recognize that what we are doing will come back with good karma by you. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Depending on “Me” questions versus “How Can I Depend on God.”

This is my first devotional I wrote to two of my employees I work with. I documented my devotionals since this day Friday June 21, 2019.

Good morning!

Before today’s meeting, I read my daily devotional. Today’s word comes from John 9:3 -NLT

So the power of God could be seen in him.

In short breakdown, we all suffer and wonder why certain things happen to us. We always ask the question, why me? Another question we always ask God is “I’m living an innocent life, what did I do to deserve this?” I ask God all the time, “Why is it I have to suffer at these meetings?” What did I do to deserve the punishments we get in the meetings? There is nothing encouraging about these meetings. Here is the reality of what I learned. We suffer because it’s not about living comfortable and avoiding things we don’t want to deal with. If we live in comfort, we won’t rely on God’s word or his wisdom and love. This gives us reasons to read the word, be encouraged that God’s love is unconditional regardless of our feelings. This week, I woke up at 5:30 AM and read my devotions, read the word and learned a lot and feel much better about coming into the workplace that can be filled with nothing but evil spirits. This is what God wants. He wants us to be in his word, otherwise, our comfort in living we won’t rely on him. I hope you will be encouraged and be proud of your current situation as God is there for you regardless. Thank you, Jesus, for all you do in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Party!

April 3, 2020

Word of the day: 7 There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you. Deuteronomy 12:7 NLT

Leadoff question of the day; Who loves to party? When I think of the word party, I think of lots of people, extroverts, noise, food, social interactions. That scares me to death. My idea of a party is a cup of coffee or tea, wrapped up with covers doing the following; listening to music, eating, watching gameplay, playing the video game, sleeping, or reading. That is my idea of a party. Oh, I forgot to mention that I do these things alone or with my brother. What is the view of a party for you? I would love to hear from you what is your idea of a party. In today’s verse, God wants us to celebrate our accomplishments. We should always include him in our parties. Everybody has ways to party, but the question is, do it include God and all the blessings he has done for you? Today, take time to think about when you have a party, did it include him. Today is Friday, and this is one of the day’s most people party, besides Saturday. Take time to thank him today for all he did for you.

Father, thank you for today and the devotion. Party is a lot of fun for all of us, and we have different ways of partying. End of a workday, some people go deep and significant by planning big parties. I pray that today’s devotion is more of a fun one; I pray it is spreading the message to make sure to thank you for all you did for us. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Legacy

April 2, 2020

Word of the day: 9 That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the Lord is their inheritance, as the Lord your God told them. Deuteronomy 10:9 NIV

You may get an inheritance from your parents or someone in your family. It may be money, jewelry, something valuable that your family member may want you to have. For some of us, it may make us feel good to have an inheritance. To be clear, I have gotten something, that is a separate story for another time. I can say that if you got robbed of an inheritance, I am sure it makes you feel not important. Like me, I have to look another way and maybe you should too. The good news is that God is our inheritance. Jesus paid the price for our sins; God blesses us every single day. Go back to time and think of all the good God has done for you. Think about the times you struggled to get passed a situation you couldn’t get through, but God stuck it out with you and got you through it. These are all inheritances from the Lord. Remember Deuteronomy 11:18-19 as the legacy. “18 “You shall, therefore, lay up these words of mine in your heart and your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” You may not feel important; God leaves us all with inheritances. Life with him and an experience to remember.

Father, thank you for today. Thank you for your love. Thank you for the gifts you leave us. I pray today that some of us do not feel important. It is not necessary to feel beat up about what someone has done to the inheritance that was left for someone, but remembers that you are the inheritance for us. Be with those that need that encouragement. I am one of them. Thank you for our fellowship today. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Barriers vs. Blessings

March 17, 2020

Word of the day: 37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” Mark 15:37-39 NLT

There are barriers between people that are non-believers and Jesus. That is because most people do not believe what Jesus can do. Non-believers look at the work of Jesus as miracles but do not want to consider that Jesus is the reason for a lot of miracles. It is called blessings for those that do not believe. And blessings are something we don’t deserve based on our behavior, but still, receive unconditional love. The Roman officer faced him and saw how he died; he said that he is the true Son of God. Does it take that long to realize that? Are you waiting for a miracle to happen for you to understand that Jesus is the person that controls everything? Believe now and not later that he is the answer to everything.
Father, thank you for your love. Without you, losing is an understatement without your love. Please help us to point people to you before it is too late. You are the answer to everything. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Non-believers

March 17, 2020

Word of the day: 37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” Mark 15:37-39 NLT

There are barriers between people that are non-believers and Jesus. That is because most people do not believe what Jesus can do. Non-believers look at the work of Jesus as miracles but do not want to consider that Jesus is the reason for a lot of miracles. It is called blessings for those that do not believe. And blessings are something we don’t deserve based on our behavior, but still, receive unconditional love. The Roman officer faced him and saw how he died; he said that he is the true Son of God. Does it take that long to realize that? Are you waiting for a miracle to happen for you to understand that Jesus is the person that controls everything? Believe now and not later that he is the answer to everything.
Father, thank you for your love. Without you, losing is an understatement without your love. Please help us to point people to you before it is too late. You are the answer to everything. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Remember Bad Times

April 1, 2020

Word of the day: 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV

We can quickly reflect on bad situations and then wonder if it could have been something positive. Today, take time to think of those negative situations. What do you believe God is telling you now based on those negative situations? Doing this can help you be humbled and allow yourself wisdom for similar problems in the future. There is nothing wrong with taking your wicked problems and reflecting off them. Think about sports teams or entrepreneurs. When does a sports player want to get better, besides building themselves up better physically, what another way to do they improve? They look at bad games to improve on. Entrepreneurs are the same way; they reflect on their bad decisions and build on them. In our lives, we should take time to reflect and see what God is telling us about these situations we can grow.

Father, thank you for today. I pray for our past situations that we can reflect and listen to them. I pray for wisdom and love. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!