His Undivided Attention

I remember a few years back when I was on the street advertising some promotional packages for my social media company. I somehow managed to meet a very wealthy owner of multiple stores who was very interested in hearing about the options. So he invited me to a meeting and we began discussing demographics and so on.

His phone was ringing incessantly with calls from his wife and other associates but he would express the need to not be disturbed as he was in a meeting. This was also the same thing he said to his staff who also had seemingly pertinent issues that required his attention. His undivided attention boosted my confidence and I was determined to land an agreement.

I remembered leaving the meeting with mixed emotions. He said that his staff would contact me regarding the option that he would be choosing. This had me feeling a little disappointed but then my I felt happy from the level of undivided attention that made a random meeting have an aura of being an official one.

A life changing conversation ensued thereafter, between God and myself. He expressed concern over my feeling happy from being given the time of day by someone seemingly very important. He asked me plainly, “How is it that you don’t feel the same level of pride and confidence when talking to Me? Philip, if anything shouldn’t you should feel more honored and in awe when speaking to Me? This man is not even a Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. I understand your feeling some happiness when someone gives you their undivided attention, but don’t I give you that all the time?”

I was floored!😔

I have never been the same since. I now write all this to encourage that one person who takes the time to read these devotionals to not make the same mistake as me. Self-examination is therefore, now necessary.

Many people today would go crazy if a person like a Drake, Nicki Minaj or some other celebrity were to follow them on IG, like their comment, respond to a comment or message etc. Yet, we have the God of all human life, of all creatures, of all gods, of all universes; but we have little to no excitement at all when we enter into His presence. That realization is everything and calls for us to make a change as I had to.

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Matthew 9:24

Prayer for Today:
LORD JESUS, I believe in You but help me to overcome unbelief in every area of my life. Remove my heart of stone and give my heart of flesh, that will be broken before You; that will be honored and in awe of Your presence and majesty. It is Your undivided attention that is more precious than anything else that we could ever want or imagine. I repent, dear LORD, where I have found more joy in the created over You, the Creator. Forgive my unbelief and grant me grace to never commit this error again. I receive Your forgiveness and grace even now, in Jesus’ Name. AMEN!!!

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Russian Roulette Anyone?

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

There is a level of suicidal pride that some of us exhibit while we are in sin. From time to time, we may come into contact with ministers of the gospel who talk to us about giving our lives to the Lord. Yet, sometimes we boastfully choose to remain in sin, as we turn our backs on the very Savior who is trying to deliver us from impending doom.

Like the rich man we exclaim that we will take life easy – eat, drink and be merry; not knowing that our lives could be required of us at that very moment. It’s like the most dangerous form of Russian Roulette that has ramifications in eternity. The worst part of it all, is that we pretend as if this game has been rigged in our favor, not knowing that each moment that we deny Christ, we draw ever so closer to that last chance that so many of those that passed on had.

My bothers and sisters, take this message as a warning, wrapped in the love of Christ Jesus; “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly'” (1 Thes. 5:3). When Jesus said boast not thyself in tomorrow it was not a recommendation or word of encouragement; it was a warning.

🙏DON’T WAGER ETERNAL DAMNATION FOR ONE MORE DAY OF SIN.🙏

Prayer for Today:
LORD JESUS, I repent of ever denying or turning away from You. I ask You to come into my heart and forgive me from all my uncleanliness and unrighteousness. I receive You now and forevermore as my Lord & Savior. AMEN!

Follower or Unfollower

In this present world in which we live, social media seems to be the order of the day. Facebook pages are gauged by the amount of likes, Twitter & Instagram are about followers and who you are following.

We tend to follow people who are friends, associates, business partners or sometimes just because we take an interest in the content they post. The same goes for people who follow us.

It is worth saying that there is a dilemma in all of this. There are situations where you maybe following a person in hopes that they follow you back, but sometimes they never do. Truth be told, most Instagram and Twitter accounts have more followers than following, of course with a few exceptions.

The difference between the two categories is a term called ‘Unfollower.’ An ‘unfollower’ is someone who may have followed you at some point and hence, decided to stop by un-following. An ‘unfollower’ can also be classified as a person that you follow but they do not follow back.

Now, from a spiritual perspective, we know that when Jesus started out He had 12 disciples/followers. They were attracted to the person of who Jesus was and wanted to learn from Him and so, the rest is history.

The Bible tell us that “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). This verse along with Isaiah 65:2 which states, “All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations”, is enough to say that God is our biggest fan and follower.

Yet, the question is this; shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t we be the one’s vying for the Lord’s attention, pursuing Him like there’s no tomorrow, seeking Him like our lives depended on (as we know it does).

However, we have grown so fond of ourselves that to follow Christ and be desperate to know Him and be in His presence is of our least concern. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

We know who we are deep down. If any of these things describe you then you know what you need to do. “You have abandoned your first love” (Rev. 2:4) and it is only through repenting (turning away from sin) and following after Jesus Christ with your whole heart that you will be saved.

KEY POINT:
WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, “EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD” (PHIL. 2:10). WE GET TO DECIDE WHEN IT IS DONE; WHETHER NOW, WHILE WE HAVE FREEDOM AND WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE OR LATER; WHEN WE HAVE NO CHOICE AND ARE TO SUFFER ETERNAL DAMNATION.

PRAYER:
LORD, help me this day I pray; for I have sinned, and fallen short of your glory. I ask You to forgive me of all my unrighteousness and be my Lord & Savior. I receive your forgiveness even now, in Jesus’ name and hereby declare to follow you all the days of my life. Amen!!!

Worry Not!

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” This was a question posed by Jesus in Matthew 6:27. It went futher on to say from verses 28-32:

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

The King James Version made specific mention of these flowers actually being lillies. Now, there are 80-100 different species of lilies. They’ve never worked a day, yet the Bible says that not even Solomon, who would be among the richest or maybe the richest today could comapare to theses lillies.

Someone asked, “If God is real, then why is there so much evil in this world? Bad things happen to good people all the time; where is God in all of this and why should I not worry and take matters into my own hands?”

The other person responded, “There is so much soap in this world yet not everyone is clean. In fact, you could lay down beside soap everyday of your life and you still would never be clean unless YOU CHOSE to apply it to your body.”

The same goes for God’s presence; He is everywhere. The responsibility is upon us to CHOOSE HIM and apply HIS WORD to our life and we will be cleansed from our sins and receive His protection, provisions and all His promises.

Finally, Jesus summed up this lesson by saying, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). All that this is saying is for us to put God first in all the areas of our lives by striving to live holy and righteous lives and all that we want out of life will be given to us. Another reference to this truth may be found at Psalm 37: 4, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

My prayer today is that if we have ever struggled with worrying that we mark this day as the last day that we will ever worry again. We are not worriers but Warriors in Jesus’ Name. Amen!