23. May 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T FALL FOR THE COMPARISM TRAP ‏ · Categories: Comparism, Contentment, Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship

When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David (1 Samuel 18:6-9 NLT).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone say that the reason David got into so much trouble with King Saul was because of people and not anything that David personally did. David was very faithful to Saul. He went wherever Saul sent him. Saul was very pleased with him and so made him a commander over the men of war. However, we see from our feature text that people started comparing both of them and as a result, Saul became Jealous and from then on had only one thing on his mind which was to get rid of David. As a result, he began to watch his every move. He followed him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc wanting to know what he was up to and where he would be so that he could track him down. Poor David who displayed no element of pride was now constantly on the run.

Beloved, how does this apply to us? Well, we do this every day without realising it. We compare our children to other people’s children and even to one another. We say can’t you see what your sister did yesterday. We compare our spouses to somebody else’s forgetting that the grass always seems greener from the other side. We compare our friends, our staff and other work colleagues to one another and before you know it unhealthy competition starts to lead to something else.

So, what could the women have done? I’m not saying they should deny the fact that David was successful but they could have replaced “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands” with “David has killed ten thousands”. There was no need for the comparism.

Beloved, we need to allow people to be the best at their level. Train your child to be the best at who they are. Set them up to run their own race. As for you, first of all, don’t let people compare you to others. Don’t allow them put you on a pedestal too high for you. They may just be setting you up for a fall. Secondly, don’t spend the rest of your life trying to be who God hasn’t called you to be. Be the best you that you can be. Be happy and content at your level because… [it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain (1 Timothy 6:6 AMP).

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14. March 2017 · Comments Off on THE PRICELESS VALUE OF KNOWING CHRIST · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Identity, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Relationship, Revelation, Spiritual Growth, Suffering

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, SO THAT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER I WILL EXPERIENCE THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD! (Philippians 3:10-11 NLT)

Beloved, in our feature text, you almost get the sense that Apostle Paul is speaking as if there’s a danger of missing and coming short of knowing Christ and so was desperate to do whatever he needed to do. This was not because he thought he could do anything to gain his salvation. NO! This was a holy and reverential fear of shortcomings and probably the reason he urges us to… continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

Apostle Paul knew that there was some pressing forward to do. He needed to keep pressing on and needed whatever help he could get from our High Priest who had been there, done it, got the victory and has made help available for our own journey (Hebrews 4:15-16).

The reason Apostle Paul makes this statement in Philippians 3:10-11 is to know Jesus in a way that transformed him both spiritually and morally. He knew this could not be done in his on strength so was willing to do and suffer anything to gain access and experience the mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead. That same power dwells in us and is working in us to change us (Romans 8:11).

Beloved, Jesus Christ has made available for us the power we need to change into His image and likeness and personally, I don’t want to dance around that power but tap into it and see it working in my life – I want to know and experience all of Jesus and I’m not deceived. It may take some tears, some suffering, letting go of things and dying daily to self.

Apostle Paul went on to say… Finally my dear brothers and sisters… Not that I have already attained this—that is, I have not already been perfected—but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14 NET).

Beloved, we would not reach complete perfection until when Christ returns to take us into His eternal kingdom but it is my earnest prayer that we ask for the strength and grace to press on and strive towards the price. I pray that God opens our eyes to understand what we need to do to know Him more… the strength to surrender to His will in our garden of Gethsemane, carry our cross and to allow what needs to die in us die so that we can live for Him.

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04. March 2017 · Comments Off on GENUINE LOVE WILL TELL YOU WHERE YOU ARE MISSING IT · Categories: Action, Discipline, God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

As Jesus was starting out on His way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to Him… and asked… what must I do to inherit eternal life?” …Looking at the man, JESUS FELT GENUINE LOVE FOR HIM. “THERE IS STILL ONE THING YOU HAVEN’T DONE,” HE TOLD HIM. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions (Mark 10:17-22 NLT).

Beloved, recently, I was listening to a prominent preacher say something that made me laugh. He said “away with this new, ‘feel good’ God many are presenting in our churches today who would not point out your wrong doings. He went on to say that the fact that the Father chastises you is proof that you are a legitimate son of His (Hebrews 12:6-11).

As I was meditating on our feature text, I remembered what he said. Here, we see this man wanting to know what to do to inherit eternal life and out of genuine love for him, Jesus told him that “there is still one thing you haven’t done.”

Beloved, this tells me ‎that genuine love would point out the things in your life that would make you miss what the Lord has for you. You can’t tell me that you would see a child putting their hand in fire but say nothing just because you don’t want to offend them. Is that genuine love?

Today, we hear many people say “don’t talk to people about their sin or wrong doing. It is better to just love them and make them feel good but can you back it up with one Scripture?

Well… there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).

The emphasis here is on ‘seems’ because what seems right to man may not necessarily be right.

The problem here is what our understanding of chastisement is and this is mainly based on how our earthly parents and other authoritative figures i.e. teachers chastised us‎. Recently, a pastor was telling me that a pastor he knows told him that He sees God as a wicked God who is always out to punish him but this perception is based on his own relationship with his earthly father who was just mean.

Beloved, what we need in the body of Christ is to heal this wounds people carry so they can see God correctly. Yes, He would point out where you are missing it but that’s because He genuinely loves you. When you have genuine love for someone, you have their best interest at heart.

Beloved… All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT). Let’s rid ourselves of our ‘it is better to do this’ opinions and go back to what the Bible says.

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12. February 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU DESPERATE FOR LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND VALIDATION? · Categories: God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ, Love, Marriage, Relationship, Thoughts

Leah’s eyes WERE WEAK AND DULL LOOKING, BUT Rachel was BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE. And Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, I will work for you for seven years for Rachel your younger daughter (Genesis 29:17-18 AMPC).

Beloved, once upon a time, there was a lady called Leah. Unfortunately, she was beautifully challenged and society being what it’s like judged her based on looks… And to make it worse, they compared her to her younger sister. Imagine what this must have done to her self-esteem. Its tradition that she marries before her younger sister but she was overlooked because she wasn’t BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE.

Anyway, daddy comes up with a plan. Get in to his bed when all the lights are off so he can’t recognise you… But in the morning [Jacob saw his wife, and] behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, WHAT IS THIS YOU HAVE DONE TO ME? Did I not work for you [all those seven years] for Rachel? Why then have you deceived and cheated and thrown me down [like this]? Genesis 29:25 (AMPC)

WHAT IS THIS YOU HAVE DONE TO ME? (LOL). Am I that ugly? Again, imagine what this must have done to her self-esteem, but then, the Lord intervened….And when the Lord saw that Leah was despised, He made her able to bear children, but Rachel was barren. And Leah became pregnant and bore a son and named him Reuben [See, a son!]; for she said, Because the Lord has seen my HUMILIATION AND AFFLICTION; now my husband will love me. [Leah] became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Because the Lord heard that I am DESPISED, He has given me this son also; and she named him Simeon [God hears]. And she became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Now this time will my husband be a COMPANION to me, for I have borne him three sons. Therefore he was named Levi [companion]. Again she conceived and bore a son, and she said, NOW WILL I PRAISE THE LORD! So she called his name Judah [praise]; then [for a time] she ceased bearing (Genesis 29:31-35 AMPC).

Beloved, she didn’t want much. All she wanted was to get rid of the feeling of HUMILIATION, AFFLICTION, DESPISE and replace it with LOVE and COMPANIONSHIP. She wanted to be cherished but a time has to come when you realise that you have all of that in Jesus… NOW WILL I PRAISE THE LORD.

There are many Leah’s out there. You don’t need to spend the rest of your life doing things to buy a man’s love. Turn to Jesus. He’ll quench your thirst. He did it for the Samaritan woman by the well (John 4). Unfortunately, she was judged for being promiscuous but there could be many reasons for her 5 husbands. It could just be that she grew up facing situations that made her develop very low self-esteem and the devil may have built strongholds in her mind…YOU ARE NO GOOD…causing her to attract the wrong kind of men. Maybe HUSBAND NO 1 made her feel worthless…HUSBAND NO 2 was violent…HUSBAND NO 3 was cheating because she wasn’t BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE like Rachael…And in a desperate attempt to find love and acceptance, she moves from husband to husband…

AND THEM SHE ENCOUNTERS JESUS and finds that He can give her all she is looking for. You too can do the same. Focus on Him this valentine season and He would give you all the LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE you would ever need… This is not just for the ladies; it’s for the guys as well. Society has made you turn to various things in search for validation but you need to turn to Jesus.

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10. February 2017 · Comments Off on HAVE YOU GOT A ‘CONDITION OF WORTH’? · Categories: God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship

WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35, 38-39 NKJV).

Beloved, ‘Conditions of Worth’ are the circumstances under which we approve or disapprove of ourselves (Passer et al., 2009, p 678). That’s not a Bible reference (LOL) but referring to our feature text, I remember someone saying that we should notice that ‘YOU’ are not on the above list. That made me think. Now, it’s not that you can stop God from loving you but do you know that you can prevent yourself from receiving His love and what He wants to give you because you are always thinking you don’t deserve it?

Unfortunately, I learnt while studying counselling that this feeling of ‘conditional’ love and acceptance happens to us early in life and over time, our self-concept is formed by the ‘conditions ‎of worth’ put on us by others. Most people want to be accepted and loved and look to others to get this and if we’ve received unconditional acceptance early, then we grow up to accept love easily.

As babies, we are born into the world not having to conform to the expectations of others. Babies don’t have to earn love. If you are hungry or need your nappy changed, you just cry and expect someone to attend to you. If these needs are met, that’s when we develop a fundamentally important feeling of being loved and wanted. We feel that we are loveable just because we exist (unconditional love). The message your mind receives tends to be: “I will love you no matter what you do”.

However, things change as we grow up and start getting told off. Over time, as we start seeing the reactions of others that certain things are not acceptable, we begin to adjust and develop a self-concept in response to the expectations of others.

The message your mind receives now tends to be: “I will love you if…” For example, a parent might say I will kiss you and read you a story if you stop having a tantrum and go straight to bed. Our mind processes that as a ‘condition of worth’; “Mummy would love me and reward me if I’m good”. Over time, love and approval becomes increasingly ‘conditional’ so we tend to adjust our behaviour to meet the conditions that bring love which then sets the pattern for ways we behave in relationships with other people.

Beloved, unfortunately, we bring this mind-set into our relationship with God and it takes a lot of renewing of the mind to know that God loves you regardless of what you do… God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NKJV).

His love for you is based on HIS CHARACTER (1 John 4:8) and not what you do so in this love season, I ask… WHO OR WHAT CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM THE LOVE OF GOD?‏

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29. January 2017 · Comments Off on IS CULTURE A HINDRANCE TO TRUE WORSHIP? · Categories: Agreement, Fruit of the Spirit, Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Spiritual Growth, Tradition, Worship

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him (John 4:20-23 NKJV).

Beloved, a few weeks ago, I went on a retreat with a few ladies and one of the sessions on our programme was ‘Worship in Spirit and in Truth’. Well, we all had our notes to teach on the topic but because ‘meeting by the well’ is very much a practical ministry, the Lord sure had something else in mind and by the time we were done, I had practical notes to go with my theory.

So, let the worship session begin…

Beloved, we ended up having a major argument which went along the lines of… ‘the way you Africans sing your songs versus the way we Jamaicans sing our songs’. The interesting thing is that it was the same worship song but sung in a slightly different way and one admitted that she struggled with the way you Africans sing your version and at some point, was contemplating just looking for a Jamaican ministry to join. The funny thing is that ‎she found it strange when ‘we Africans’ said we also struggled with your version (LOL). Why would you find it strange? What gives your version authority over mine? It was an interesting conversation which just shed some light on the conflict that the Samaritan woman found herself in.

Which one is it? “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

Beloved, in the end, we all admitted we couldn’t feel the presence of God but once we were able to push past that, we were fine. ‎So, is culture a barrier to worshipping in spirit and in truth or were we just in the flesh?

When I did my Masters in Applied Theology, we did a study on Christ and culture: Five views by H. Richard Niebuhr.

1. Christ against culture
2. Christ of culture
3. Christ above culture
4. Christ and culture in paradox
5. Christ the transformer of culture

Beloved, which one do you think it is? Today being Sunday, as you worship the Lord, why not ask yourself this question; am I a true worshipper? Because the Lord is seeking such

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15. January 2017 · Comments Off on YOU ARE SPECIAL IN GOD’S EYES · Categories: Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— WHAT ARE MERE MORTALS THAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT THEM, HUMAN BEINGS THAT YOU SHOULD CARE FOR THEM? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— (Psalm 8:3-6 NLT)

WHAT ARE MERE MORTALS THAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT THEM, HUMAN BEINGS THAT YOU SHOULD CARE FOR THEM…

Beloved, why is it that we always have the tendency to see ourselves as nothing? ‎I had to ask that question as I was meditating on our feature text because when we actually understand where the Lord has placed us we should be able to see that we are so special to God – so special that He
made us only a little lower than God and crowned us with glory and honor – so special that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us (John 3:16).

Beloved, last weekend, I went on a retreat with some ladies and we had a very interesting time together. There was one particular lady that kept saying “Who am I? What is a nobody like me doing here‎?” Unfortunately, since I met this lady, she has always referred to herself as a ‘nobody’. Well, we all took it in turns to all talk about our insecurities and the only thing I can say is that the devil has done a great job in making us see ourselves less than how the Lord sees us and how He wants us to see ourselves.

I like how the NIV translation narrates how the Lord responded to Sarah when she laughed at the idea of having a child in her old age. We are told that… Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ (Genesis 18:12-13 NIV)

Beloved, Sarah referred to herself as ‘worn out’ but please notice that the Lord ignored the ‘worn out’ tag as he responses to Sarah. This lets me know that He didn’t see her as ‘worn out’.

I remember someone saying it offends God how some of us see ourselves so how do you see yourself? Do you see yourself through the devil’s lenses or through the Lord’s lenses? If it is through the Lord’s lenses, then like king David, you should be able to tell the Lord always that… I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well (Psalm 139:14 AMP).

The Message translation says… Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation!

Beloved, today, know that you are special in Gods eyes and praise Him for it.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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29. December 2016 · Comments Off on DO YOU HAVE A SPIRITUAL LOW SELF-ESTEEM? · Categories: Identity, Jesus Christ, Truth

Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” (Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.) (2 Samuel 9:8-10 NLT)

Beloved, how do you think God sees you? Do you think He really loves you? Do you think God hears you when you pray to him? Or do you this He loves and favours others more than you?

Self-esteem is the opinion you have of yourself and if you have low self-esteem, then the opinion you have of yourself is low. You feel you don’t deserve love or to have any good thing happen to you. Unfortunately, someone like Mephibosheth in our feature text saw himself as a dead dog, a feeling of hopelessness based on what he had experienced from childhood. Can you imagine how many times the devil must have spoken these words to him.

Unfortunately, Mephibosheth is not alone. Today, many people have similar experiences; “I’m a nobody, Nobody loves me, I’m a failure all because of past experiences, family backgrounds etc. However, all of these thoughts are contrary to the truth. They are lies from the pit of hell, preventing people from seeing things the way God desires them to see things but… you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

So, what is the truth? The truth is that the Lord says… I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself (Jeremiah 31:3 NLT). The truth is that… overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us (Romans 8:37 NLT).

If Mephibosheth had known the truth (not the fact) about his life, he would have told satan, No, I am not a dead dog, my destiny is to eat at the king’s table. However, that’s a position satan doesn’t want you to attain hence the reason he makes you think Jesus doesn’t really loves you. That God doesn’t hear you when you pray to him and that He loves and favours others more than you. But you must fight for your position on the Kings table. And what do you fight with?

Beloved, you fight with God’s word… for the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

You have to replace every negative thought with God’s very own truth. This is something you would have to do over and over and over and over again until God’s truth sinks in but don’t settle for a spiritual low self-esteem.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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19. December 2016 · Comments Off on WHO ARE YOU? · Categories: Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Suffering, Trusting God

Then the Lord said to Satan, “HAVE YOU CONSIDERED MY SERVANT JOB, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made A HEDGE AROUND HIM, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? (Job 1:8-10 NKJV)

Beloved, when it comes to the challenges that life throws at one, rather than asking God all the time why all these things are happening to me, one should be asking the all-important question – who am I and what it is about me that the devil is trying so hard to get rid of or frustrate?

The enemy knows exactly who you are. He told the sons of Sceva… I KNOW JESUS, AND I KNOW PAUL, BUT WHO ARE YOU? (Acts 19: 15 NLT). When Jesus was born, Herod passed a decree to kill all the male children born around that time because he knew that Jesus was a threat to him (Matthew 2:16 NKJV) but thank God nothing can stop those whom He has ordained. Even Moses hid in the house of the same enemy that wanted him dead until it was time.

Beloved, whether you like it or not, the devil knows and considers every Christian. Our feature text lets us know that he considered Job. To consider means to ‘think carefully about something, typically before making a decision’. This tells me that the devil thought carefully about Job’s situation. Who knows? He may have tried to gain access to Job but then felt a HEDGE AROUND HIM. The NLT says…You have ALWAYS put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property…

As far as Job was concerned, he was going about his business trying to live a blameless and upright life not knowing negotiations were taking place over his life, family and property. The devil knew who Job was – one with God’s hedge of protection around him. The Lord also knew who Job was and what He had placed in him and He said to satan, OK, give it your best shot and see what happens

Beloved… no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV).

Every child of God is considered based on the effect that they will have on the kingdom of darkness and it’s a big mistake if you are not covered. The sons of Sceva know this well because they had no covering and as a result… Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered (Acts 19:16 NLT).

Beloved, reflecting back on your life Journey, have you been faced with major challenges that you don’t understand? WHO ARE YOU?

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08. December 2016 · Comments Off on WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SETTLE FOR? · Categories: Agreement, Choices, Decision making, Identity, Jesus Christ, Mind

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:1-4 NKJV)

Beloved, someone was telling me of an experience they had when they first came into the UK. Unfortunately, at the time, they had no legal documents to work and so had to do whatever kind of job they could find. They basically had to do some hard work but according to them, they still thought there was hard work and then there was hard work with class. Out of desperation, they found themselves doing a job they felt was degrading. It was a job and anyone in their situation would be happy that they had a job but by the second day of the job, they were very upset that they had to do that sort of a job for money so they left and went home. They said they think they even cried when they got home but then they did something.

They had to sign and submit a daily timesheet in order to get paid but they looked at the timesheet and said to themselves “THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO FOR MONEY” and then they tore the timesheet for the time they had worked. They were living with their sister at the time who felt they were silly to have done that. “You’ve already done the hard work. Yes, you can decide not to go there again but at least get paid for the job you’ve already done”. However, they didn’t listen to her. They went ahead and tore the timesheet.

So, beloved, why did they tear their timesheet? I’m sure it was a hard decision to make. They needed the money. However, I believe it’s because they were not going to allow desperation define what they would settle for and please don’t get me wrong, this isn’t about money. They went on to say that money can’t make you RICH. It is your mind-set that can but like I said, for me, this isn’t about money. It made me think of our feature text. Jesus was desperately hungry but He wasn’t prepared to settle for what the devil was proposing and it made me think of what we are willing to settle for.

Beloved, this would depend on whether you know who you are. King David said… I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, AND MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL (Psalm 139:14 AMP). The voice translation says… I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.

Beloved, does your soul (your mind, your will and your emotions) know who you are? Have you settled out of desperation?

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