“Quit your worship charades.

“Quit your worship charades. I can’t stand your trivial religious games: Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—meetings, meetings, meetings—I can’t stand one more! Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them!

You’ve worn me out! I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning.

When you put on your next prayer-performance, I’ll be looking the other way. No matter how long or loud or often you pray, I’ll not be listening.

And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing people to pieces, and your hands are bloody. Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I don’t have to look at them any longer.

Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenceless. (Isaiah 1:16-17 MSG)

Well if that isn’t clear, I don’t know what is.

Jacob’s Mess

 

I never know which house I’ll be, I am the last to know.

While Leah’s having babies, Rachel doesn’t know

How she’ll live without them. She blames me right and left.

Me? I’ve fathered everywhere. I’ve left no one bereft!

Leah’s home is full of babies, a full half-dozen now.

And both wives sent their maids to me. (To keep the peace, I bow.)

The maids might wish for better. Their sons aren’t really theirs.

I think of Grandpa Abe and his Hagar/ Ishmael cares.

Oh woe is me, I am undone. My life is full of stress.

I was happily a bachelor and now I’m in this mess!

Be careful when you desire a life different from the one you have. You might get it!

That Pesky Tithe Business

Ah, yes the sticky wicket appears. God wants me to do what? WHAT??? GIVE HIM A TENTH OF MY INCOME???? WHAT??? ARE YOU CRAZY????

Well, you either trust God or you don’t.  This is the promise in the Bible. You can toss it away if you like, but if you do, you’ve just proved to yourself that you do not believe God. Why he even invites you to test this principle for yourself.

Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  (Malachi 3:10, AMP)-11, NKJV.

I invite you to jump in with both feet. Get out your check book. Write your church a check for 10% of your gross income this week. Don’t quibble. After all, do you want God to bless the gross or the net?

Prayer – Lord we have been slow to take this one on, but today we take you at your word and test you on this promise! Amen

Forget Worry

What we want and what we need are two different things BUT God knows what we need. Some days it seems that he doesn’t give a fig because we have these bills, these troubles and these pains. But hear this!

Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? Or, what are we going to have to drink? Or, what are we going to have to wear?

 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.  (Matthew 6:31-33, AMP), 

My life is living proof of that. Oh I haven’t evaded financial distress, grief, cancer and so on but at every turn, God met my every need and he will do the same for you.

Prayer – Lord, I take you at your promise God and I prayer on behalf of Everyday Christians’ readers, that they too would take you at your word. Trust and believe. Amen