“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.
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!
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
Catch me with RonHughes on Hopestreamradio.com…today..
When do you start to rip down the holiday trimmings? Funny isn’t it, they seem so wonderful when we put them up and yet so tacky when we pull them off the mantel and the front door. Never mind. We can still remember what they stand for.
If you are curious about me—hopestreamradio.com is running my interview January 12, after 10 am
You might find out more than you wanted to know!
For goodness sake do not double dip! Do you see those TV chefs tasting off their spoon and then sticking it back in the pot!! Then they ‘arrange’ every bit of food with their hands and serve it up! EEEEWWW!!
Well the holiday season is behind us. Sadly, so are the five or more pounds we added to our posterior! Shocking, isn’t it, how that happened? A little sugar cookie here, an extra spoonful of stuffing there and all of a sudden our clothes don’t fit.