We read the Bible & buy books & complete bible plans online, just to say we did something. We go to church to hear the word, but we don’t leave church & LIVE it. We put on our best dressed Sunday after Sunday, bring our pen & pad to bible study every Wednesday night, but we APPLY those notes to almost nothing. We take in all this teaching, guidance, & correction for what? When will we really take the TIME to UNDERSTAND & ACT on these things, so that we KNOW to YIELD to what’s right the next time we get weak. The next time something comes up. The next time we go out into the world, saying we love God, but don’t show it in our character??
We’re quick to say “oh, Church was good today! The sermon was on… (quotes scripture & adds perspective)” but what of that do we sit & really ponder on? What of that do we actually put in TIME (because it’s gn take some sacrificial TIME) to get a real understanding, so that we can apply it to our life, because it is for our GOOD! It’s just like studying in school. Some of us study just so we can pass the test.. so we can get a good grade & carry on. Some of us use different resources, like our friends’ work or our neighbors’ paper to make it LOOK like we studied. Then some of us actually study to know the answer to that question no matter how it’s asked, or when it may show up, because we UNDERSTAND that we may need this information later on in life, not just right now in this moment!
If you’re not following me yet, you’re about to! Let me just keep it real right quick!! See, tonight God laid this on me good, (I was like ouch) because He said to me, “you just wanna feel like you doing something. That’s why you read these books & watch these sermons & that’s even why you don’t miss a day on that bible app, because if you lose that streak, you’re gonna feel like well Dang, what was I doing? How did I miss a day? But what’s a streak on your bible app when you haven’t prayed in 2 weeks, unless it was asking for forgiveness?
*adds emphasis* (well dang wyd???? How you ain’t prayed in 2 weeks????) 😭
Yes, you read my word, highlight a few scriptures, commit yourself to a 40 day bible plan, but what about me? Where’s my 40 days? My EVERY day? Bible plans, sermons on YouTube, & this book you “felt” led to purchase, doesn’t equate to your spending time with ME. Just me. See, you do all that, so you won’t have to do the REAL work. You know you REALLY need to get on your face & pray & cry out to me, but what do you do instead, to make it seem like you done did something? You get on that app & you find yourself a bible plan to read. Just because it relates to what you’re going through doesn’t mean it’s gonna fix your problem! I AM the healer. I AM the chain breaker. I AM the provider. I AM the one who saved you, who covered you from danger seen & unseen. But you run to every resource, but me. What’s up with that?? You say you need me, then you try to fix it on your own. I AM ALL of who & what you need. Familiarize yourself with ME instead of the Bible plans, the positive quotes, the so called inspiring ppl that you follow on social media. Because of all those resources, now you can’t even hear me. Your mind is all over the place. You get worried about something, so you come to me with prayer, & you can’t even decipher between all the different voices & opinions & things that you’ve read & seen because you’re taking in everyone’s perspective, but not MY promise. If you just took the time to know me for yourself & not relate your walk with everything you take in through the media, THEN you just might elevate.” 😩
Ooooooo y’all 😩😩😩 it gets really real when God snatches up my undivided attention because bayyybeh! I was not expecting that convo! I was minding my business, called myself writing down a heartfelt prayer & He SHOOK me with this okay!!! All I could do was repent! 😭
So let’s not worry about the opinions & thoughts & lives of others, but let’s get to know God for ourselves. Not through somebody else, or through a book, an app or a sermon, but literally one on one with God & our bible, which is HIS word. All the Bible plans in the world won’t connect us to God the way we NEED them to. We can’t replace Him with things. We can’t replace Him with gospel music. We can’t replace our relationship with Him, with a quoted scripture everyday. We HAVE to take the time to know Him & disconnect ourselves from the things that make us “seem” like we know Him enough to go without really going THROUGH what it takes to ENCOUNTER Him & LIVE out His word.
Sooo, I just had to share that with y’all, because first of all, I am NOT ashamed!!!! I haven’t felt my best lately, if I can just be honest. I’m sure someone can relate & needed this word just like I did! Like my pastor say, it’s tight but it’s right baby! 😂😂😂😂 I pray someone takes something from this! Y’all be blessed! 💛
Luke 10:27 🦋