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Hey Part-time Servant of God, Listen Up! I Need Your Full, Undivided Attention!

Leaders JoaynnSorry for the long post…My heart is grieved. Not because I’m sad but because it saddens me when we profess to be Christians and do the opposite of what God desires from us, especially when we place conditions on him when making excuses to justify who we are not in him because we think we are entitled.

If you are in a REAL relationship with God, you will serve him. No ifs, ands, or buts. There is no gray area or middle ground with God. Either you will wholeheartedly serve him or you won’t. When you make the decision to give your life to him, you’re offering your life as a living sacrifice. You will desire to grow, mature, submit, giving your heart to God, be an example of Christ, and love as God does.

There are different ways we serve God but what we are not here for, TO BE SERVED BUT TO SERVE. Our service MUST be rooted in love. And should be a love-filled response and not an apathy-filled one. Too many times I witness people who profess to love the Lord but are not in the right relationship with him or are living examples of Christ in their actions, words, deeds, service, and obedience to him.

We put God in a box with only enough room to move in our lives as we see fit, when it’s convenient. Yes, we fail God every day and fall short of his glory on the regular but we must be careful when we offend him.

My observation: WHAT SERVING GOD IS NOT,

1) Judgmental, envious, jealous, hateful, spiteful, gossipers, doubters, and lack of compassion for others.

2) Serving ourselves instead of others.

3) Coming to church on Sundays, praise and worshipping but in a split second the moment someone strikes a “my nerves bad nerve”, you telling them what you ain’t gone do if it doesn’t benefit you.

4) USURPING God’s authority. Making deals with God like he’s beneath you because somewhere you were given authority and think your position supersedes his authority.

5) Wanting things to go your way because you think your position entitles you to it but fuss and complain when it doesn’t go as you insist and then tell God, “Okay…I’ll do it even though I don’t want to but…I’m serving you.” Like you’re doing him a favor!

6) Being ugly towards others, not humbling yourself before him when you’re wrong but expecting the highest level of respect because you think you deserve it.

7) Having a title, a fancy car, degrees, big houses, money, want people to look up to you, follow your own instructions but are not willing to take direction or instructions from others.

8) Looking down on others because they are not in your class, or hold the same status, or they merely don’t fit in your “circle.”

9) Not loving the unlovely or serving ALL mankind.

10) Looking for something in return just because you have “selfishly” or “unapologetically” given of your time to God…..and that’s just the beginning of the list of what not serving God looks like.

You may have missed the memo but last I checked, God doesn’t need anything from us. And he certainly does not need our help. If you’re serving God out of obligation and not out of obedience, it’s meaningless and not what God desires. Think twice before you commit to it and check yourself, your attitude, and your ways before you do it. Whomever thinks it’s okay to NEGOTIATE with God is playing a dangerous game with their soul.

As for me, I hold the highest reverence for God and out of my respect for who he is and what he means to me, I work daily to glorify him in all my doings even though I too fail him. If you profess to be a Christian, please stop playing with God and act like one. If you profess to be a Christian and serve God, please stop taking your servant role for granted and act like a servant.

Be careful how you treat God. He will humble you. He can take you from where you are and bring you to the lowest valley in 0 to 60 seconds, taking that which he has given you away until you can be humble.

If you want to be a leader, you MUST be willing to be a servant (Matthew 18:3-4). Anyone who is great or a leader is a servant. In order to be great, you MUST be humble with a lowly mentality, and not one full of pride. If you want to be a servant of God and lead others to Christ, act like one. Thanks for listening.

Be blessed! – JD

Matthew 18:3-4 “and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (ESV)

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National Day of Prayer – Thursday, May 1, 2014

On Thursday, May 1, 2014 across America the nation will gather to participate in National Day of Prayer (NDP). The theme is “One Voice, United in Prayer” and the chosen scripture will be Romans 15:6 “’So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (National Day of Prayer).

On National Day of Prayer, we will have the opportunity to come together collectively as a nation interceding on behalf of others in prayer, corporately agreeing in obedience to God for someone’s deliverance regardless of what we don’t know about their situation. Believing, through prayer, God will change the course of events in spite of the situation.

With all that is evolving around us in the world today, we are in desperate need of prayer for our nation, world affairs on a national scale, conflict we continue to see met in the US and around the world with state and local governments, churches, leaders, ministers, and families only God can resolve through prayer.

On May 1, 2014 make a special commitment to intercede in special prayer for others. Honor the day the nation will exercise one of the most prized freedoms, rightfully, in worship, praise, and in prayer to God.

It is with sincere humility that I ask whatever you may be doing this day, please take a moment to be a part of and share in this important NDP event. Please mark your calendars, save the date, and prepare to participate in prayer.

In spite of religious backgrounds or personal preferences, let each of us come together in agreement and stand in unity to intercede for the nation with the ultimate goal to see God’s healing power manifest through the power of prayer that peace, unity, and deliverance may be found in the lives of many. Prayer changes things. It is communion and relationship with God. It is the key that unlocks our faith. With prayer, we can transform the world.

Be blessed! -JD

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– 2 for all kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (NIV)

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