TODAY THE WORDS are STEP UP TO YOUR PULPIT. Many people who read the blog regularly and/or know me personally have heard me say “I am not a minister, as a matter of fact, far from it.” I am not a scripture expert even though I read the bible and I always research a scripture to coincide with the topic I write. As a matter of fact yesterday, a question came into my mind and I wasn’t sure what the scriptures said about tattoos. I hadn’t seen any scripture which related to this particular subject. Let me say before anyone who has tattoos gets defensive; I have never been a tattoo loving person, but it has always been a personal preference and not a religious one. Like I said, I have never read any scripture pertaining to this subject. I was shocked when I found a particular scripture which relates to tattoos and what is directly said about them. No, this topic is not going to be based on tattooing but I would like to say everyone who has wondered what the scriptures say on this subject should go to Leviticus 19:28.
What this topic is wrapped around was my revelation when I searched the tattoo topic and found specific information to my question. I realized how much time I have spent researching to write for the blog and for the novel I am writing……..Now wait……….Here it comes……..How much time have I spent searching the scriptures for particular topics? Let me step up to the pulpit and preach to myself. Wow, I seemed lacking in this area and it brought me to how many people depend on our pastors to feed us, without us having to lift a finger or technically a Bible. We listen to evangelists and yes, they give us great sermons. Do we, as loving children of God, search on a regular basis for answers? Do we feel we have a responsibility to study and meditate and then ask our clergy resources if we have questions and/or need clarification on what we studied.
I realize a lot of people do this on a regular basis, and remember, I am preaching to myself. Others however, will relate to my revelation; we need to spend more time in the Holy Word. I heard a news contributor who said average Americans spend 5-6 hours watching television A DAY and it hit me very hard with my 15-20 minutes devotional. I felt I was cheating God as the cartoon someone put on Face Book while looking at a restaurant bill and made the remark, “The waitress gets 15% and God gets only 10%!
Now for the deeper thought……I need to think if I want God to hear 100% of my prayers; why wouldn’t I give God more of my time? God is a lot busier than any of us or as a matter of fact; God is busier than ALL of us combined but God takes time to hear every prayer; hear each bird chirp; giving every child the first breath and all breaths up to their last breath; gives life to every living creature and plant; and still has time to save each and every soul who comes to Him with repentance. Now, what is our excuse? I am now stepping down from my pulpit; how about you?
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
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