So, for the last few weeks when I’ve been contemplating beginning this blog, I had every intention of my first post being all laughs and giggles and lighthearted. But I’m a big believer that if God puts something on your heart, you take it and you run with it. So my morning devotional (sent to me by the most precious little lady who I would have never known had she not called out of the blue one day because God told her that the Sheriff’s Office I work for needed praying for…another story for another day) put this on my heart.
The devotional she sent was this:
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little,lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. I believe that when Christians put their feet on the floor in the morning, hell ought to shake. Demons should tremble when they realize we’re awake! We have authority in Jesus! We’re extremely dangerous to the enemy of God! We have the victory in Jesus. Jesus paid so we could walk in ALL power and authority. Today’s promise: read Psalm 91, every day out loud. A little talk: hurting people hurt people!
I don’t know about y’all, but I am a certified hot mess. 99.9% of my day. I’m quick to anger, being outspoken is not always a virtue (and lawd, I am outspoken), and the filter between my brain and my mouth is non-existent for the most part. I will be the first one to say “You heard what about who”? All women gossip. And we should be plum ashamed. But let me tell you this. Despite all my faults, I am in LOVE with Jesus. I hurt when I disappoint him, and I don’t let a night pass by where I say “Jesus, if I have done ANYTHING today that would keep me from entering Heaven, please forgive me”. A little old Pentecostal preacher who visited our office one day taught me that prayer. How I went from selling him a pistol permit to having church I’ll never know, but it happened. And when that man spoke and said “I hope y’all don’t mind, but the Lord is telling me that someone in this room needs to hear what I have to say”, I was like YES, YES, it’s me!!! Because as you will learn, cause I’m gonna talk about them, is I got way too many folks waiting on me in Heaven to keep me out of it. I mean folks who mean so much each day I say “one day closer, Kimmie”. And I can’t WAIT! He ain’t even gotta give me a mansion over the hilltop. Just a little shack will do. Now, I would appreciate heating and air, but in my mind Heaven is a keel 74 degrees just like I like it. The best dadgum dog who ever graced this earths presence is waiting on me at the gate, y’all. Shoooooo Wheeeeeee, can I go today??? Alright, I’m off on one of my rabbit trails (you’re gonna learn real quick I can stray easily from topics….SQUIRREL?!).
Back to today’s devotional. Folks, it’s not alright for us to just walk around feeling this way. Feeling like, “Oh, I’m going to Heaven and life is good”. You have to TELL FOLKS, Y’ALL. If you know they’re on a wrong path, TELL THEM. No, they won’t always listen. They might even laugh in your face. Who cares????
But what if? What if you were standing outside with this person and the weather is like it is right now, sunny and 274 degrees in the shade. Gotta love summer in the South. What IF you said, “You feel how hot it is? I can barely stand it. I don’t know how folks works outside in this mess”? And when they agree (now keep in mind you know in your heart this person is struggling and needing some Jesus in their life). Don’t walk up to your preacher or choir member and do this. I mean you can, but you’re losing the point of my message here. When this wandering, hurting, lost soul says “Heck yeah, it’s hot”, you say “Can you imagine what torment is going to be like”? Torment???? Eternal damnation and hell fire. Fiery flames and agony and torture. Southern summer days ain’t gonna have nothing on Hell. Just saying. What if that person leaves you and ponders that. And decides you know what, I barely survive the summer days, this is something I might want to think about.
And it doesn’t have to be this dramatic (although eternal torment will get me every time). It can be friend, aren’t you tired? Lay it down. If no one has told you the good news, your debt was PAID IN FULL and you ain’t even gotta do anything except trust Him and ask Him into your heart. Sure, you’re problems aren’t going to disappear. They might even get worse because proven facts are that the Devil don’t mess with you when you’re doing wrong. He comes at you FULL FORCE when you’re trying to do right.
But TELL FOLKS, YALL!!! Spread a little bit of hope wherever you are. whenever you can, for no other reason than He commands it. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). He doesn’t say, please, if you don’t mind. He SAYS GO AND MAKE AND DO AND TELL. I promise I’m no Jesus freak. My church habits need some serious fixing. I fail Him everyday. I love Jesus but I even cuss a little. I know, I know. But my heart is right with the one who matters and I have a special calling for picking up the lost, the hurting and those who wander. And I know without a doubt it is what He means for me to do with my life. Find your passion, find your purpose and lift one another up! Later, y’all…….