Don’t let your good be evil spoken of!
I have a commentary I would like to share. It is my own personal view so no need for anyone else to embrace it, I just felt the need to share. I find it very strange that it is offensive for someone of faith to succeed and have a beautiful home, drive in the finest of cars, dress in the designer labels most people only read about and have more than 6 figures in their bank account. Yet for an athlete to be paid millions of dollars for chasing a ball is consider awesome.
When did it become a sin to “succeed” in life? Now please hear me, I am well aware that there are those who prostitute the Word of God, and to them I have 2 words “Judgement Day”. These are not the ones to whom this commentary is directed.
I’m speaking of those who have developed multiple streams of income, to whom have embraced the Word of God and sought His counsel in business and because of it, have prospered with the “Power to obtain wealth” that He has granted them.
Just because a successful business person may also be a “Minister of the Gospel” does that give us the right to instantly put our mouth on them? Most of those who speak against this group of people would never give so much as a sandwich or bottle of water to a stranger in need on the side of the road but will immediately tell you about all the poor people who could benefit from the money that this particular group spends on themselves. However when they see the lavish living quarters of the athlete or celebrity their reaction is “that crib is fly”.
These same people who look down on the Pastor having anything nice if he/she is not working a 9-5 job would be the first to say “I’m not giving my money to the church for them to spend” however will pay $125 plus to sit in the bleacher at a ball game or concert. This money is directly benefiting those whom have the million dollar contracts who don’t even know their name. However, the Pastor who walks the floor at night in prayer calling out their name and for their families is not worthy of an offering. Personally I would not be the woman of God I am without the prayers and commitment of my Spiritual Parents/Pastors, therefore there is nothing too good for them. While people are running around tripping on what they may have or receive, I am looking for ways to be an even greater blessing in their lives. Somehow to sow into the life of someone who has chosen to stand on the front line against the wiles of the enemy on my behalf seems to be the right thing to do. But again, that’s just me.
It would be remiss of me not to interject here that there are “so called people of God” who have taken advantage of those who sit under their teaching. I understand many have been hurt badly because of their antics and they have definitely misrepresented clergy. Please don’t judge the masses by the undoing of the few and NEVER judge God by man’s corrupted standards. It is vital that you allow God to plant you in a good home/school to learn of Him. Don’t just go find a church seek HIS council. (Sorry, took a little rabbit trail there :-) )
I have seen so many postings on Facebook and blogs calling these men and women of the cloth blasphemers because they have things and I am a bit confused by it in all honesty. This is not to pump up the prosperity message that has misrepresented the Word of God and has people coming to God for only what they think they can get from Him. This is to say I believe the Word of God and the many benefits that yielding oneself to Him has.
This journey called life will take you through many valleys, up and over many hills and will even allow you to tunnel through some mountains but at the end of the day your success will be in your obedience to the voice of God. There are some who love the LORD with every fiber of their being but will never live in a palatial home. While others are destined to invoke a luxurious lifestyle. Does not mean either party loved God more than the other. We all have different paths that God has set in motion for us.
The bottom line to this commentary is to be careful how you put your mouth on anybody whether they are professing to be a child of God or not. Who are you to determine whether a person is walking in the favor of God or enjoying a momentary season that will come to an abrupt end because of idolatry.
It is none of your business what path God has chosen for someone to take. Most of those who “look successful” in your limited eyesight have walked through some very dark and bleak times. They have learned the art of living “on” faith not by choice but by necessity. Like Paul they have learned to live through the abundance and to embrace the times when they were in the season of abasement.
I categorically do not agree with every message that people preach, but I have learned to seek the face of God for which part to embrace and which part to toss away based upon the life HE has called me to. Not based on others’ lives, but God what are you speaking concerning me? We all have unique callings and anointing’s on us and require different things in our lives to fulfill our destiny. Instead of questioning the lifestyle of another, why not get before God and inquire what is necessary for you to fulfil your purpose.
Do not let your good be evil spoken of. You may be well intended by your comments of those whom appear to be living a decadent life, but as the Word proclaims, we look at the outward appearance but God sees the heart. You don’t know anyone’s entire story except your own, so let’s stick to what we know and not speculate about what we think.
God’s greatest blessings are before you. Seize every opportunity He has given you to show off HIS GLORY!
©Coylette James 2015
Y’Shua will literally interrupt your iniquity to expose who He is to you. You don’t believe me; just ask the Samaritan Woman He spoke to at the well in John 4.
Today I am coming to encourage all of you who are standing for your love ones who are still out in the world of sin. This morning in prayer, God began to deal with me regarding the woman at the well. The Holy Spirit pointed out that she was not seeking an encounter with God when the Messiah showed up and spoke into her life.
Think about the setting, here it is the middle of the day and she has picked this very time to go to the well so as to NOT encounter anyone else as she draws her water. The respectable women of the area would arise early in the morning to draw water while it is still cool and they can visit with their friends as they together make their way through the streets to the well.
Ah but this woman was not considered to be respectable and to avoid all the whispers and stares and downright mean treatment of the others, she chose to go when she would be alone. Don’t let anyone fool you, they may say they don’t care what others may think about what they are doing, the lifestyle they have chosen or even their blatant disrespect for the things of God, but they care. They have just walked so long under condemnation that their defense mechanism has kicked in and they have developed this hardness that says “I don’t care”. Take it from me, I know this first hand!
So here she is minding her own business when this Judean man who shouldn’t be talking to her anyway is making conversation. 9 The Samaritan woman therefore saith unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman? (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
Then to compound things Christ flips the script and tells her by right, she should be asking Him for something to drink. Now again, that defense mechanism kicks in and she gets a bit smart with Him like really who do you think you are. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle?
Don’t get discouraged when the person you are laboring in prayer for does not respond in a favorable way to your sharing the gospel with them. Trust me; all is well; just let the Lord take the opportune time to reveal Himself. When He does, he will tell them all about themselves and will make a lasting impression on them. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet…..28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went away into the city, and saith to the people, 29 Come, see a man, who told me all things that ever I did: can this be the Christ?
It is not your job to convert your love one, leave that God. He knows exactly what it is going to take to get them to take note of their life and to yield ALL to Him. You just keep praying and believing and He will do the rest.
Your sons and daughters, husband or wife, mother or farther, sister or brother for whom you have been crying out to Elohim for is coming in, don’t be moved by what you hear or see, stand on the promise of God. Acts 16:30-31 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
30 Then, leading them outside, he said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Trust in the Lord Yeshua, and you will be saved — you and your household!”
©Coylette James 2013
"I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word, that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one, just as we are one --
Relationship vs Religion
I believe every Christian Ministry has a central theme to it. For some it is healing, for others salvation, there is faith and the list can go on and on. The one thing that should always be the focal point is Christ or it is not a “Christian” Ministry. My theme is encouragement. Everything I do and teach has a tendency to resonate encouragement to be all you can in and through Christ.
If encouragement jumps out as my main theme, then my subtopic is always relationship. You see, you cannot be ALL that you can be without your relationship with God being intact. It is through this relationship that you learn the true meaning of who you are.
As you read in our opening scripture, Yeshua has prayed us into oneness with Him and the Father which denotes a relationship. You will very often hear me say that Yeshua was born a Jew and died a Jew. He did not come to earth and suffer all that He did to start a new “religion”. He never once renounced being a Jew nor did He ever try to convince anyone to depart from following the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The purpose of His coming was to reconcile us back to God the Father which He accomplished on the Cross by shedding His blood as atonement for our sins. His job was done when He said “it is finished”; however, our work was just beginning at that point.
Before your jump up and accuse me of heresy, no, I am not saying we have to work for salvation. Christ took care of that on the cross, all we have to do is accept His atonement, believe that He is the Messiah and ask Him to take up Lordship in our lives to receive our salvation. There is no work we can do to earn it, we simply receive it.
Now that we have clarified that, the work that begins at that point is the development of our relationship with God. As in any relationship, for it to grow, both parties involved has to work at its advancement. God’s work in this equation has already occurred, He knows us better that we know ourselves. We on the other hand have much to learn about our Father in Heaven. Good news is He has availed Himself to us to learn of Him.
He has given us His Holy Spirit to teach us, guide us and reveal to us all that we seek to know about the God we serve who loves us not just as our God, but as our Father.
My encouragement to you today is to first, recognize that saying you are a Christian is not declaring your allegiance to a religious set, it is saying that you have a relationship with Christ “God’s Anointed One and His Anointing” and with God the Father “Creator of the Heavens and the Earth”; Second, to seek to know Your God and be all that He created you to be.
Religion will cause you to just repeatedly do something just for the sake of doing; Relationship will cause you to be somebody for the sake of what you were created to be.
God Bless you!
©Coylette James 2013