Within society, there is a prevalent stereotype that the Black Church, black clergy as well as laymen, don’t perform exegesis, or simply, engage in Biblical texts in a deep yet intellectual way.
“Moments with the Word” aims to deconstruct that stereotype. It is my goal to share a scripture, tell you my observations, and suggest applications. Though it will feature me sharing my thoughts and what I believe the Holy Spirit is teaching me, my hope is that something I notice will be edifying to you as well.
Here are snippets from my Insta:
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. ” – Matthew 12:33-35 ESV
After reading this scripture, I really had to stop and think about the “abundance of [my] heart.” 😩 God has been soooo gracious to show me the that there are parts of my heart I haven’t yielded to Him. He’s shown me that I haven’t completely let Him into the dark parts of my heart that even scare me. The parts that I’m too scared to show others. He’s been sooo patient with me.
When thinking about that, I had to stop and really wonder about the authentic goodness of my heart. I began to question the connection between my heart and my words. So, I stopped and prayed 😭about it.
I am struck by today’s reading taken from Matthew 12: 33-37. Lord, I’m left wondering what my words are and what they truly say. It is scary to think that they come from the abundance of my heart because at times my heart is not completely inclined to You, the Gospel, and the things of You. Abba, would YOU show me my words as a means of recognizing the composition of my heart. Would You reveal to me the ingredients of my heart? Would you transform my heart? Lord, give me a heart like thine! ❤️😩
Now that I’ve ended Leviticus and begun Numbers a few things have just been striking me 🤔
Aaron, I’m really just stuck on the fact that God still anoints and appoints Aaron as well as his family although he was caught up in the whole making idols while Moses was on the mountain incident 🤔. He literally is like – bring all your gold and let’s make it happen. Yet, though he makes this pretty big slip-up, God still consecrates him for the sacred work of the priesthood. I feel like that says a LOT about God’s character 😩. (I mean would we do that?) I think that also is encouraging when we think about our pasts and question whether God can still use us. Aaron’s story sheds some light 🤔…maybe?
God is such a God of excellency and order 😍! He has a plan and shares how to execute it (what, when, who)….so detail oriented. It makes me question: how can we as His children not aim to do the same? Shouldn’t we operate in the same spirit?
Moses! My love for him is increasing…time and time again the Word says: “just as the Lord commanded.” Moses is not only obedient but also diligent in his obedience. It makes me wonder: how often do we do what the Lord has commanded and in the way He commanded? 🤔
(What’s in your bowl? What’s in your soul? )
1 Corinthians 6: 19 – Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
We’ve confessed Christ as our Savior and thus the Holy Spirit resides in us… but do we act like it? What if we treated our bodies like the Holy Spirit resides in us?
Game changer – I think so.
Yes, I know the verse specifically speaks about sexual immorality in the beginning portions and that doesn’t really impact some of you.
But, what if we went beyond that – in what ways do we pollute our temples? In what way do we treat, talk about, or perceive it in ways that aren’t holy? Do we just put anything on and or in it? Do we disrespect it with our ascription of negative characteristics to it? Do we act like our bodies are our own? Do we glorify God our bodies?
Lately, I’ve been convicted of the ways I do not treat my body as a temple – for example in merely the ways in which I eat whatever I want not really paying minds to the effects it will have now and later; or the ways in which I can so easily speak disrespectfully about my body declaring all the negatives but not saying all the beautiful things. After all, it is a holy temple where the Holy Spirit is.
I’m praying that I will see my body more positively and not just as something I walk around in but something that must be stewarded well. Be reminded of the high price God paid for you!
Also here’s some of my longer posts: