Archive for June, 2019

Controlling Our Tongue

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell (James 3:5–6, KJV).

The Tongue

Our tongue represents our ability to speak. We can do a lot of harm with our mouth, and our tongue, intentionally or unintentionally. Scripture tells us that both death and life are found in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Because of this great impact, we must exercise great effort to control our tongue. If we learn to do this, there are many benefits. God gave us many ways to communicate, which is ultimately His gift to humanity. Because communication is a gift, we must view it under the auspices of how it can be used for God’s Kingdom (James 3:9–10). As with any gift, there are guidelines God sets in Scripture for its proper use.

The Laws of the Tongue

When Not to Speak

We do not need to speak all the time; there should be a time that we’re quiet (Ecclesiastes 3:7)! If we don’t know how to be quiet, we need to be taught so we can learn (Job 6:24). Silence needs to be exercised in a variety of situations. One of which is when someone confides in us. We’re not to be a gossip and betray that person’s secret and/or their confidence in us (Proverbs 20:19). Additionally, as Christians, we shouldn’t have any corrupt communication come out of our mouths (Ephesians 4:29). Therefore, we shouldn’t participate in conversations that tear down others. In dealing with difficult people, circumstances, etc., we need to guard our reactions and be silent. We cannot let anger take control of our tongue and cause us to sin (Psalms 4:4). If we cannot control our tongue, it’s a heart issue (Matthew 12:34).

When to Speak

We should appreciate our opportunity to speak and engage with people. God gave us the ability to speak to edify the Body of Christ and to be a witness for Him. But, how do we effectively engage in the appropriate time to speak? Scripture teaches us that a word perfectly timed is very valuable (Proverbs 25:11); it can be more appealing and effective to others. Knowing what someone needs to hear is just as important as knowing the time to share it. Jesus exemplified speaking at the right time. When approached by Pilot, He knew when to speak and when to abstain (John 18:33–37, 19:8–11). With the disciples, Jesus had many more things to say, but didn’t because they couldn’t handle it at the time (John 16:12). We should be mindful, prayerful, and discern from God to know when to speak (Proverbs 15:14).

What to Speak

We need to stop responding with our emotions and seek Got for the right thing to say (Ecclesiastes 12:9–10). We’re called to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to answer (James 1:19). We don’t always need to provide an answer to people. If we speak too soon it will be something we’ll regret. Our culture today tells us we don’t need to watch what we say. But, this is contrary to the Word of God (James 1:26). We need to be intentional about what we say. Again, our words should edify, instruct, calm, and encourage others.

How to Speak

Jesus was harsh at times, but He was gracious and calm at the right times. There’s a lot we can learn about the tone in which Jesus spoke when He was ministering and when He was confronted with the enemy. A soft answer will turn away wrath (Proverbs 15:1). We’re to follow Jesus’ example in speaking and controlling the tongue (I Peter 2:21–23).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 26, 2019 with Guest Teacher, Brother Fisher

No Email Required

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

To the younger generations, this next statement may be an absolutely foreign concept, but I send emails. In the business world, this is the preferred avenue of communication, and it’s utilized to death.

In my day-to-day work, I’m charged with ensuring goals and deliverables are met. Some of this entails securing answers and work outputs from others. To initiate these efforts and/or to check statuses, I fire up and send an email and await an answer. Every email gets flagged, and if I haven’t received a response within the desired timeframe, I send a reminder email.

I always receive a wide-variety of responses emails, anywhere from “still researching” to “haven’t heard back from so-and-so.” But the worst ones are “forgot about this” or “haven’t even read your email.” This is exactly why I closely monitor ongoing work and conversations so I don’t lose track of outstanding items. It’s important keep the work moving forward.

Obviously, I can’t always trust an email to efficiently secure a timely response. I might need to send an IM, make a phone call, or hold a meeting to ensure a task is accomplished. I’m not a micromanager, but if push-comes-to-shove, I might need to step into that realm to achieve the desired outcome. I’m going to be as persistent as I need to be to ensure my question is answered, the work gets done, and that other people uphold their end of the bargain. I’ll do this even if it takes days, months, or years!

Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12, KJV).

Getting answers, completing work, and building relationships in the business world is vastly different than the supernatural world. I’ve learned business tactics don’t translate well with God. Why? Because He doesn’t like constant check-ins to make sure He’s working. He’s God: He’s not a man that He should lie. Therefore, God will do what He said He will do (Numbers 23:19)! Even when it doesn’t look (or feel like) He’s working, He is—trust me!

This key Scripture is a great reminder that God will complete His will (assignments). Another translation says God is actively watching over His Word so He can complete it. God’s not like a bothersome coworker that tells you s/he will get something completed and then drags his/her feet to get it done or has no idea as to the project status. The Lord’s watching, working, and moving things along more closely and perfectly than any of us could ever do (Philippians 1:6).

The best part is that God will achieve His work according to His project timeline (Acts 1:7). He’s never going to let a deadline pass or create a scramble-work emergency on our part to fill in the gaps. God’s literally got it all covered, and we don’t need to worry or do a thing. He will do what He’s planned, and He won’t delay fulfilling it (Ezekiel 12:28).

God’s really the best work-partner as He creates a stress-free working environment. When I get on my knees in prayer and send up those “knee-mails” I don’t need to set reminders for follow-ups. Once I pray a prayer, God will never lose track of it (Revelation 5:8). Realistically, once God answers our prayer, He’s the One reminding us that He’s answered them (it’s not the other way around)!

Let’s pray God helps us realize He’s actively watching and fulfilling His Word in our lives, our loved ones, and the church. We don’t need to (and can’t) micro-manage the Lord of glory who is the greatest project manager, organizer, and Way-Maker of all time. We serve a mighty God who hears us, sees our needs, and will fulfill them in His time—no email required.

Between Two Opinions

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word (I Kings 18:21, KJV).

The Valley of Indecision

Indecision is the worst. It’s the place of being between 2 decisions. When the Nation of Israel was in the valley of spiritual indecision, the prophet Elijah asked them how long they would be “lame or crippled” in the land of indecision. Scripture tells us that when we have a double mind, we’re unstable in all our ways (James 1:8). A double mindset starts to set in when we’re in the moment of indecision. This is a time in which the devil will launch his attack and try to isolate us.

The Voice We Serve

There will be times in our life when we won’t know whether to move forward or turn back. During those times, God’s voice will ring out, beckoning us to serve Him. However, the enemy will also try to trick us to disregard God’s voice. But, the only voice we should listen to is the Lord’s! We need to be obedient to His voice and serve Him alone.

Indecision is all about what we’re really going to serve. We will either serve God or serve something or someone contrary to God. If we don’t subscribe to God’s Word, we’re on the wrong side. No man can serve 2 masters (Matthew 6:24). What we serve creates a record of decisions we make (it’s not what we say). Serving is in the details of our life and not just the declarations. God wants to be in every detail.

Turn to What Works

We shouldn’t be stuck in or worried about decisions. God will supply our every need; therefore, we need to trust Him (Matthew 6:32)! If we seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, everything we’re worried about will be taken care of (Matthew 6:33). We see this fulfilled in God’s servant, king Solomon. While Solomon was sleeping, God came to him in a dream. God asked Solomon what he wanted and he only asked for understanding and discernment to judge God’s people. Because Solomon didn’t ask for riches, power, or a long life, God gave him that anyway. God will supply our needs!

Elijah provided Israel a simple solution for indecision: calling on the Name of the Lord. Elijah basically told God’s people to serve what works. However, the people had forsaken the Lord and were investing in resources that didn’t work (Jeremiah 2:13). We must be careful about what we pour into. If it’s man-made, it won’t work in our life! But, if we turn to God, He has something that will always be there for us and will always work.

Back to the Altar Experience

The prophets of Baal sacrificed and called to their false god most of the day; they never received a response. They even gave into cutting themselves. But, Elijah demonstrated something to God’s people: he went back to rebuild the altar of the Lord. He had them pour 12 barrels of water over the altar, prayed a simple prayer (I Kings 18:36–37), and the fire of the Lord fell! It moved and consumed the sacrifice and the entire altar. In our lives, if we’re in a valley of decision, we need to go back to the time when the fire first fell. When we get Jesus involved everything will be better.

The Danger of Distraction

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:10–18, KJV).

Identifying Distractions

We need to be able to identify distractions that manifest in our lives and have the knowledge to put them aside and continue in God’s will. True life is mentioned twice in the Bible (Proverbs 4:19). If there’s a true life, the inverse is true: there’s a false life. If we’re not living the true life, we’re living a life of distraction. Our true life is going to be living in alignment with God’s Word and driven to fulfill the great commission: winning souls! Distractions will try to keep us from this effort, which is why we must keep it at the forefronts of our minds. We must think about discipleship!

5 Steps to Control Our Thoughts

There are steps the Christian must employ in order to control our thoughts and eliminate distractions. A key component is knowing God’s Word. We can only profess to know the Word if we read it, which only comes by making time daily. Scripture calls us to be students of the Word. Reading the Word of God helps it finds a lodging place in our hearts. We can lean on the Word and bring it to remembrance when we need to control our thoughts.

After establishing a foundational knowledge of the Word, and continuing to build upon it, we need to embark on a journey to control and block thoughts that speak contrary to the Word. The first step is to “think” about what we’re thinking about. We should compare every thought to God’s Word. We need to determine if the thoughts are profitable and if they glorify God. If they don’t, eliminate them! Part of this step is knowing how to reject the lies of the enemy. He will speak false words into our lives; therefore, we must cast them away. If we choose to entertain these thoughts, they can turn into actions and become serious distractions. To combat these false words, we  need to speak the truth instead.

Lastly, the start of every good fight is to don the proper armor. The helmet of salvation must be applied daily; it’s a strong defense against the confusion the enemy tries to bring into our minds. Wearing this helmet helps to remind us that we’re in a war and we must fight the good fight of faith!

Distractions of the Enemy

The enemy wants to get us unplugged from the church and to create disunity in the Body. If Satan can get us to align to our own ideals and desires of the flesh, he can infiltrate and break down the Church. We must remain united to the Church by staying engaged in services and our own personal development, through prayer, fasting, and devotion.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 19, 2019 with Guest Teacher, Pastor Pollard

Picky Choosers

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Mealtime with my nephews is always interesting to observe. Whether in a highchair or regular seat at the dinner table, each child is given an array of food to consume. On many occasions, the kids don’t eat because they don’t like the cuisine on the plate (or tray) in front of them.

With the child’s refusal to eat, I’ve watched my sisters perform a series of food-removal techniques to coax their children into consuming any nutrients. They begin by removing one entrée item they know their child extremely dislikes (i.e., a vegetable). It was served initially in hopes the child’s palate changed in the last 24-hours, thus, to be ingested as nourishment. But, no such luck.

Bargaining follows: if you eat this, then you don’t have to eat that. As the dinner hour wears on, a game of cherry-picking ensues. The child selects and discards foods, and item after item is removed from their plate. Finally, after ultimately deciding they don’t like anything, all food’s discarded—nothing’s left.

Kids aren’t the only ones who “cherry-pick” their food. I’ll openly admit I only stomach foods I’m fond of and/or will eat around things I don’t particularly like. There’s less (or no) cause for alarm in eliminating some of our natural food, but it becomes a problem when we do this with our spiritual food.

And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth (Jeremiah 36:23, KJV).

In the Old Testament, the Lord gave a direct Word to the prophet Jeremiah concerning Israel. The Word was written on a scroll and soon read in the temple. In hearing the Word, various individuals determined it should be shared with the king. When the time came to read the Word to king Jehoiakim, he enacted his own cherry-picking scheme. As a few lines were read, he’d cut them out of the scroll and cast them into the fire. He did this until the entire scroll (Word of God) had been consumed.

King Jehoiakim was a lot like my nephews. He cherry-picked parts of God’s Word he wanted (and didn’t want) to hear. He discarded what was displeasing to him, destroying them in the fire. When it over, the entire Word of God was engulfed in flames; none of it was left. We cannot allow our food cherry-picking to perpetuate to the Word of God. We don’t have the right to pick-and-choose what we want to hear (or ingest) from God. We need all of it for spiritual growth and nourishment.

When my nephews refuse to eat anything on their plates, in exasperation, my sisters will tell the child, “If you don’t eat, you’ll go hungry.” Ironically, this is exactly what will happen to us if we refuse to eat (receive) God’s Word. We must eat all the Word—even the stuff that’s hard to stomach or doesn’t taste good. If we aren’t sustained on the Bread of Heaven, we’ll become malnourished and die.

If we won’t feast on God’s Word here on earth, we won’t receive it in the next life. If we starve to death on God’s Word, or instead choose to feed on the lustful desires of our flesh, we’ll spend eternity feasting on the latter. Things may taste good momentarily, but they won’t later when we’re in eternal torment.

Jesus, we need to develop a desire to consume the whole Word and eat it daily. We need Your help to discipline ourselves to eat our spiritual vegetables—they will help us grow spiritually and become more like You. Make us aware of what we try to scoot off our plates and throw in the garbage. We’re thankful for every Word You give and our daily Bread. We want to be hungry for it today and every day!

My Home…My Mission

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him (Genesis 18:17–19, KJV).

God is Looking for a Prepared Church

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand (Matthew 7:24–26, KJV).

Purpose of the Body

The Body of Christ is the Church. In order for the every member to function properly in the Body, the Holy Spirit must be alive and active in the believer’s life. The Spirit will help us hear and understand the Lord’s will so we take “action” at the proper time. The Church is a unique creation with a unique mission. The Church exists to perform God’s will on earth; perpetuating the Kingdom of Heaven. Ultimately, God is preparing us to be His witness to all people. However, in order for us to be used (a vessel fit for God’s purpose) we must first be prepared. Through this study, we’ll examine several ways God prepares His church to be a witness for Him.

Ways of Preparation

Through Apostolic Traits

God prepares the Church by demonstrating Apostolic traits, both in Word and deed. Through Scripture, God instructs His Church to live out various truths (doctrine) in our daily life and to put it into the hands of future generations (Ephesians 2:20). For example, we teach the belief of One God (Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Matthew 21:23) and emphasize the name of Jesus (Matthew 1:21–23; Colossians 3:17). Additionally, we teach the necessity of salvation (I Corinthians 15:1–8): repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38), and the calling to be sanctified (separated from the world) and dedicated to Christ (II Peter 1:5). Lastly, we teach the necessity of serving one another in love with the Spirit of God (Romans 12:10).

Through Disciplines

God also prepares His Church in various disciplines (instructions or exercises). To begin any Spiritual discipline, we need to have a clear and uncluttered (sober) mind. We accomplish this through the daily reading of God’s Word. We cannot live by physical food alone; we must have Spiritual bread (Matthew 4:4). When we study the Word, we receive godly discipline, which motivates our heart and helps us act in accordance with God’s heart.

Once our mind is sound, we discipline ourselves through prayer and fasting (Matthew 2:11), of which we’re given many examples throughout the Scriptures (Matthew 6:7; Mark 11:24; Luke 22:40). There are some spiritual aspects we won’t be able to accomplish unless we combine prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). Ultimately, this discipline will help us hear from God, prepare for missions work, and make wise decisions.

Other spiritual disciplines include faithful church attendance which enables the believer to exercise spiritual gifts and benefit from its operations. This also provides and avenue for encouragement (Hebrews 10:25). Additionally, our witness is a spiritual discipline. The Holy Ghost will give us power to do it (Acts 1:8).

For Departure

The last way God prepares His Church is by readying us to leave this world. We should be prepared each day to either minister or die. Scripture challenges us to fight the fight, keep the faith, and stay the course (II Timothy 4:7). We must always be ready for the rapture of the church: to meet Jesus in the air (I Thessalonians 4:16–18)! A prepared Church will be alert and attune to the teaching of godly leaders: prayer, fasting, holiness, worship, and devotion to/in the Word of God. We need be ready in season and out of season. Lord help us be a prepared church!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 12, 2019 with Guest Teacher, Brother Gwinn

Protected from the Pinchers

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

It was a long time before I was able to walk up a flight of stairs without looking behind me. No, I wasn’t afraid of the boogie man; I was paranoid of something much worse: my Dad. My Dad isn’t scary all by himself (per se); however, it might help if I back up a bit to explain a few things.

I’ve mentioned in the past that my Dad is a bit of a prankster and would always find ways to (nicely) terrorize his young. One methodology of his choosing was chasing my sisters and me up the stairs. But, this activity surpassed any normal human activity as my Dad was typically outfitted in a red ski mask (AKA the “Crimson Hood”) and grill tongs (AKA “Heinie Pinchers”). Coupled with a menacing growl of “I’m going to get you,” we would run hysterically into the protective arms of our mother.

To be fair, not every encounter with the Crimson Hood ended in tears. As we grew older, those encounters would be shrouded in girlish screams but balanced with a fair amount of giggling. Even still, I learned very quickly that one doesn’t just nonchalantly walk up the stairs or around the corner. My Dad could be waiting to pounce at any moment. So, you either watched your backside or he got it.

This “watch your back” mentality has transpired into other areas of my life. I know the enemy is always around, devil and human alike. If I’m not careful, I’ll be attacked and caught unaware.

For you will not go out in a hurry [as when you left Egypt], Nor will you go in flight [fleeing, as you did from the Egyptians]; For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12, AMP).

We’re warned in Scripture to watch for the devil (I Peter 5:8) and be aware of his devices (II Corinthians 2:11). While we’re mindful and conscious of our enemy, we shouldn’t do so under the auspice of fear. We can’t live each day afraid to take a step forward—up the stairs or around the corner—fearful the enemy will sweep upon us, masked in his own version of the Crimson Hood, wielding his own pinching weapon.

When Israel left Egypt, they didn’t just casually traverse desert-ward. They fled as fast as humanly possible, looking over their shoulders as they ran, on watch for the Egyptian soldiers biting at their heels. Running with possessions and recently acquired wealth, they weren’t built for speed. All the while running, the echo of the Egyptian “pinchers” rang in their ears.

But, Israel’s initial flight isn’t what I want to focus on today. Down through time, God gave a new promise to His people. They would no longer traverse in scurry-mode even if their enemy was chasing after them in a Crimson Hood and outfitted with pinchers. Why? Because God would go before them and would be their rear guard, protecting them from any pincher the enemy would try to use.

Do you understand the blessing in being able to go places, in the midst of your enemy, knowing they could be hiding around every corner, and have God protect you? You don’t need to watch over your shoulder or use your own hands as a blockade against any pinchers. You’re not limited to edging forward slowly in fear, not knowing if you’ll be attacked or forced to run screaming in the opposite direction. God serves as our front, side, and rear Guard. No pincher will penetrate that hedge of protection with God on watch!

If you’re an over-the-shoulder-glancer today, I pray it will only be to make sure you haven’t forgotten something. Don’t be concerned the enemy might come up behind you. No pincher formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). God’s got your back!

The Enablement of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8, KJV)

The Original AI

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

“You don’t have to inflect your voice when talking into your phone, Joanna.” That’s my husband’s typical comment when I’m crouched over my smart phone dictating a text message, email, reminder, or search query. I talk into my phone whenever possible as I loathe typing with my fingers on a keypad near impossible to see (and/or hit accurately). However, even in voice-typing I forget Siri doesn’t understand (nor convey) emotion.

I really do appreciate new-fangled technologies in the world today. Even though they sometimes only slightly understand my voice dictation, these AI (artificial intelligence) technologies automate some of the work I do on a day-to-day basis. Something as simple as a voice command saves me time! I don’t have to walk around to locate a piece of paper, write down a reminder, and then hope I find it later when I need it. Even if it shaves just a few seconds off a task here and there, those seconds really add up!

I work all day long and am sincerely grateful for these technologies (and even modern-day appliances) that help me get additional work done and done quickly. They’re completing the actual work—writing down a reminder, washing my clothes, etc.—and I reap the benefits. What a blessing!

Long before humans unearthed AI as a modern technology, God manifested His own form of automation hundreds of years ago. He did this when the Nation of Israel entered the Promised Land:

For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year (Deuteronomy 11:10–12, KJV).

While slaves in Egypt, Israel had to sow and reap crops all by hand. As we know, harvesting any crop doesn’t entail just the initial planting phase. Farming is a continual process which includes a major, ongoing element—watering! For Israel, to see any fruit of their labor, they watered crops manually.

Israel didn’t possess the fancy equipment we have today, but they did have some contraption in which they operated with their feet as the Scripture indicates (Deuteronomy 11:10). While the implement aided in the irrigation process, the human hand was still directly involved. But, God had something in store for His people when they entered the Promised Land. This ongoing watering process would now no longer require their involvement—He would automate it. How? By the rain of Heaven! Talk about the ultimate automation process!

We could look at this and think, wow—rain? We have that here and now, and that’s not automated. But, when you’re used to collecting water on your own and manually treading rows of crops to ensure they’re watered adequately, I’m sure you’d agree that water pouring from Heaven is an automated process if there ever was one! It’s like Israel got to say, “Siri, make it rain.” Except, there wasn’t a Siri; it was (and still is) God. They didn’t have to ask for the rain; it just happened. Can you comprehend how much time it saved them every day?

In the technological era we live in—and considering the God we serve—we often don’t think of automation as a blessing. We think of it as a given and a norm that just exists. But, God has situated automation all around us as a key blessing to His people. He wants to help off-load some of the work placed on our shoulders because He loves us. And He’s done this time and time again whether through technological advances, other people, or even through the wonders of Nature!

Let’s be thankful today we have God who not only blesses the work of our hands but blesses us by removing work from our hands. He’s there working in our midst in a variety of ways, automating more than we’ll ever know, just so we don’t have to bear any unnecessary burden. Thank you, Jesus for being the One, the only, and the original AI.