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Lord, I Am Available to You
The TENTH Devotional Journal, Day 1
Good Morning Father! Good Morning Jesus! Good Morning Holy Spirit! Good morning friends! I am currently writing a devotional called, “The Tenth” (the name may change – it’s a work in progress.” This book explores the tithe with the not-most-common perspective of moving beyond the topic of money. What is a tenth of a life? Can you give GOD that?
Abba! Thank you for your grace and mercy, and love! I know that I have not always had open ears and eyes and hands to receive your WORD, but I pray right now that you ARE and will be the LORD of my life. I surrender my all to you. I repent of everything not like you. Save me. Work through me. Speak to me. Show me you. Lead my steps and order my thoughts to focus on you. Teach me how to prioritize the time that you give me, that I can spend it with you now and in the life to come. In JESUS’ name, AMEN.
Scripture Basis & Memory Verse
A verse or verses that summarize the learning goal(s) of the morning, mid-day, or evening devotionals. In other words, this is what you should take with you from the daily theme, to remind you of the day’s lessons.
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And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
- “Lord, I’m Available To You” Young Adult Choir – First Baptist Church of Glenarden Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.
- CeCe Winans: Believe For It | FULL CONCERT | TBN
- “Your Spirit” | Tasha Cobbs Leonard – ft. Kierra Sheard (Official Video)
- The Prayer of St. Francis – Shenica R. Graham
- About “Now Listening…”
Consider this about the mind that GOD gave you:
How fast do we think? By some estimates, we can experience sensory stimuli that’s presented for as little as 50 milliseconds (about one-twentieth of a second). It is thought that our brains can, in fact, respond to information that’s much briefer than this, lasting less than a quarter of a millisecond. What are you thinking with all that time?https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/what-is-the-speed-of-thought/
One of the most influential songs I learned as a youth was, “LORD, I’m Available To You.” When I was a teenager, I was taken under the wings of a missionary soul, the honorable, late, Mother (Dr.) Martha C. Walker, the then State Supervisor of Women for the Kansas Southwest District of the Churches of God In Christ (shout out to KSW!). Something she was known for saying is: “I’d rather see a sermon lived [than preached] any day.” I later learned the words attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi who said to have phrased the same concept in this way, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” (Some disagree that it was actually St. Francis who said this first, but he did live by those words. He was an avid proclaimer of the Gospel. He even “preached” to the animals.)
What I want to share with you today is this: GOD calls for the life you live to be a message, as much as and more than the words you say. He does not say that the world will know you are HIS disciples by the blogs you write (or I write). The WORD says that they will know us by the love that we show (John 13:35). There is this issue though: the ability to show love is like a cistern with oil. When we give love, it takes something out of us. That cistern needs to be re-filled in order for us to keep giving it out afresh. I believe that you are loving. But are you running on fumes?
God used to come to the people in the tent of meeting.
The phrase tent of meeting is used in the Old Testament, specifically in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, as the name of a place where God would meet with His people, Israel. Usually, the “tent of meeting” was used as another name for the Tabernacle of Moses. However, before the tabernacle was constructed, God met with Moses in a temporary tent of meeting: “Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting.’ Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. . . . As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses” (Exodus 33:7, 9). The fact that Moses set up the tent of meeting outside of the camp underscored that the people had broken fellowship with God at Sinai when they had made the golden calf (see Exodus 33:3). After the tabernacle was built, Moses no longer needed his temporary tent, and the term tent of meeting began to be applied to the tabernacle.https://www.gotquestions.org/tent-of-meeting.html
Now that we have Jesus, HE can meet us anywhere we are, but we have to make ourselves available.
The struggle in the world right now is finding time to give the LORD our full attention the way HIS Generals did and do. God is calling for a tenth of all our increase. Think about it, when HE wakes you up to a new day that you have never seen before, that is an increase, over and above the time that you had yesterday, a day that was not promised to you. GOD does ask for a tenth of your treasure, but your most valuable asset is not your money. There are many instances of people who have gone from rags to riches in a lifetime.
Money – if you lose it, can actually be replaced. However, the very breath you breathe in this second of your life is a one-time-only gift from GOD. HE gives billions of people 24 hours every day. That’s sixty (60) times twenty-four (24), or one-thousand four-hundred forty (1,440) minutes, which is multiplied by another sixty (60), for eighty-six thousand four-hundred (86,400) seconds! Many of us are consistent financial tithers, and GOD promises a blessing for that.
What would happen if you gave GOD a tenth of ALL of your increase – a tenth of your time (to pray, worship Him, and study this faith that you need so much), a tenth of your talents (to volunteer your holy self to serve someone else or devote your GOD given talents and or learned skills to further the Kingdom of HIS glory), a tenth of your VISION (to sow life into something that GOD gave someone else to do, to encourage them with your measure of faith by helping them stay on course and believe in the promise). Just, what if?
Do you think you are too busy to give GOD a tenth of your time? That is the goal of the enemy – to busy you so much that you believe you cannot give GOD your most valuable time. Did you know that God can accomplish more in a tenth of your day than you can do all day long? He has billions of people on this earth, all over the world. You are one person. Maybe you go to work early in the morning and work until late at night. How will you adjust your schedule enough to block out two hours and forty minutes? The Bible says to pray without ceasing and to keep a song in your heart continually. The Holy Spirit will bring music to your heart when you let HIM take over your spirit. The WORD of GOD will be brought to your mind when you have written it on the table of your heart. Believe it or not, God has empowered you to give HIM the tenth of your time because HE wants to spend time with you. I challenge you: rather than assume you can’t do it. Just try it.
A powerful method to change your time management habits, is to starting doing something differently. Change one habit consistently for a few months. Then, change something else and connect it to what you have already changed, then do those two changes concurrently for a few months. You will learn new habits and soon radically change your entire day in terms of how you manage your time. If you do the things that the LORD wants you do, you will find that yoy have grace to do those things. They will come more naturally to you than things you could do that would go against the grain of your purpose.
You may hit and miss in the beginning. Yet, if you truly set your GOD made mind to do this, HE will even help you accomplish it when you ask him. And you will see eventually, that all of the things you used to do, can be managed with the other 90% of your time. Maybe there are things you can delegate. Maybe you can give your lunch hour to prayer. Much as the enemy will tell you there are not – there are actually ways to better steward your time if you are not giving GOD at least a tenth. Once you have that time with GOD, the enemy loses at least 86,400 seconds of your life. And what you sow, that shall you also reap.
Realize that an investment in GOD’s plan for your life is not time you cannot get back – because HE takes your tithe and compounds it – it is an investment in yourself. You do not know how GOD will return that time to you. Maybe it will be the length of days. Maybe it will be in the form of provision. Maybe it will be deliverance. Maybe it will be peace in your mind – which is one of the most important gifts you can use in this crazy world. Now, let me preference the following by saying that I believe the best option is to give GOD the first tenth of your time, at the beginning of your day. But if you are not already doing that, you need to start somewhere and work up.
Now, I know the body needs sleep. But some people have a spirit of sleep that makes you groggy, lazy, and moody, and it is not from GOD. If you are not a morning person, start speaking over the life you have that you are (Romans 4:17). Life and death is not in your paycheck. It is in the power of your tongue that is activated by the words that you say.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
- Listen to an adaptation of the Prayer of St. Francis “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” – This is the official school song of the Heir Force University Online.
- More St. Francis Quotes – https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/francis-of-assisi-quotes
Apply Within: How Crazy Are You?
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. If you feel like your day-to-day is so hectic that it is driving you crazy [insane], examine the things that you do repeatedly. What are the themes and the patterns that keep showing up every day? Is there a stronghold that needs to be broken?
The following activity will help you take an inventory of your prayer life. Complete this activity along with your daily devotional journal or as often as would like to review your progress.
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