SELAH Daily Devotions!
“While he was in Bethany,reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.” (Mark 14:3-5)
Ever noticed the devil’s plant in just about every church service? I call them the praise paparazzi! No? That’s understandable! You can’t always tell from they way they look.They’ve been trained to blend in just like the woodwork!
But here are just a few clues to help recognize them. First, they never smile in church, because being holy means looking ‘deep’. They appear to be a bit too sophisticated and far more educated then anyone else in the congregation and act as if coming to church is just another form of social networking!
They come expecting a progressively philosophically indoctrinated and adulterated, diluted gospel-lite that’s more condusively-conformable to the world at large, as they consider themselves to be more spiritually enlightened then most of us common folk.
Usually,you find them highly critical of the ol-skool traditional preachers who fail to embrace and/or adapt to new methodologies to better relate to the 21st Century urban-contemporary culture and stay away from tredding out that old corn—it’s too confrontational and no longer culturally acceptable!
They definitely don’t like the ol’ skool hymns… “why ‘you all’ sing those ol’ congregational songs that none of us know; most of them are biblically incorrect, anyhow!”
Oh, can’t forget this one.They’re stingy! They’ll act like they’re so concerned about helping the poor, but the truth is they’re fearful and confused; because with all that they have, they still don’t have the joy, peace and hope that you have just dwelling in the Presence of Jesus Alone!
Check for this, when you see them squirming and looking back and forth from their watch to their program…that’s your clue preacha… ‘It’s time for the benediction!’
Finally, they’re the first ones to critique your praise. After all, ‘it don’t take all that!’ You see them giving you that look that says, ‘PLEASE…why don’t you just sit down; it ain’t that serious.’
Oh well! Gotta love ’em! If they only had a clue that praise is the magnet that draws God’s Favor to us, they’d be praising HIM too!
IF THEY ONLY KNEW THE STORY BEHIND YOUR PRAISE,THEY’D KNOW…IT’S OH SO NECESSARY!
“Have a WONDER-FILLED day!”