God is very clear of His expectations in our speech.

We can’t ‘turn it on and off’ when convenient.

James 3:10-18 (NKJV)

10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a (A)fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? [a]Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

Ephesians 4:28-30New King James Version

28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [a]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Matthew 7:17-20 (NKJV)

17 Even so, (A)every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 (B)Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

God hold leaders to a higher degree of accountability. Never forget that ‘pride’ is equal to ‘shedding innocent blood’ among the ‘7 Deadly Sins’. You can’t justify one sin to champion fighting against another equal sin. There’s no ‘lesser of two evils’.

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)

16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to [a]Him:
17 (A)A[b] proud look,
(B)A lying tongue,
(C)Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 (D)A heart that devises wicked plans,
(E)Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 (F)A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who (G)sows discord among brethren.



Many people of all races claim to have respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. But, many of the people who make that claim are proving where they would have actually stood in history by where they stand now.

Dr. King was hated by many people, (White and Black), because of the peaceful protests he led. Many White people thought he was a nuisance, while some Black people thought he wasn’t radical enough.

Dr. King was called a communist by many, even though he wasn’t. Most people know that J. Edgar Hoover hated him and made his life miserable. Many people today claim that those with whom they disagree are socialist and communists. Although some may be, most are not.

Before his death, Dr. King shifted his focus to being a champion for the poor and against the Vietnam War. He was considered by many to be unpatriotic for his stand against the war.

Christians do the same thing with our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ. They claim to worship Him, but if they had lived back then, many would have…

Racially profiled Him…

Accused Him of supporting ‘Cancel Culture’ because of how He challenged their traditions…

Called Him a drunk because He drank wine and hung out with ‘sinners’…

Rejected everything He said because He wasn’t formally educated.

Many would have been disappointed because He wasn’t a triumphant military leader, who immediately restored the Kingdom of Israel.

People prove what they would have done during the Civil Rights movement or 2000 years ago by what they’re doing today!

Matthew 15:8-9 (NKJV)

‘These people [a]draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”




There’s nothing wrong with being recognized and awarded, but it can be a problem when we come to expect it. I was recently watching a Gospel music industry award show. The glitz. The glamour. The red carpet. The speeches… It almost seems like sometimes we’re saying, “The world has a red carpet, and we want one too!”

Here again, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with it, but we must be careful that those of us in Gospel aren’t conforming, but reforming.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

And as I said, we also must be very careful that we don’t allow pride to slip in to the point that we EXPECT rewards, awards and recognition.

I wonder how many artists, songwriters, producers, etc., were actually disappointed or angry they didn’t win, or jealous of those who did? How many thought in their hearts, “They didn’t deserve it!”. Not to mention the thousands of people laboring for Christ, whose work is just as good, but are never recognized. In fact, in many cases, it tends to be the same group of people who continue to win or be honored.

We are human, and sometimes we can feel hurt when we see others getting all of the attention…especially when God’s anointing is working powerfully in your life.

On those days, remember this…

Remember that during His earthly ministry Jesus wasn’t:

Nominated for an award…

Accepted by the establishment…

Appreciated by those who needed Him most…

The ONE and ONLY time He was triumphantly celebrated (Matthew 21:1-11)…

Some of the same people shouted for, consented to, mocked at and celebrated His death (Matthew 27:16-26).

If you feel that you aren’t ‘getting what you deserve’…

If you feel that others are getting recognition while you’re being ignored…

Don’t get caught up complaining, whining, lashing out at the world for ignoring you.

Stay focused and work your ministry.

Our Lord has been waiting over 2000 years for His glory. If He can wait. So can we.

John 17:24 (NKJV)

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.


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