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February 5, 2018, 10:26 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 5, 2018

Matthew 5:23-24 (KJV)
23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Wouldn’t it be cool if serving God was easy? I mean like going to church and having the pastor say sweet and rosy things without stepping on my toes, to sing praises without conviction, to give my gifts in the offering plate and go home feeling good about myself. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, by the Beach Boys, could even be my theme song. But No! God expects better from His children.

There remember! I have a good excuse about this one, at my age it’s hard for me to remember. But there is always something there to remind me. I believe that the time in our worship service where we receive our tithes and offerings is as much a part of worship as singing and praying and preaching. Our worship should always be with clean hands, a pure heart and without a vain spirit. (Ps 24:4) I have been in churches where they give an alter call at the beginning of the service to give time for the congregation to prepare to worship. It was awesome! Our prayer should be, “search me o’ God and see if there be any wicked way in me”. With the brilliant light of His Holy Spirit, He searches us and reveals even the darkest sin, the broken relationships and our cold spiritual life. He opens the door to forgiveness and expects the same from you. Leave your gift, first be reconciled to your brother, then come and give your gift. This is where this new life gets tough. God expects us to forgive and go get things right with our brother even if He has ought against thee. No excuses, no circumstancing, no self righteousness. Just be restored to your brother. If it were easy, anybody could do it! Through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit I, you, we can do this.

The release of the burden of a broken relationship is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling in the Christian life. This is a true sign of personal revival and could spark a church wide revival as the church rejoices as others learn from your experience. Let the Spirit fall! We are blessed

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