Growth/Maturity, Self-Control, Sin

The Pharaoh Syndrome

Our prayers when we are in trouble:

“God, if you bless me with this job, I promise to become a regular tither.”

“Lord, please let this test come back negative and I swear I will stop having sex.”

“If you get me out of this legal situation, I promise to serve You.”

“If You open a door for me to start this business, I promise I will help someone else start theirs.”

Our prayers a few months, days, or even hours after God grants us grace:

“God, thank You for my first check.  I know I promised to give You 10%, but I have to take care of these bills first.”

“Please forgive me Lord, but a sister has needs. Every good and perfect gift is from You…and sex is good!”

“Thank You Lord for saving me from going to jail, but I have to get back in these streets.”

“Lord, I praise You for my business but I don’t have time to help anyone else. My company needs all of my attention.”

How many times have you found yourself being a repeat offender? I’ll give you a second to think about it and be really honest with yourself. I will be the first to admit that I have made God some promises that I didn’t keep. When we are facing challenges and adversity, it is so easy to strike a deal with God. “If You do this, then I will do this.” The problem with our twisted version of “Let’s Make a Deal” is that we seldom hold up our end of the bargain. We find ourselves in trouble and run to the trouble fixer. In desperation, we negotiate with God to get out of our bind but we never make good on our promises. It’s official; we have been diagnosed with the Pharaoh Syndrome…

In the book of Exodus, God commanded Moses to go before Pharaoh and demand that he let the Israelites leave Egypt. Knowing that Pharaoh would not heed the request, God sent a series of plagues to display His power to Pharaoh. After the first six plagues (Blood, Frogs, Gnats, Flies, Livestock, Coils) Pharaoh still refused to let all of the children of Israel leave. It wasn’t until the Lord brought on the Plague of Hail that Pharaoh finally repented and promised to allow God’s people to exit Egypt.

Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. Pray to the LORD, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”  (Exodus 9:27-28 NIV)

Shortly after his promise before God, the Lord made the thunder and hail stop but Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened and he refused to release the Israelites.

Next the Plague of Locusts overtook Egypt and once again Pharaoh made a promise that he had no intention of keeping:

Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”  (Exodus 10:16-17 NIV)

Of course he still didn’t honor his word and refused to let the people go. So God brought two more plagues on the Egyptians. The last straw for Pharaoh was the Plague of the Firstborn. Every firstborn in Egypt was killed including Pharaoh’s firstborn all the way to the firstborn of any livestock. It was only after that drastic measure that Pharaoh finally said “Go!” and meant it!

During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested.  Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” (Exodus 12:21-32 NIV)

Pharaoh repeated a vicious cycle of making and breaking promises to God. He, just like many of us, found himself in a bind, admitted his fault, asked God for mercy, promised to change but as soon as he got what he wanted went back to doing the same thing. The Pharaoh Syndrome has to stop here!

Read the entire story: Exodus 8-12

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your grace and mercy that are brand new everyday! Please forgive me for the times that I made a vow to stop or start doing something and I never followed through on my word. Show me where I have fallen short and need improvement. Help me to become a true woman of my word. God, please heal me from the Pharaoh Syndrome. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to kill the Pharaoh Syndrome in your life! Whatever “thing” that you keep bringing before God, I EMPOWER you to kill that as well. Don’t force God to make it to the last plague before you change your ways. After you have slain that “thing”, I EMPOWER you to make good on the promises that you’ve made unto God.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Tick Tock

Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments.  As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

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Attitude, Encouragement, Growth/Maturity, Righteousness, Self-Control

The Pursuit of Righteousness

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Many of us have heard these words from the U.S. Declaration of Independence at least once in our lifetimes—words written so eloquently and evidencing much spiritual truth.  It is true that in the sight of God we were all created equal, “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27-28 NIV).  Also, through Christ we were granted the right to eternal life (John 3:16) and freedom through God’s Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17).  What we were not created to do, however, is to simply pursue happiness.  Although God does not intend for us to live a miserable life, God calls us to something greater than the pursuit of happiness.  God desires that we pursue righteousness!  “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God; and his righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33 KJV); “Seek the Lord…Seek righteousness, seek humility” (Zephaniah 2:3 NIV); “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord…” (Isaiah 51:1 NIV).

Today, I encourage you to pursue righteousness and not happiness.  After all, God has already promised that if we seek his righteousness, all other things including happiness shall come (Matthew 6:33).  Below are three reminders that I hope will guide you in your pursuit of righteousness:

1.  Pursuing Righteousness means that we are pursuing Christ.  Through scripture we learn that Christ is our righteousness (Jeremiah 33:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV).  Therefore, we pursue righteousness when we follow after Him who is righteousness.

2.  Our relationship with Christ makes us righteous before God.  One of the benefits of salvation is that we are imputed righteousness and placed in right relationship with God.  Pursuing righteousness therefore requires that we accept Christ as our Savior.  “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24 NIV).

3.  The righteousness that we receive through Christ allows us to stand bold and victorious when we are faced with hard times.  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:10; 14 NIV).

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for being our Savior and our Righteousness.  Help us to pursue righteousness by learning first to follow You.  Forgive us for the times that we have pursued something other than that which is within Your will.  We thank You and bless You for Your loving kindness.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to pursue righteousness in Christ Jesus.  Seek to follow Him daily and know that it is through His righteousness that you can stand boldly against the enemy but more importantly in the presence of the True and Living God.

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

Attitude, Growth/Maturity, Self-Control

Self Improvement

“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

I want to better myself. I want to be a better me. I want to strengthen some of my weaknesses and eliminate some of my immature flaws. Does this sound like your conscience? Or do you catch yourself saying, “I wish I was patient like her, or a mother like she is, or smart like so and so, or dared to dream and actually act upon them like she does.” 

A few years ago I went through some character searching situations. I had an attitude I wanted change, a zeal I wanted to regain, and a confidence I wanted to discover. I wanted to change.

As Christians, there is only one way to change, the book of Romans states it best.  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV) There is a secular song that I actually do not know its full contents, but I sing often the chorus often. I won’t reference it because I don’t even know the artist or the context of the entire song, but the chorus says, “If you want to be somebody else, change your mind.” Now this can be taken two ways. To either stop trying to be like someone else, or if you want to change who you are you have to change your thinking. I use it with the latter interpretation. When I wanted to be someone else (kinder, nicer, more mature, less petty, better in speech, more of a lover, more approachable) I had to change my way of thinking; I had to change my mind.

If we were honest with ourselves we would know that we could probably work on some of our flaws that do not imitate God. I had a knack for popping off at the mouth with an attitude abruptly if I ever felt offended, but I wanted to change that. If I wanted to imitate Him I had to realize, “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3 NKJV) I was not slow to anger and realized this tagged me as being unapproachable. How could I exude patience and kindness? I had to again turn to the Word of God.   “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:19-24 NIV)

If I wanted to better my life and strengthen my character I had to change my thinking, change my attitude, and most of all change my mind. There are blessings in obedience, and I wanted that.

“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 ESV) I have endless goals of who I want to be in Christ. This is a daily struggle that only God can determine I reach, but I can definitely focus on the things I can handle right now. I can make plans to follow Him, but only He knows how to strengthen and establish my character, and I walk in faith believing He will help me along the way.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for bringing me to the reality of self-construction. Thank You for making me realize when I need to change some things about me and the plan that is placed in Your Word to do so. Lord, I ask that You continue to make me uncomfortable with not being like You, but hungry to be more like You. I ask that You guide my heart and mind so that I may not conform to what’s popular, but to what’s Holy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to be the Woman you desire to be in Christ. I have a faith sheet that I created a few years ago that listed things I wanted to strengthen. I don’t look at it every day or even every month, but it helps me to focus on working on being the Woman God wants me to be. It includes characteristics that His Word says pleases Him.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Organization, Preparation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Time Management

The Longer You Wait…The Longer It Takes!

Tis the Season…for “Ms. Richard, what can I do to pass your class??”  Yes!  It’s the season of “Can I have some make up work and/or extra credit?”  In past years I have killed tons of trees and feverishly created and copied packets for students to complete over Christmas break…NOT THIS YEAR!! Instead, I used a workbook for my Constitution unit.  Back in October, I had the students purchase the workbook and have been assigning pages out of it since then.  Of course, some students did not purchase the workbook or bought it and never opened it to do any of the assignments.  Now that these students are failing or are close to failing, they want to know, “What can I do to pass?”  My response was, “Complete your workbook from cover to cover!”

I have never seen so many attitudes at one time!  “What you mean Ms. Richard?  This gonna take me all break to do this!”   I simply said, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes. If you had been doing the work all along, you wouldn’t have as much to do!”

Later on I was reflecting about all I have to get done.  I have to deep clean my house, finish shopping for the Christmas dinner I’m hosting, and go shopping for gifts.  This is in addition to life outside of the Christmas season; I need to grade and record several assignments, sit down and pay some bills, and the list goes on, and on, AND ON!!

Just then my words came back to me, “…the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”  Yes my students have an issue with procrastination but so do I!  Procrastination is “the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done,” and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. There was so much I could have been getting done all along.  Instead of letting my students’ papers pile up, I could have graded an assignment or two everyday.  Christmas comes at the same time EVERY year so I could have been purchasing things throughout the year and had them ready.   Oh and my house–I wouldn’t have to do such a deep clean if I had been more diligent in weekly spot cleaning.

Now my attitude was rising, “WHY???? Why did I let this stuff pile up like this?”  Because I kept telling myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow, no rush, I’ll get to it!”

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1 NIV)

So here I am coming up with a plan TODAY so I can get everything done.  One cure for procrastination is more diligence, regardless of the task. We should be supremely motivated to be diligent in our work, since we are ultimately serving the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV). If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate too much.  Yes, my weekend is pretty much shot but I will take this as a lesson to NOT procrastinate because, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving us the ability and the strength to do all the things that we need to do.  Help us to be more diligent at getting tasks completed.  Give us wisdom to prioritize and manage our time efficiently and effectively so that we can complete every task You have laid before us.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!  There is so much we have to do in order to build the kingdom of God and reach the individual destinies we have for our lives.  We have no time to waste! 

  1. Pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance
  2.  Make a list of all the things you have to do
  3.  Write down a deadline date next to each task
  4. Prioritize how you will get each task done in an organized and timely fashion
  5.  Get to work!! 

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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God's Mercy, Growth/Maturity, Self-Control, Sin, Time Management

Tick…Tock

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV

I remember having a conversation with friends while in college about premarital sex. I distinctively remember a friend saying, “God will have to come down off the clouds himself in order for me to stop having sex.” We laughed in agreement because after all, it wasn’t holiness that kept some of us from fornicating, it was “worse” things like becoming a parent or catching a disease. Surely God didn’t mind a little “testing of the waters” here or there, right? One of the ladies in the group stood her ground and said in a soft voice, “but God is a just God and He may not wait on you for too long.” Many of us in the group ignored her, but her comment struck a nerve in me. “What did she mean He many not wait long?”  Peter reminds, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV. What he is explaining is that although you don’t see what God promised to you now because of your disobedience, don’t mistake Him for being slow in judgment. Instead, He is a God who loves you and wants to see you to repentance. God is love, and love is patient.

There are so many of us out there playing the “clock” game of getting it right. We think we have more time. But Peter goes on to remind us that no man knows the day nor the hour when God’s judgment will come. Now this is not to scare you, but to urge you to take a look at your life. Are there things that God has told you to “stop or start” doing but you are allowing procrastination to set in? Has he told you to refrain from fornication, alcohol, gossiping, homosexuality, grudge-holding, but yet you think you have time? Time running out doesn’t necessarily mean the wrath of God is coming, but what about missed opportunity? He may be telling you to refrain from fornication because the next encounter will give you a “package” that you can’t get rid of. What if He is telling you to watch your mouth and your gossiping habit because your next “Ooh girl, let me tell you convo” could cost you your job or hurt someone you love? Has He told you to deal with your sin of gluttony and lack of self-control for food? I urge you to listen to His voice, the number one killer of women is heart disease, often linked to bad diets.

Peter shared about the ending of world, but I have been enlightened to share with you about the right now. God is being patient with us because He wants us to repent and move forward into a life of abundance through Him, in which we lack nothing. But we can’t move forward if the sins that we “know” are present are not dealt with.

Dear Daddy,

Where would I be without Your Son Jesus? I am overwhelmed at your sacrifice and am indebted to You for shedding His blood to cover my sins. Lord, I know that there are some things that I need to deal with. I have some attitudes and actions that do not reflect You at all. Lord, please forgive me for taking Your covering, patience, and love for granted and not acting on the things that I should. Lord, please forgive me for not heeding to Your spirit in a timely fashion. Lord, I humbly ask that You give me a clean heart, renew in me a right spirit, and teach me Your ways so that I may live in the abundance You have promised me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today not to wait until January 1st to set your resolution of self-betterment, but to start today. I do not know when God will decide to bring forth judgment, but what I do know is until then, I can be a better person, sister, wife, mother, girlfriend, confidant, and most of all a better Christian. I know what I need to do and stop doing. It’s time to stop playing the “waiting game” of waiting to get caught.

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Attitude, Family, Forgiveness, Friendships, Gentleness, Growth/Maturity, Patience, Relationships, Self-Control

Don’t Let It Get To You!

This week I had a different EmpowerMoment to send but my spirit was so vexed by a current disagreement that I honestly could not complete it. I woke up at 5:00am with a vexed spirit and even tried to participate in a prayer call at that hour but couldn’t mumble a word. My mind has been consumed with this disagreement and it’s consequences.  Have you ever been in a situation where as much as you tried to take the high road, be the bigger person, and have patience with a person none of it worked?  After all of your bending over backwards and being accommodating, you were still mistreated and your kindness was mistaken for weakness. This is where I find myself on today. It isn’t the first time that I have been on the receiving end of someone’s dishonesty. Today I am doing my best to not let it get to me. That doesn’t mean that I am being a door mat. It means that I will be honest and won’t change who I am based on who they are. Throughout life, we will bear the unfortunate brunt of false accusations, mistreatment and abuse from so called friends, family and co-workers. As I sit back and reflect, I know that this is an attempt to throw me off my ‘A’ game. This is an attempt for the devil to get to me. The fact that I was so mad that I couldn’t pray and my spirit so vexed that I couldn’t finish my EmpowerMoment signifies that the devil has already started making headway; however, I serve notice right now that no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. Isaiah 54:17 KJV

When people mistreat you, talk about you, or scandalize your name, it’s okay to defend yourself but don’t let it get to you! To paraphrase Luke 17:3, when people trespass against us we are to let them know their actions and IF they repent, forgive them. Forgiveness is a choice so you can choose to do so with or without their repentance; however, you are responsible for holding people accountable for their actions against you.

I know who I am. I am bossy and at many times stubborn but what I am not is dishonest. There are certain traits that each of us have that are a part of our character. We cannot move from that foundation. We have to stand in truth despite attacks on our character. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 KJV The truth is liberating. Being authentically who you are is a freeing experience. You cannot control other people actions but you can control your reaction. I used to be this “go-off”, “cuss you slap out” person but I know I’ve been changed. Every now and then I can get caught up, but I try to handle situations as diplomatically as possible even when the flesh urges me otherwise.  I encourage you to do the same. Pray for those who despitefully use you, but don’t let it get to you! I am reminding myself of that today.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for reminding me that I will face adversity even from those closest to me but those things should never change who I am or react in a way that is not pleasing to You. Help me to stand in truth even when it is difficult. I ask that You repair rifts caused by discord and heal those who are still scarred emotionally from people who have mistreated them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to get over it. Remain firm in who you are and committed to the truth. Don’t Let It Get To You! The longer that you hold on to what people do to you, the more you will hurt yourself. You are better than that!

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Assignment, Growth/Maturity, Obedience, Prayer, Self-Control, Speech, Submission/Surrendering, Trust

Can God Trust You?

Not long ago, I found myself asking a crucial question, “Can God trust you?”  This came to mind after calling a friend soliciting prayers for one of our sisters in Christ.  “What’s wrong with asking someone to pray?” you ask.  The problem is this: God revealed the young lady’s need for prayer to me.  No where in the revelation did He ask me to solicit prayer from others or to reveal even the slightest information concerning my sister.

In reflection, I thought about the confidentiality clause at the end of my emails:  

The information transmitted in this email may contain privileged confidential information belonging to the sender.  THIS TRANSMISSION OF PRIVILEGED INFORMATION IS INTENDED TO BE USED ONLY BY THE PERSON OR ENTITY NOTED ABOVE.

Convicted!  God transmitted privileged information to me, for me, and I leaked it to a third party.  It seems like such an innocent thing, because no malice was intended.  Nevertheless, it boils down to good stewardship.  Often we talk about stewardship in the context of finances, but stewardship is the responsibility to manage all the resources that God has given to you in a manner that will bring glory to our Father.  To be a steward is to be an overseer of the things which God has entrusted to you.  

In meditation, God sent me to the story of Eli’s two sons.  Eli was a priest who had two sons that were also priests.  During Eli’s time, the priests served a critical function amongst God’s people.  Their responsibility was to handle very carefully the things of God (Leviticus 22:2 NLT).  The problem, however, is that Eli’s sons dishonored the Lord by mishandling their responsibility.  “Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord or for their duties as priests.” (1 Samuel 2:12 NLT).  As a result of their dishonor and Eli’s failure to correct the problem, God punished Eli’s entire family.  His sons were killed and God stripped his descendents of the ability to serve as priests (1 Samuel 2:27-31 NLT).

Just as Eli’s sons mishandled their responsibility over the matters of God, we also serve as poor stewards when we fail to properly oversee the information or things that God has entrusted to us.  At times, God provides us with discernment or reveals things to us which are intended only for us.  The information is not revealed for the purpose of inquiry, sharing, or gossip.  If God intended for it to be known to the general public, He could have orchestrated a public announcement.  Since He entrusted it to us, we must be careful to deal with the information in confidence.  God desires that we follow His instructions only.  We should, therefore, treat them as though our lives depended on it (as was the case with Eli’s sons).  Keep in mind that often people are reluctant to open up about their hurt out of fear that they will be exploited.  Don’t let it be said that you created the opportunity for exploitation by mishandling the matters of God.

Dear Daddy,

Forgive me for the times when I have mishandled the responsibility that You have placed upon me.  Help me to be a good steward, to operate in confidence, and to carry out Your instructions only.  Teach me how to be careful so that I don’t exploit my brothers and sisters.  As my responsibility in the Kingdom increases, help me to serve faithfully so that I can hear Your words: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities.” (Matthew 25:23 NLT) In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to handle carefully the responsibility which God has entrusted to you.  Be good stewards and understand that, in doing so, you have the potential to bring forth strength and healing for God’s people. 

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Since Much is Demanded

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)