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A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – 1 Corinthians 2:14

The Lord reminded me that He gave me a word (and a Word) back in November 2013 that I neglected to bring forth. I needed to repent for allowing this precious instruction to go by the wayside. One of my battles, which I am believing complete victory over, is giving in to distractions.

I thank God for His mercy and grace, and for not allowing us to miss it, when we release “missing it” over to our Faithful and Mindful Father. Thus, Daddy gave me a do-over; for which I am grateful :-).

The word that the Lord put in my spirit is “tomfoolery.” Webster’s Dictionary defines “tomfoolery” as “foolish behavior.” Tomfoolery (a noun) dates back to 1812; and according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, means “foolish trifling.” Webster explains “foolish” as “lacking in sense, judgment, or discretion”; and further defines “trifling” as “having little value or importance.”

God is saying that the time for foolishness is over for God’s people. We must get down to serious business. This world is infested with foolishness, which has been allowed to go on far too long. God’s people are supposed to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16); but instead, too many sons and daughters are engaging in conduct and actions which hold little to no value.

Now, I am not saying that we shouldn’t have a sense of humor. God forbid! I enjoy humor and playfulness; but in its proper way, context, season, and reason. Our creator has endowed us with a sense of humor—His sense of humor. And therein lies the strategy: displaying a Godly sense of humor, and not a worldly sense of humor. The majority of things that amuse the world should not amuse us. Jesus certainly had a sense of humor. If he didn’t, the children would not have flocked to Him (Luke 18:16).

Too many of God’s people play too much, and for the wrong reasons. This brings about confusion, and the people of this world are confused enough! The devil is having a field day using his strategy of confusion and waywardness. We are to bring people out of their confusion and into a relationship with the Savior.

How are we supposed to “receive the things of the Spirit,” if we are constantly feeding the flesh? How are we supposed to be for others what God has called us to be if we are constantly bringing attention to ourselves through inappropriate or frivolous bouts of humor? And how are able to point to the incomparable and priceless value of the Cross of Christ when we are busy putting up guideposts which lead to the unimportant ways of the world?

It’s time to get it together, family! Time is too short, and precious lives are at stake. The devil is alive and well, trying to take out as many of God’s creation as possible, and doom them to an eternity in perpetual torment. And this, my brothers and sisters, is no laughing matter.

Father, we repent for engaging in tomfoolery, which is a tool of the devil. We repent for every time we tried to make ourselves the center of attention, and distract people from You with ungodly humor. We call on You to breathe conviction, correction, and direction concerning our conduct. Help us, Oh God, to govern our conduct. Set a watch over our mouth, and set a guard over the door of our lips (Psalm 141:3). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are Your mouthpiece. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake engaging in tomfoolery. Choose to come out of agreement with ungodly banter, idle chatter, and unproductive ways. Choose to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Come into agreement with Kingdom conduct, purpose, and principles. And continue to fight the good fight of walking in and seeking the things of the Father; for God, your Divine Wit, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,


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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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