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Is HE worth it?

“Am I worth it to you?”  “What is your suffering in comparison to Mine?”  Well, these questions resonated within my heart this morning right at the close of my devotional.  I was spending time not in prayer, but just spending time worshipping the Father.  I had troubled thoughts before I even attempted to enter His presence in order to given Him about an hour of uninterrupted time.  You know when we plan to spend intimate quality time with the Father, we will have those distracting thoughts but I wrestled and stayed with it.  Just when I was about to close out the hour, He spoke!  Yes, He spoke to me concerning my troubled thoughts regarding a message that I must deliver.  This message is not the usual “sunshine” that I am accustomed to.

When God gives us a message for ourselves and for others, it will not always be an easy and enjoyable task.  In my experiences as a Teacher and Minister of the Gospel, I have mostly had to deliver teachings and messages that were very encouraging and comforting.  But what happens when there is a message that exhorts the hearer to take action concerning some negative aspect of their character or to resolve some difficult painful incident that is still pending from the past?  What if YOU are included in the message?  Wow.  These are the times when fear of not being received, fear of rejection and ridicule, and the thought of suffering persecution for the sake of the word will flood your soul.  So the next question that challenged me at the end of my devotional this morning was this:  “IS HE WORTH IT?”  As I cried, i chose to say “YES!”  My Lord is worth the suffering.  Jesus was despised and rejected of men.  Jesus was acquainted with suffering and sorrows.  He shed His life blood as an atonement for my sins and yet in my struggle against sin, i have not yet resisted to the point of shedding any blood! (Isaiah 53:3, Hebrews 12:4).  So yes, my God is worth it all.  Of course I repented for feeling this way.  What a long-suffering and mighty God we serve!

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Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey

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NOT About us but is about JESUS!

Good morning!  I am reading from the devotional, “The First fruits of My Morning” and wanted to share the contents with you. Especially if you lead worship in your church in any capacity (choir director, choir member, musician, soloist, song writer, poet, praise dancer, etc), or anyone who publicly worships, this morning’s devotion is a must read!  *Please consider signing up for our free worship newsletter as well.  All subscribers are updated with other news such as online bible studies, book signings, praise dance events, gospel stage plays and much more!  Oh, and if you sign up, you also get the 30 day devotional free! Thank you and God bless!



LEVITICUS 10:1-3-1AND NADAB and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered strange and unholy fire before the Lord, as He had not commanded them.

2And there came forth fire from before the Lord and killed them, and they died before the Lord.

3Then Moses said to Aaron, This is what the Lord meant when He said, I [and My will, not their own] will be acknowledged as hallowed by those who come near Me, and before all the people I will be honored. And Aaron said nothing.  (amplified version)


Wow!  Look at the passage of scripture above.  Read it and weep!  This is actually the scripture that God specifically pointed out to me when I began my public praise and worship dance ministry.  I was preparing a public program entitled, “Dancing into the Holy of Holies”.  I was meditating and God pointed out to me the danger of “offering unholy fire before the Lord!”  You see, we as praise and worship dancers, choir members, musicians, play actors, etc., we are always at the forefront and we are seen and heard sometimes even more than the preacher!  I am a preacher and sometimes I find myself preparing and concentrating more on the dance ministry than preparing myself to always be ready to preach the Word!  God had to remind me that yes, we are seen, but He must continually be seen in and through us!  What I am saying worshippers, is that it is very easy to get caught up in the glamour of things when people are always “pumping” us up!  Anytime we are moving in the flesh, caught up in competition and entertainment, then we are offering strange fire that is not authorized by God and it means nothing.  It is also very dangerous!  In our scripture reference, the two priests who made this terrible mistake died immediately.  God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever!  If He did not like it back then, He still does not.  Let us guard our hearts against the spirit of competitiveness and entertainment.  Let us stay pure in our worship by focusing on God.  It is truly not about us, but always about Jesus!  Now if you keep reading in this verse of scripture you will see that Aaron was not even allowed to mourn for these men.  Brothers and Sisters, let us always be reminded that we are to do what we do by the Spirit of God and to get ourselves out of the way and do it the way God authorizes us, and that is through the revelation of the Blood of Jesus who allows us to offer a sacrifice of praise through that new and living way.