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"JUDAS AGREES TO BETRAY JESUS"

Matthew 26:14-16

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the Twelvethe one called Judas Iscariotwent to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Are you going to be sold out for Jesus or a sellout?

How do we go from being sold out for God to selling God out? What makes us different from Judas and the world that crucified Jesus when we allow ourselves to succumb to our most selfish and greedy desires. How does God feel about us when we are not compassionate, not loving, unforgiving, when we are lusting, full of greed and wanting to do the things that the world does versus what God wants. Judas was a disciple of Jesus, a follower; he got to witness firsthand the mighty works of Jesus, he got to sit and talk with him, dine with him and would eventually play a part in the death of Jesus which was foretold by Jesus himself. Here we stand today, saved by His grace, mercy and everlasting love and given the free will to choose Jesus and be sold out for him. So why do we struggle? Why do we pull a Judas and betray Jesus almost every day of our lives? For some of us, it is hard to fully submit to the will of God, for some we have so many strongholds and rather than trust God or let him do his work in us, we rather sell Jesus out and “do us” (how many times have you said I’m a just do me)? How am I selling him out you may ask? When you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is reach over for your phone to look at Facebook or read email messages and not give Him praise and thanks first, you are selling him out. When you have time to do everything else in life (i.e. Run around with your kids,

work, come home and work, do extracurricular activities) and you can’t spend 5 minutes to sit silent with the Lord, you are selling Him out. When you lean on your one yourself and your own emotions regarding everyday life situations and you don’t trust, believe and have faith at least the size of a mustard seed in what our omnipotent God can do, you are selling Him out. When you come to church to hear the word and get fed, but act bulimic right after service is over and don’t activate the word, the teaching and learning that the preacher gave you, you are selling Him out. Unlike Judas, it’s not too late for us to have a change of heart. You see God extends his hand out to us time and time again and with everything going on in this world, we have to be sold out for Jesus. Jesus paid for it all, our sins are forgiven, and he paid for it all with his blood. Jesus gave us an opportunity to live a godly life, to live a life purposed to give him glory and praise always. So as you think about how you can be sold out for God, think about the ways you may have been a sellout, because it is that conviction that should bring you to your knees and ask him for forgiveness. It is that conviction that will set you back on the right path with God. When Judas received his 30 pieces of silver, after he realized what he did, he didn’t want the silver and knew he made a mistake but by then it was too late. It is not too late for you. Right here, right now you can be sold out for Jesus. So if you have not prayed in a while, take the time to pray. If you have not made time for God, make the time whether it’s right after you wake up or before bed or anywhere in-between. Ask him daily to forgive you for your sins, because the enemy tries to bribe us so we can sin every day but because of the blood stained banner, we are forgiven. Acknowledge your God, acknowledge that you want to live the life He has purposed for you! Trust in God because Judas trusted in his greed and that ended in death for him, but we have the opportunity to live the truth and have eternal life. Don’t sell Jesus out, be sold out for Jesus.

Say this prayer today, Dear God,

Thank you for allowing me to be your disciple. Thank you for your everlasting love, thank you because the victory has been won.

I ask you to forgive me for selling you out today, forgive me when I fall short, forgive me for sometimes shutting you out and not listening to you whether through your word or teachings.

I ask you Father to please make me sold out for you, sold out for Jesus, sold out because you paid for my freedom and I do not want to continue to be a slave to sin.

I am grateful and forever yours because you deserve not some of me, but all of me. Amen.

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Dance Like David Danced...

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Dancing for God has always been a joy and a blessing. Whenever I get to dance before the Lord it allows to me do several things; 1) Give Him what I believe to be my utmost, bold and daring worship as a man to dance and give glory 2) Minister to those in the congregation and hope my praise, my movement for God to whatever song we are dancing to will touch them, move them and get closer to God 3) Get past my own insecurities of praise to my God.

I am a dancer by blood. I grew up dancing, involved in dance organizations and choreographing etc. When I danced int he secular world, it was out of arrogance, to show how good I am and to dominate the dance floor and popularity. How funny, when i joined the church way back when, and Deacon Karita asked me to dance for 2-3 months I kindly declined because I couldn't see myself dancing in church. I have seen praise dancing and thought it was out of my realm, not my kind of dancing, not masculine enough and I didn't want to be looked at a certain way. But as I started growing in my faith, growing in my word and understanding that this body is the body the Lord gave me and that my body was an instrument of praise and that I could and should use my gifts for dancing to praise God, I went full speed ahead and never looked backed. I have been able to get other men to dance with me and sometimes I am the only male dancing with an all female ensemble if you will.

Sometimes there can be self doubt and feeling awkward of being the only man dancing. Sometimes as much as I love dancing for the Lord, I wish there were more men who would be up there with me. When those thoughts enter my mind, I am reminded of David in 2 Samuel 6:4 

 

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

David was bold. David was unashamed and David danced with all his might. I am a man who is and should not be afraid to praise the Lord with all I have, because He deserves all of the glory, He deserves all of me and it's not about being the only man dancing as much as it's about sharing my public praise with my congregation. Showing other men, it's OK to step outside of our comfort zone and shout, clap and move our feet for the Lord, because sure enough if we were all at a birthday party or celebration we would be shaking our behinds to the music we hear! So God often reminds me that with every breath, every step that I have on this earth whether it's with a group of women or by myself, I will Dance Like David Danced!!! Always and Forever because My God who continues to show my mercy and grace deserves it, because my God who came down as man and died on the cross, deserves it. So if you are a man, and you feel uncomfortable dancing before the Lord...then I say good..let's step out of our comfort zones together..let's dance because I know He has done a might wonderful things for you and your families lives..let's dance just of joy of having Christ in our lives!!!