The Love of… Stuff


Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

James 5:1-6

As we begin the fifth chapter, it’s easy to forget how the fourth chapter ended and think these verses are standing on their own as so many of these paragraphs have in this…

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Galatians 1:10 (Offensive)



Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. (Galatians 1:10)

Read: Isaiah 15:1 – 18:7, Galatians 1:1-24, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 23:12

Relate: In the very first sermon preached by anybody in the church, harsh words were spoken. Very harsh words. On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood in front of the crowd of Jews in Jerusalem. He said, “God publicly endorsed Jesus. You knew this, you saw the miracles and yet you killed Him. With the help of the lawless gentiles, you nailed Him to that cross.” Peter accused his listeners of knowingly rebelling against God and, even worse in their eyes, in consorting with their most hated enemy to do so. Peter pulled no punches.

In the very next chapter he is doing it again: “You rejected and handed over Jesus to…

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When You Drink The Wine That Jesus Prepared…


My devotion this morning was from John 2, the famous miracle of Jesus turning water into wine.

 When Jesus had done this spectacular thing these were the words of the ruler of the feast:

“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” ‭‭John‬ ‭2:9-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The ruler didn’t know that the wine he was tasting was miracle wine but he knew for sure that it was the best he had tasted so far for the event. The last time around, Jesus had done it. That’s what made the difference.

Lessons to Learn

  • Jesus prepares nothing but the best for us
  • We may have experienced things in our lives before, which we think were good for us. In the end they turned out bad, but when we allow Jesus to guide us, the results will be the best.

Let Jesus make your wine, for when you drink the wine that Jesus prepared, you simple drink the best.