“Order & Accountability Are Prerequisites for Peace”

“We’ll never live in peace as long as disorder, disobedience, and lack of accountability take up valuable real estate in our lives.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did 2 Chronicles 19:5-10 – (5) He appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, (6) and he said to them, “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case. (7) Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.” (8) In Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests and clan leaders in Israel to serve as judges for cases involving the Lord’s regulations and for civil disputes. (9) These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. (10) Whenever a case comes to you from fellow citizens in an outlying town, whether a murder case or some other violation of God’s laws, commands, decrees, or regulations, you must warn them not to sin against the Lord, so that he will not be angry with you and them. Do this and you will not be guilty.

“For us to rest with inner peace, we’ve got to keep things in order and hold ourselves accountable for the decisions we make. Saturday I engaged in a powerful Men’s Fellowship, led by Minister Kemal Robinson, who focused on ‘order’ with an emphasis on 1 Corinthians 14:33. That powerful dialog continued to resonate into this morning leading me to 2 Corinthians 19:5-10 and confirming that accountability and order are prerequisites to living in peace. Just as Jehoshaphat returned to his house in peace and established order and accountability, we need to return and/or sustain peace in our lives! Today let’s follow the model of order and accountability to regain or sustain peace in our lives. Let’s send disorder an eviction notice. Let’s quit playing the blame game and start making ourselves accountable for our decisions. We’ve got to control what’s under our control and we control the priority of things in lives and our accountability for the decisions we make and the actions we take. I believe that when we prioritize to serve God first with our whole heart and own up to our decisions and to our actions we’ll experience not only prosperity in our soul but an increase in our joy and peace.” – #ToddCPittman

Righteous Anger or Self-centered Joy?

“I’m trying to practice a little more sorrow in humility than joy in pride.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did Proverbs 15:1 | NLT | A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

“Back to the practical tips for living, the Book of Proverbs. The scriptures in this book help me to put my self-centeredness in check. You know what I’m talking about. There have been times in the past when someone has brought to our attention our wrongs and we will make it right by cussin’ them out. Instead of receiving the heads up on a self-improvement opportunity, we would rather happily tell someone off than to reflect on what we’ve done wrong. There is a big difference between righteous anger and reactive anger that brings carnal joy. In the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus ran the money lenders out of the temple, that was righteous anger. But when our wrongs are brought to our attention and we, in turn, tell people off, block them on our phone, de-friend them on social media, and continue to develop our dysfunctional relationship with the truth – that my peeps are examples of us living an average, unconverted life – the type of life that leads from one mess to another. Let’s not let our feelings drive us to say and do things just to set things right as we see it. Remember, think before we speak, what we sow, we reap.” – #ToddCPittman

“Look Inward, Not Outward”

“Our facade will get us but so far and only fool those that don’t make a difference.” – #ToddCPittman

“1 Samuel serves as a good reminder that we are given choices in life. Two of the many choices we have are how we look at other people and how we present ourselves to the world. In other words, we can choose to limit our vision of who a person is by being impressed by their physical looks or wealth and we can also limit our prosperity by putting our energy into pleasing those around us whose accolades have no weight when it comes to our eternal fate. Let us learn from the prophet Samuel and how his limited perspective impacted his ability to see beyond outward appearances. Good looks don’t make a good leader and a fat bank account doesn’t give us perspicacity. We need to be careful to not judge a book by its cover and stop wasting our time and resources on being people pleasers. Instead, let’s put our attention to what we can do to transform the thoughts from our minds and the words that flow from our lips to ensure that they are pleasing to God. Let’s make fewer deposits into false narratives here in the natural and increase our investment in our treasure in heaven.” – #ToddCPittman

“Opportunists Have Been Busy for a Long Time”

“We can follow those who exploit circumstances to fulfill their agenda, or we can cast false narratives and heed to the warning from back in the day.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did Matthew 24:4-5 | NLT | 4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many

“Sometimes I think we are reliving Michael J. Fox’s ‘Back to the Future”, but this time going back to somewhere around AD 80 – 90. No joke! That’s when Jesus gave a heads up to His disciples that they would be overrun by folks claiming that reality is not real and there will be so many fraudsters He warned folks not to be overwhelmed. Then is now. Just turn on the tv or take a peek at the divisiveness exposed on Tik Tok and you will find people exploiting circumstances for their advancement. Unfortunately, today we have those around us that will give us bad advice, spread mistruths to manipulate our opinion and work against us with the misperception that bringing us down will bring them up. Don’t be overwhelmed! Let’s not be tricked by people around us who would like to have the appearance of godliness, but deny His power!” – #ToddCPittman

Important Life Skill | Handling Anger

Yep, I Said It! – “We can’t control the way other folks act to circumstances, but we darn sure can control how we do.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did Psalm 37:8 (NLT) – Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.

“Handling anger is a life skill that if not mastered will lead to our destruction. I can speak for myself when I say ‘IT AIN’T EASY!” But when we realize how anger ruins our health and steals our joy, we will realize the need to stop justifying our anger and start taking accountability for it. A lot of folks pay for counseling sessions – and I am 100% for counseling – but let us not forget to include the most Wonderful Counselor. The counselor who prays for us. The counselor who through His salvation never leaves us. And the unsurpassed thing is His counseling is free! Outside of putting in the work to follow God’s Word – there are no financial costs to receive the principles on how we can handle our irritating circumstances in a godly manner and overcome sinful anger. Let’s master this ya’ll! Let’s not let anger become entrenched in our lives. When we habitually practice reliance on God’s Holy Spirit, we will not only overcome ungodly anger, but we will glorify Him in our response!” – #ToddCPittman

“We’ve Got to Be Accountable for Our Actions”

“We can hide behind our wrongs or we can acknowledge them out of love for our family and friends.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

and so did . . . 2 Samuel 24:16-17 – (16) But as the angel was preparing to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented and said to the death angel, “Stop! That is enough!” At that moment the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. (17) When David saw the angel, he said to the Lord, “I am the one who has sinned and done wrong! But these people are as innocent as sheep—what have they done? Let your anger fall against me and my family.”

“This morning I read from 2 Samuel, and it was in Chapter 24:16-17 that reminds us of being accountable for our actions. Look we all have sinned and will probably sin again and David was no exception. But the question that comes to mind is are we going to own up to our sin or let others around us pay the price for our mishaps, missteps, and blatant mistruths and then sit back and wonder why family and friends show us nothing but mistrust? Let’s make today the day to be accountable. Let’s make today the day to ask for forgiveness. Let’s make today the day we own up to our wrongs and bear the punishment until God says enough! Oh, and believe me – true testimony – He will eventually say enough is enough. But first, we have to take enough ownership in the circumstances we create to realize that repentance might lead to discomfort and know that God does use evil agents and uncomfortable circumstances in us to accomplish His purpose. Bottom line, whether MAN or WOMAN, It’s time for us to man up!” – #ToddCPittman

“Alcohol Is a Creepy Controller”

“Whether its too much to eat, drink, or smoke we’ve got to control what’s under our control before we lose control.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did Proverbs 20:1 – (20) Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.

“Whenever we need a dose of straight to the point knowledge, all we have to do is turn to the metonymical wisdom in Proverbs 20, starting with the first verse. Now I know most of us have gotten our drink on before – you know what I’m talking about – that substance of choice when we need to take the edge off. Back in the day, my substance of choice was Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, but let’s remind each other not to let our substance of choice blind us from the substance in Proverbs 20:1. Look, whether we eat too much, drink too much, or we’re consumed by greed its all the sin of gluttony. So let’s not let those sins creep up and take control. We prevent the sin from controlling by PRACTICING control. We regain control from the sin by TAKING control. Either way, the key is to relate the sin to our relationship with God. Understand that whatever the sin – be it overindulgence of alcohol, food, drugs, whatever – we’ve got to know that it’s not just about our will power, but about how we view God and His work in our lives. Believe me, when we exercise gratefulness, gratitude covers many sins.” – #ToddCPittman

“More Gets Done Through Fellowship”

“There is no doubt working together in fellowship lightens the load.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did Exodus 18:13-26

“This morning I was so glad I listened to those Angels encouraging me to open my Bibles instead of the devil’s soldiers screaming at me this morning to leave them in my bag, stick to the growing demands of my J-O-B, and open up my laptop. You see, we’ve got to be careful to not get caught up in putting our earthly work before our spirtual studies. The scriptures in Exodus 18:13-26 was a good reminder this morning that we need to be careful not to take on too much. When Moses was trying to cater to as many people of Isreal as he could, his father-in-law Jethro stepped in and gave him some good advice to avoid burnout. In fact, he gave him a job description which communicated to build a team, teach that team, and lead by example. We too can start to lighten our day to day pressures if we begin to strengthen the bond between our family and the people around us, share our wisdom and experience with those who can benefit from our testimony, and most importantly set an example of walking our path that can serve as a model for others on their own destiny walk. To get this job here on earth done, let’s work with in harmony not discord.” – #ToddCPittman

“Is it Tough Love or Godly Guidance?”

“The key to difficulties and discipline is how we receive and react in the follow-up.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did Deuteronomy 8:5 (NLT) – (5) Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.

“For those of us who are parents we have been both the recipient and provider of tough love. When I read from Deuteronomy 8 this morning it was in 8:5 that had me thinking if the discipline to our children back in the day was tough love or Godly guidance. But when I read Webster’s definition of tough love and studied the biblical direction Moses gave his people before letting them move on, I found biblical confirmation that we can’t get soft on keeping our children on the right path, and I don’t care how old they are. Yep, I Said It! All of the discipline and restrictions we direct to our children are not done out of rage or fury, but in love! But hold on now, yes, these are times of Godly guidance but just as we expect our children to patiently endure times of discipline, WE TOO must patiently endure those times when our Father chastises us for our own good. Let’s remember that any difficulty that comes our way is appointed, sent, directed, and overruled by God for his own glory and our good!” – #ToddCPittman

“When It Comes to Our Beautiful Youth, It’s Never Too Late”

“We’ve got to believe, value, practice perseverance, and hold onto hope when it comes to your youth.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

. . . and so did 1 Kings 18:12 (NLT) – (12) But as soon as I leave you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you away to who knows where. When Ahab comes and cannot find you, he will kill me. Yet I have been a true servant of the Lord all my life.

“This morning when I read from 1 Kings it was in the scriptures in 1 Kings 18 that I thought about my youngest daughter’s continued journey in worship. I was reminded of something that was not so present in my youth, but as my wife and I were discussing yesterday – it’s about us today ensuring our generation of tomorrow learn more and have a greater increase than us. It is important for us to distill in our youth the importance of worshiping God. Youthful temptations are ever so present – and man did I fail the test plenty of times back in the day! But the key is to set our youth up with armor that guards them against the many temptations and provides strength to avoid transgressions. In other words, our youth need to have a good start. Yes, I am sure we have all done our fair share of dirt, but let’s be sure to equip the next generation with the guidance, tools, and resources that will enable them to quickly get back on course when they have lost direction. We can’t let our youth be tricked into believing it is ever too early to follow God’s direction because before you know it they will say to themselves, it’s now too late. Our youth should know how amazing God’s grace is when we turn to Him for forgiveness. Let’s share with them there is no time nor situation when it is too late to lean on the Lord with the assurance that He will abundantly pardon.” – #ToddCPittman