Good morning everyone. We are very fortunate that we serve a God that is with us and watches over use even in our failings. I’m thankful for all the grace and mercy we receive. I’m very grateful for the tests He puts us through and the growth that comes from the tests. Let’s get ready for the message.

Today’s Prayer

Father, many are the wonderful works You have done. You have put a new song in my mouth and praise in my heart. You gave new life to my steps and peace in my soul. You have lifted me up and placed me upon solid ground. Thank you. May my life bless You and my Words exalt You, O Lord. In Jesus’ name I submit this prayer, Amen.

Let’s eat.

The Judas Test

“12 It is not an enemy who taunts me—
    I could bear that.
It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—
    I could have hidden from them.
13 Instead, it is you—my equal,
    my companion and close friend.
14 What good fellowship we once enjoyed
    as we walked together to the house of God. “ (Ps. 55:12-14).

Let’s face it; betrayal is one of the most difficult tests that we will ever endure because it involves being wounded by someone we trust. It’s hard not to become bitter when a friend or family member wounds us. It takes a lot of Christ-like grace to forgive a turncoat. You have probably faced the Judas Test yourself. Everyday you and I work in a place that is rampant with betrayal, deception, duplicity, and treachery. Perhaps you have been betrayed by your boss or a coworker. Or perhaps somebody betrayed a confidence or stabbed you in the back. It may have even been someone you’ve gone to church with or prayed with – someone you trusted as a brother in Christ.

The Judas kiss stings worse than a slap across the face. Almost every leader I know has experienced that sting at one time or another. Yet God is watching to see how we respond to the Judas Test. If we pass the test, He can then take us to the next level, the next test. If we fail, we’ll probably have to repeat the test until we learn to forgive.
The Judas Test is God’s graduate level course in faith, designed to reveal the truth about ourselves: Are we willing to trust Him enough to forgive the Judases in our lives? The book of Hebrews warns, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Ps 12:15). When we refuse to forgive we risk infecting others with a “bitter root” of resentment.

Quote of the Day

In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.

Dorothy Sayer





Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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