Daily Devotional – 6/28/17 “Your destiny depends on it!”

Many times the positions in which we seek have nothing to do with the purpose God has for our life. We work hard at making sure our resumes are padded with stuff that makes us look good but it has nothing to do with the destiny attached to our name. We accrue thousands in student loans to move up the career ladder, only to go home stressed out because the work you’re doing isn’t doing anything for your worth. You know God is calling you out from the usual but fear has you stagnant. Please understand, God’s call for your life does NOT have to mean ministry because we all have a destiny that God has designed. How do you know what it is? It is the very thing that keeps you up at night. It is that thing you can speak passionately about and the thing you can debate for hours on end. It is the thing your search engine is full of. It is the thing you keep writing and praying about. And it is quite possibly, the very thing that caused you some dark days and pain.

What do I mean? That abuse you suffered through for years, God kept you because your destiny depended on it. Those years of homelessness, it was part of the process because your destiny depended on it. The depression you endured, your destiny depended on it. That sickness that temporarily took your sight, put a limp in your walk, left scars on your body and caused unbearable pain; your destiny depended on it. Losing friends and family, being evicted and car repossessed; your destiny depended on it. Hearing more no’s than yes, your destiny depended on it. This is why Romans 8:29 says, “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” We all have to endure but it makes our testimony that much stronger. Don’t count out where you are, what you have been through or even what you will go through because your destiny depends on you surviving. This thing isn’t really about you, you just happened to be the one God chose to use. And because of that, your destiny is dependent on you not giving up. “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

Daily Devotional – 6/27/17 “It isn’t your time!”

Many times we pray for God to get us out of things, to heal the paining/sickness of our body, get rid of the darkness, snatch away the depression, revive some places that have been dead and stop our weeping. But when will we understand that not every time is our time? In the bible, John 5, it says, “Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.”

Here this man is, been sick for 38 years and it didn’t matter if he was the first in line at the pool, somebody always beat him to the healing. He, probably, has been there the longest but it didn’t matter. Why? Well, it wasn’t his time. Ma’am, sir; I know you’ve been on the job a lot longer than the one who got promoted before you but it wasn’t your time. I know you’re wanting to be married like all your friends but it isn’t your time. I know you’ve been praying for God to open your womb but it isn’t your time. Yes, you’ve been fasting and praying for God to send you a church to pastor but it isn’t your time. That new car/house, it isn’t your time. You have to wait. Verse 6 says, “When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?” God knows your condition, He knows how long you’ve been in it and at the appropriate time, He’ll do it. Do what? Whatever it is you’re standing in the need of. You simply have to wait in faith that it will be done, when it will be done because whenever it is; it’ll be right on time!