Daily Devotional – 2/1/16 “Are you ready?”

As a Saint of God, I won’t lie and tell you this journey is always easy because sometimes it can get overwhelming. I’m not just talking about me but I’m talking about all Saints of God. But being in ministry, for me, it’s even harder. Why? Well, because you have people looking up to and looking at you. For this reason, we have to be a good example but please understand this … we have flaws too. How do I know? Everybody has flaws. However, that’s not the basis of the devotional today. To be honest, I don’t have a specific topic in mind. And as I sit and pray for God’s guidance on a specific word for this devotional, for even bible study, sermons, encouraging words; etc., sometimes it doesn’t come until I begin writing. That’s when the Holy Spirit intercedes on my behalf. Because it is then, God leads me to share with someone what they’ve been asking Him for. I know you may ask, “Why didn’t God tell me?” Maybe it’s because you aren’t listening. See, I’ve come to realize that God will send a word to you in any form, to get your attention. This is why if you ask of God, you have to be willing to receive of God. Oh but it may not be the answer you thought it would be. Yet, accept it.

I’ve been praying lately for guidance on a number of things and I’m waiting on God to respond. I don’t know when or how I’ll get the message but I’m waiting. What about you? What have you been praying for? Are you waiting? Well in your waiting, don’t rush God because you may not be ready to hear what it is He’s going to say. And don’t count God out because He moves in His time. What have you been asking for? You don’t have to tell me, it was simply a question to get you to think. Are you really ready for that? You ask God to open more doors, to enlarge your territory, to send you a spouse or maybe it’s for a promotion on your job; you ready? You can’t complain when you get what you’ve been asking for, when you asked. If you aren’t spiritually prepared to receive what you’ve been asking for in this natural space you’re in, stop asking. The same way you have to prepare for a test, an interview, a race, a workout, to write a book, to minister, to sing or perform; is the same way you have to be prepared to receive that which you’re asking for. Are you ready? Don’t take a long time to figure it out especially if you’ve already asked.

“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.” James 1:17-18

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