Daily Devotional – 2/2/16 “Where is your if?”

It’s another Tuesday and someone is in the midst of your struggle. Yea, it’s another month yet you’re still struggling with the bills of last month. Yea, you paced a little while last night, you laid down with tears staining your pillow and worrying clouding your thoughts but don’t allow it to take you out of this thang. No, I’m not about to tell you to hold on because sometimes there’s a blessing in letting go. No, I won’t tell you to get out of our pity, to stop crying, to stop wallowing because sometimes it’s needed. Just don’t stay there and don’t look like what you’re going through because you don’t have to look like your struggle! Oh but what I will tell you to do is pray, fast and pray some more. But when you pray, stop saying if God will because God is not a man who works on if.

If is defined as a conjunction used to indicate circumstances that would have to exist in order for an event to happen. What do I mean? Blessing will come down if I send praises up. I’ll get knowledge if I study God’s word. It shall be given if I ask in faith. God will answer if I seek Him. The door shall be open if I knock. It can happen if I believe. It goes further. I can get healthy if I work out and eat right. I may get a job if I apply for it. I can get my destiny if I tap into it. And God’s grace will be sufficient if I just believe. Mark 9:22, when a father brings his son to Jesus to heal, he says, “…But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” Jesus makes it plain and simple in Mark 9:23 when He answers, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” ANYTHING is possible IF you believe. You see the difference? If we depended solely on us, we’d never get out our storm, valley or pit, we’d never stop crying long enough to climb that mountain or get our deliverance. If it depended on us, we’d still be a filthy rag not worth wringing out. Oh but I’m so grateful that God doesn’t look at our grammatical mistakes but He looks at what He’s placed in us. For God says we can move mountains if we have mustard seed size faith. Where are you placing your if?

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