Daily Devotional – 5/25/18 “You’re missing it because of the messenger!”

You’re praying to God to come and see about you. You’re crying out to Him, over and over about something you need. Yet, you are sitting there thinking God has forsaken or forgotten you. You are angry because you think He’s ignoring you. You will not go to worship service because the enemy has you asking, ‘what’s the use?’ You have even contemplated doing some stuff you know isn’t right. Before you do, I need to tell you something. It is not the fact God is forsaking you (He doesn’t), it’s not that God is intentionally ignoring you (He doesn’t) neither has He forgotten you (He will not). Just maybe, the real reason you’re missing the message or the blessing is because you don’t like who God is using to send it. “I don’t like women preachers.” “I don’t like the way he/she sounds.” “I don’t like the way he/she looks.” “I remember how they acted in school.” This is the kind of crazy thinking that keeps us bound. See, you’re too busy counting the mistakes folk made in the past. You are listening to what folk are saying and waiting on somebody else to confirm what the prophet said. Can you not just believe God?

Understand me … there are some folk who are not right. They are sent to discourage you, throw you off your game, make you doubt and all that but this is why you have to be right. Yea, you will, absolutely, know when someone’s motives are wrong, when you are right. Right what? In right standing, with the right frame of mind, the right spirit and the right ability to discern. Bible shares in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” How will you tell? Keep reading because bible says in Matthew 7:16, “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” Stop getting angry at God because you sowed that $100 seed to a person who talked real good but can’t bare nothing worth eating. Baby, God has need of messengers and sometime, what you are waiting on may not be packaged or delivered how you think it should. Don’t miss your message or blessing because of the messenger but validate the authority, of the one bringing it, by the fruit they bare.

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Daily Devotional – 5/24/18 “It may not be for you!”

Your struggle, it may not be for you. When Noah was told to build the ark, he did so amid being laughed at and talked about but it wasn’t for him. When Moses was chosen to lead; he had to deal with attitudes, folk talking to him crazy, consistently trying to keep folk from turning back and dealing with a wilderness he didn’t ask for but it wasn’t for him. When Joseph went through being sold by his brothers, lied on by Potiphar’s wife, thrown in jail and etc.; it was so he could eventually save his family. When Hosea was told to marry Gomer, the harlot, it wasn’t about him. In other words, their struggle wasn’t for them. I know you’re trying to figure out why you have to struggle through some stuff that threatens to take your mind, daily. I know you are trying to make sense of the pain you’ve had to endure, the sickness and strife and now I’m here telling you, it’s not for you. Then who is it for then? It is for those attached to you. You all know my story. I met my husband when I was 18, fresh out of high school and at 21 I was married with a baby. I knew how to take care a house because I saw momma and grandma do it and they taught me well. But the truth is, I didn’t have a clue how to be a wife because I barely knew who I was. So I struggled.

Yet here is the fact of my life … I am glad I struggled, the way I did, in my 20’s and 30’s because it taught me how to be wiser and stronger now. I am glad I struggled, in the beginning of my marriage because now I can help somebody else make it. My struggle gave me the voice to teach my children and others the benefit of a good name and credit score. My struggle helps me to encourage you because I couldn’t have done this in my early years. My struggle then was paying for my sanity now. My struggle then was sowing for my harvest now. My struggle wasn’t for me but it was for those who would, eventually, be attached to me. The person I was then wouldn’t have survived now but the person I am today, is living because of who I was in my struggle. Beloved, your struggle isn’t in vain but because you suffer you can save someone else. And if you happen to need another witness, speak to the ultimate sufferer of all time, Jesus. His struggle wasn’t for Him but it was for us. Who is your struggle for? Maybe it’s your children, who aren’t even born yet. Maybe it’s for that young lady you pass on the street and you haven’t even talked to her yet. Maybe it’s the man doing eight years in jail and you haven’t even crossed paths yet. Maybe it is your sister who appears strong but inwardly weak. Maybe it’s that coworker nobody likes. Your struggle may not be for you but God chose you because He knows you will be the one who survives.