Daily Devotional – 1/17/19 “Fasting is not for play!”

We are in a season of fasting and praying. Some of you may have already begun or about too but I need you to know, fasting is not to be played with. Fasting is real and it has the power to shift your entire being. Fasting isn’t something you do to be with the crowd. Fasting is between you and your God. Fasting isn’t something you attempt because you want to lose weight. Fasting is abstaining from something for a period of time as a way to cleanse your body, mind and spirit. Fasting isn’t something you do because you want to look Holy and to get God’s attention, real quick. Fasting is seeking God for something you can’t do on your own. Fasting is what you do for spirituality, strength, instruction, guidance and clarity with prayer, pure intentions, a clean heart and clean hands. Fasting isn’t for play because when you fast, the enemy amps up his attacks against you.

Bible says in Isaiah 58:1-5, “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins! Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous nation that would never abandon the laws of its God. They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me. ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?”

In other words, God says you look Holy but you really aren’t. You act righteous but you continually sin. You cry out to God to work on your behalf but your hands are covered with the blood of your brothers and sisters who you claim to love but kill off in group messages. You want God to be impressed by what you show people, not realizing He also sees what you do in the dark. Beloved, God isn’t moved by your ability to fast from food you don’t eat anyway. God isn’t moved by your fasting when you still fight and belittle people with your mouth and actions. In fact God says in Isaiah 58:4, “This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me.” You want to know the real fasting that God wants? Read Isaiah 58:6-14 and stop playing! God isn’t pleased with the show but He’ll be moved by your true worship.

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Daily Devotional – 1/16/19 “Spiritually Kidnapped!”

Some of you came into 2019 with your spiritual kidnapper and the reason you haven’t left yet, you have Stockholm Syndrome. In other words, you’ve gotten comfortable with the person/thing who has kidnapped your gifts, plans and purpose. Yea, they keep reminders around but you’ve got used to not using your gifts because “they” said they weren’t good for you and would never pay off. They remind you, in anger, what they ‘saved’ you from but truthfully, they only made you a hostage. They allow you a little freedom, to dream, but not much because if you were to ever get a taste of your purpose, they are fearful of you realizing your true potential and leaving their raggedy, good for nothing butt. This is why, beloved, they’ll keep calling you fat, ugly, useless, unimportant and saying no one else will want you. A manipulator and abuser will tell you everything, they know will make you stay. “I’ll kill myself if you leave,” “I promise not to hurt you again,” “You know I didn’t mean it,” “I’ll get help,” or even “I’ll help you with your dreams.” Yet, they’ll still hurt you by taking you to the edge but not allowing you to touch.

They want you to believe you can’t make it without them but are you not tired? Are you not tired of hiding the journals with the unpublished books? Are you not tired of throwing away your visions and goals? Are you not tired of looking in the mirror and not recognizing the gift that you are? Are you not tired of purpose keeping you up at night or daydreaming about the thing that makes you happy? Aren’t you tired of not walking in your calling? Yea, what you’re doing and that job you have now, it’s okay but it’s not your purpose. For Psalm 57:2-3 says, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.” My sister/my brother, today I’ve seen your face on the missing poster and I’m calling in a tip for your freedom. Yea, I’m sending in the Spiritual Weapon and Tactic Team (SWAT) to pull you to safety. I’ve called the Chief of Purpose and He’s mobilizing His best team of angels to get you out. Oh but hold up because you have to be ready. It makes no sense to go through all the preparations just for you to go back to your pit. If you’re ready, great but if you’re not speak your truth and when you are ready, then give this signal … Lift your head towards heaven and say, “God, I surrender and I’m ready.”