Daily Devotional – 6/5/19 “Suffering saved me!”

God, thank you for my suffering. Although, I may not have understood it then, I’m thankful for it now. See, it was during the storm that you saved me! It was in the pit that I learned how to praise. I was in the valley when I realized just how great I’d look in victory. It was the pain the allowed me to press towards purpose. It took being lied on that I learned to lean not on my understanding. It was rejection that taught me to rejoice in all things! It was hurt that showed me healing. It was the fight that taught me to how to forgive. It was the mistakes that tuned me in to your message.

In other words, my suffering saved me and I almost missed it because I was too busy focusing on the pain rather the promise.

What promise? The promise God made to never leave me nor forsake me. The promise God made to answer when I ask. The promise God made to give me a future and a hope. The promise of God to fight for me, when I need it. The promise to give strength when I’m weary and increase the power of the weak. The promise to hold my hand so I don’t have to fear. The promise to be there when I pass through the waters, to not be overtaken by the rivers and not be burned by the fire. The promise that says, if I submit to Him, I can resist the enemy and he’ll flee. The promise to hear from Heaven, when I humble myself, pray and seek His face. The promise to forgive my sins when I repent. The promise that tells me I don’t have to be discouraged because God will go before me. And the promise that if God sets me free, I’m free indeed.

I don’t know who needs this encouragement today but let me assure you … although you may have to suffer, it will not always be like this. For if you hold on, if you press through, if you keep the faith, turned from your wicked ways and submit to the counsel of God; your suffering can save you too.

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Daily Devotional – 6/4/19 “Deliver Me!”

You ask God to remove your enemies then suddenly, things begin to happen in your life. The taste, in your mouth, changes. You don’t have the desire to do what you normally do. You don’t see things as you normally did. You begin to go through some stuff and you can’t understand it. Here’s the thing … sometimes, we’re our own worst enemy and this means, God must deliver us from us. Sounds crazy but the reality is; we can delay, damage, distract, devalue and despise ourselves to the point that we become enemies to self. It can get so bad that we will self-sabotage our own dreams out of fear of succeeding. It can get so out of control that we’ll hurt ourselves to keep someone else from doing it. This is the reason relationships don’t work, why you will not step out on faith or why you will not tap into the purpose on your life. You’re afraid of failing because you’ve started believing what folk said about you or you’re looking through the eyes of shame and sin and have made yourself believe the voices. Beloved, this is what I want you to do. Right now, instead of praying for anybody else, pray for self. At this very moment, I need you to make this thang personal and be selfish, if only for three minutes. You can go back to praying for others, in a minute but for now, I need you to tell God two words … DELIVER ME! See, it’s time you got free from self and it’ll come by way of you telling God these two words … DELIVER ME! There’s a song by Donald Lawrence and LeAndria Johnson called Deliver Me. The very first line, in the lyrics of this song, will be the thing that breaks a few of you today. Breaking by way of freeing you because let’s face it; you are your problem. Are you ready? It says, “Lord, deliver me cause all I seem to do is hurt me.”

How many of you are tired of hurting yourself? How many of you are tired of beating yourself up for choosing the wrong man/woman who turned out to be a monster? How many of you are tired of going into that secret stash of pills just to make it through the day? How many of you are tired of lying with man after man or woman after woman, trying to validate your self-esteem? How many of you are sick of being chased by your past? How many of you are fed up with being enemy to self? Then it’s time beloved. It’s time for you to declare, LORD, DELIVER ME cause all I seem to do is hurt me. Lord, deliver me from my overthinking and undervaluing. Lord, deliver me from unforgiveness and anger. Deliver me, Lord. Understand, the deliverance from you will not be easy because God will have to remove, stretch, pull, release and restore the parts of us, we’ve destroyed. It’s going to be painful, you may have to be yourself for a season, you may have to go through the wilderness and lose some folk but after the deliverance comes discharge and with discharge, your record is expunged and your best days are now at hand.