Daily Devotional – 6/12/18 “Stand firm in faith!”

Look, I know you are hard pressed when the enemy has deliberately disrupted your day but that is his job. You have to understand something. When you pray for God to open doors and He does, the enemy opens distractions. When you pray for God to enlarge your territory and He does, the enemy sends termites (folk to feed on your prosperity) to eat away the structure. When you pray for a harvest and it happens, the enemy sends weeds to choke out your fruit. IT IS HIS JOB! This is why it is important to eat, digest and regurgitate God’s word because bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Devour means eat hungrily or quickly, consume destructively or be totally absorbed by an unpleasant feeling. Baby, the enemy does not show up to play with you, he comes to slay you. Want to know how you can survive without being devoured. Stop entertaining him when he shows up. In other words, stop dabbling in mess. Stop trying the quick fix schemes. Stop falling for the smooth talk. Resist the urge to go back to what used to make you feel good and fight the feeling to reply to that text. For 1 Peter 5:9 continues and it says, “But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”

BUT RESIST HIM, FIRM IN YOUR FAITH! What does this mean? It means, although I can’t see it, I will faith it until it happens. Even though it doesn’t make sense right now, I’ll faith it until I understand. Yea, I might be lonely but I’ll lay in my faith until God sends me who is mine. I want to get even but I’ll let faith do the fighting. I can’t see how I’m going to make it but I got faith so it has to work on my behalf. Sickness getting worse but my faith tells me God is a healer. Folk praying for my downfall but my faith tells me, God rewards those who diligently seek Him so when I want to succumb, I’ll submit to God instead. When I want to surrender, I’ll stand tall in faith knowing whatever God has for me, is for me and no man or enemy can keep me from it. Therefore, I rejoice in knowing I must endure tribulation before I can enter the kingdom of God. Beloved, your work is not in vain. All I need you to do is stay the course because in due time you’ll hear, all clear for takeoff. In the meantime, before you take flight; prepare for the turbulence so you will not be caught off guard.

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Daily Devotional – 6/11/18 “Be quiet this time!”

There are days I do not write a devotional. It’s not due to being lazy, picking and choosing but I move by the command of the Holy Spirit. See, if I were to write, from a personal space, this devotional would not benefit you spiritually. Yeah, it will give you access to my life but it would do nothing for yours. This is why I am sometimes quiet. I don’t know why I was led to share this but somebody needs to know today, it is okay to be quiet. Stop reacting to everything. Stop flying off the handle. Stop engaging every argument. Stop giving your two cents to every discussion. Stop posting on social media when things happen. Sometimes the blessing is in your silence. Sometimes the ending to your hurt is in you hushing. Not everything deserves a response. Sure, it may feel good but when you are lying awake at night, replaying the words spoken; you’ll wish you could take them back. Beloved, not every fight is your fight. Sit this one out and hush. When you do, you allow God to fight it for you. Moses told the people, while they were whining and complaining about being saved from their bondage in Egypt, in Exodus 14:13-14, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

I know you want to do it on your own but be quiet, this time. I know you want to fix it but be quiet this time. I know you’re looking at what you can physically see but be quiet this time. I know the date is nearing for when they will cut off your service and there is no check in the mail but be quiet this time. Surgery date is drawing near and God’s promise of healing hasn’t shown up but be quiet this time. You want to call it quits on your marriage but be quiet this time. You are thinking about resigning from your position in the church and the deacon meeting is coming up but be quiet this time. You are recounting the pills that will end your life because nobody is there to help you but be quiet this time. It don’t make sense but be quiet this time. That addiction is calling your name but be quiet this time. Want to fight but be quiet this time. Because, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” And get this, the very enemy you are facing NOW, you will NOT see them again. Refer back to Exodus 14. If this isn’t enough to make you shut up and shout, the bible shares in Lamentations 3:25-26, “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” Yes ma’am, sir; It easy to fight and hard to keep quiet but being quiet may just keep your life. Be quiet this time.