Daily Devotional – 8/9/19 “Intervention”

I’ve shared this before, but somebody needs to hear, well read this … Sometimes you need to stage an intervention for your doggone self! Look, if we wait on folk to make life easier for us, it never will be. This is why, you have to stop waiting on somebody to help you, they’ll want the credit when you’re restored. Here’s what you do, sit yourself down and stage an intervention, to get you out of the rut you’re in. How? Start by looking yourself in the mirror and saying; I’m tired of being the way I am, I’m tired of looking this way, I’m sick of being labeled by my mess and I’m tired of being addicted to people and stuff that mean me no good. Then take the blame. How? By no longer blaming folk; they didn’t make you do what you did. By no longer blaming momma and daddy, you’re grown now and capable of making your own choices; break the curse. By no longer using what that pastor from 1982 did, there are thousands of other churches with pastors who are capable of covering and healing you; out of that despair.

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Make today the start of your intervention, by making the decision to get free. Give up the negativity, the anger, the hatred for others, the worrying, always wanting to blame someone else, the excuse as to why you can’t … today is the day it stops! Stop looking at what you don’t have and count what you do have, and I can guarantee DO outweighs DON’T. Beloved, it’s time you get self together and get this, it’ll only work if you work! Come out of fear and comfortability and make the first step. Come out of wanting to do it for others and need to do it for self. Sure, the first step is the hardest and you might even fall/fail; a few times before you get it right, but Bible says in Deuteronomy 31:8 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” God is there, holding the door of freedom open for you but you’ve got to walk through it yourself. If you don’t know how to begin, start with … “Lord, deliver me from me because I’m ready to be free.”

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Daily Devotional – 8/6/19 – Is your “I think,” sincere?

Jimmy, your cousin is an addict. On your way home, one day, you see Jimmy begging for money. You start your usual, “Jimmy, this stuff is bad for you,” or “Jimmy, you’re too old to be still be like this.” Yada, yada. Jimmy isn’t listening, he just needs those loose dollars in your pocket. You give him what you have and walk off, shaking your head because you can’t understand why Jimmy can’t just leave that stuff alone. Here’s the thing, Jimmy probably wishes he could too, but it’s not as easy as you think. See, it’s easy, to be on the outside, casting your “I think,” judgment but let me ask you … Do you THINK a person who smokes can throw away their cigarettes/weed/nicotine and the taste will magically disappear? It won’t. Do you THINK an abusive person can up and walk away from their abuser, the first or fifth time they get hurt? They can’t. Do you THINK a person addicted to drugs and alcohol can just give it up, without ever wanting it again? They can’t. Sometimes, you have to keep your “I THINK” theology, especially if ain’t nobody asked for it.

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Beloved, if getting over addiction was easy, there’d be no need for rehab and twelve-step programs. Here’s what you do … stop scolding folk, who have problems. Heck, they know it and if I can be honest, some of y’all, who always got an opinion, also got an addiction. I said it. Some are addicted to drama and that’s why you’re always in the middle of mess. Some are addicted to inflicting pain, to self, to hurt you before anyone else can. Some of y’all are addicted to Lil Rico and Shaquana but that ain’t my business. Truth is, some of y’all are addicted to self-sabotage because fear makes you believe you can’t do any better. My point, we all have problems and it ain’t as easy as you think, to overcome. Addiction, for some, came from needing a safe place, within their mind when their surroundings weren’t safe. Addiction, for some, was attached to their bloodline and they were the one to fall victim to it. An addiction could have been something used, to stop the thoughts but now they can’t stop it. Stop judging folk’s situation. If you can help, help and if you can’t, refer them to somebody who can but keep your “I think,” theology if it isn’t coming from a pure and sincere place.