Daily Devotional – 10/17/17 “Are you doing your part?”

God has a responsibility to His children but are you doing your part as His child? Yes, sometimes He allows us to fall into the wrong hands but that’s after disobedience. Yes, sometimes He allows us to fail but that’s after we have stopped listening. Yes, sometimes He allows hurt but that’s after we try to do things on our own. Are we doing our part before expecting God to do His? Because the bible tells us in Proverbs 1:24-31, “But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.”

Oh but get this … Proverbs 1:23 says, “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.” If you notice above, verses 24-31 gives us what will happen should we not take heed to God’s reprimand but verse 23 tells us what will happen if we do. In other words, God is telling us ahead of time before destruction even comes. Are you doing your part? Yes, we can ask of God but we first need to have faith. We can say yes to God but it needs to be when we are truly ready. Are you doing your part? Because I’ve found that when we do what we can, God will do what we cannot. This is why the bible says in Psalm 54:4, “Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” Just as God has a responsibility to us, we have a responsibility to Him. We cannot expect of Him knowing we don’t have our part. That’s like being mad at your roommate for not having their half of the rent when you know good and well, you don’t have yours either. Do your part!


Daily Devotional – 10/13/17 “May the God of peace …”

How can you honestly forgive others when you’re still fighting yourself over the very thing you said you forgave them for? You’re still trying to figure out how you allowed yourself to be abused yet you say you’ve forgiven the abuser. You cannot sleep at night because the nightmares of being left keep you up yet you say you’ve forgiven those who abandoned you. You are still haunted by the sins of your past although God has forgiven you for them. Beloved, when will you forgive you? You do realize that you will never get the peace you truly deserve until you can find peace within yourself, right? How can you tell somebody how to get peace in their home when you don’t even have peace in yours? How can you tell somebody else how to heal when you are still bandaging wounds of last year? How can you tell somebody else to forgive those who hurt them when you can’t even forgive the person you see in the mirror every day?

My prayer for you today is simply this … 2 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” Amen.

That’s it. There is nothing more for me to say. May the Lord, God give you peace in every way. May He stop your tears of torment, may He quiet your shout of shame and may He close the door of depression and remove the obstacle of oppression. May the God of peace saturate you like dew in early morning and moonlight, late at night. May God give you peace, today that shall carry you a lifetime. May the God of peace be with you.