Daily Devotional – 3/12/19 “Temptations!”

My husband and I have been watching the show #TemptationIsland. For those of you who don’t know about it, quick overview. The show features 4 couples, who are between the ages of 25-40. None of them are married but they’ve been together for some years. One couple, has trust issues from things that happened in the past. One couple, she was being pressured by her family to get married so she was pressuring him. One couple, although they’ve been together for years, they don’t deeply love each other. And the last one, he wants a commitment and she doesn’t. Now, take these couples, split them up and put them into houses with single men and women. What do you think will happen? I’ll tell you, less resisting and more giving in to temptations. You want to know why? The relationships were already on shaky ground and bound to explode, all it needed was the match. I don’t care how long you’ve been with a person, when there is a crack in the ship of your relationship, one you aren’t willing to repair, adding weight can cause it to sink. This is why, you are bound to give in to temptation, when it presents itself. This is why your work boo can get you to smile when your spouse can’t. This is why you’ll leave the house and sin, when there is an argument, instead of sitting your butt down, cooling off and staying in.

Beloved, lookahere, y’all have to stop investing all of your money in the wedding and overlooking the marriage. Sure, y’all look real cute in your wedding photos but what good is it, if you have to decide who gets them in the divorce? Yeah, your reception was lit but now, the only thing burning is your vows. Where is the premarital and marriage counseling? Who is teaching y’all how to be husbands, wives, mothers and fathers? Where are your morals and values? Understand, the couples above aren’t married but they made a commitment to each other that could be easily broken by temptation. The same as your wedding vows. And please, stop comparing your relationship to grandma and grandpa’s 65 year marriage. YOU AIN’T BUILT THE SAME! Then, they were married at 15, raising ten and twenty children off one income, in a 3 bedroom house, they stuck and stayed through problems, they held on for better and worse, they bought hogs and had them cut up for the meat to last months, Grams washed and ironed and had dinner on the table when granddaddy got home, she taught the boys & girls how to take care of a house while he instilled a strong work ethic and they took care of each other when sickness showed up until death did they part. Y’all, though, you give up too easy. And you got the mitigated gall to blame temptations. Nawl baby, it’s you because the enemy will only tempt you with what you’re craving. However, you got the power to resist and when you don’t, it’s your fault. Bible shares in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” God shows you the way out but you’ll miss it when your eyes are of the flesh and not the Father. Don’t give in, instead stay, be willing to fix it while praying, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, Matthew 6:13.”

Daily Devotional – 6/4/13 “This, then, is how you should pray!”

Now, let me point this out … Everyone is entitled to pray however you’re comfortable with, I’m simply expanding on the word which is found in Matthew 6:9-13. Again, this is only my interpretation or from my point of view. With that being said, the question is now asked “How is the Lord’s Prayer all that I need?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Pray, then, in this way:

Our Father who is in heaven (This is clarifying who you are calling upon to hear your plea because you’re not just calling on any father but you’re requesting the help of the Father in Heaven who is able to see about you in the midst of your trying times; one who can pick you up, dust you off, dry your tears and make your scars be removed and He doesn’t even have to be in the room.) Hallowed be your name (This is letting your Father know that to you His name is sweet among your lips, Holy, Blessed, Respected, Sacred and Sanctified.) Your kingdom come (Requesting for God to send His kingdom down from Heaven because living down here is Hell for I’ve read that in His kingdom there is no dying only living, there is no crying only joy, there is no day of the week because every day is like Sunday, there is no sickness only healing and there is no sorrow only singing, there is no misery only His mercy and there is no I but us!) Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (You’re asking for God’s will to be done down here because it’s already done up there. God’s will? It’s to acknowledge Him and not be ashamed, love thy brothers & sisters, keep His commandments, to lean not to your understanding but to trust His, to walk right so that your light of God shall shine, to not conform to this mean old world, to study His word and to pull off your past and step into your present.) Give us this day our daily bread (Now, this isn’t physical bread but this is you asking God to feed you on this day with the nourishment you need to go on, for the strength you need to carry your burdens through the storm when it seems like it won’t end, for the energy to go on when it seems like you’re walking alone, for hope when yours seem to be evaporating and for patience when the pain is getting to be too much.) And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (This isn’t financial debts but this is you asking God to forgive you for the sins that you’ve committed after you’ve forgiven those who sin against you. See, you can’t ask God to forgive you for the hate you’ve had against daddy for leaving when you haven’t forgiven him for leaving. Yea, you have to forgive and forget because if you don’t you still hold on to those feelings every time you think about it. Forgive debts in order for your debt to be forgiven.) And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Pause … Temptations come because of our flesh however 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” So, this part of the prayer is praying for your flesh to be strengthened so that you can resist and not led to temptations and delivered from the evil that may have you surrounded. See, you will be tempted because you live in a fleshly body but when you pray to not be led into temptation, God will open your eyes to see evil before it even reaches you. That’s called seeing things through you spiritual eyes because your natural eyes may see things differently.) For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. (For you have dominion, you have all the authority and you have the honor to make this so continually, constantly and always. Amen (expressing agreement to the things you’ve just requested in prayer).” This may not be enough for you but it surely will do!