Daily Devotional – 2/23/17 “I forgive ME!”

On my ride to work this morning, I heard, on the radio station, of a new single by James Fortune. I haven’t listened to it yet but I made a mental note to download it. The name of it, “I forgive me.” Baby!! See, many times we say forgive others in order to be forgiven yet no one ever tells us to forgive ourselves. Yes, there are a lot of hurt people walking around with weights hanging over their heads and can’t understand it. Some of you are staying up at night, losing sleep. Many of you are going through the motion but you’re barely making it. And for the life of you, you can’t figure it out. You’ve forgiven them but have you forgiven you? Have you stopped blaming yourself for the abuse inflicted by the hands of someone you loved? Have you stopped blaming yourself for husband/wife walking out? Have you forgiven yourself for the hurt and pain? Have you forgiven yourself for the thoughts of not being enough? Have you forgiven yourself for daddy not being there? Have you forgiven you for the ministry not working or the business failing? Have you forgiven yourself for losing your house or car? Have you taken time to forgive you for the things you did, for the places you went and for the people you gave yourself too? Have you forgiven you? Have you cried out to Lord for forgiveness on your part? Have you released yourself from the burden of your hand in it?

Well, I can say, truthfully, probably not because many of us don’t know how. I can tell you, it hurts and it’s going to take strength, some tears and a strong connection to God because there are some things you just can’t forgive on your own, including self. And that’s because we are the hardest on ourselves. But today, it ends. Today, beloved, your healing begins; for real. It starts with forgiving you. Today is the day you tell self, I forgive me. I forgive me for thinking I wasn’t good enough. I forgive me for not eating right. I forgive me for not taking care of myself. I forgive me for thinking it was my fault momma/daddy didn’t want me. I forgive me for all the mess I got in. I forgive me for that relationship that almost cost me my life. I forgive me for putting my children in a hostile environment. I forgive me for connecting with somebody who could have given me a deadly disease. I forgive me for almost ruining my family. I forgive me for not doing God’s will. I forgive me for connecting to the wrong people. I forgive me for the trouble I got in. I forgive me for blaming everybody else. I forgive me! What is it you need to forgive yourself for? You don’t have to tell me but tell self. Today, self, I forgive me for ___________.

Dear God,
Please forgive me. But this time, God, while you’re forgiving me, give me the strength to forgive myself.


Daily Devotional – 9/27/16 “Conditions of your release!”

Some of you are in bondage and have been for some time. This is why, no matter how you try, you end up back in the same place. This is also why you are unhappy, miserable and always crying and complaining. You’re in bondage. You may not want to believe me but that’s okay. You’ll eventually have to admit your problem in order to get help. See, bondage is defined as the state of being a slave and a slave is a person controlled by something or someone. So, let me ask you this; what’s controlling you? Take your time to answer because you be to honest in order to meet the terms of your release and ultimately be free. Now, you do know that debt, addiction, sickness, anger, generational curses, low self-esteem, bitterness and people can control you, right? Well, if you didn’t, you do now. Oh but there’s good news. God is getting ready to bring you out of bondage but there’s some conditions you have to first meet in order to effectively be free.

    1. You have to be committed – Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

    2. You have to admit your faults – Proverbs 28:13, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

    3. You have to ask for forgiveness – 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    4. You have to forgive – Matthew 6:14, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”

    5. You have to cut ties with your captors – Ezra 10:11, “Now honor the LORD, the God of your ancestors, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the people around you and from your foreign wives.”

    6. You have to remove the clothes of bondage – 1 Corinthians 5:7, “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

    7. You have to choose to stay free – Romans 8:5, “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.”

    8. You have to press on – Philippians 3:14, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

    9. You have to change your mindset – Ephesians 5:17, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Your release papers are ready but you have a choice to make. Do you want to go free or will you remained enslaved in bondage? The bible says in Romans 6:16, “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.”

John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”