Daily Devotional – 10/7/19 “Sober up!”

When a person is grieving, coming out of a bad relationship, angry, bitter or etc.; you tend to make decisions from that place. At the time, you probably feel as though that decision is the right one … until you sober up. Oh, you didn’t know you can be intoxicated from feelings? Yep, you can and in that intoxicated state, you might just do or say something you’ll regret later. This is why, you have to stop making decisions with your emotions. Baby, a bad relationship, the one when you were drunk in lust, will have you regretting some stuff, when that haze is gone and you’re clear-headed. That grief will have you getting tattoos, you’ll regret when the pain is more manageable, and you can think clearer. That anger will have you kicking up a dust storm and saying some stuff, you don’t even remember and can’t take back, once the dust settles. This is why you shouldn’t post, when you’re angry. You shouldn’t make drastic decisions, when you’re hurting. You shouldn’t sign your name, when you’re under pressure. You shouldn’t make life altering plans, when you’re under the influence.

In Second Timothy 4, Paul is talking to Timothy on how he should carry himself when preaching God’s word. And although you may not be a preacher, evangelist etc.; we all serve in the ministry of God, as children of God. Therefore, this scripture, Second Timothy 4:5, applies to you, for it says, “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” Evangelist, one definition is, “a zealous advocate of something.” This should be all of us, who are called God’s children. What I’m sharing is, stop doing stuff when you’re intoxicated and under the influence of feelings. If you don’t, you might just find yourself under arrest with a DUI (deceiving under the influence), DWI (defiling while intoxicated), DWT (desiring while tipsy), PWT (preaching while tow-up), DUP (delivering under pressure) and DWD (desperate while damaged). Beloved, get sober or get pulled over … by God. And if you didn’t know this, His penalties carry a far greater weight than man.

Daily Devotional – 3/23/15 “Let’s be real … “

If people lived their day-to-day lives like they actually portrayed on social networking we might be alright! I mean, folks are so spiritual online yet you can’t find them in church on any day of the week. Folks are so encouraging on a stranger’s post yet you won’t speak to the person you live with. Folks are quick to repost a missing person’s picture on Facebook yet your daughter been gone all weekend and you ain’t called to find her yet. You are quick to bash someone else for their choice of selling drugs, partying or hanging out in the streets but that’s because they don’t know that your son is doing it too. Let’s be real! Yea, we are quick to blame social networking on the decline of relationships when the truth of the matter is, it isn’t social networking that is breaking up relationships; people are. Stop putting the blame on social networking! Folks have lost the ability to be real because technology has made it easy. We text instead of talk because we have more balls to type it out rather than say it. You get mad when folk judge you by what you post but didn’t you post it? You air every aspect of your life on social media and then get mad when your life is social … let’s be real! You post your every movement, everything you eat & drink and your every thought and then you have to wonder why folk won’t take you serious. Are you serious?

Baby, you can’t be upset because no one likes your boo when one day you’re over him for beating you and the next “that’s bae” … let’s be real. No one can take your life serious when one day you’re a bad “bit..” and the next you’re sold out for Jesus … let’s be real. God doesn’t need a bad “bit…” He needs redeemed riders! Who are you without social media? If you check it before you pray in the morning, you have a problem! All I am saying is this as 1 Peter 1:14-16 says, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” Or Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Yes, we all make mistakes; we will sometime stumble and even make some bad judgment calls but don’t stop there. We’ve got to get to a point in our lives where we desire to do better because we are tired of doing wrong and it’s the right thing to do. Let’s be real … aren’t you tired yet? We’ve got to do better.