Daily Devotional – 9/21/17 “You are free, now what?”

Now you have to choose. Usually when an inmate is released, they are given conditions. Well, today we change that to choices. See, no one should have to make you change, you should want to choose too. This is why, you was not released on probation where you are threatened into behaving. Neither were you given house arrest, you should not have to be monitored and watched. Ma’am/sir, these are simple choices, you can choose, to ensure you stay free.

  1. Remove the clothes of bondage – You are no longer a prisoner. Remove the clothes, discard the prison number, change your mindset and embrace your freedom. Galatians 5:1, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”

  2. Be committed to remain free – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 47% of prisoners who are released end back up in prison within three years. In my opinion, they have a hard time getting accustomed to not being locked up, especially if they started going to prison during the formative years of their life. This is why you must have a committed mind to be 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.”

  3. Cut ties with those of your former – If you are surrounded by folk whose mindset hasn’t changed, you need to sever ties and be okay with it. 1 Peter 1:14, “So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.”

  4. Forgive yourself – Yes, you have made mistakes. Yes, you have done wrong. Yes, you knew better but forgive yourself. There is an entire world you have yet to see, come out of the bondage, beloved. Ephesians 4:22, “throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.”

  5. Stop allowing folk to call you by mistakes/condition – Sometimes you have to reintroduce yourself to people who only knew you by what you used to do, go through or be. Yes, you may have known me as this but I’m no longer that, allow me to reintroduce myself. Romans 14:16, “So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.”

  6. Above all else, choose God – Yes, it will be hard. Yes, you will have some moments of wanting to give up. Yes, it may look like your past will never leave you alone. Yes, it may seem as if you cannot shake loose who you used to be. But choose God because He has the ability to use us and call us holy and it does not matter what we look like, what we’ve done or who we used to be. Ephesians 5:17, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

You are free and you can stay free because 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.” What will you choose today?

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Daily Devotional – 4/13/16 “Adjusting to the wrong thing!”

I saw a post that showed a frog inside a pot. The post said that the frog will adjust its body to the temperature of the water. So, I had to google this. In fact, Wikipedia says this … If you put a frog in hot water, it’ll jump out but if you put a frog in cold water and gradually increase the heat; the frog may be killed. Why? Well because although the frog’s body did adjust, it didn’t recognize the impending danger of the water getting hot so it stayed there and could eventually die. I know you’re wondering why I’m sharing this but look; many of us, Saints of God, have gotten into situations that had it been hot (not worth it in the beginning) we would have jumped out of it but because we started in it when it was cold, we’ve allowed ourselves to adjust to the mess we’re in. Yea, we’ve tied ourselves to folk we are spiritually unyoked with and we’ve adjusted to it. We get up on Sundays and go to church but leave them at home saying, “You going to that church again”. We hang out with folks who mean us no good because in the beginning they acted as if they’d change but in actuality all they were doing was warming us up to their ways. And now we’ve adjusted. Don’t believe me?

You used to go to bible study and at the start of the relationship; he/she was cool with it. Oh but now, since you’ve been there a while, they start making plans on the night they know you have bible study. You miss the first one and say you won’t miss the next one until you look and realize you’ve stopped going all together. You said you were going to abstain from sex until God sends your husband. You meet Ray and he’s acceptable to it, at first. Then he starts making comments, “Other women do it for their man,” and before long you’ve adjusted your body to the temperature of his water and stayed. You’re a member of said church and you know good and well you aren’t being spiritually fed but you’re comfortable there and now you’ve adjusted your spirituality to accept what’s been offered even though it’s not helping you. My question to you is, when will you stop adjusting to the wrong thing? Don’t you feel the water on your skin? Isn’t it hot? When will you get out? Oh, you’re waiting. Then you get out and realize the water was hotter than you thought and now you have second degree burns that have tainted your skin and your spirit. Yea, you’ve adjusted to the mess you’re in and still trying to figure out where God is. Chile, He’s where you left Him before you went in the pot. Get out and get Him!

“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.” – 1 Peter 1:14