Daily Devotional – 8/19/16 “Turbulence”

Baby, that shaking you’re feeling; yea, the one you can’t understand … That’s just turbulence! I know you feel the rocking and thought all hell was breaking loose but that’s just God getting ready to shift you higher. You’re probably asking, why does it have to hurt so bad but did you think this journey would be easy? Did you really think there’d be a physical bridge over your troubles, a faucet to fill your valley of circumstances or a rope to climb out of your despair? Beloved, if it were that easy, you wouldn’t appreciate the sacrifice. Look, you need to understand that this moment in your life isn’t really about you. Of course, you’re the one going through but that’s because God has use of you and keeping you on this level won’t do it! And in order to anoint you with the oil of true sanctification, He has to first elevate you and that comes with turbulence.

And guess what? It hurts like a __________ (insert your word)! However, if you are lucky enough to experience turbulence, (a sudden change of conditions, an unexplained change in the way things are happening in your home, all hell breaking loose, children acting crazy, folk on the job talking foolish, spirit seems unsettled, etc.,) that means God has chosen you from among millions for such a time as this! Don’t you dare fall for the schemes of the enemy when all he’s trying to do is get you to miss your flight, fight on! Because when it’s over you’ll realize that everything you experienced through turbulence; from the knock downs, the names you’ve been called, the wanting to give up moments, the heartaches, the closed doors, the sickness, the let downs, the addictions, the could haves, the should haves and even the woe is me moments made it all worthwhile once you hear the captain say you’ve reached your destination at destiny!

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” —1 Peter 4:12-13

Daily Devotional – 9/30/14 “Your blessing … Is on the way!”

Does it feel like you are fighting but you can’t see your opponent? Does it feel like every time your battle is won, another whistle blows and it starts again? Does it seem like the enemy has your number on speed dial, your address memorized and your family picked out to pick on? Does it seem like you can’t get well for feeling sick? Or is it just me? Yes, I know God got me but sometimes I want to ask Him what He made me out of because at times my legs feel like jelly. Yes, I know these tears of mine are liquid prayers but God aren’t you tired of hearing from me yet? Oh but then God said that’s just that ole enemy trying to get you to step down before I set you up! God says, “Can’t you see his tricks because they haven’t changed; he just has new people doing them.” God asks, “Why are you running from him when I’ve already told you to resist him and he’ll flee? He has no power, you do.” God asks, “You of little faith, why are you doubting?”

{Excuse me while I make this thang personal.} Then I reach down in my spiritual bag of act right and I pull out Ephesians 6:11 that tells me to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” See, I’ve come to realize, that the enemy fights harder when he knows there is a new blessing about to be released and if we don’t recognize it before it’s too late, we will allow him to take us from it. Now, please get what I said. We will allow the enemy to take us from our blessing because he can’t take our blessing from us. Isn’t that something? I had to understand that it’s when we get to the edge of our breakthrough, our deliverance, our overcoming, our release, our recovery, our healing and our restoration that the enemy will show up to cause havoc, stress, chaos and confusion to make us throw in the towel, take that drink or swallow that pill to send us back into addiction, cuss him/her out to send us back into that dark place of anger, allow us to see that ex that caused us all that hell back then, to bring up all those old memories; but not today! Today the enemy will not win. I know you see the enemy over there waving to you trying to get you to look in his direction. Yea, he’s beckoning for you to come to him and he has what you want or even what you need but don’t go. He has you thinking about getting another check advance somewhere when you already got two you can’t pay off, don’t do it; that person in your inbox, don’t reply; call your spouse and make up. He has you contemplating suicide but it’s not the answer, call me; I may not have the right one but I’ll pray with you until I do. He told you God doesn’t love you, he’s lying, God loves you and He hasn’t forsaken or forgotten you but He has forgiven you. The enemy is slick and his tricks and games are the same, the players are just different; some are even your friends and family so be careful. For 1 Peter 4:12-13 (The Message Bible) says, “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”