Daily Devotional – 6/9/16 “I’m not ashamed of my suffering!”

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Sometimes you have to tell folk, if the hell I’ve been through couldn’t defeat me; what makes you think you can! If disease didn’t break me, what gives you the power to think you can? If depression didn’t steal my joy, what makes you think you can? If folk leaving me didn’t destroy me, what makes you think you can? Tell them, I don’t mind you speaking on me but at least let it be truthful. I don’t mind you not liking me but let it be on something you know and not what you heard. Because when you persecute me, I’m blessed. When you torment me, I’m blessed in the process. When you try to scandalize my name, I’m blessed. For the bible tells me in Matthew 5:10, “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” This is why you ought to get to a point in your natural life that you tell folk, suffering didn’t shatter me; in fact, my suffering saved me. Yea! Tell them, that pain I endured; it pushed me. That heartbreak, it helped me. That sickness, it strengthened me. Those lies, they lifted me. That betrayal, it blessed me. This divorce, it delivered me. Losing my job, it loosened me. That repossession, it released me. That addiction, it amended me.

Baby, we have to get like Paul and say like 2 Corinthians 12:9, “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me,” for God says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Suffering isn’t final because it has to end just like everything else. Don’t get mad when folks try to use your suffering against you. Let them talk because afterwards you can say, yea, I’ve suffered but it saved me. How else would you have become sober if it wasn’t for that DUI? How else would you have been delivered from being a whoremonger, if you hadn’t suffered through the many relationships? How else would you have been delivered from drugs if you hadn’t hit rock bottom? How else could you clear your name, if folk had never tried to bring you to shame? How else could you survive if you’ve never suffered? How else could you had become stronger if you’ve never been weak? How else could you enjoy the light if you’ve never been in darkness? How else could you enjoy taking care of your finances if you’ve never been broke? Baby, folk will talk but don’t allow them to use your suffering against you, when your suffering has now gotten you to the place of surviving. For the bible tells me, if I suffer, I shall gain eternal life! Suffering isn’t in vain so stop being victimized by it! 1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” Suffering has a place but take comfort in knowing it comes with God’s amazing grace.

Daily Devotional – 3/16/16 “Suffering builds strength!”

Why is it, as Christians, we want the blessings God give but we don’t want the suffering? That’s like only wanting the good part of a relationship which means you probably run every time it gets bad. And you have to wonder why you have commitment issues? You do know that all days aren’t going to be good, don’t you? There will be times it won’t go right no matter what you try but you have to recognize that this is a part of life. I mean, if you quit each time something didn’t go right, you’d never accomplish anything. This is why you have to suffer, sometimes, because it builds your strength. If you didn’t go through anything, how would you know what you can handle? If you’ve never been through a breakup, how would you know what a broken heart feels like in order to get over it? If you’ve never been without, before, how would you know that you can survive? If you’ve never had to struggle, how can you possible know your strength?

Think about it. You are strong because of the moments that made you weak. Those nights you only had $8 but had to feed your family. The nights you had to sleep next to the hospital bed of a dying parent or a sick child. The day you had to bury your spouse. The day you signed the divorce papers, received that foreclosure notice or got the call about repossessing your car.. Those long days and nights spent going through chemo and radiation. Those weeks of rehab, the months without a job, the years without a car or house and a lifetime of feeling unwanted; these weak moments make you strong. Don’t believe me? Then go through something. You don’t know how strong you are until you are standing there and strong is the only option you have to choose from. Don’t discount the struggle you’ve been through, going through or are about to go through. God doesn’t give us anything He hasn’t already worked out in advance. All He needs you to do is have faith in Him and then trust in yourself. Simply tell God, “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word (Psalm 119:28)” and He’ll do it for His word says in 1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

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