Daily Devotional – 9/26/18 “Are you on guard?”

Just when I thought my bout with migraines was over, only to be hit with one yesterday that had me down for the count. I mean, it came out of nowhere, like they typically do. Yet, here I am today typing a devotional. I still have a slight headache but I am here, in my right mind and blessed because I woke up in my bed and not in the hospital. I am grateful because oftentimes I am reminded things could be worse, much worse and while I could turn this into a “the devil meant it for my bad,” kind of devotionals, I will not. Sickness happens. Migraines happens. Bad days happens and many times, we cannot predict them or control them. What I will share is, sometimes we let our guards down before the battle is over. See, I have not had a migraine in months. Sure, I have had sinus issues but no migraine. Vertigo but no migraine so I got comfortable and let my guard down and baby, did I pay for it. As I thought about it, this is, sometimes, how some of us are with the enemy. We let our guard down when it seems like he is no longer punching and kicking. We let our guard down when it looks like we are in the end stretch and winning the game. We let our guard down when it looks like all is well when the bible shares in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

The enemy never leaves us alone; although he may get quiet, he is not gone. I know somebody is thinking, you cannot predict a migraine let alone an attack but I never said anything about predicting when it would happen. I said, be on guard for when it happens. See, had I been on guard I would have had migraine meds in my purse when my vision started to blur and my head begin to hurt. However, because I let my guard down, I did not have what I needed and by the time I got to my weapon(s) (at home), the migraine was at full capacity and kicking my butt. Are you following me? I let my guard down and did not have what I needed, within reach that could help me fight off an attack. I let my guard down and it knocked me down. I let my guard down and it wounded me. So let me ask you, do you have what you need or is your guard down too? Could you handle an attack, right now or is your battle gear packed up? Can you go toe to toe, at this moment or would you be down for the count? Are you on guard or will you be caught slipping? For the bible shares in Luke 21:34-36, “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Daily Devotional – 4/9/18 “Same tricks, new treats!”

Can we be real on this Monday? The enemy isn’t using new tricks but he’s using new treats. And you keep falling for it because it’s what you like. Take for a thought, chocolate. You like chocolate, it’s your weakness. When you go into a store, what do you see … all kinds of chocolate. Chocolate with peanuts, chocolate without peanuts, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered raisins, chocolate with caramel, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and plain ole chocolate. Candy makers know the world loves chocolate so all they have to do is change the treat and you’ll willing buy. And get this, sometimes it isn’t the treat that changes but it’s the packaging and because we are visible creatures, a new package catches our eye. This is why you have to know what’s on the inside even though the package may look different. Beloved, when the bible says in Second Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” This isn’t talking about the outer but the inward. We don’t become new by putting on new clothes, we become new by an inward change.

Look, the enemy feeds off your emotions and desires. The smallest of these, he can sense and he waits until your guard is down. Bible shares in First Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Why compare him to a lion? Here is what I found out. Lions are great and hiding and are very patient. When a lion is hunting, they stalk their prey. They ensure there is an adequate hiding spot near their prey and at the last moment, they spring into action. Why do you think it took a year for old dude to show his true colors or eight months for old girl’s bad side to show? They were good at hiding. And they know what you like because they’ve either been close by and patiently waiting or they’ve stalked your social media. Beloved, be careful of tearing the package if you are not clear about the contents inside. The devils tricks don’t change, his treats do. All you have to do is look at the last few relationships you’ve been in and you will see; same tricks, new treats.