Daily Devotional – 11/9/17 “Look Deeper!”

When I rolled over this morning and saw the sun, I assumed the outside temperature was warmer. Then I checked the weather and it gave me a reality check, “no sis, its 40 degrees.” As I got out of bed, I thought about the times life has tricked us into assuming something other than reality because we based “it” on what we saw. I mean, the enemy makes the ending of the story look happily ever after and we assume it is because we base it on what we’ve been shown, never checking further. We assume him or her is our soul mate because they dressed the part and speak our love language but reality is, we assumed based on what we saw, instead of looking deeper. We see the outside of the car, pop the hood and yes, that’s it but drive it three days and the check engine light comes on and we’re stuck with it because we signed based on what we saw. Are you looking deeper? Had I based my wardrobe on the fact the sun was shining bright, I would have been in for a rude awakening when I got to the car. But get this … I looked deeper than what my natural eyes showed me, I checked the weather. Are you looking beloved?

Before you say yes to the proposal, are you checking with God, knowing He’s the very thing available to check heart and soul references or are you going by what you see? Before you say yes to the promotion, are you checking the resources available in order to make an informed decision or are you looking at the pay and going for it? Before you say yes to that place of worship, have you run the spiritual readiness test to ensure it meets your spiritual needs or did they shout you on Sunday and you feel good? Before you say yes to the dress, did you check the price tag and your checking account? Are you checking the resources available to ensure what you see is actually what you’re getting? When God sent Samuel to anoint a new king, he looked at the appearance of Jesse’s sons but the bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” Don’t assume based on what you see because it could cause your more pain than you’re naturally capable of handling. Instead follow the advice of Jesus when He said in John 7:24, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” In other words, look deeper.

Daily Devotional – 6/19/15 “Spiritual protection!”

Every 90 days I have to change the password on my computer at work for security purposes. If you do online banking and even with social media accounts, it is recommended that you change your passwords often in order to keep folk from hacking into your accounts and messing stuff up. It is also recommended that you have a security system on your home to ruin any attempts by robbers who try to enter your home to steal that which you’ve worked hard for. It is often recommended that you have insurance on your possessions and even your life, in the event something happens; you’re protected. Yet, I wonder why we don’t guard our spiritual lives in this way. Oh, it’s recommended but we just don’t do it. What do I mean? I’m glad you asked. See, every now and then you need to change the password to your circle which means you need to reevaluate who you’re hanging around. Yea, if you’re on the straight and narrow path and doing what you should be doing on your destiny walk; as you’re elevated, everybody won’t be elevated with you – you need to change the password. Don’t you know by now that you are blessed by the folk you’re around? Oh, you didn’t? Well, Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

What else? Well, you need to secure your home. No, I don’t mean the physical home you live in but I mean your temple, your body. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” What’s in that temple? Your heart and it’s the most precious part of you because Proverbs 21:2 says God weighs a man by his heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 says man looks at the appearance but God looks at the heart and Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” What else? Protect and value your life. Life is precious and should be counted as such. And if you’re a born again sinner, you’ve been given a second chance to live, make it count even the more. Don’t take it for granted by allowing it to go to waste. Guard it like you do your purse when you walk into unfamiliar territory. Guard it like you do your wife when you’re in a bad area of town. Guard it like you do your car when you park at the grocery store and you don’t want a grocery cart to hit it. Guard it like you do all the other meaningless materialistic stuff that can be replaced because life can’t be. Protect your spirituality like you do everything else. Sometimes we make passwords that we can’t even remember (trying to keep other folks out). Protect it like it’s sacred enough to break but not sacred enough not to share. Live a life that is pleasing unto God and He’ll repay you for your effort. It’s about your effort and evidences not your earnings! It’s about your living, loving and laboring not your lying, lusting and what you’ve lost! Protect your spirituality because folk need to see it in you. It’s your job to help save those who are lost. Do your part ma’am, sir!