Daily Devotional – 10/22/18 “Our youth is in trouble!”

Our youth is in trouble and here is a sad reality, most of them don’t have a relationship with God. I don’t care if they’ve been in the church since they were in diapers, if nobody is teaching them how to build a relationship with God, they don’t have one. And it is more than just dragging them to worship on Sunday morning, forcing them to sit in the back of the church during bible study because you didn’t have time to drop them off or telling them, when they face trouble, to pray. With the plight of our youth and young adults, prayer meetings need to start with them. Traditions, if they are no longer sufficient to handle the growing need of the church, throw them out because we need to get back to pure worship. The kind when deacons could pray and it sets the tone of service. When a Dr. Watts could slay the house long before some of these preachers started “slaying” service. When an altar call prayer could turn into an hour of worship and weeping. When the spirit was so heavy, no preaching was done because all folk wanted was to be under the Holy Spirit. Y’all our youth is in trouble and they are running from the church because so many Christians are worried about their rip jeans than their ripped relationship with God. They are being judged because of their tattoos and the turmoil they’re facing is being overlooked. Church folk are more concerned with their sexual orientation than whether they know what it means to be saved.

We are pushing our youth away due to the lack of sound doctrine and then get mad when they question about it. We are consistently having revivals but nobody is leaving restored or resuscitated let alone revived. Yet we’ll open up the door of the church at the funeral of another youth that has been gunned down, take in fifty youth who were driven to the altar by emotion but won’t take the time to follow-up with them, the next day. Our youth are in trouble. They are dying without knowing God, committing suicide because the weight of the world is heavy, being bullied and afraid to speak, being abused and thinking it’s loved, being sexually molested and covering up and facing mental illness, chalked up to acting out. Understand something, as a parent, I am not perfect and I know how hard it is to get and keep the youth in church yet I talk about Jesus, whether they want to hear it or not. I pray over their pillows and I walk around their rooms and I pray around their cars. I even pray about their friends, jobs and relationships. Even with me being the Asst. Pastor of a church, I don’t obligate them to that church because I want them to be connected to a place of worship that meets their needs. And my children are not perfect or all the way righteous but I will not stop praying because my grandma and momma didn’t stop praying for me. This is why we’ve got to intercede for them. They are facing more trouble than we ever did. So, will you take time today to pray for a youth/young adult? Will you call the name of a youth/young adult today? And if you want me too, send me their name and I shall go in prayer for them tonight at midnight. “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted.” Psalm 77:2


Daily Devotional – 10/15/18 “Integrity”

God’s assignment for your life will never come with a compromise to your integrity. I don’t care how well the position pays, I don’t care how many times you’ll get to preach, play your musical instrument or share the stage. I don’t care how good you look on the front of somebody’s flyer neither do I care about the business cards with your name spelled correctly, how fly the office is or the amount of time you’ll travel … being in God will never come with you selling out who you are. Your integrity is the inner workings of you and if it can be bought, sold, transferred and negotiated; you need to have a talk with self. Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Bible shares in Proverbs 10:9, “He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.” Let’s break this down.

“He who walks in integrity walks securely” … When you walk in honesty, there is nothing folk can hold over your head. In other words, when you live with nothing to hide, you don’t have to hide. See, when I carry myself the way I portray to be, I don’t worry about you running a background check because I know what it’ll show. When I walk in integrity, you can talk about me and it doesn’t bother me because I know the truth of my story. When I walk in integrity, you can tell lies and the people who know me will not believe them. When I walk in integrity, I have no anxiety when I’m cast into the light and can sleep peacefully at night. “But he who perverts his ways will be found out” … Perverts means to misrepresent. So, this is saying, when you twist, bend and distort the truth; you will be found out. When you lie on your job application and/or resume, it’ll be found out. When you misrepresent yourself, it will be found out and you run the risk of always being worried if/when it’ll happen.

Who wants to live like this? Always having to look over your shoulder. Always being nervous when you are called in the office, wondering if this time will be the moment you get fired from your job. Always anxious because you’re wondering if today is the day folk will find out you lied when you testified or you aren’t the person you “post” to be on social media. Who wants to live like this when bible says in Proverbs 11:3 “The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them?” Beloved, just be you and allow people to decide if they can handle it or not but never, ever compromise your integrity to fit in because you might get in and realize you don’t like it.