Daily Devotional – 3/25/19 “Strengthen thy brethren!”

I share this for somebody who woke up, fed up, messed up and tired. I am sharing this for you who feel as if nothing you do, works and no matter how you pray, you cannot seem to get ahead. You’re staring at your vision board and the anger coursing through you, wants to rip it up. You’re reading over your book, for the tenth time, and it still doesn’t feel right. You’re counting the ticket sales, of your event, and they’re still at the same low as when you counted them ten minutes ago. You’ve paid for advertisements, you’ve shared the plans, you’ve spent the money and still nothing. You stepped out on faith and the enemy wants to make you believe, it was a mistake. You’ve given up the alcohol and now you’re contemplating taking one drink. You’ve deleted all the folk in your phone but the mindset, you’re currently in, has you thinking about calling somebody to take the pain away; only if it is temporary. Don’t do it. Don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. Don’t stop believing in the purpose God has placed on the inside of you. Why not? Because I’m praying for you.

And beloved, my prayer for you today is simple … As you stand under an open Heaven, may you receive a fresh wind of anointing that shall hit your house, so heavy the windows shake. May the grace of a living God, saturate you like you’ve been caught in the thunderstorm without an umbrella. May God’s will for your life, be so clear, you’ll think it’s your new glasses when it’s all God. May this week be the beginning of everything your faith has worked for. May God show up, in your life, so fast and on time, it’ll have you speaking in tongue; for the first time. May God allow the blessing, only He could perform, be so big that it’ll feel like an earthquake that shifted your house. May this minute, for all that are in your rightful place, be your last minute of minimum. May this Monday, be the last Monday you find yourself missing out. May this be your last memory of having to ask people to borrow. May this be your last time going to bed hungry, unless it’s by choice. May this be your last time ever thinking God doesn’t hear the cry of the righteous. May this be the moment you walk, boldly, into the open door of your harvest. I’m praying for you, my brother and my sister because there shall be no soul left behind. “..But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:32″

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Daily Devotional – 3/12/19 “Temptations!”

My husband and I have been watching the show #TemptationIsland. For those of you who don’t know about it, quick overview. The show features 4 couples, who are between the ages of 25-40. None of them are married but they’ve been together for some years. One couple, has trust issues from things that happened in the past. One couple, she was being pressured by her family to get married so she was pressuring him. One couple, although they’ve been together for years, they don’t deeply love each other. And the last one, he wants a commitment and she doesn’t. Now, take these couples, split them up and put them into houses with single men and women. What do you think will happen? I’ll tell you, less resisting and more giving in to temptations. You want to know why? The relationships were already on shaky ground and bound to explode, all it needed was the match. I don’t care how long you’ve been with a person, when there is a crack in the ship of your relationship, one you aren’t willing to repair, adding weight can cause it to sink. This is why, you are bound to give in to temptation, when it presents itself. This is why your work boo can get you to smile when your spouse can’t. This is why you’ll leave the house and sin, when there is an argument, instead of sitting your butt down, cooling off and staying in.

Beloved, lookahere, y’all have to stop investing all of your money in the wedding and overlooking the marriage. Sure, y’all look real cute in your wedding photos but what good is it, if you have to decide who gets them in the divorce? Yeah, your reception was lit but now, the only thing burning is your vows. Where is the premarital and marriage counseling? Who is teaching y’all how to be husbands, wives, mothers and fathers? Where are your morals and values? Understand, the couples above aren’t married but they made a commitment to each other that could be easily broken by temptation. The same as your wedding vows. And please, stop comparing your relationship to grandma and grandpa’s 65 year marriage. YOU AIN’T BUILT THE SAME! Then, they were married at 15, raising ten and twenty children off one income, in a 3 bedroom house, they stuck and stayed through problems, they held on for better and worse, they bought hogs and had them cut up for the meat to last months, Grams washed and ironed and had dinner on the table when granddaddy got home, she taught the boys & girls how to take care of a house while he instilled a strong work ethic and they took care of each other when sickness showed up until death did they part. Y’all, though, you give up too easy. And you got the mitigated gall to blame temptations. Nawl baby, it’s you because the enemy will only tempt you with what you’re craving. However, you got the power to resist and when you don’t, it’s your fault. Bible shares in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” God shows you the way out but you’ll miss it when your eyes are of the flesh and not the Father. Don’t give in, instead stay, be willing to fix it while praying, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, Matthew 6:13.”