Daily Devotional – 2/6/18 “We have to go through!”

We go through K-12 before we graduate high school. We go through 2-4 years of college before we get a degree. We go through interviews before we get a job. We go through traffic before we reach our destination. We go through labor to give birth. We go through pain to heal. We go through grief to deal with lost. We go through training to learn. And sometimes, we even go through mistakes that teaches us, the hard way. In short, we go through. When we do, we deal with it. We deal with the pain of sickness, the grueling schedules of work, the accidents on the highways, the test and homework of school, the many failed relationships until you meet ‘the one,’ the pain of pushing out a baby and the juggling of bills versus money. We deal with the hectic throngs of life trying to be all for everybody and yourself. We deal with all those things. Yet, we have the hardest time dealing with spiritual warfare. We can find time to fight folk (physically, mentally and via social media) but we will not fight through fasting and prayer. We find the time to throw a fit when you’re mad at spouse but we’re afraid to cry loud and spare not the ears of the enemy. We lay down for folk but we will not lay on our face to fight spiritually.

Think about it. We get hurt, friends and family members die, we get in debt, we get sick, marriages end, businesses close and job lays you off and while you are praying; God doesn’t move as quick as you think so you get mad. You get mad at God and you stop going to worship unless it’s a benefit. You don’t pay tithes unless there’s a benefit to you. You don’t pray unless you’re in trouble. You don’t fellowship and you don’t serve unless it’s to be seen. What happened to going through the good and the bad? You can vow at the wedding but what about spiritually? Are you not willing to go through for Christ’s sake when He was willing to go through for yours? You know the story of how Jesus was accused, found not guilty but was still sentenced to death. He was persecuted by the people, beaten, made to carry His cross, hung, bled and died; He went through. But at the sign of trouble we throw in the towel, when God said just believe in me. We get sick and give up, when God has healing in the palm on His hand. We are quick to end the marriage when it gets hard, when God said what He has joined together let no man put asunder. What happened to going through? Where is the faith? Where is the trust in God? Where is the knowing, God got me? When will we get like Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:10 and confess, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Yes, we have to go through but go through knowing, God has me covered.


Daily Devotional – 5/17/17 “After yes!”

I wish someone would have told me how much saying yes to God would hurt or how much it would cost me. Please understand, I would not trade saying yes to God for anything but just maybe it would have been easier to handle, had I known. No, this is not just about accepting a call to ministry but it is simply about saying yes. Yes, God to your will. Yes, God to your way. Yes, God I will go. Yes, God I trust you. Yes God! Because afterwards, when you think things should be getting better, you may just find yourself in a really dark place, crouched in the farthest corner of a room, hiding out from family and friends, standing at the edge of a cliff, looking down the barrel of a loaded gun, counting out pills to swallow or preparing to shoot up something to take you away from the current conditions of your life. Sometimes you find yourself asking, how I ended up back here. Crying out to God for understanding and He’s silent. Pacing back and forth trying to make sense of why stuff is happening to you, at this moment. After the yes. Wondering, shouldn’t things be getting better? Well chile, here is what I’ve learned, after saying yes.

    1. You are uncertain – Yes, you were tired of being in the broken place and you were tired of fighting God. Yet now it seems like hell is breaking loose and it is worse than before. You have to trust in your yes. “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!” – Hebrews 10:35

    2. You find yourself fighting – You are now seeing people for who they really are and calling them on it because your eyes have been opened and the wool has been snatched off. “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” – 2 Corinthians 3:16

    3. You start suffering at the hands of family and friends – Yes, it was bad before but now it is worse now because folk will hurt what they cannot or will not understand and that happens to be the change in you. – “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” – 1 Peter 4:14

    4. You lose some people – Yes, it hurts but you will only lose those who cannot survive in your new season. Be okay with saying bye. For you will soon learn that you will no longer shed tears over the things that used to make you cry. “You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet.” – Psalm 18:39

    5. There is glory after yes – “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” – Romans

Don’t delay your yes because of fear and don’t go back on your word once saying yes. Saying yes to God comes with privilege and pain but I declare it is worth it. Because now your testimony begins with, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10.