Daily Devotional – 5/24/18 “It may not be for you!”

Your struggle, it may not be for you. When Noah was told to build the ark, he did so amid being laughed at and talked about but it wasn’t for him. When Moses was chosen to lead; he had to deal with attitudes, folk talking to him crazy, consistently trying to keep folk from turning back and dealing with a wilderness he didn’t ask for but it wasn’t for him. When Joseph went through being sold by his brothers, lied on by Potiphar’s wife, thrown in jail and etc.; it was so he could eventually save his family. When Hosea was told to marry Gomer, the harlot, it wasn’t about him. In other words, their struggle wasn’t for them. I know you’re trying to figure out why you have to struggle through some stuff that threatens to take your mind, daily. I know you are trying to make sense of the pain you’ve had to endure, the sickness and strife and now I’m here telling you, it’s not for you. Then who is it for then? It is for those attached to you. You all know my story. I met my husband when I was 18, fresh out of high school and at 21 I was married with a baby. I knew how to take care a house because I saw momma and grandma do it and they taught me well. But the truth is, I didn’t have a clue how to be a wife because I barely knew who I was. So I struggled.

Yet here is the fact of my life … I am glad I struggled, the way I did, in my 20’s and 30’s because it taught me how to be wiser and stronger now. I am glad I struggled, in the beginning of my marriage because now I can help somebody else make it. My struggle gave me the voice to teach my children and others the benefit of a good name and credit score. My struggle helps me to encourage you because I couldn’t have done this in my early years. My struggle then was paying for my sanity now. My struggle then was sowing for my harvest now. My struggle wasn’t for me but it was for those who would, eventually, be attached to me. The person I was then wouldn’t have survived now but the person I am today, is living because of who I was in my struggle. Beloved, your struggle isn’t in vain but because you suffer you can save someone else. And if you happen to need another witness, speak to the ultimate sufferer of all time, Jesus. His struggle wasn’t for Him but it was for us. Who is your struggle for? Maybe it’s your children, who aren’t even born yet. Maybe it’s for that young lady you pass on the street and you haven’t even talked to her yet. Maybe it’s the man doing eight years in jail and you haven’t even crossed paths yet. Maybe it is your sister who appears strong but inwardly weak. Maybe it’s that coworker nobody likes. Your struggle may not be for you but God chose you because He knows you will be the one who survives.

Daily Devotional – 6/9/16 “I’m not ashamed of my suffering!”

Struggle

Sometimes you have to tell folk, if the hell I’ve been through couldn’t defeat me; what makes you think you can! If disease didn’t break me, what gives you the power to think you can? If depression didn’t steal my joy, what makes you think you can? If folk leaving me didn’t destroy me, what makes you think you can? Tell them, I don’t mind you speaking on me but at least let it be truthful. I don’t mind you not liking me but let it be on something you know and not what you heard. Because when you persecute me, I’m blessed. When you torment me, I’m blessed in the process. When you try to scandalize my name, I’m blessed. For the bible tells me in Matthew 5:10, “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” This is why you ought to get to a point in your natural life that you tell folk, suffering didn’t shatter me; in fact, my suffering saved me. Yea! Tell them, that pain I endured; it pushed me. That heartbreak, it helped me. That sickness, it strengthened me. Those lies, they lifted me. That betrayal, it blessed me. This divorce, it delivered me. Losing my job, it loosened me. That repossession, it released me. That addiction, it amended me.

Baby, we have to get like Paul and say like 2 Corinthians 12:9, “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me,” for God says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Suffering isn’t final because it has to end just like everything else. Don’t get mad when folks try to use your suffering against you. Let them talk because afterwards you can say, yea, I’ve suffered but it saved me. How else would you have become sober if it wasn’t for that DUI? How else would you have been delivered from being a whoremonger, if you hadn’t suffered through the many relationships? How else would you have been delivered from drugs if you hadn’t hit rock bottom? How else could you clear your name, if folk had never tried to bring you to shame? How else could you survive if you’ve never suffered? How else could you had become stronger if you’ve never been weak? How else could you enjoy the light if you’ve never been in darkness? How else could you enjoy taking care of your finances if you’ve never been broke? Baby, folk will talk but don’t allow them to use your suffering against you, when your suffering has now gotten you to the place of surviving. For the bible tells me, if I suffer, I shall gain eternal life! Suffering isn’t in vain so stop being victimized by it! 1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” Suffering has a place but take comfort in knowing it comes with God’s amazing grace.