Daily Devotional – 10/9/18 “Getting up is the hardest part!”

I had to be at work “earlier” because I am facilitating a training class for the next two days. Sure, I get nervous every time I have to stand in front of people (even when I preach) but that’s not the issue. No, the real issue is getting up earlier. Baby, it’s a struggle because I stay up at night. However, here is what I’ve realized. The hardest part is getting up. What do I mean? Well, once my legs are over the side of the bed, my feet touch the floor and I get that one good stretch in; I am good. The hardest part is getting up. What does this mean for you, the person reading this? It’s simple really … the hardest part is getting up. Yea, you’re struggling to get out of debt, sickness, a bad relationship, a dead-end job or maybe your spiritual war but the hardest part is getting up. Why? Because it’s easy to lay back down. It’s easy to turn over and pull the cover over your head. It’s easy to close your eyes and pretend it don’t exist but it’s hard getting up because then you’ll have to face the reality of your day and/or your problem(s). Yet the blessing is, when you face what you’ve been running from, you now have a chance to be free from it.

I know you’re tired but it’s time you get up. I know it hurts but it’s time you got up. I know your surroundings look dim but it’s time you get up. I know it doesn’t look as if things will work out but it’s time you got up. Swing them legs over the side of your bed (burdens, emptiness and destruction), put your feet on the floor, stand up, get a good stretch in and go forward. The hardest part is getting up but once you’re up, move because although you fall, the failure is in not getting up. This is why the word tells me that I am, “persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:9).” The hardest part is getting up but getting up is where you blessing is. Bible says, “take up your mat and walk.” Yea, the hardest part is getting up but Bible says, “your faith has made you well, go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” The hardest part, beloved, is getting up but when you do, stretch and then go forth to conquer the world.


Daily Devotional – 3/4/16 “The anointing needs no justification!”

You don’t owe an explanation for the anointing God has placed over your life. Stop trying to explain it and allow it to flow. It doesn’t matter that some are speaking ill will towards your life; they cannot stop God’s anointing. The only person, who can hinder it, is you. In the bible, the anointing of the Holy Spirit was taken from those God had allowed it to flow through because of their sin or disobedience and it’s the same for you. Your anointing isn’t indicative of the person beside you so stop trying to explain to folk the real reason behind your praise. Baby, if I told you the story of me; you wouldn’t believe it. If you only knew the hell I fought with before accepting my calling and now the hell I have to fight in after accepting my calling; you’d think I made it up. Yet, it doesn’t stop the anointing that God allows to flow freely through me. And today, you need to stop shying away from what God has called you to do simply because of what you think somebody will say. Stop hiding your gift because of how you think folk will respond. Jesus wasn’t accepted in most places He went either yet it didn’t stop the plan God had for His life.

This is why you’ve got to quit focusing on folk because some of them aren’t as holy as they claim to be. Pray to God for direction and He’ll lead you. Quit taking everything so personal because there is going to be someone in the crowd cheering for you to fail. There’s going to be somebody in your family who will never show up to stuff you invite them too. There’s going to be folk in your church who will never say amen, when you speak. There will be folk you thought loved you who will turn out to hurt you. There will be places you’ll want to go but won’t get an invitation. There’ll be folk you’ve helped who won’t help you. There will be those you let borrow and now they won’t answer when you call. Don’t take it personal. For the bible says in 2 Timothy 3:12, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Oh but don’t stop reading there for there is hope. 2 Corinthians 4:9 says we’ll be, “persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Now go back to 2 Timothy 3:14-15, for it picks back up and says, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Beloved, God has a purpose for each of us and because of this, we have no need to justify the anointing. All we have to do is walk in it and God will do the rest.