Daily Devotional – 1/30/19 “You have the power!”

When David got ready to fight Goliath, there were folk around him who’d already counted him out. “He’s too small.” “Who do he think he is?” “He’s no match for that giant.” “He’ll never make it.” He was even taunted by Goliath, who was bold enough to cross enemy lines to confront him. Goliath tells David in 1 Samuel 17:44, ““Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”” David responds, in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” You know how the story ends, right? David killed Goliath with a stone to the forehead. Afterwards, though (because the sermons usually stops there), David, bible shares, ran and stood on Goliath, took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head. Here’s what I don’t want you to miss. The Philistines didn’t move until after David had cut off Goliath’s head. Why am I sharing this? Two few reasons actually.

1. Some of you are more focused on what folk are saying and it’s causing you to lose sight of the task at hand. Let them talk, you’ve got a battle to win!
2. You may have knocked your opponent down and even killed him but those with him, won’t leave until you make a drastic move.

In other words, you need to let those who are bold enough to walk into your face/space to taunt/kill you, know you ain’t scared! I said what I said! No, you don’t have to cut off their head, like David but you might have to cross enemy lines, stand on their back and take their sword just in case! Look, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). It doesn’t matter that you don’t look the part, you got power. You may not have the armor but you got power. May have never fought in this kind of fight but you got power. Power from a God who never fails us! David’s power didn’t come from a sword, he didn’t have one. David’s power didn’t come from his armor, he didn’t have any. His power came from the God he worshipped, trusted, loved and served. You have the same power but you’ve got to stop listening to the hecklers and trust the God you serve because He’ll never place you in a battle He hasn’t equipped you for. Even if it happens to be a battle He’ll let you lose, He always has His reasons why. You have the power but you’ve got to believe it, tap into it then use it.

Daily Devotional – 10/21/16 “What’s your fear?”

Do you remember the show Fear Factor? It was a game show that would put people in places or have them doing things just to test their determination to face their fears. This show was gross and it would have people doing all kinds of things. And if the person competing, failed or refused to face the fear they were eliminated. I was thinking of this as I started to write my devotional because how many times have we been eliminated from stuff that’s ours because of fear. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is because somebody, somewhere, woke up facing fear yet again. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve tried, you just can’t seem to get him (fear) to leave you alone. You’ve even prayed, a lot, and he still has the audacity to be waiting for you to roll over in the morning. You’ve tried the drugs, pills and alcohol and even they can’t silence his voice in your head. You’ve taken the PM medicine and even it didn’t stop him from waking you out your sleep. And now, you’re sitting on the edge of give up because he’s said you can’t do it. You’re standing on the outside of the celebration because he said nobody wanted you there. You want to tell somebody but then he said they wouldn’t care. Leaving you depressed, emotional and on the verge of breaking down. Well beloved, I stopped by to tell you that fear only has the power YOU give it. How do I know? Baby, the bible tells me in 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” This is why you have to get like David when he said in Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise– in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

See, fear is doing his job, he’s stopping you from doing yours. Yep! Fear has a job and that’s to get you eliminated from this game of life. And for a lot of us, it’s working. You won’t get married again because you’re fearful it might not work. You won’t go for that promotion because you’re afraid you may get turned down. You won’t step out on faith because you’re afraid it might not work. For some of us, we’re afraid because it just may work in our favor and that scares the hell out of us. I mean, who would have thought YOU could do it? Who would have thought you could build a house. Who would have thought YOU could run a company. Who would have thought you could pastor a church? Fear! It has a tight grip on a lot of us and it’s spoiling the plans God has for your life. You’ve got to over it and that happens by – 1. Knowing what you’re fearful of. 2. Thinking of what this particular fear can do to you. 3. And gradually exposing yourself to the fear. If you don’t know what you’re fearful of, how can you get over it? And you can’t get over it if you don’t face it. So, I have to ask, what are you fearful of that is hindering the greatness within you? And why has it held you hostage this long?