Daily Devotional – 6/14/18 “God doesn’t need proving!”

This is for all you strong-willed, I ain’t going nowhere because you feel like you have to prove how good your God is. Yea, I am speaking to those of you who are staying in harsh conditions because you feel there is something to prove. You are staying in worship places filled with hellish folk and you know God has told you to move but it’s where you’re comfortable. “I ain’t leaving my church, God got me.” Girl/Mane, if you don’t get on somewhere for the sake of your sanity. You’re staying in the marriage, for the sake of the children but it’s killing your soul. “At least he come home.” But when he do, he’s drunk, belligerent and funky. You’re staying at a job because it’s easy and convenient yet you leave every evening with a headache and blood pressure high. “But I’m off on weekends.” Yea, but you spend those trying to make yourself well enough to go back on Monday. Will God use us in places, in front of people and ask of us to do some strange things? YES. However, God will never leave you in a place that has the potential to stunt your growth. Baby, God don’t need you proving to folk how good and powerful He is. Were you there when He created the Heavens and the Earth out of a void? Were you there when He took dirt, rolled it between His hands and made a man? Were you there when He impregnated a virgin to send His only Son to earth?

Can you explain how God removed a tumor right before you were scheduled for surgery? Can you explain how God gave you back your sight after doctors had given up? Can you explain how God can keep your mind when you know you should have gone stone crazy by now? Can you? Because I can’t explain it sometimes. I mean, I can’t explain how my grandmother is still alive; cooking, cleaning, praying and singing when man said she should be dead. I can’t explain why God would wait on me; a brown-skinned, thick chick while I ran from His call but He did. I can’t explain why and for that alone, I don’t believe God needs you to prove to folk anything. Especially at the cost of losing you. When Jesus sent the disciples out to preach, He told them in Matthew 10:14, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” Here’s how you know your assignment is not finished. You are still growing despite the weeds. This means, no matter what folk try, you still prosper. Here’s how you know your assignment is finished. The only thing growing is your anger and bitterness towards folk. Don’t stay to prove how God good is when that isn’t the purpose of your assignment. Stay because you need to offer God, not defend Him.

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Daily Devotional – 6/12/18 “Stand firm in faith!”

Look, I know you are hard pressed when the enemy has deliberately disrupted your day but that is his job. You have to understand something. When you pray for God to open doors and He does, the enemy opens distractions. When you pray for God to enlarge your territory and He does, the enemy sends termites (folk to feed on your prosperity) to eat away the structure. When you pray for a harvest and it happens, the enemy sends weeds to choke out your fruit. IT IS HIS JOB! This is why it is important to eat, digest and regurgitate God’s word because bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Devour means eat hungrily or quickly, consume destructively or be totally absorbed by an unpleasant feeling. Baby, the enemy does not show up to play with you, he comes to slay you. Want to know how you can survive without being devoured. Stop entertaining him when he shows up. In other words, stop dabbling in mess. Stop trying the quick fix schemes. Stop falling for the smooth talk. Resist the urge to go back to what used to make you feel good and fight the feeling to reply to that text. For 1 Peter 5:9 continues and it says, “But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”

BUT RESIST HIM, FIRM IN YOUR FAITH! What does this mean? It means, although I can’t see it, I will faith it until it happens. Even though it doesn’t make sense right now, I’ll faith it until I understand. Yea, I might be lonely but I’ll lay in my faith until God sends me who is mine. I want to get even but I’ll let faith do the fighting. I can’t see how I’m going to make it but I got faith so it has to work on my behalf. Sickness getting worse but my faith tells me God is a healer. Folk praying for my downfall but my faith tells me, God rewards those who diligently seek Him so when I want to succumb, I’ll submit to God instead. When I want to surrender, I’ll stand tall in faith knowing whatever God has for me, is for me and no man or enemy can keep me from it. Therefore, I rejoice in knowing I must endure tribulation before I can enter the kingdom of God. Beloved, your work is not in vain. All I need you to do is stay the course because in due time you’ll hear, all clear for takeoff. In the meantime, before you take flight; prepare for the turbulence so you will not be caught off guard.