Daily Devotional – 6/4/19 “Deliver Me!”

You ask God to remove your enemies then suddenly, things begin to happen in your life. The taste, in your mouth, changes. You don’t have the desire to do what you normally do. You don’t see things as you normally did. You begin to go through some stuff and you can’t understand it. Here’s the thing … sometimes, we’re our own worst enemy and this means, God must deliver us from us. Sounds crazy but the reality is; we can delay, damage, distract, devalue and despise ourselves to the point that we become enemies to self. It can get so bad that we will self-sabotage our own dreams out of fear of succeeding. It can get so out of control that we’ll hurt ourselves to keep someone else from doing it. This is the reason relationships don’t work, why you will not step out on faith or why you will not tap into the purpose on your life. You’re afraid of failing because you’ve started believing what folk said about you or you’re looking through the eyes of shame and sin and have made yourself believe the voices. Beloved, this is what I want you to do. Right now, instead of praying for anybody else, pray for self. At this very moment, I need you to make this thang personal and be selfish, if only for three minutes. You can go back to praying for others, in a minute but for now, I need you to tell God two words … DELIVER ME! See, it’s time you got free from self and it’ll come by way of you telling God these two words … DELIVER ME! There’s a song by Donald Lawrence and LeAndria Johnson called Deliver Me. The very first line, in the lyrics of this song, will be the thing that breaks a few of you today. Breaking by way of freeing you because let’s face it; you are your problem. Are you ready? It says, “Lord, deliver me cause all I seem to do is hurt me.”

How many of you are tired of hurting yourself? How many of you are tired of beating yourself up for choosing the wrong man/woman who turned out to be a monster? How many of you are tired of going into that secret stash of pills just to make it through the day? How many of you are tired of lying with man after man or woman after woman, trying to validate your self-esteem? How many of you are sick of being chased by your past? How many of you are fed up with being enemy to self? Then it’s time beloved. It’s time for you to declare, LORD, DELIVER ME cause all I seem to do is hurt me. Lord, deliver me from my overthinking and undervaluing. Lord, deliver me from unforgiveness and anger. Deliver me, Lord. Understand, the deliverance from you will not be easy because God will have to remove, stretch, pull, release and restore the parts of us, we’ve destroyed. It’s going to be painful, you may have to be yourself for a season, you may have to go through the wilderness and lose some folk but after the deliverance comes discharge and with discharge, your record is expunged and your best days are now at hand.

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Daily Devotional – 5/8/19 “Let them assume!”

I shared this on 5/8/2018 and I am sharing this again, with updates, for somebody who is still trying to make sense of stuff. Stuff like, why you are being hated on, disliked, unsupported, talked about and lied on. Like I told you last year, it’s not you, it’s what folk see in you. Here’s the thing though, sometimes they can see it before you accept it because it’s all in your voice and face, even though you’re still fighting it. Beloved look, there are some people who will not like you, they won’t buy what you have to offer and neither will they congratulate you. They’ll remain friends, on social media and life but they’ll scroll by because they cannot understand why it had to be you. They’ll even show up at the parties because they can’t make sense of why you. Sure, I can tell you not to feel bad about it but the truth of the matter is, it hurts. It hurts more because folk don’t know you’re still pinching off the little just to make it, the many nights you’ve had pace and pray, the days you’ve had to choose gas or food, the times you didn’t think your marriage would make it, the crying mornings and the sleepless nights. They don’t know yet they assume.

They assume because you look good, the house you live in, the car you drive or the smiles on your selfies. Can I be even more real? They assume because you’re in a ministry position. They assume because they see the anointing but not the nights you’ve been angry at God. They assume because they see God, all over you but not the times you’ve asked God to take back His oil. They assume because they see God preparing you but not know the times you’ve wanted to give up. They don’t know you had a meltdown yesterday or didn’t sleep well last night yet they assume. What do you do? Let them assume while you assume the position and posture of prayer. Let them assume while you work your faith. Let them assume while you go be great! Let them assume while God reveals the antidote to what ails you, the meaning to your mourning, the potion to end your pain, the cure to your confusion, the remedy to your rejection, the therapy to your toiling or the solution to your suffering. Then read Luke 21:10-19 but in verse 14-15 God says, “So make up your mind not to worry beforehand how to defend yourselves. For I will give you speech and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”