Daily Devotional – 3/5/20 “Relationship physical”

Did you know it’s recommended you get a physical every year? This is an examination by a primary care professional who will check your overall health. This exam checks for possible diseases, abnormal blood work, to make sure you’re up to date on immunizations etc. Regular physicals are used to allow your doctor to treat anything they may be concerned with before it becomes severe. Why am I talking about physicals in a devotional? Well, because the same way a physical is recommended for your health, it’s also recommended for your relationships.

See, every now and then you’ve got to reevaluate your circle. Mane look, some of you are in a fight, every day, because you’re calling your enemy ‘bro’ and ‘sis’ while allowing them access to your people, plans and places. Some of you are in relationship with folk who pray, daily, for your demise but they’re the first one loving your posts. You’re sharing your visions and business plans with folk who don’t want to see you succeed but they’re showing up. You can’t see it because you’ve stopped checking them for abnormalities.

Sure, they’ve always been there for you. You’ve grown up together and you trust them. They were there when your third marriage failed, the job laid you off, you got bad news from the doctor etc. They were there when you first started your business, when you were thinking of quitting, but didn’t, or when God called you into the ministry. I get it but every now and then, you’ve got to perform a relationship physical to check the overall health of the relationship.

Because here’s the thing, you can grow, and they don’t. You can change, they don’t. Or, you can simply outgrow each other. I know this is tough, but you can be in covenant relationships with people that are causing you harm. What if that relationship is the one bringing in the ungodly spirits because you discern everybody else but them? Or is it, you know they’re wrong for you, but you don’t want to hurt their feelings, so you ignore the warnings? What if that relationship is the one keeping your from reaching your full potential because you trust their advice? Understand, I’m not saying every person is out to get you but every now and then, you need to ensure you and the person you’re in relationship with can still meet each other needs.

Relationships as in personal, business and spiritually. Yeah, you need to do a check up on your place of worship too, to make sure it can still meet your needs. All I’m saying is, perform a relationship physical, every now and then, to ensure the overall health is still good. If it’s not, this is when you determine the areas that need further elevation and a plan to either heal it or remove it.

Daily Devotional – 3/2/20 “Use God’s word”

Don’t fast, abstain from something or jump into a corporate fast because somebody else is doing it. Fast, give up something for Lent or however you choose to do it because you’re seeking a closer relationship with God or a clearer understanding of your purpose in Him. Look, fasting isn’t for play. When you fast, your prayers have to become stronger, increased, more reflective and thoughtful. This isn’t a time for quick, soft, begging prayers because when you fast, you’re removing from flesh something the enemy will try to use against you.

Matthew 4:1-4 says, “When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

The enemy tried to use Jesus’ humanity of hunger against Him. It’s the same for you. The enemy will seek to play with your mind by using what your flesh is abstaining from. How do you survive it? With God’s word. This mean study more, worship more, pray more, journal, ask questions, go to bible study and Sunday school and read. This means, spending more time with God and resisting the enemy. You don’t have to believe me but every time the enemy tried Jesus, He used God’s word.

Verse 5 – Satan takes Jesus to Jerusalem, the highest peak of the Temple and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands, so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus’ reply, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

Verse 8 – Satan takes Jesus to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He says in verse 9, “I will give it all to you, if you will kneel down and worship me.” Jesus’ reply, “Get out of here, Satan, for the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’” You know what happened … Bible says, “Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.”

Fast or give up something for Lent, if you choose but you must be strapped up and ready for the enemy’s attacks. They are coming but you CAN survive, if you know AND use God’s word to do it.