Daily Devotional – 6/4/18 “Breakout before breakthrough!”

When a person suffers with acne and they try new medication to fix the affected areas, there is normally a breakout that occurs. Does it look good, no but it needs to happen. See, during my research I found that when you switch to new medications and/or treatment, your skin has to purge or detox itself. When this happens, all of the ugly stuff lying dormant under your skin comes to the surface. Why? Because this new treatment plan doesn’t just treat the surface but it is attempting to get to the root of the problem and in order for the new medicine to work, it first has to clean out the mess that is occupying the space it needs. And for somebody reading this, you are trying to figure out why it seems that everything is popping out, around you, all at once. Everywhere you look you see pimples (Pain, illness, mistakes, persecution, longsuffering, emptiness and sadness) and scars (shame, calamity, accusations, rebuke and stumbling blocks). You can’t make sense of it and no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of it. Beloved, it’s because you switched to a new treatment called Jesus and in order for Him to clean you up, He first has to clean you out and this means getting to the root of the problem. Jesus is going beneath the surface because this time, when you asked Him to clean you up, it is for real and you are ready.

This is why folks are showing their true intentions. God is purging them from your system. This is why relationships that once worked, aren’t satisfying you anymore. God is purging them from your system. This is why the job laid you off. God is purging them from your system. Wondering why it feels like your place of worship is no longer fitting, God is purging them from your system. Old stuff popping up out of nowhere, God is purging them from your system. Jesus needs all of the mess gone because if He was to leave it, it runs the chance of attaching itself to the new treatment and causing it not to work. Does it look and feel good, nope but it has to be done. Come here David. In Psalm 51 he requested of God a clean heart after he’d had an affair with Bathsheba. David had a need to be cleaned so he cried out, “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.” God did but first He had to bring the mess to the surface. He couldn’t cover his breakout and neither can you so stop fighting the breakout because afterwards comes your breakthrough. Yes, the breakout is ugly and painful but the breakthrough is unmistakable and precise.

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Daily Devotional – 5/31/18 “I will not explain!”

Stop trying to explain to folk how you made it, especially when most of them never believed you would. Stop feeling sorry for walking in purpose after you’ve survived being knocked down, too many times to count. Beloved, you have to get to a place where you tell folk, “I will not explain.” See, they weren’t there those days you contemplated suicide when the pain was too much. They were not there the nights you had to drink yourself to sleep because you were tired of being alone. They were not there those Sundays, after you’d preached real good and checking account still in the negative. They were not there those times you were abused by the one who vowed to love you. They weren’t there when you had to figure out how to feed a family of four, for a week, with the $20 you just borrowed from grandma. They weren’t there when you had to deal with being broken because you are anointed. They weren’t there when you were rejected for being righteous. They aren’t there when you encourage everybody else yet still suffering. They are not there when the voices, in your head, would not let you rest but you made it. They weren’t there when the depression, sickness and a shut womb almost shut you down but didn’t. Baby, don’t you dare explain!

From here on out; stand with your head high, your shoulders back and your neck on go to roll and to tell folk … I WILL NOT EXPLAIN! I will not explain why I love who I love. I will not explain why I live where I live. I will not explain why I drive what I drive. I will not explain why I put up with what I put up with. I will not explain why I serve like I serve. I will not explain why I do the things I do. I will not explain why I worship God like I do. And I definitely will not explain why God called me because you don’t understand it. Please hear me well, this is not personal but let me take it there for a line or two. You hear the sermon but you don’t see the hours of studying, missed times with family and friends and the struggle of carrying this mantle. You see the books being written but not the hours it takes to make sure it’s right, the money being spent when there were years of no sales and royalties. You see the glory but before you speculate, ask for the story. To make it plain, keep your mouth off of folk’s lives and blessings when you don’t know the hell they have endured and/or still enduring. Either be happy or hush. For our testimony is now Galatians 2:20, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”