Daily Devotional – 8/13/18 “Are they praying?”

Happy Monday. I pray you have a week filled with joy and overflowing blessings, increased finances and continued health. Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, let me hope a few of you to make your week or maybe even the rest of your year better. The reason some of you are so stressed out is because you are too busy praying for folk who ain’t (I said what I said) praying for themselves. You are about to starve to death fasting for folk who won’t give up an hour to fast for themselves. The floor in your closet is worn out from the hours you’ve spent stretched out for folk who won’t stretch out for themselves. Please don’t misunderstand me and don’t take this devotional the wrong way. Sometimes you have to pray people out of the place they are in but you can only help those who want to be helped. I shared this before but you cannot free people who don’t know they are bound. Look, I am all for warring in the spirit on behalf of others but why should I be praying harder for your deliverance than you. Why should I be stretched out before God on your behalf while you are sitting at Happy Mexican on your third Margarita and happy? Why should I be calling intercessors together to pray for your marriage and you aren’t even praying for it? Why should I have to continually pray for your healing when you don’t even believe you’re sick? Nawl, I am not about to call a pray meeting for Lil Junior’s addiction when he told you he didn’t want no help. Ask them first, are they praying?

I am all for helping but only if you are willing to put forth an effort because you know as well as I do, you can’t recoup a RIGHTFUL harvest unless YOU first plant a seed. Rightful is having a legitimate claim or deserving of it. When you put in the WORK = Worship, Obedience, Request and the Kneeling; then you have a right to the harvest. Yet, if the only voice God hears is mine, whose deliverance will He grant? Mine or yours? Beloved, our faith works better by linking it. This means I take my faith, match it with your faith and we work God for what we need. Whether it be for you, me, your family or mine. But don’t allow me to work harder for yours than you’re willing to work for it. This is why when people ask me to pray for them, for a specific thing, I sometimes ask what they want me to pray for. It’s not because I need details but I need to know, 1. They’re praying and 2. We’re on one accord. See, I can’t ask God to restore their marriage when they are asking Him for a way out. I can’t pray for God to promote them on the job when they are asking God to remove them from it. I can’t be praying for God to give them the means to fix their car when they’ve been praying for a new one. Our prayers need to be on one accord and your prayers, for yourself, ought to always outweigh someone else prayers for you. Don’t pray harder for them than they are willing to pray for themselves. Ask them, are they praying because it matters.

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Daily Devotional – 8/9/18 “Where is your dance?”

Dancing, in the bible, is symbolic of joy, rejoicing and thanksgiving. Dancing signifies you moving from a place of mourning. Dancing gives a sense of gladness within your heart. Dancing gives a voice to the joy within. Beloved, where is your dance? Dancing shows the working of your limbs. Dancing implies there is blood flow happening. Dancing confirms healthy brain function. Beloved, where is your dance. Dancing indicates life. Dancing denotes defeat didn’t win. Dancing declares, I’m still here. Beloved, where is your dance? I don’t know who I’m talking too but there used to be a time you’d dance with no music because the sweet sound of Jesus, in your ear, was all you needed. There used to be a time you’d let your dance carry away the weight of the world. There used to be a time you’d get lost in dance. Beloved, where’s your dance? There used to be a time you didn’t care about having no rhythm, you’d still dance. You didn’t need a drink in your hand, you’d still dance. You didn’t need a dance floor, you’d still dance. You didn’t need an audience, you’d dance. You didn’t need a reason, you’d dance. Beloved, where is your dance?

I am not going to drag this devotional out, I simply need you to find your dance again. Whoever you are, I need you to dance again because the very thing you are looking for, it’s in your dance. The answer you’re waiting on, it’s in your dance. The darkness that needs to move, it will, when you dance. The pain, it’ll get easier to handle when you begin to dance. The grief, you can control it when you begin to dance. The anger, you can manage it better after you dance again. Yes, there will be some tears but don’t stop dancing. It may take a few tries to get back in sync, that’s alright, just dance. Shake out your leotard and dance. Dust off your shoes and dance. Go buy a new dress and dance. Get to your safe place, cue up your music, turn off the lights and get in your zone. Whatever it takes, DANCE! Find your dance, beloved.