Daily Devotional – 2/28/17 “Hooked but no power!”

When a person is on the brink of death, they’re hooked up to a life support machine that keeps the body alive until it is capable of functioning on its own. When a car battery loses power, it can be hooked to another battery whose power is sufficient enough to replenish the old battery without damaging the other. When your electronic device’s battery is low, you plug it into a power source that can recharge it. When your heart stops, a defibrillator is hooked up to restart its beating. My point is, hooking up to the right thing at the right time can do you some good. Oh but hooking up to some wrong stuff can cause you more damage. This is why you have to be careful who you hook up with because sometimes you can get hooked to some stuff that does not possess the voltages you need. Leaving you sitting somewhere with a dim light and no power. Have you ever purchased a cheap charger only to plug it in and get the warning, “this accessory may not be supported?” Or plugged your phone up only to check and see it’s not charging. There was no power strong enough to do what you needed. This is the same way spiritually because there are some folk who can’t give you what you need and you need to be aware of this before you ‘hook up’ with them. Please note, when I say hook up, I’m not speaking in a sexual way but I’m speaking of connecting spiritually.

Yes, I know you enjoy his or her ministry but is their oil strong enough to cover the both of you against the enemy’s attack? Yes, they preach well but can they pray you out of some mess, if need be? Yea, they can recite scriptures but can they cast out demons and tear down strongholds? On the flip side, can you do any of this for somebody else? If the answer is no, then you need to stick to being used by God and stop putting yourself in a position to be damaged. If you know you can’t handle being what someone else needs, don’t put yourself out there because being connected to someone, spiritually, means there may be times they’ll need you to cover them. AND you have to be able to do this without it depleting your supply. If you don’t, you may just find yourself spiritually short circuited, tired and mad at God when He isn’t the reason. Your wattage is low because you didn’t stop long enough to assess the situation before hooking up to it. Take the time to know if the person you’re connecting with can be for you what they are looking for you to be for them. In other words, be careful who you hook up too.

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Daily Devotional – 2/17/17 “The call of ministry!”

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Looking at Facebook memories and the devotional, from this date in 2015, was one on how people would often ask my husband what it’s like living in the house with a minister. He still gets this question, two years later and his answer is the same because I didn’t change (too much … lol) after my call to ministry. I was raised in the church so going to worship didn’t change. The only thing drastically different is that I now sit in the pulpit instead of beside him on the 7th row, on the right hand side. I’m still, for the most part, the same person yet I didn’t expect my husband to change overnight because I had. I’d been in training for this position and I think I did a pretty good job of preparing my husband because I knew being the spouse of someone in ministry is hard, very hard. But just like two years ago, I still believe that because God knows our destiny, He creates the person for us that can handle it. This is why we have to allow God to lead us to the person we’re destined to be with. You can’t marry Sis. Lacy or Bro. Williams and expect her/him to be okay with being the spouse of a preacher when they’ve always been super jealous. If you do, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of late night arguments on why he/she called you so late or why the secretary text you.

This is why you can’t just marry anybody because not everybody is called to the position of ministry spouse. And it is a calling. You don’t have to believe me. Ask anybody who is married to ministry, they’ll tell you. Just because she can wear a hat and he looks good in a suit, it doesn’t make them capable of walking this spiritual walk. Baby, there’s a cost associated with the oil and you need to make sure the person you lay next to at night is willing to help you pay it. The last thing you want is to come home fighting in the natural when you’ve been fighting in the spirit all doggone day. You need somebody who can cover you while you’re covering everybody else. Somebody willing to help you hold the mantle of the anointing. Somebody willing to say, “Baby, you sleep and I’ll go to the hospital and check on so and so.” Somebody willing to say, “I’ll step in and teach bible class while you’re sick,” because you don’t have anybody else. Somebody who can handle the personalities of low down, disrespectful church folk without getting their feelings hurt. Somebody who can shout for you when nobody else is. Somebody willing to push when you’re tired of pulling. This comes from trusting God for your mate and not social media.

“Dear God, help me to connect to the right person, in marriage and the right people, in relationships. Don’t allow me to enter into covenant with anyone that is not from you. Lead me to make great spiritual connections on this journey that I might grow stronger instead of weaker. Amen”