Daily Devotional – 11/4/16 “Interference”

interferenceAs I was driving into work this morning, I was listening to 95.7 Hallelujah FM on the radio. For the first part of the ride, I had the volume down because I was having my morning talk with God. Then when I turned the volume up, I started getting interference from another radio station. So much that I decided to turn the radio completely off. In the stillness of the quiet, the Holy Spirit said “This is how the enemy interferes with us.” Come on Holy Spirit. See, many times the enemy will show up simply to interfere with what you have going on. he will stop by and interfere with your marriage just when you are about to step out on faith and apply for that new house. he will interfere on your job, right at the time you’re getting ready for that promotion. he will interfere at the church, at the moment membership is going up and the chattering has finally stopped. The enemy has a way of interfering in your life and if you don’t pay attention to it, he’ll have you turning everything completely off. (Just like I did with the radio.)

This is why you need to listen, be alert and sober-minded because if you aren’t you’re likely to miss the interference and blame something or somebody else. And if you miss the interference, you miss the incentive. What do I mean? Well, in hockey, a penalty is assessed anytime you interfere with the progress of an opponent who is not in possession of the puck. In football, there is a penalty for pass interference and if it’s on defense, the other team automatically gets first down on the spot of the foul. Simply meaning, after the interference comes reward. See beloved, the enemy only interfered after my morning talk with God knowing good and well something is about to happen. And for somebody, he’s only interfering with you because he sees what’s about to be thrown your way. The enemy knows the puck/ball is headed in your direction and you’re in line to score so he interferes. Don’t fret, because after the penalty comes the prize of praise that’s about to push you into God’s promise for your life. Don’t miss it! You just need to be mindful of the interference.

Daily Devotional – 10/7/16 “Sober up!”

It’s not God’s fault. Yea, I know as much as you need to blame somebody, anybody; blame yourself. See, you’re still falling for the same old tricks even though they didn’t work last time. You fell for the, ‘I was just calling to check on you’ until he/she got your stuff and now won’t answer. You got caught up by the ‘hey’ text and now you’ve been hurt again, starting the healing process all over. Yea, you fell for it and got set up but it’s nobody’s fault but yours. Take ownership of it and then get over it. Look beloved, you’ve got to stop falling for the same, tired tricks by the same tired trick (the enemy). You’ve got to open your eyes and understand that if he/she was that way yesterday, there’s a pretty good chance they are the same today. Haven’t you heard the story of the woman who nursed a snake back to health and he thanked her by biting her? Why? Well because his true nature is a snake. He only did what he knows to do. It’s like a habitual criminal, it’s their habit. Having an addiction, it’s their habit. An abuser, it’s their habit. This is why you can’t change someone. A person has to be willing, ready and able to change themselves. You can’t do it for them. And please believe me when I tell you this, they will talk a good game but be unable to play one.  

sober-minded

1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Sober, here, doesn’t mean from drinking but this particular use of the word sober means serious in demeanor. Simply stating be serious so that you can be alert and watchful of your surroundings and see what’s going on because when you do this, you’ll be able to “Stand firm against him (the enemy), and be strong in your faith. (1 Peter 5:9)” Are you sober or are you sleep? If you get nothing else out of this, take this nugget … The enemy doesn’t change. He may dress up, buy you nice gifts, whisper sweet nothings in your ear, rub you in all the right places and even make you temporarily feel good but when the lights come on, he’ll still be the same enemy with the same tricks. So stop falling for it. Be sober minded and stand up! You have to make it up in your mind that today, the enemy no longer has access to your stuff. Hell, make him work so hard for it that by the time he gets close enough, he’ll no longer want it. All it takes is you getting tired of being in the same place. All it’ll take is you becoming fed up with reaping the same pitiful harvest. Because it’s when you’re tired, fed up and pissed off at self that you’ll march into enemy territory to get your stuff back. You don’t have to believe me. Get tired of crying, fighting and being without and you’ll see. Sober up and fight!