Daily Devotional – 2/12/20 “For I know the plans…”

God has a plan for each of our lives. No, for real, He does but most of us don’t believe it because it isn’t manifesting like WE think. We’re looking at where we are, currently, and don’t believe God can perform miracles there. We’re looking at our condition and believing the enemy when he says, God won’t dwell there. He’s a bold face lie! God dwells everywhere, and He hasn’t forgotten us. But sometimes, we may have to endure a place before we get to the place.

In Jeremiah 29, Jeremiah wrote a letter, from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets, and all the others Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. He tells them, this is the word of God concerning you.

Jeremiah 29:5-9, “Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease. Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you too will prosper.” For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Do not be deceived by the prophets and diviners among you, and do not listen to the dreams you elicit from them. For they are falsely prophesying to you in My name; I have not sent them, declares the LORD.”

See, the people of Israel were in Babylon being held captive BY GOD’S DOING. However, the fact they could receive a letter, build, start families and increase; signifies although they were being held captive, they weren’t being treated like prisoners. Some of you, you’re in an unfamiliar place but you still have the ability to produce. You simply need to get out of your own way and head. Stop looking at the place and believe God’s promises. Sure, it may be what you want, you may have planned to be further ahead by now or in a different place in your life; but what if this is God’s doing. For Jeremiah goes on to say in verses 10-14,

“For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’”

You may not hear God but He’s still listening, providing and protecting. Why? Because of the thoughts He has towards you. Yes, your current place may not be familiar, but the ground is still fertile. Your current place may not be Jerusalem, but God’s power is still justified. You need to trust HIS plan. Stop listening to people who don’t even have God’s ear. If you want to know the plans God has for you, ask Him and He’ll show you. David says in Psalm 40:4, “How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.”

Daily Devotional – 11/14/19 “Go on and cry!”

Here it is, another Thursday, in another month, almost at the end of another year and somebody is still tarrying at the table of the tempter. Yeah, you’re being troubled by temptation, yet you will not trust the one on the throne. The toil of tomorrow is already terrifying you because you will not use your tongue to trample against your tormentors. You are being tortured by your transgressions and you’re trapped. What now beloved? What are you going to do? Are you going to die there or will you choose to live? Will you drown where you are or will you come up for air, one more time? Are you willing to give up or will you try again?

I’m only asking because giving up shouldn’t be an option. Sure, the enemy is picking with you and your family, folk on the job acting crazy, spouse is sick, children trying your patience, car is costing more than it’s worth and on top of that, your sinuses and migraines have come back with a vengeance, dog keep running off, your lashes won’t stay put, lace front coming up on your wig and your heel just broke on your shoe.

What more Lord?

Here’s what you do. Get the tears out. Yeah, go on and cry because research says that crying is good for the soul. South China’s Morning Post says, “Crying is known to have a soothing effect and ‘emotional tears’ can even help rid our bodies of stress hormones. When we cry, our heart rate and breathing slow down a little and we start to calm down. We might even experience a mood boost after a good cry. Crying is useful for helping people release and express their suppressed or repressed emotions.”

For me, I cry when I get angry because it’s better than murder. I cry when I’m feeling a heaviness in my spirit because my tears are liquid prayers. Beloved, this may be your season of planting and it can very well be the hardest of your life. This could be your season of storms and it is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to face. This season could be the most pain you’ve ever felt. DON’T GIVE UP. Even if you have to cry while you plant, weather the storm or deal with the pain. DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP! Why?

For the bible tells me, in Psalm 126:5-6 that “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” Go on and cry, it’ll do you some good.