Daily Devotional – 4/13/16 “Adjusting to the wrong thing!”

I saw a post that showed a frog inside a pot. The post said that the frog will adjust its body to the temperature of the water. So, I had to google this. In fact, Wikipedia says this … If you put a frog in hot water, it’ll jump out but if you put a frog in cold water and gradually increase the heat; the frog may be killed. Why? Well because although the frog’s body did adjust, it didn’t recognize the impending danger of the water getting hot so it stayed there and could eventually die. I know you’re wondering why I’m sharing this but look; many of us, Saints of God, have gotten into situations that had it been hot (not worth it in the beginning) we would have jumped out of it but because we started in it when it was cold, we’ve allowed ourselves to adjust to the mess we’re in. Yea, we’ve tied ourselves to folk we are spiritually unyoked with and we’ve adjusted to it. We get up on Sundays and go to church but leave them at home saying, “You going to that church again”. We hang out with folks who mean us no good because in the beginning they acted as if they’d change but in actuality all they were doing was warming us up to their ways. And now we’ve adjusted. Don’t believe me?

You used to go to bible study and at the start of the relationship; he/she was cool with it. Oh but now, since you’ve been there a while, they start making plans on the night they know you have bible study. You miss the first one and say you won’t miss the next one until you look and realize you’ve stopped going all together. You said you were going to abstain from sex until God sends your husband. You meet Ray and he’s acceptable to it, at first. Then he starts making comments, “Other women do it for their man,” and before long you’ve adjusted your body to the temperature of his water and stayed. You’re a member of said church and you know good and well you aren’t being spiritually fed but you’re comfortable there and now you’ve adjusted your spirituality to accept what’s been offered even though it’s not helping you. My question to you is, when will you stop adjusting to the wrong thing? Don’t you feel the water on your skin? Isn’t it hot? When will you get out? Oh, you’re waiting. Then you get out and realize the water was hotter than you thought and now you have second degree burns that have tainted your skin and your spirit. Yea, you’ve adjusted to the mess you’re in and still trying to figure out where God is. Chile, He’s where you left Him before you went in the pot. Get out and get Him!

“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.” – 1 Peter 1:14

Daily Devotional – 2/8/16 “Rejoicing in spite of!”

Baby, I am without a shadow of a doubt, glad I don’t look like the mess I’ve been through. Yea, I get excited about the fact my skin don’t show the scars from being drug to hell and back on my worst day. I’m glad my clothes don’t smell like the fire of fear I’ve sometimes found myself walking through. I am glad my hair isn’t soaked by the rain from the storms I’ve had to struggle through. And I’m so glad my shoes aren’t muddy, my nails aren’t dirty and my clothes aren’t stained from the ditches that were dug for me that God has allowed me to climb out of. Oh, aren’t you glad this good ole Monday morning when you consider what you could look like? I don’t know about you but my outlook could look worse. My today could be tormented by the trials of tribulations. My yesterday could have held me back. My tomorrow could … Well; I’ll handle it when it comes. But for right now I’ll rejoice in the fact that I’m still here.

See, I could be concerned about folk but they will be them so I won’t. I could be worried about this and that but what will worrying do? I could complain about needing more finances but when has complaining every accomplished anything? I could wish but wishing does nothing for me. So instead of all that, I’ll rejoice. What am I rejoicing for? I’m rejoicing God said that even when it looks I’m about to fall, He’ll catch me! I’m rejoicing for the activity that is in my limbs (even with a little pain). I’m rejoicing for the new anointing God has given me. I’m rejoicing because I could be backed up into a corner afraid to come out but I’m not. I’m rejoicing because I could be lying in ICU hooked up to a life support machine with my husband making a decision whether to turn it off or not but I’m not. I’m rejoicing because my family is doing well. I’m rejoicing because things could be worse. And I’m rejoicing because if it was based on me, things should be worse. Oh, you may see my glory but you surely don’t know my story! And even though I can’t take the credit for being where I am and even who I am; I can shonuff rejoice in whose I am!

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4