Daily Devotional – 6/24/15 “Commit – God is waiting!”

I shared with you on yesterday the verse, Proverbs 16:3 that say, “Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” Now, I also told you that in order for you to commit your actions to the Lord, you have to first commit yourself to the Lord. You can’t honestly commit your actions to Him and expect everything you do to succeed if you have yet to commit your life to Him, can you? You’re only committing half way when you have to go all in! That’s like telling your personal trainer you’re committed to making a lifestyle change but every time you leave the gym you’re eating a double cheeseburger meal with large fries and the large drink from Five Guys – it won’t work. See, what I didn’t share with you on yesterday was Proverbs 16:4 that say, “The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Baby, God has everything designed for His purpose. Oh, you thought the enemy was self-made? Go back and read the ending of that verse – King James Version says, even the wicked for a day of evil. Oh, you thought that illness you’re suffering with was due to you, baby that’s simply God being manifested through you. Yea, I know it doesn’t feel good at the moment but this is just your sowing season and soon your reaping shall begin. What do I mean? Well, you have to sow sickness to reap your healing, disappointment to sometimes reap to your happiness and stress to appreciate the sacrifice! Chile, keeping sowing for soon you shall reap a reward that will be worth the payoff!

Yea; you may be going through chemo, radiation, dialysis, surgery, constant pain, high blood pressure, drug addiction, alcoholism, dealing with migraines, sinuses, asthma, cancer, heart disease, losing your eyesight, being cheated on, hurt by someone you gave your heart to, pushed by folk who look saved, talked about by folk who quote scriptures with the same mouth, used by folk who proclaim the gospel, let down by folk who are supposed to love you, judged by family, hurt in the church, tired of struggling in your finances, worn out from putting on a brave face, over being turned down for job after job but ma’am, sir … “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans; Proverbs 16:3!” You cannot do it on your own, stop trying. Quit with the proud act. Stop trying to do it on your own- how’s that working for you? You need to commit yourself and your actions to God and GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER! God will do His will, will you do yours?

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Daily Devotional – 6/23/15 “What are you working for?”

For the last 12 weeks I’ve been attending this Dale Carnegie course on Effective Communications & Human Relations Skills. Now, when I initially started taking this course, I did it because my previous manager placed it on my career progression path as a means for me getting into management. So, I did and I went in with my mind made up that I was already an effective communicator and that I only needed this class as a great mark on my resume and as a means to help me move higher into my chosen career path. Man, was I wrong. This class helped me in more ways than one. See, I’ve been so focused on becoming a manager that I was overlooking the fact that I need to be alright with the right now and the leader I am already. I’ve been so focused on being overlooked for this position, being overworked and undervalued that I almost missed my assignment of being where I am for the purpose of what I was put here for. Here I was waiting for folk to validate the validity of my gifts when God has already made it known that I am worthy, gifted, anointed, talented and among all things His! I’ve come to realize that I’ve got this thang all wrong.

There was a story that the instructor told at the end of class on last night that went like this (I’m paraphrasing)… There were two mechanics working on the tracks of the railroad, one was young and the other was an older gentleman. As the train came through the station, another older gentleman got off and shouted down to one of the mechanics, “Hey Bob.” Bob shouted back, “Hey Frank.” When Frank left, the younger mechanic says, “Do you know who that was? That’s the president of the railroad. How do you know him?” Bob says, “We started together at the railroad some 30 years ago.” The younger mechanic says, “If you both started together, why is it he’s the president of the company and you’re still a mechanic.” Bob replies, “Because I started working for $3.13 an hour and Frank started working for the railroad.” – The moral of the story is … Be careful what you’re working for! Either you’re working for the money or you’re working for a career. Many times we can get caught up in being stuck, complacent, comfortable and alright with being where we are but is it what we are called to do? Are we utilizing our gifts? Are we using our talents? Or are we limiting our abilities out of fear of stepping out. Yea, we might fail, we might even fall but how do you know unless you do it? Fear has kept a lot of folk from making it. Fear has allowed a lot of dreams to be buried. Don’t allow yours to be one of them. If it’s working out, changing jobs, writing a book, starting a blog, doing devotion in church, teaching Sunday school, saving some money, opening a business, starting a new ministry within the church; whatever it is; do it! Don’t let the lack of trying be the reason you don’t succeed. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” Oh but before you commit your actions you have to first commit yourself. God is waiting. And if you’ve already committed yourself to the Lord, stop being afraid to ask Him for what you need because He’ll come through with His end of the deal, will you?