Daily Devotional – 6/7/19 “Remove the sign!”

In my book, Dear God: Hear My Prayer, I shared a message about the Do Not Disturb Sign. In this message, I wanted you to know that when you surrender to God, you remove the block you’ve placed on Him. A block that is like placing a Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door. If the sign is there, the housekeeper can’t come in and do what he or she has a responsibility to do. When this happens, you choose to keep whatever trash, dirty towels and unchanged bed sheets that have accumulated during your stay. However, when the sign is removed, the housekeeper is then able to remove the trash, give you clean towels, change the dirty linens and make your room habitable again. For somebody, today, it’s time you remove the Do Not Disturb sign from your heart and let God in. I know, you’re looking at the mess and you’re embarrassed but baby, God is there to clean, not to condemn. Sure, you allowed things to get out of hand and you’re afraid of the damage that has been done. You’re thinking about how much, this is going to possibly cost you because it’s your name on the bill but beloved, it’s already paid.

All God needs is for you to open the door and give Him permission to do what He promised He would. Aren’t you tired of living in the dirty conditions? Aren’t you tired of trying to make the trash smell good? Are you not tired of throwing stuff under beds and in closets? Are you not tired of sleeping in a dirty bed and covering up with a blanket of burdens? What I mean is, aren’t you tired of masking the stench of bad relationships that plague us like the smell of unemptied garbage cans, the stink of soul ties that cling to us like dirty linens, the addictions that linger like a ring around the tub or the dishonest decisions that hurt us as much as a bill for a damaged hotel room. If you are, then it’s time you remove the sign and let the housekeeper in by declaring like David in Psalm 51:2, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin,” (‘Throughly’ is spelled this way in King James means in a way that penetrates fully and completely). If you don’t, you do realize, the housekeeper will keep passing your room, right? As long as the sign is there, He’ll continually walk by because He can’t force you to receive what comes along with the accommodations of choosing Him. Will you remove the sign and let God in?

Psalm 32:5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.”

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Daily Devotional – 6/4/18 “Breakout before breakthrough!”

When a person suffers with acne and they try new medication to fix the affected areas, there is normally a breakout that occurs. Does it look good, no but it needs to happen. See, during my research I found that when you switch to new medications and/or treatment, your skin has to purge or detox itself. When this happens, all of the ugly stuff lying dormant under your skin comes to the surface. Why? Because this new treatment plan doesn’t just treat the surface but it is attempting to get to the root of the problem and in order for the new medicine to work, it first has to clean out the mess that is occupying the space it needs. And for somebody reading this, you are trying to figure out why it seems that everything is popping out, around you, all at once. Everywhere you look you see pimples (Pain, illness, mistakes, persecution, longsuffering, emptiness and sadness) and scars (shame, calamity, accusations, rebuke and stumbling blocks). You can’t make sense of it and no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of it. Beloved, it’s because you switched to a new treatment called Jesus and in order for Him to clean you up, He first has to clean you out and this means getting to the root of the problem. Jesus is going beneath the surface because this time, when you asked Him to clean you up, it is for real and you are ready.

This is why folks are showing their true intentions. God is purging them from your system. This is why relationships that once worked, aren’t satisfying you anymore. God is purging them from your system. This is why the job laid you off. God is purging them from your system. Wondering why it feels like your place of worship is no longer fitting, God is purging them from your system. Old stuff popping up out of nowhere, God is purging them from your system. Jesus needs all of the mess gone because if He was to leave it, it runs the chance of attaching itself to the new treatment and causing it not to work. Does it look and feel good, nope but it has to be done. Come here David. In Psalm 51 he requested of God a clean heart after he’d had an affair with Bathsheba. David had a need to be cleaned so he cried out, “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.” God did but first He had to bring the mess to the surface. He couldn’t cover his breakout and neither can you so stop fighting the breakout because afterwards comes your breakthrough. Yes, the breakout is ugly and painful but the breakthrough is unmistakable and precise.