Daily Devotional – 1/22/18 “Why God?”

No, this isn’t one of those devotionals where we will spend the next few minutes questioning God on why this/that is or is not happening. In actuality, the question, “Why God,” is directed at you. Yes, you; why did you choose God? I am not looking for the cute, fluffed up answer but I need you to dig deep and think about this thing. You’re probably wondering what difference does it make or even the sense of this question but I’m asking in order for you to really think about it. See, when you truly figure out why you chose God, maybe then you’ll truly start believing, trusting and serving God more. So, I ask you again, why God? Why did you choose God that day? I am not talking about the time, you were 13, went to a revival with your grandmother and joined the mourner’s bench. I’m referring to that time, in the middle of your bedroom, when you felt like you couldn’t go on and you surrendered. I’m talking about that time you stopped running and finally told God yes. I’m talking about that time you were standing at the end of the ledge about to jump but didn’t. The time you were staring at the barrel of the gun but didn’t pull the trigger. The time you counted out the pills but didn’t swallow them. I’m talking about that time you gave up and decided you no longer wanted to live the way you’d been living. I’m talking about the time, you for real chose God.

Why? What made that time different from the rest? What made that night different from all the other nights, you laid awake after committing the sin? What made that morning different from all the other mornings you cried and declared you’d changed? Look, I am not asking this question to pry into your business but I’m asking in order for you to take a reflective look. You chose God for a reason and whatever the reason is/was, it made you trust God, believe in and on God and serve Him. And if God was worthy of being chosen then, what happened to make you doubt Him now because He hasn’t changed. If you trusted Him enough, then, to give yourself to Him; what happened to make you change now because God is still the same. Why God? Today I want you to do something for me. Take a few minutes of alone time, turn off all distractions, focus and go back to that dark place and rediscover the reason you, for real, chose God. Doing this allows you to reignite the fire you once had and the belief in God who was able to save you, bring you out, heal, deliver and set you free. Rediscovering why you chose God, may just be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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Daily Devotional – 1/19/18 “When to fight and when to cut off!”

Here it is, another day you’ve woken up feeling defeated. You laid down last night with the weight of the world on your shoulders because it seems like nothing you’re doing is working. You’re praying and fasting and still fighting and perishing. You’ve stopped doing the old things you used to do and still facing more hell. You’ve surrendered and still find suffering in your bed. You’ve been faithful and still fatigued. Devoted and still depressed. Helpful and still hated. Asking yourself and God, why can’t I win sometimes? Well beloved, I simply stopped by to tell you, it may be what you’re fighting with. See, I begin to write this devotional about cutting some stuff off but then the Holy Spirit sent me to Isaiah 2:4 which says, “He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Then He said, go to Joel 3:10 which says, “Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors.”

God is saying, you’ve been preparing for war when you should be preparing for harvest or you’ve been dressing for harvest when you should be getting suited up for war. And the reason you are not winning is because you are not able to decipher between the two which ultimately has you unprepared to be victorious. Plowshares are a tool used to turn over the dirt and pruning hooks remove dead stuff. A sword and spear is used for thrusting or striking. Look, there will be times when you will need to fight a battle but there are also times you will need to pluck up and cut off some things/people just to stop the damage to your harvest. However, the only way you’ll survive the battle or the cut off is being able to decipher the difference between when you have need of which. Because whether you agree with me or not, there are some things/people, in your vicinity who are not worth fighting over because they are harmful to your growth and this is the time you’ll need the plowshares and pruning hook in order to pluck them from their position and cut them off. Other times, there will be things/people, around you, who are worthy of fighting for because they bring out the best in you and this is when you’ll need the sword and spear to go to war on their behalf. Know when it’s time to fight and when it’s time to prune your space because it can make a difference.