Daily Devotional – 5/24/17 “God’s staffing agency!”

Sometimes you will be placed into a position, a community, a worship place, a relationship or even on a job to be used as a reminder that God is still God. Look, God will place a pastor into a position to get his/her feelings hurt daily only for him/her to leave with a smile and more than he/she came with. God will place you on a job, in the midst of hellish folk and you will show up every day smiling while your salary increases year after year. God will send you back to school without a clue how tuition is going to be paid just to show somebody, who is secretly watching you, that He is a wonder worker. God will allow you to survive stage 4 cancer, 20% kidney function, high blood pressure, tumors, stroke and heart attacks because of somebody who is battling with not believing He can heal. God will connect you to some folk publicly, who don’t even like you, simply because they prayed privately for your downfall. Beloved, God will send you an invitation to a closed event because somebody whispered, you don’t belong there.

God has a way of making your enemy shame before you. Those same ones who tried to curse your gift will be the one paying double your fee. The one who told you, you would never preach in “their” pulpit will be the one calling on you to pray them out of the enemy’s hands. The ones who said you would never get approved for the house will be the ones asking you for advice on how they can get one too. The ones who said you’d never make it out the ghetto, will be the very one using you for a reference. That same girl who left because you could only afford to fix cars in the backyard, opened the door for your wife who wrote the plan for your new business. That dude that left when you gained a little weight, will be the one calling when he sees your Facebook status change from “it’s complicated” to “in a relationship with.” Those who counted you out will be the very ones texting “hey” when they see surviving. This is why you cannot downplay where you are, at this moment. Yes, I know you are tired of being in this place and it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t move but trust God’s placement. If your prayers are plentiful, your devotion is dedicated, your service is steadfast, your fasting is faithful and your worship is whole; God will do what He promises. For His word says in Isaiah 41:10, “I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Daily Devotional – 5/22/17 “Missing the fellowship”

On yesterday, I witnessed the true meaning of fellowship, something that is missing in a lot of worship places of today. My niece, Michaiah, who is 15 years, is preparing to study abroad her sophomore year of high school and in September, she will travel to Italy. Yesterday, there was a benefit to help offset the over $15K in fees associated with making her dream a reality because we cannot do it alone. Some new villagers were added to the tribe of #forMichaiahsbenefit and they came together, in a way of fellowship and raised over $2300. It was amazing. I am sharing this because there is not a lot of fellowship happening within the walls of worship places anymore. Just think about it. There used to be a time when a person was sick, the ‘fellowship’ of believers would rally around and pray. Now, they just show up to be the first to get information. When a person died, the ‘fellowship’ would ensure the family lacked for nothing but now, you can’t even get a 7 piece chicken without everybody knowing you were the one who bought it. When the pastor is going through, the ‘fellowship’ would rally around to hold up his/her arms but now most of them are the ones causing the hell.

The bible says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” What happened to fellowship? Where are the services that actually care about your soul? What happened to the deacons and trustees that care about God’s assigned under shepherds and not the savings account? What happened to the fellowship of believers who can recite the mission statement or tell you the real vision of the church? Where is the fellowship of folk who still follow the law of God? Where is the fellowship of believers who can pay somebody’s light bill without it needing a vote from the majority? What happened to the fellowship who would hold up those who were leaning? Where are the believers who once covered the altar for others in spite of what they were going through? I am only asking because I miss this kind of fellowship. The genuine fellowship of closed mouths and open arms to receive you without knowing your problem. The fellowship of prayers to rebuke the storm you’re in. The fellowship of mothers who carried something to cover your knees if your skirt was too short but never made you feel bad about it. The fellowship of men who you could look up too instead of them looking at you. Where is the fellowship? If you see, tell him I’ve been looking for him.

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