Daily Devotional – 2/20/18 “Mistakes happen!”

As a writer, I sometimes find myself reading things before I post or publish them, over and over. I will read, line by line to ensure there are no mistakes and wrong place punctuations. Yet, sometimes once I release it for the world to see, I will spot a mistake. This doesn’t mean the work or the post is any less valuable but there are some things I miss and/or messed up. Why am I telling you this? Because no matter how many times you start over, try to be right, read over stuff or even think before you speak; there is a chance you will make a mistake. It happens and regardless of the safeguards set in place, mistakes can happen. For me, I can hire an editor but a mistake can happen. Why? Because there is nothing or nobody perfect but God. Due to this, you’ve got to stop beating yourself up over something that happened. Yes, it happened. Sure, you said you’d never go again. Okay, you called him/her and flesh took over. You drank more than you said you would. You hung out with old friends and did some things you hadn’t done in years. MISTAKES HAPPEN!

And when they happen, it doesn’t mean your effort was in vain; reality is, stuff just happens. However, my question to you is, what are you going to do about it? For me, I edit my body of work or my post and publish again. I get up, dust myself off and try again. I apologize and try again. I own up to my mistakes and try again. I ask God for forgiveness and I try again. I forgive myself and try again. What I don’t do, I don’t count my mistakes because that will drive you crazy. What I do, I try again. What about you? What will you do? You’ve made the mistake, now what? You have to start over again, will you? Understand this ma’am/sir, every mistake you make isn’t a sin. Sometimes you were just plain stubborn, hard head and stupid resulting in your actions costing more than it was worth. Will you forgive yourself? For the bible shares in James 3:2, “Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” If it were that easy, we’d all be ‘greater than’ but because we’re aren’t, we have to deal with the ‘equal to’ that solves the matter at hand.

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Daily Devotional – 2/19/18 “So I prophesied!”

Today, I am changing what I speak. No longer will I wish for things I want, I shall prophesy to them. Today, I am changing my talk from that of suffering to that of sanctification. Today, I will no longer stand around and watch the dead areas of my life but I will prophesy to what God commands. See, when Ezekiel was taken to the valley of bones, he saw what his natural eyes comprehended. He saw bones which signified death. As Ezekiel walked through the valley, his eyes availed him to see dry bones, an indication that the bones had been there for a long time. In fact, human bones can take years to actually dry out so when God asks Ezekiel in Ezekiel 37:3, “Son of man, can these bones live,” Ezekiel answers and says, “Lord GOD, only you know.” His answer isn’t suggestive of him not believing but he’s looking at what is in front of him. If it were you, standing in a valley of bones that have been there for longer than a decade, what would your answer be? Yet God says in Ezekiel 37:9, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”

At first, Ezekiel places the matter back into God’s hands (God, only you know) but now God is placing the matter into Ezekiel’s mouth, “Speak a prophetic message son of man.” Thus leading me to ask beloved, what dead thing are you looking at that God has commanded you to prophesy too? What area of your life has God commanded you to speak to yet you’re being deceived by your natural eyes? Because Ezekiel declares in verse 10, “So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet–a great army.” It doesn’t matter what it looks like, with God’s power and your strength to prophesy that which is meant to live will. In this valley were the bones of folk who were disgraced, even after death. I know this because in Israel, being unburied was a disgrace to the dead. But God has the power and gives you the ability to prophesy and raise up what others have thrown away, shamed, discredited and/or humiliated. All you have to do is be willing to open your mouth. As for me; what you thought was dead, what you tried to shame, what your words tried to dishonor and your actions condemn; I’ll just stand there and declare, “SO I PROPHESIED” and watch it resurrect. So I’ll prophesy and watch what you said wouldn’t survive, live. So I prophesied…