Daily Devotional – 9/18/18 “Because you moved!

On Sunday, I preached a message from Isaiah 62 and I want to share a part of it with you today. This might not be for everybody but for somebody who has heard God but afraid to move. Maybe the assignment seems too big. Maybe the move He told you to make is outside your comfort zone. Maybe He gave you a message that is not what you would normally say. Maybe He is sending you back to a place that holds bad memories. Maybe He has told you to reach out to somebody who hurt you before. Maybe He told you help somebody who still owes you money. Maybe, what you have heard does not make sense but I need you to be obedient because this next move could be the very move to crown you. What do I mean? I will explain. Have you played checkers before? I have not so I had to study up on the game. In checkers, the object is to capture all of your opponent’s pieces or place them in a position where they have no available moves. However, the only movement you can make is one space diagonally forward. If you happen to make a move that causes you to jump your opponent, you are then able to take their checker piece. You and your opponent take turns until one of you wins. Here is the blessing I got from checkers … When you reach the end of your opponent’s board, you get to crown a checker turning it into a king checker. Once it has been crowned and it becomes king, the king checker now has power it did not have before.

Pay attention because I need you to see why your obedience is necessary, in this season.

Before, your checker piece looked like your opponent’s, only a different color but now it stands taller and becomes more noticeable. In other words, you can tell it apart from the rest because you moved. Before, you are only able to move forward but now you can move forward and backwards on the same turn. In other words, because you moved you are able to make moves you could not make before. Beloved, I do not know what God has told you but be obedient and move. I do not know the assignment He has placed before you but be obedient and move. It may not make sense but be obedient because this move is about to give you power you did not have before. Yeah, you may have to leave some people behind but be obedient. It may take a few moves to get there but be obedient. It may not make sense to your natural but move. Because you moved, you are about to tap into a favor you didn’t even know you had the ability to possess. Because you moved, you are about to experience some stuff you thought you were not worthy of. Because you moved, things are about to line up. Because you moved, favor shall be your portion!

Daily Devotional – 7/27/18 “What are you doing with your deliverance?”

I wonder how fast most our mouths would snap shut if God were to reveal the dirty parts of us. You know the contents of your heart when you aren’t worshipping on Sunday. The browser history of your internet, when no one is watching. The unfiltered version of your mouth, when you aren’t acting holy. The parts of you that you cover up when you’re shouting on the altar. Those parts that no one can see when you are preaching real good. I just wonder how you’d feel if God revealed those parts of you to people. If God pulled back the curtain and it came out that you really aren’t who you ‘post’ to be. If God uncovered the things we got away with. Stealing, cheating and intentionally writing bad checks. Or the many times you’ve had to sell the title to your car or get a check advance. Or the many times you’ve had to ask somebody for help or went to bed hungry. I wonder what would happen if God revealed what He allows to stay covered. Hear me or is it read me; whatever way is correct, get this … Just because you’ve been delivered, can pray out loud, can recite a few scriptures, you no longer need alcohol or pills to sleep, your marriage is going well, your children are halfway right, you got a few dollars in the bank; stop treating people like you didn’t go through what they have. What are you doing with your deliverance?

You are quick to offer unsolicited advice on somebody’s marriage when truth is, you and Mr. Jimmy haven’t slept in the same bed for 10 years. You can’t wait to tell folk how to raise their children when your son is in jail and you’ve been lying like he’s in the military. You want to tell Tay-Tay to pull her dress down but have you stopped to think, it’s the way you deliver the message? You all over Junior about his tattoos when you got some hidden on your forearm. Sometimes, holy folk can be too much. You talk too much. You are over the top, too much. You are in folk business, too much. You are just too much when the fact is, we all have a past we’d much rather forget about. We all have done some things we are not proud of. We all have made mistakes we wish we could erase from the book of life. But we can’t. And although I cannot see yours or I didn’t know you when you were doing any and everything; stop acting as if you’ve never sinned or done wrong when I make a mistake. My point is; don’t be quick to label and put your mouth on people, from your high place, today when God delivered you from your low place just yesterday. What are you doing with your deliverance? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:19, “Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.”