Daily Devotional – 2/28/19 “ This can be your Exodus”

LeAndria Johnson, a well-known gospel singer recently made headlines again when she admitted to being in jail for 30 days after violating probation due to an DUI. Not long after her admission, she went live on Facebook before entering rehab. I commend her and I’ll tell you why. As a child of God, it’s hard to be in the face of people and have flaws. Now add to that, the fact she’s a preacher and gospel singer and it makes it even harder. Yet, she owned her truth. She has a problem with alcohol. Here’s why I’m sharing this. To tell you, STOP HIDING YOUR FLAWS! I don’t care if you are in the public’s eye like LeAndria. I don’t care if you have ten thousand followers. Neither do I care about your platform, how good you look on that conference fliers or how many people log on to catch your live; it matters not, if you’re still bound! To you, that woman or man who barely has friends, you don’t make videos, you rarely post on social media, you don’t have a platform or a million followers … I’m talking to you too. I’m speaking to the woman who had a hard day with the children. I’m talking to the teacher who is suicidal. I’m speaking to the preacher who can slay worship service but not giants.

I’m talking to the deacon who can’t go a day without drinking or smoking. I’m talking to the usher who is lying with man after man because you don’t know your worth. I’m speaking to the CFO, COO, CEO who was molested as a child and you can’t keep yourself from going back to that dark place in your mind. I’m speaking to you … man or woman of God, whose past keep drilling a hole in your present. I’m speaking to the man who has fathered children but can’t be a dad because no one has taught you how. I’m speaking to the woman whose marriage is suffering because nobody taught you how to be a wife. I’m speaking to you who are depressed and find yourself being full from tears and can’t eat. I’m speaking to you who don’t feel good enough. So, you drink. So, you smoke. So, you cut yourself. So, you take pills. So, you sleep around. So, you party. So, you pretend. You smile because if you stop, you’ll burst into tears. You are the life of the party and if you stop, you might just put that gun to your head and pull the trigger. You show up when people call and if you don’t, the silence may swallow you up. Come out beloved and get help. Stop hiding your problems because when you hide them, you can’t get help for them. Stop being ashamed because that shame is what’s keeping you bound. Call the therapist, make the appointment and go this time. Check yourself into rehab and commit this time. Wipe off the makeup and let us see the real you. Roll up your sleeves and show your scars. THEN GET HELP!

Beloved, this can be your exodus, exodus = departure, from what has you imprisoned but you’ve first got to admit your part. “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”” Romans 8:15

This is my Exodus

Daily Devotional – 11/16/15 “Yet I’m still saved!”

I heard the song on the radio by Donald Lawrence titled, “Yet I’m still saved” and it went all through me. See, it doesn’t matter what you go through, you should be coming out saying yet I’m still saved. Yes I know the enemy has been showing out lately but proclaim, yet I’m still saved. Ok, the doctor has given you upsetting news, declare yet I’m still saved. You’re up this morning preparing for another procedure, another round of chemo, another dialysis treatment but say with me, yet I’m still saved. Yea, you probably checked your bank account this morning knowing good and well you got paid on Friday even though it doesn’t look like it but shout with me, yet I’m still saved. You may be trying to overcome the addiction but it seems easier said than done, say yet I’m still saved. Folk in the congregation acting up but declare, yet I’m still saved. This world were living in is in a disastrous state but announce so that they know, yet I’m still saved.

Beloved, whatever situation or circumstance you go through you should still come out saved. It doesn’t matter that folk have drug your name through the mud, come out still saved. It doesn’t matter that you got pregnant out-of-wedlock, go through it yet come out still saved. I get it; you’ve made your share of mistakes but come out still saved. Stop paying attention to the naysayers, stop dwelling on the fact that you’ve fallen down, stop staying in the pit of misery, stop throwing in the towel every time it gets hard; fight and come out still saved. Yes, the enemy may be camped outside your house with picket signs; he may show up at your worship place on Sunday, he may try to ruin bible study and choir rehearsal or he may be causing all kinds of hell in your family; come out still saved. Why? Because when you come out still saved, you can repent for the sins you’ve committed and be forgiven. When you come out still saved, you’ll still have the protection and covering of God. When you come out still saved, you can understand that even though I’ve fallen, you can get back up. If you decree that no matter what you face yet I am still saved, you’ll start to believe it and then walk in it. No matter what it looks like, say yet I’m still saved. Pain in my body, I’m still saved. Marriage in trouble yet I’m still saved. Job laid you off, yet I’m still saved. Temporarily out of funds, yet I’m still saved. Saved folk acting worse than the unsaved, yet I’m still saved! Go in saved and come out declaring yet I’m still saved!

–“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).”