Daily Devotional – 8/3/15 “The enemy’s open position”

The devil will use you as long as you’re usable and as soon as you’ve done that which he has endorsed you for; he’ll cast you aside. Yea, the enemy makes your living good, while you’re on his payroll but soon your assignment will end and then you’ll be right back in a jacked up situation trying to figure out how you ended up there. Aren’t you tired of playing both sides, yet? Are you not tired of being used, yet? Chile, the enemy doesn’t care whether you survive in this thang because all he cares about is getting the job done. It’s like working at a temporary service. They send you out to these temporary jobs and they really aren’t concerned whether or not you have benefits, they just need workers. They really don’t care if this is your area of expertise because they’ll train you to do what they need at the time, they just need workers. They really aren’t concerned with much because as soon as you stop doing what they ask, miss a day, be late or better yet; finish the assignment, your job is done. And now, here you are back at the drawing board looking for another job.

The enemy is the same. He’s conniving and doesn’t give a darn about you or your feelings; he just needs workers. Yea, he’ll pay you and he’ll even give you a few rewards but when you’re done; he’ll cast you aside. Then you’ll be back in your pit, crying out to God for help when you should have cut ties with the enemy to begin with. God keeps saying, I’m here but you’re still crying. And then He’ll ask the question like Jesus did in John 8:43, “Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!” He’ll say like John 8:44, “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Is this you? Is this your character? No, then why consistently be used by the enemy? You do understand his retirement plan, don’t you? (I’ve heard it’s hot). But when you get tired, you’ll give your resignation letter and God will be waiting for He forgives and forgets (when you repent) but you have to get up and make the first move!

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Daily Devotional – 1/13/15 “Spiritual battle!”

Getting over the flu has been something! I mean, it comes quickly, quietly and attacks your entire body and even with medicine, afterwards it still takes time to fully get yourself back together. I tell y’all, I haven’t been this sick in a while and it’s taking me a minute because it has me feeling out of sorts, off my game and not myself and I don’t like that feeling. But then I realized this morning, that this feels almost like being in a spiritual battle for the bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Oh ok! See, here we are thinking we are doing something when we got to fight folk that are standing in our faces but they aren’t nothing compared to the ones we have to fight that we can’t see. Those are the ones we need to be preparing ourselves for. Yet you are too busy worried about a man who cheated on you, a woman who walked off and left you, church folk who said something about you, friends who didn’t call when you were sick, who didn’t show up when momma died, who didn’t text when your dog ran off, who didn’t congratulate you on your new job or post on your wall for your birthday but baby who got time to worry about that, we are in a spiritual battle!

You don’t have time to fight folk when you got a spiritual battle that is already waged against you. Who cares what folk are saying about you, let them talk. Who cares what they call you, just be mindful of what you answer too. Who cares that they say you’d never amount to nothing, keep adding up what they keep subtracting. Folks say all the time, how can she be a minister of God’s word and write fiction books yet I don’t entertain that mess because God gave me both gifts and He gives me full range of both. See, folk will talk you out your gift IF YOU LISTEN! All I am saying is this, as Saints of Gods on this Christian walk; we have a lot to deal with. This is why we have to stay prayed down, studied up, praised filled and shout ready. The enemy is a spiritual war that we have to fight every moment and we can’t fight it if we don’t know how to spot him and if we aren’t ready. Stop being off your game! Get up ready to fight. How do you do this? It’s simple, by lying down at night ready to fight. But you have to get yourself in order first and then get your house in order. You can’t be ready to fight a spiritual war if you are fighting within yourself and then in your home. If your house is already chaotic the enemy slides in and you don’t even notice. However there is hope because just like the flu, you can beat the battle but you have to fight. And when it’s over, you’ll be back to like you were and there’ll be no evidence that the flu I mean that you were even in a battle because now you are victorious!