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 – 6/26/14 “Saint!”

Yea, you’ve probably being saved ever since you sat on the mourners’ bench at revival when you were 12 yet you haven’t always acted like it. Yea, you probably keep your bible in the car but when you do take it in the house to share the word with your family? You can probably even recite scriptures from memory but are you living by them? Stop acting like you got a Holier than thou card in your wallet because we are all just saved sinners called saints. (Saint = Sinner abiding in new territory) Chile, stop acting like your salvation is greater or better than mine. Don’t you know we are all sinners who have been saved by the same blood? Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” So cut out the act like you don’t sin every now and then because even the bible says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Let me tell you this, God doesn’t keep track of the numbers of years you’ve been saved but He’ll ask how many souls you’ve saved since then. God isn’t concerned with that fancy bible you got in that nice looking bible bag but He’ll ask how many times you’ve opened it to share His word with someone else. God isn’t concerned with the make and model of your car but He’ll want to know how many times you’ve given a ride to those in need. He won’t even ask you to recite a scripture from memory but He’ll want to know how many did you share with non-believers. Baby, God doesn’t care about the number of followers on Twitter, the friend count on Facebook or the likes on Instagram but He’ll want to know how many people you invited to church or shared the message with. It isn’t about the brand of phone you have but it is about the number of times you’ve answered it to pray for someone. Does God want us to be perfect? Yes, because the bible says in Matthew 5:48, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” but this doesn’t mean we are punished when we make mistakes because if this was the case He wouldn’t have given us repentance.

We are all sinners striving to be better which is why I said we are saints – sinners abiding in new territory. So again, quit acting like the baptism water gave you a higher calling than anyone else because we all have the same road to travel to get to God. Yea, our paths go in different directions but in the end we all have to take the same route, death. We need to get back to saving souls because we are losing too many of them and God isn’t pleased. We need to take the world out of church and take the church into the world. It’s time out for playing fleshly games and get back to kingdom business. We are all saved sinners who should practice what is said in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” It is our responsibility to help one another through the sharing and teaching of God’s word instead of trying to beat the hell out of one another with harsh criticism and hate. We are all sinners, oh but (don’t you love but) Romans 3:24 says, “Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” So, please know, I am no better than you and you are no better than me for we are all saints, “Sinners Abiding In New Territory!”