Daily Devotional – 9/11/15 “Your new assignment!”

Today is the last day in my old assignment (old job) and in a few days I will begin a new one. And although I am sad to be leaving the old, I am excited about starting the new. Now, as I was writing the very first sentence, I was guided to tell somebody that you need to be prepared to leave your old assignment soon. Yea, it’s scary to step into something new but get excited because God is about to manifest some things that’s about to blow even your mind. However, in order for these things to happen; you’ve got to be ready to leave your old dwelling place, your old assignment and maybe even some old folk. Are you willing? Yes, I get it … It’s hard to let go of what you’re comfortable of but how’s that been working for you? I know you’ve been on that job for years but you’re not going anywhere and it’s not utilizing your gifts. Oh, I know you’ve been a member of the church since you were knee-high to a duck but baby; your spirituality has been stunted. Yea, I get that fact that you’re complacent in those friendships but if they are doing you more harm than good, it may be time to renegotiate the terms of the agreement.

Don’t you get it? God can’t move you if you’re intent on being grounded and unmovable. God can’t use you if you are usable. And God surely won’t elevate you out of the old when you are not prepared for the new. This is why the bible says in Ephesians 4:22-23, “throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” For when you put away the old and get ready to step into the new, you’ll be ready to, Like Ephesians 4:24 say, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God–truly righteous and holy.” God is getting ready, in this season, to shift some folk into some new assignments but we have to be ready, willing and able. And once we are in the assignment, we still have to be ready, willing and able. And being ready, willing and able isn’t only by saying you are but it’s about living like you are. Not perfect living because none of us are perfect but it’s striving to be greater than we were the day before. Are you ready for your new assignment? If not, get ready!

Daily Devotional – 8/21/14 “If you don’t fit, stick out!”

I had this old cord and no matter how much I tried to make it, it just wouldn’t charge my phone. I mean; I turned it all kinds of ways, I tried it in different USB places on my computer and even thought if I plugged it in the wall that maybe it would work but nope, it just wouldn’t fit. Then, I stopped and thought about something. I thought, how does God feel when we constantly try to make worldly stuff fit into His biblical teaching. It’s like when we start bringing the world into the church, it doesn’t fit. Oh but the church fits perfectly into the world for the bible says in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” It’s like when you say you’ve been changed and baptized in God’s name yet you try to do the things you used to do knowing they no longer fit for the bible says in Ephesians 4:24, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God–truly righteous and holy.” When you are righteous and holy, some of the things you used to do won’t fit anymore. When you are on the Lord’s side, some of the places you used to go, no longer fit on your calendar any longer. Please understand, there isn’t anything wrong with you going to a party as long as you come out the same way you went it. If you went in holy and sober, come out holy and sober. Folk get this thang twisted thinking that once you become a saint you can no longer have fun but the bible says in Ecclesiastes 8:15, “So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.”

All I am saying is this, not everything fits in your life as being a Christian and it’s ok to say that. Don’t feel bad about turning down invitations to certain things because you no longer feel comfortable going there because they won’t be the ones telling the story at judgment. You have to be the one to give an account for your actions when it’s your time so be able to give an account for your actions now. Stop using the excuse; they made me do it, they pressured me into it, they wouldn’t take no for an answer and all that crap when you’re grown. If you no longer fit it, then stick out and be just fine being different. I’ve shared this scripture most of the week but it fits again, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2.” If you don’t fit, stick out!