Daily Devotional – 10/20/17 “Pressure!”

Somebody woke up on this Friday morning still feeling the pressure of yesterday, last week, last month and last year. The pressure feels like it’s about to overtake your life and at any moment, you’ll blow. But can I tell you something? Pressure means you’re still in the game. Pressure means you’re still living and able. Pressure means you’re still in position. See, when a player feels pressure that means someone is counting on her/him to do his/her part. When you are feeling pressured by the demands of life, it means somebody is still depending on you to do your part. Does it feel good? Heck no but it should give you the passion to push on. Look, if you didn’t feel pressured (even from yourself) would you have the ambition to do better? If you didn’t feel pressured to provide for your family, would you? Understand, you will not feel pressure everyday but those days you do and they seem to come more often than you like, remind yourself … Pressure means I’m still in the game and it means someone is still counting on me to make it.

Pressure isn’t to take you out but it’s to get out of you that which is on the inside. This is why you, your parents, mentors, family, friends and etc. pressure you to do better because they (and you) know the potential greatness that’s inside of you. I am not talking about peer pressure to go against what you believe in or to change the right for the bad but I’m speaking of the pressure that should push you to destiny. The pressure to not conform. The pressure to help those who talk about you. The pressure to willingly suffer for Christ’s sake. The pressure to be the best you, even in the worse of circumstances. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 24:10, “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.” And there is no way, as Christians, our strength should be fragile, small or made to feel inferior because the bible says in Exodus 15:2, “The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” The pressure … it means you are still in it to win it! Don’t lose hope even when it feels like more than you can bear.

Daily Devotional – 11/11/13 “SAVED”

Yea, we all know that when we accept God into our life that He saves us but did you know that being saved means you’re Soaring Above Valleys Every Day? See, each day that you walk for God the enemy’s job is to knock you down and when he shows up, it’s not to make you wobble but it’s to make sure you fall hard enough to stay down. See, the enemy wants to make sure you fall into the lowest valley so that you may not have the strength to pull yourself out of but my bible tells me in Exodus 15:2, “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him–my father’s God, and I will exalt him!” He wants to make sure you walk through the darkest valley so that you might not be able to see your way through but my bible tells me in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” He even wants you to get comfortable in your valley so that you’ll want to stay but what you need to do is remind that ole enemy that you’re saved which means you’re Soaring Above Valleys Every Day! Psalm 27:1 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” So why are you afraid of what the enemy pledges to do when you’re saved? Why are you running out of fear of what the enemy is throwing at you when you’re saved? Why are you hiding from the storm when you should be rejoicing in it? I mean, you are saved right? Then you should know that Psalm 91:2-4 says, “This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease and He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.”

Stop stumbling and sinking yet stand up straight and strong. Stop scattering and start staying steadfast in your faith. Stop searching for what’s lost and seek those things that can be found. Stop sacrificing yourself and start serving God. Stop settling for anything and speak things as though they are. Stop suffering because you’re saved which simply means you can Soar Above Valleys Every Day because God is your strength and with Him you can defeat the enemy, reach that which was once impossible, be who they said you couldn’t, overcome that which broke someone else, recover from that which claimed someone else’s life, rebuild on the foundation somebody said was cracked, smile when someone tried to snatch your joy, live when somebody said you’d die, rise when they said you’d fall, walk when they said your knees would buckle from the pressure and survive after they stabbed you in the back. So if you’re SAVED then SAY IT and ACT LIKE IT!!