Daily Devotional – 3/10/20 “We don’t have time!”

Child, I was talking some good three years ago. Thank you, Facebook, memories because I’m reposting a devotional that blessed me; this morning. I’m sharing again, with revisions, only because somebody needs to be reminded of this … STOP PUTTING ENERGY INTO NEGATIVITY!

You read that right. Look, you’d be shocked, if you really knew the many times your name is mentioned in group texts or your pictures screenshot and passed around. It would blow your mind if you found out the real number of people who don’t like you or the true intentions of some you’ve allowed to eat from table. But that’s not your fight. See, we live in a society where folk can bully you on social media but can’t face you in real life. We share the same air with folk who will speak ill of you and then turn around and hug you. Baby, people will pay money to come to your event just to see if you’ll fail, liked they’d hope. We share space with folk who can’t stand you, but they’ll copy what you say, how you dress and where you live. Folk, who can’t stand the pastor but will stay at the church, just to cause hell. Here’s what I’ve come to understand; people will discredit, speak & pray against and even try to sabotage what they can’t understand. That’s not your fight.

Beloved, we don’t have the time nor energy to fight meaningless mess when there are souls that need saving. Yea, I could sit and argue with you on Facebook because you disagree with what I post, but I won’t, not when there’re people in bondage who need to be set free. Yes, I can go back and forth with you over text message, but I won’t because I need my hands for those who need to be healed. I need my voice for those who need to be talked down off the ledge, some addictions that must be destroyed and some hope restored. I’m not about to defend who I am, simply because you don’t understand. I AIN’T GOT TIME!

Neither do you. We don’t have time to fight folk over who don’t like who or who is talking about you. We don’t have time to make folk believe in who we are. We have work to do. As for those who seek to harm you, God got it and I believe Him. In Jeremiah 15:10, Jeremiah cried out, “What sorrow is mine, my mother. Oh, that I had died at birth! I am hated everywhere I go. I am neither a lender who threatens to foreclose nor a borrower who refuses to pay— yet they all curse me.” Oh, but verse 11, “The LORD replied, “I will take care of you, Jeremiah. Your enemies will ask you to plead on their behalf in times of trouble and distress.”

It’s not your fight. Trust that God knows what He’s doing concerning you and He will take care of you. Those enemies, they’ll need you but until then, stop. Know when to bow out gracefully from a fight that wasn’t yours to begin with. In other words, hush and allow God to do it.

Daily Devotional – 3/9/20 “God’s test”

Some of this devotional was shared three years ago, and yet I feel the need to remind you that God is going to intentionally place some folk, who don’t like you, in your way. He’s going to set you up to be in places, surrounded by folk who don’t think you belong. He’s going to strategically place you at tables with folk who question why you’re there. People, you’re connected too are thinking, in their mind, “who does he/she think they are.” Yeah, God is going to methodically place you on jobs where you’ll fight more than work. He’s going to put you in covenant with some folk who’ll cause your hair to go gray. God will set your feet within a ministry that’ll make you second and third guess your calling. This is not so you have to prove who you are, but God is deliberately testing you, even though He already knows what He’s going to do, pertaining you. (Jeremiah 29:11).

In John 6:5, when the 5000 men (not including women and children) needed to be fed, Jesus asked Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” But then in verse 6 it states, “But He was asking this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do.” Understand, Jesus didn’t question Philip so that He could embarrass him, He did so to see if Philip believed in the power, he’d witness in Jesus numerous times before. In the natural, Philip knew there was no market place available that could give them enough to feed this multitude. However, spiritually, Jesus is the marketplace.

For us, sometimes, we’ll be tested just to see how we’ll respond. Yes, God knows that place of worship is questioning everything, from the color of your hair to your anointing; but will you trust God. Yes, your sermons can be preached to 500 but God is testing to see if you trust Him enough to preach to the 30. Yes, your business model is global but right now, God is testing to see if you’ll trust Him why it’s only local. Yes, your books should be in the hands of the masses but maybe He’s testing to see how you’ll handle being minor.

You must know your test because not every test is of the enemy. Sometimes, the test is God. Second Corinthians 13:5, says, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?” Please understand, failing the test doesn’t mean you fail the course, it simply means you have some work to do. In other words, do you trust God as much as you say? Imagine being Philip and you’re looking at a ‘thing’ that seems like it’s too hard to accomplish. Do you give up or will you pray, “Father, naturally, I don’t have the solution, but I’ve seen the miraculous works you’ve performed, and I trust you to guide me?”