Daily Devotional – 8/12/15 “Stop trying to please folk!”

Being in fleshy bodies, we often seek the approval of others in our day-to-day lives. It happens so much now that it’s common and we sometimes do it without even thinking. We get dressed based on how we think folk will see us or what they will say. We post things to social media because we want the likes and comments. We say and do things to gauge a reaction. We go places, even when we’re uncomfortable, all to please somebody else. When will we stop seeking approval of folk? Haven’t you realized by now that the same person you’re trying to please may be the same one who is speaking for your demise? Please understand, this may not be in all occurrences but you won’t know this if you aren’t testing their spirit. Baby, not everybody dressed in their Sunday best is saved! How can you test the spirit of folk? It’s simple; you have to make sure your spirit is right. You can’t possibly think you can test the spirit of someone else and yours is out of whack, can you? That’s like trying to boost off a dead battery with another dead battery, it won’t work.

As Saints of God, we have to eventually get to a point in our lives where we say like Galatians 1:10, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” This is why the bible tells us in Romans 12:2, “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.” As people of God, trying to please folk of the world will continually keep us out of God’s will for our life. It’s time now to let that go! There will always be folks who don’t like you and it has nothing to do with you but it’s because of the favor that has been placed over your life. There will always be somebody talking about you and it has nothing to do with your clothes but it’s because of the place God has put you in. Chile, folk will continue to stalk your life without you even knowing it, all because they can’t understand the anointing that is covering you! So you see, you don’t have to please folk; most of them claim to don’t like you anyway yet they show up wherever you are. Try pleasing God for it is written that the only time we should please folk is when we are spiritually saving them. Romans 15:2 say, “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up,” not for personal gain. When we stop trying to please folk it is then we will start appreciating our favor!

Daily Devotional – 1/19/15 “Sometimes you have to let go!”

I know it may be hard to do but you might just have to let it go! Whatever it is you’re trying so hard to hold on to, it’s draining your joy. Sometimes you have to cut your losses, bow out gracefully and move on because everything just isn’t going to work out and everybody isn’t going to work with you. See, there are some places you’re going that you can’t invite certain people to and you should know that by now. There are some things you’re going to be blessed with that not everybody is going to have the privilege of sharing with you but that’s ok, you should know who they are by now. Not everybody is going to rejoice with you but you should be alright with that by now. There will even be some folk, who you thought had your back, that will celebrate your downfall but you should expect that too. This is why you need to reevaluate your circle every now and then. Every time you get elevated check your circle. I’ve learned that even when you fall, you need to check your circle because sometimes folk around you will cause you to stumble.

Sometimes you need to let go. There are some folks camped around you who are planning your demise yet they are smiling and writing down your dreams. Yea, there are folks who walk with you on the road to creating your vision and the entire time they are wishing you’d become a victim. But get this … It’s their job and unless you know how to test their spirit, you are going to keep falling victim to their schemes. When will you let them go? So what if they’ve been your best friend since you were 2, if they haven’t gotten on board with where you are by now, it’s time to let them go. Baby, if you and your spouse are still headed in two separate directions and it’s been 10 years; it’s time to let them go. God said we are made to be helpmates for one another! It’s time for reevaluation of your circle because sometimes you have to let go! Galatians 1:10 sums it up by simply asking the question, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” What are you doing? Who are you trying to please? Sometimes you have to let go of people and things in order to get to where you need to be!