Daily Devotional – 11/30/16 “Where are you planted?’

Matthew 7:16 says, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” where-are-you-plantedReading this, I asked myself, “How many of us are producing edible fruit? You’re probably asking, “What do I mean by fruit? And how do we create fruit when we aren’t trees?” Well, the bible says in Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.” See, as children of God, we ought to be like a tree planted by the river because a tree that is planted there have roots that runs deep enough to make it unmovable. And just like the tree, our roots should be so deep within God that no matter what happens to us, it doesn’t blow us like leaves.

Oh, you know how it is when things begin happening in our lives, we run like a leaf being blown in the wind. When trouble comes, we stop going to church. When death shows up, we grieve as if there’s no hope. When finances are out of whack, we start acting as if God isn’t our provider. But when we are rooted, our leaves of faith don’t wither when the seasons of life change. When the storm of situations show up, it won’t knock us out of our place. When the fire of burdens ignite, it won’t burn off our covering of faith because we’re rooted in a God who never fails! And when we bear fruit, it’s edible. What kinds of fruit? Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” This is why, beloved, you are known by the fruit you produce. And trust and believe, people will know if it’s good or bad based on where you’re planted.

Daily Devotional – 9/28/15 “I pray that you …”

Ma’am, you can stop looking for your joy over there, it’s not there. Sir, stop searching for your joy at her house, you won’t find it. Beloved, quit trying to locate your joy inside of things that didn’t bring you joy to begin with. Yea, I know you thought it was joy in that relationship but baby if you take it off life support, you’ll quickly find; it’s been dead. Come here Pastor; you are looking for joy in your assignment however you’ve missed the message because the joy is the assignment and if you can no longer see that, your assignment, where you are, may be up. May I suggest having a talk with your teacher. Look, Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” And if you have to look for joy in other folk, places or things, ask yourself this question, “What is my spirit producing?”

The bible says in Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” My brothers and sisters, I don’t know what you are dealing with on today. I don’t know what or even who you laid down with on last night only to get up with the same nagging thing again this morning. I can’t grasp the severity of what you’re going through because I am not walking in your shoes. I can’t feel your pain, I don’t know how your grief feels, I am not dealing with your sickness, addiction or heartache. We aren’t all going through the same thing but this is my prayer to you … Romans 15:13, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” I pray that you will put ALL of your trust in God so that He can fill the void places in your spirit with the joy you need to get out of the darkness. You are not lost; you just need to open your eyes. You are not drowning; you just need to stand up. You are not alone, ask for help.