Daily Devotional – 6/10/16 “Disconnected to connect!”

“Often times God will disconnect you from your Familiar, in order to connect you with your Future” – Warren B. Perry

Can God trust you

Here I am sitting at my desk, waiting on God to drop something in my spirit to tell you and I just so happen to see this on my Facebook timeline. Bro. Perry doesn’t mind because I’ve borrowed his thoughts before (plus I told him) but I had to share this with somebody on today. You’re trying to figure out why God is telling you to move out of your comfortable place, this is it. You’re trying to make sense of why God is telling you to leave the only church you’ve known, this is it. You’re trying to wrap your head around why God is telling you to quit your job, this is it. You said it doesn’t make sense that God will tell you to end your ten-year dating relationship, this is it. You couldn’t make heads or tails on why God told you it was time to change your beautician, this is it. Beloved, God gives us some strange orders but it’s only to set us up to receive a significant overflow. I know you’re wondering why we have to move from the familiar to get it but that’s because if we stay connected to what we’re comfortable with, we will never get used to doing something unfamiliar in an uncomfortable place. You have to understand, you are not meant to stay where you are. Everything we go through is an assignment that will end when God gets ready to reassign us. Is it always easy to readjust? No but how will you know if you stay where you are?

Let me explain … If you happen to stay around familiar folk, they might not ever tell you that you’re capable of doing more. Why not? Well because they are used to seeing you do the same thing. But if you happen to get out from around them, others will be able to see that the talent you have is more valuable and useful. Why do you think most children thrive in college? They are away from the familiar. There they learn to wash their own clothes, cook for themselves and survive because they’ve now been disconnected from the familiarity of momma who did it for them. Think about it. You didn’t shout until you went to an unfamiliar church. You didn’t think you’d ever eat something different until you went outside your comfort zone and tried a new restaurant. You didn’t think you could wear that dress or that color suit until someone, other than who you’re familiar with, complimented you. You wouldn’t have met your husband had you not went into a new place you normally wouldn’t have. You wouldn’t have met the HR manager of the job you’d been seeking had you not attended that function you were afraid to go to. This is why God has to disconnect us from familiar places and people. Sometimes staying in a familiar place around familiar people limits your access to resources you never even knew existed. That’s why you have to realize that you are on assignment, so don’t get comfortable because when God gets ready to move us, it’s on His time and not ours. All you have to be is willing to go. Don’t look at where it is, go. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know anybody there, go. God is only removing you from your comfortable, familiar place because it has gotten too small to handle the abundance of things He is about to do in your life. Trust Him!

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Daily Devotional – 1/28/15 “Get out of your comfort zone!”

In order to get something you’ve never had, you have to get out of your comfort zone! Listen, I know you are used to being at that church because it’s where you’ve been all your life but if you aren’t growing spiritually, it’s time to move on. If that relationship you’ve been in for the last 10 years hasn’t moved pass boyfriend and girlfriend by now, it’s time to move on. If that job hasn’t recognized the potential in you by now, it’s time to start seeking employment elsewhere. Yea, I know it’s comfortable but it may be time to get out of your comfort zone. Baby, you can’t stay at home with momma and daddy forever. You can’t keep praying for a husband if you haven’t prepared yourself to be a wife. You can’t keep praying for a wife if you haven’t prepared yourself to be husband. You need to get out of your comfort zone. Of course, it’s not going to be comfortable; at first, but you’ll get used to the change. But how will you know unless you try?

I get it, it’s scary and fear is probably holding you back but how long will you allow something as small as fear to defeat you? Even if you fall, which you might, get up. Do you know that every time I get up to speak, I am nervous? Yet, I cannot allow fear to stop me because if I did I wouldn’t ever have anything to say. If I allowed fear to hinder me, you wouldn’t be reading my devotionals every day. You’ve got to push pass your fears. You’ve got to get out of your comfort zone. Do you think it was easy for Jesus to go to most of the places He had to go into? He wasn’t even welcomed in His own hometown yet He went anyway because He had work to do. You do too. You have to get up to get what you want. You can continue to pray until something happens but if you won’t get up to go get the something you’ve prayed for, what’s the sense in praying for it? You can even pray until shift happens but if you are scared to be elevated then what’s the sense? Please know … God won’t ever take you where He hasn’t already secured the area. He sends grace and mercy ahead of you just like the white house sends secret service, so you’re covered but you have to trust in your protection! Get out of your comfort zone because you might just be missing what you’ve been waiting on!