Daily Devotional – 8/23/17 “Your testimony could be the key to my chains!”

How can you heal someone else when you are broken? That’s like a surgeon preparing to operate on you with one good hand. It is not going to work beloved. You have to heal in order to then be able to heal others. You have to come out of bondage before you can reach back and save somebody else. You have to first become delivered before you can offer advice to someone else on their deliverance. How can you possibly tell me how to get over an addiction when you’re still in yours? How can you tell me how to successfully save my marriage when you aren’t even speaking to your spouse (for the fifth week in a row)? It does not matter that we are bound by different things, we are still bound. Just because you are bound with ropes and me with chains; we are still locked up. Get out of your ropes and then the both of us can try to get me out of my chains. Get delivered from your addiction of smoking and then help me with my addiction of drinking.

The bible says in Psalm 107:10-14 (AMP), “Some dwelt in darkness and in the deep (deathly) darkness, Prisoners [bound] in misery and chains, because they had rebelled against the precepts of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He humbled their heart with hard labor; they stumbled and there was no one to help. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the deep (deathly) darkness and broke their bonds apart.” It is time you came out and it is time you healed. God has need of your voice that was once shaky. God has need of your heart that was once broken. God has need of your hands that were once bound. God, simply has need of you because of all you have been through. Why? Well because the things that broke you, bound you, and hurt you are the very things God used to heal you and it will be that testimony which saves someone else.

Daily Devotional – 12/29/16 “God has need of you!”

Her clothes were skimpy, body covered with tattoos and hair the color of the rainbow. She walked the streets selling herself to every person she thought could fill the emptiness on the inside of her. See, her son passed away at the age of two; heart disease, and no matter how she tried, she couldn’t bring herself out of the depression that called her name day after day. Her family loved her but they couldn’t help her. She tried drugs/alcohol but even they didn’t help. One day she got into the car of a man she’d serviced before. He had a smile that made you trust him and she did. But this day the smile faded and the monster appeared. He raped and beat her, leaving her at the edge of the city for dead. She was in a coma for seven days. On the eighth day, she opened her eyes and saw a man walking around her bed. She couldn’t make out what he was saying but he kept touching her. She tried to speak, she tried to move but couldn’t. So she closed her eyes and whispered within her spirit, “Lord, I surrender,” before drifting off to sleep. The next day she is awaken by the sounds of her mom calling her name. She opens her eyes and after the tubes are removed, she asks about the man. No one knew who she was talking about but she kept whispering, where’s the man?

After a few days, the hospital chaplain comes in and she recognizes him. She ask him about that night and he explains that God allowed her to sleep until the 8th day because 8 represents her being resurrected from a past of guilt, shame and depression. He explains his reasoning for coming between the hours of 6pm-9pm because this was the ‘watch’ of healing. He further explained that God has a purpose for her life. She had trouble believing him because of the life she lived and she asked, “Why would God want somebody like me?” He replied, “God doesn’t want you, He needs you.” And for somebody reading this who thinks God won’t use you because of your past mistakes and present sin; you’re wrong. Beloved, God has need of you and your story. And it’s time you tell it. Somebody’s deliverance is dependent on your testimony. Somebody’s release is pending waiting on your story. In fact, your restoration/regeneration will only happen when you tell your story. Then you can say like Psalm 119:67, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.” In other words, my suffering saved me! God doesn’t want you, He said He can make rocks cry out but He has need of you to help somebody else.