Daily Devotional – 9/18/18 “Because you moved!

On Sunday, I preached a message from Isaiah 62 and I want to share a part of it with you today. This might not be for everybody but for somebody who has heard God but afraid to move. Maybe the assignment seems too big. Maybe the move He told you to make is outside your comfort zone. Maybe He gave you a message that is not what you would normally say. Maybe He is sending you back to a place that holds bad memories. Maybe He has told you to reach out to somebody who hurt you before. Maybe He told you help somebody who still owes you money. Maybe, what you have heard does not make sense but I need you to be obedient because this next move could be the very move to crown you. What do I mean? I will explain. Have you played checkers before? I have not so I had to study up on the game. In checkers, the object is to capture all of your opponent’s pieces or place them in a position where they have no available moves. However, the only movement you can make is one space diagonally forward. If you happen to make a move that causes you to jump your opponent, you are then able to take their checker piece. You and your opponent take turns until one of you wins. Here is the blessing I got from checkers … When you reach the end of your opponent’s board, you get to crown a checker turning it into a king checker. Once it has been crowned and it becomes king, the king checker now has power it did not have before.

Pay attention because I need you to see why your obedience is necessary, in this season.

Before, your checker piece looked like your opponent’s, only a different color but now it stands taller and becomes more noticeable. In other words, you can tell it apart from the rest because you moved. Before, you are only able to move forward but now you can move forward and backwards on the same turn. In other words, because you moved you are able to make moves you could not make before. Beloved, I do not know what God has told you but be obedient and move. I do not know the assignment He has placed before you but be obedient and move. It may not make sense but be obedient because this move is about to give you power you did not have before. Yeah, you may have to leave some people behind but be obedient. It may take a few moves to get there but be obedient. It may not make sense to your natural but move. Because you moved, you are about to tap into a favor you didn’t even know you had the ability to possess. Because you moved, you are about to experience some stuff you thought you were not worthy of. Because you moved, things are about to line up. Because you moved, favor shall be your portion!

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Daily Devotional – 9/10/18 “Let me encourage you!”

It’s Monday and for some of you the enemy has been toiling with your emotions since last Monday. He has spoken fear over your life and now you are afraid to move forward and all he has said is starting to replay in your mind. The more you think, the less you trust because your mind is saying, “maybe I won’t get healed,” “maybe I’m not cut out for this position like I thought,” “maybe I didn’t qualify for that position,” “maybe that house is out of my league,” “maybe I’m not marriage material,” and “maybe I reached beyond my potential.” Baby, don’t you know who you are? You are royalty. Do you not know the power that lies within your palms, the authority you speak with your mouth, the lineage in your loins, the gifts intertwined in your genes, the manifestation of things that can happen with obedience and the birthright you have inherited? You are fearfully and wonderfully manufactured by a God who does not make failures. Yea, you may fail, you may lose some, you may fall but you, my dear, are no failure. Get up because you have work to do, places to go and people to meet. And the next time you get down on yourself, refer to David’s words of Psalm 139 for encouragement.

Psalm 139:1-16, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

In other words, you got this!