Daily Devotional – 7/27/16 “You won’t give up, not today!”

When you walk in the purpose God has for your life, you are essentially letting the enemy know, he should have killed you when he had the chance. See, the enemy knows you have potential otherwise he wouldn’t bother and when you push through the pain, insecurities, disappointments, fall downs and etc. you are defying the odds he’s placed against your life. Beloved, the enemy is betting against you, every time and it’s his hope you don’t make it through. He’s hoping today is the day you give up. He’s pacing hoping today is the day you stop praying. He needs you to throw in the towel, hang your head in shame and give up because it is then his bet against you pays off. Yea, in fact, he wishes you’d hurry up and die. This is why you can’t give up. This is why you cannot stop. This is why today you’ve got to make it up in your mind that ‘I shall live and not die!’ And not just live but live in God trusting Him enough to be greater than you were yesterday. No, I don’t know what you’re going through, I am not abreast of what you’re dealing with, I don’t know the pain you laid down with, I don’t even know if you have money to pay your bills let alone eat but I know a God who is capable of pulling us out of our situations and providing.

Child of God, the enemy is whispering in your ear telling you to let go. He has set up camp in the living room of your house and he is taunting you to come to him. He may have even gotten into the children’s room and now they are acting out but it’s because he tried you and failed and now he’s going after anybody connected to you. Sickness is attacking your spouse and the enemy is telling you to be angry at God. Death showed up in your family and now the enemy is telling you to question God. You’re questioning why God is allowing your church to suffer and the enemy has you thinking it’s because of you but man/woman of God, hold on! Don’t you dare give up! Don’t you even think about throwing in the towel! Don’t you dare close that cell door! Don’t you dare die on me! God needs you or else He wouldn’t have allowed you to walk on top of the ground this morning. So, hold your head up – the hell with what ‘they’ say. Throw out those pills and pour out that alcohol, you won’t need it. Put the pen down, you won’t write your obituary today. And get out of those grave-clothes – it’s not your time to die.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Give it to God

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Daily Devotional – 5/16/16 “Do what you can!”

I’ve often wondered, a lot lately, why is it that you can give folks all you have and they still expect more or they aren’t satisfied. Well, as of today, I’ve decided this … I’m only willing to give you what I want and if it’s not enough for you or it’s not to your liking, so be it! See, you can do so much for others that you end up losing yourself and your stuff in the process. I posted on Facebook this morning that all I have to offer ungrateful children, in this place of my life, is the door. I refuse to keep anyone who doesn’t want to be kept (I’m speaking on children). Please understand, I am being transparent because I need you to realize that just because I am a preacher; it’s not all glitz and glamour. We face issues too. Am I ashamed? Not in the least. I refuse to act as if everything is going great in my life. I mean, how can I tell you how to endure through your storm if I never go through mine? Baby, I need prayers just like everybody else but I’ve learned can’t everybody pray for you. Some folk are praying for your defeat. But chile, I’ve seen too many victories. However, I’m not writing this devotional for prayers or pity, but I’m sharing my moment to let you know that you have to get to a point where you give folks what you decide and be okay with it. If it doesn’t fit their liking, so be it. If it’s not what they want, tell them to take it or leave it. If they can’t get with it, offer them the door.

Defeat

My husband and I have two teenagers who think they can do it better outside our home, so we showed them the door. We’ve worked too hard to give them everything they’ve needed and yet they still yell and scream, it’s not enough. Well baby, I’m tapped out. All I have to offer them now, as they stand on the outside of the door, is Jesus and prayer. And I am alright with it. I always say, I’ll fight for you as long as you fight for yourself but when you start fighting me; I get out of the ring. And you need to do the same thing with whomever you’re consistently trying to please, I know I’m not the only one. You have to stop getting drug through the fire to end up the only one with burns. You’ve got to stop trying to help others fight, especially when you’re the only one that leave with bruises. You’ve got to quit trying to be the knight in shining armor and all you get is arrows through the heart. At some point and time, you’ve got to stop offering them everything or giving them all they asked for and start giving them what you want them to have. If it’s not enough, that’s alright because you’ve done all you can. If it doesn’t meet their approval, cancel it and move on. Do what you can and be good with it!