Daily Devotional – 1/13/16 “What are you seeking?”

With the lottery amount being where it is, all kinds of people are coming out to buy tickets. Of course this means the religious folks are doing their campaigning against it yet those who will buy a ticket, will. Please understand, I am in no way condoning gambling or telling you to go against God’s word but I am saying this … whatever you decide to do, pray about it. Am I playing? Yep! But get this, I don’t desire to be rich but I desire to be financially stable. The same way I don’t base my chance of winning on luck but I base it on, if it’s meant; it’ll happen. See, the bible says in 1st Timothy 6:9, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.” If I sought after riches and glory down here what need would I have for Heaven? This is why my prayer is for financially stability. You do know there is a difference between financial stability and being rich, don’t you? Well there is. Being financially stable means you are no longer the borrower but you’re now the lender, you no longer live paycheck to paycheck but you can now save for a rainy day or broken refrigerator, you can afford to miss a day from work without it jeopardizing your household and you help those in need without it causing harm to your checking account. Whereas being rich means you have more money that you know what to do with, your head becomes so big you can only walk through double doors after someone opens them for you, you start turning your nose up at people who come to you for help, you throw money around because you want people to know who you are, you care more about fame than a good name and you become a breeding ground for the enemy.

What are you seeking

This is why you have to be careful with the things you do, seek after, pray for and play with. You have to be careful what you speak into existence and what you long for. Desiring riches opens up more doors for the enemy to come in who then ups his tempting of you and then it leads you down the wrong road, if you aren’t careful. This is why 1st Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” This is why again I say, don’t pray nor work to be rich but pray and work to be financially stable. If being rich means I cut off the blessings from a God of a second, fifteenth, and one hundred chances; I don’t want it. If being rich means I forfeit my right to Heaven, I don’t want it. If being rich means giving the enemy more access to me, I don’t want it. If being rich means I have to change whose I am, I want no parts in it. Beloved, we don’t have to wish upon a star when we have access to the star creator. We don’t have to wish for luck when we have access to the one who owns everything. Do this, look up gambling in the bible and you’ll see the majority of the scriptures are about the love of money, for it is the root of all evil. Read and digest the word for yourself in order to get an understanding. Don’t allow your attention to be so caught up in getting rich that you miss getting righteous.

Daily Devotional – 1/8/16 “Try again!”

We’ve come to the second Friday of this New Year, how’s it working for you? Started on those resolutions yet? Yes, I get it; you really meant to do better this year but then the bills came and you were still overdrawn from Christmas. Family still aren’t acting right, folk on the job acting crazy and then you’re sick. You’re praying and haven’t received an answer. You even had plans to start on the 21 day fast but then stress showed up and that went out the window. Now what? Well, now you go back to the drawing board and recreate. Look, not everybody gets it right the first time; shoot; some of us still hadn’t gotten it right and we’re on the fifth try but try again. That man or woman who remarried after divorce wouldn’t have gotten it right this time, if they hadn’t tried again. When a mechanic is working on a car, it may take him fifteen times to finally get the car to crank but oh when he does; he gets excited about the fact that it now works. See, had he given up after the seventh time he tried it, he wouldn’t have made it to the resolution on the fifteenth time. What am I getting at? Stop giving up so easily.

Try Again

It doesn’t matter that it’s not coming out like you pictured it; maybe you’re looking at the wrong vision. It doesn’t matter that you thought you’d be married by now, it isn’t your time. Yea, I know you thought your ministry would be overflowing at this point but it isn’t your time yet. Beloved, rest in the fact your trust is in a God who never fails. Stop trying to do it yourself especially when you keeping messing it up. I don’t know what you expect this year, I don’t know what plans God has for you, I don’t know what you’re praying for but I do know that whatever it is, it can be yours if you have faith that it is. I don’t know what God has in store for me but when He called me, I packed my bag for the journey because I trust in my guide. How else can I walk the path God set for me if I keep stopping to question Him? Baby, I may not be able to peek into the future but as long as I know God holds it, I’m looking forward to it. So, stop with the hopeless feeling; God hasn’t left you. Sometimes you have to fall, go through, get picked on and stressed out in order to see what God has for you. James 4:7-10 (The Message Bible) says this, “So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” In other words, humble yourself before God and let Him do it.