Daily Devotional – 4/23/18 “It has too!”

I have been sitting here looking at my screen trying to hear from God on what to share. It’s Monday and there are some folk in worse off situations than they were last Monday; can a word from God change that? There are some, who have been crying, more today than in a year; can a word from God change that? I mean, this is only a devotional, inspired by the move of the Holy Ghost but can it really reach? Then I thought, it has too. It absolutely has too because the spiritual attacks I have to endure, for people I’ve never met; it has to reach. For the sleepless nights, I have to face, because God has need of my voice; it has to reach. For the times, I’ve had to pray for people whose names I don’t know; it has to reach. See, even though this is just a devotional, lives can be changed. Understand, I don’t pen words to a blog just for followers, I don’t utilize social media for likes and neither do I write books for a millionaire status. I do what God ordains because somebody needs to get to God. And I am here, willingly being used, to ensure you get to Him, by any means necessary. Why? Because there is a cry that isn’t being heard. There is a scream in the midnight that is being missed. There is some mental illness being swept under the rug. There are some folk, who stand on large platforms but are not in right fellowship with God.

Somebody preached, real well, on yesterday and today they are being tormented by the enemy. Somebody helped someone else, last week, with their electric bill and now the one who help needs help. Somebody shouted all over the altar yesterday and still needed pills and alcohol to sleep. Somebody got up this morning, got dressed for work, all while thinking about suicide. A principal is sitting somewhere in pain but she/he is in jeopardy of losing their job so they cannot take off. A pastor is on the way to get another check advance, because the plumbing needed to be repaired at the church, but folk constantly screaming, they are getting all the tithe money. What word can stop all this hell? Here are a few. Hope. Faith. Morning. Benediction.

• Hope – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
• Faith – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
• Morning – “But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” Psalm 88:13
• Benediction – “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

In other words. Hope in Faith that in the Morning your Suffering has no choice but to end.

Daily Devotional – 1/29/18 “Believe what you see, faith what you can’t!”

On my ride to work this morning, God dropped in my spirit, “Believe what you see, faith what you can’t.” I opened up Word and I typed it out, for this devotional but then nothing. I keep repeating it and starting over because I was having a hard time understanding this myself. I mean, how can I believe what I see and then faith what I can’t when I see this cutoff notice, the calls from the bill collectors, the report of the doctor, I see the way family treats me, the way I’m being misused on my job and I see the scars from abuse? How can I believe what I see when I see nothing that is of benefit to me? Then God said, I don’t need you to believe in what you see naturally but I need you to believe in what you’ve seen spiritually. See, spiritually I’ve seen the increase, my breakthrough, my deliverance, my gifts paying off, my new house, my new car, my ministry growing, my marriage being restored, my body being healed, my spouse and my children being saved and me being released from financial debt, the hands of my abuser and the bondage of my past. But I don’t see when or how it’ll happen. Well, this is when you’ll have to faith what you can’t. This is the part of not knowing actually when cancer will be in remission, when you’ll get that new kidney, when your womb will be open, when the grief will stop being so heavy, knowing who your spouse will be, when your children will act right and when you’ll finally get out of the water that’s been threatening to drown you.

Beloved, you have to believe what you see and faith what you can’t. The bible says in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, BELIEVE that you have received it, and it will be yours.” If you believe it can happen, it can. If you believe you shall have it, you can. What have you seen spiritually that you’ve doubted simply because you’ve yet to faith it? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I need you to get something today. Read the first two words of Hebrews 11:1 again. If you noticed it says now faith and not now, faith. What’s the difference? The comma. See, the comma signifies taking a pause and if you paid attention there is no comma in between now and faith which lets me know I need NOW FAITH. Now which is defined as under the present circumstances; as a result of something that has recently happened. In other words, under the present circumstances of your life, have faith. In the midst of whatever has happened, have faith. But not just any faith, NOW FAITH. The kind of faith that says, I’ve seen God’s work in others and I believe He’ll do it for me too. And the kind that says, I’ve seen what God can do so I’ll faith it until I can see it for me. In other words, believe what you see, faith what you can’t.