Daily Devotional – 8/10/16 “Do it for yourself!”

While you are waiting on someone to Invest in you, your business or your destiny/purpose, you’ve missed out on so much. While you’re waiting on someone to encourage you, you could have encouraged yourself by now. While you are waiting on Sunday to show up, to be prayed for, you could have prayed for yourself. The point is … Stop waiting on someone to do the things you can do yourself. I was looking at a memory from a few years ago on Facebook and it was during the time I was struggling spiritually. I knew it was because I was dodging God’s call but I had told myself that I needed to wait on my uncle (who is my pastor) to use me and my gifts. And while I waited, I was suffering. Suffering to the point where I was even questioning my spirituality. But then one day, I got tired and I surrendered to God. And it was then things started to change. I no longer waited on someone to bless my house, I do it myself. I don’t wait on anyone to encourage me, I do it myself. I don’t wait for someone to pray for me and my family, I do it daily. And whether you believe it or not, I pray for all of you who are connected to me. Not because you asked but because I don’t have to wait until you’re in need. Beloved, you too can speak your own healing. You don’t have to wait until something is prophesied in your life, to know that you are blessed; speak over your own life.

Keep waiting for someone else to send the devil, who is tormenting your home, back to hell; you better cast it out with your own mouth. Please understand, I am in no way diminishing the power of those who pray for, encourage, prophesy and uplift because we all need them but sometimes, you need to help yourself. Every chance you get you ought to be speaking blessings over your life, protection over your house, encouragement over your children, increase in your finances, healing over your body, forgiveness over your enemies and love for everybody. You don’t need me to tell you that you’re blessed, that’s evident by the fact you woke up. And please, stop walking with your head down. When you aren’t aware of your surroundings, things/people can catch you off guard. Why do you think the enemy is able to slip into your home, on the backs of your children or your spouse unnoticed? Chile, I don’t even bow my head to pray. It’s not that I have something against it but I pray walking around the house, in my bedroom, in the car, at my desk at work, the bathroom … you get the point. And, bowing our heads isn’t a requirement to pray anyway, for it says in Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” And if you don’t get anything, take this with you; hold your head up and walk in the fullness of the Lord while speaking greatness over your life. Start by remembering whose you are and the blessedness of being His child.

Encourage yourself

Daily Devotional – 11/6/14 “It’s just a storm!”

Why is your head hung down in defeat? Why is it every time we, as Saints, go into a storm we think it’s because we are being punished when the simple truth is every one of us has a stormy season to endure? The same way the weather goes through stormy season is the same way we have to endure them so why do we cry each time we see the clouds roll in? Do you not understand that the same way the storm rolls in; it has to roll out which means it’ll end eventually? Do you not understand that God is there before, during and after your storm? Do you not get the fact that Psalm 34:19-20 says, “The righteous person faces many troubles but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken?” That alone is worth shouting over (if you’re righteous)! Yea, see; it doesn’t matter that man will try to hurt you because the word says, they can’t break you. I didn’t make it up, read the verse again. It doesn’t matter how hard folk try, they can’t break the righteous. It doesn’t matter how hard folk push for you to fail, they can’t break you! What are you crying for? Why are you concerned with the naysayers? The only reason you have to worry is if you aren’t as righteous as you say you are.

Yea, we all have faults and shortcomings. We all make our share of mistakes. We all fall, a time or three yet God has given us another chance to make it right. God didn’t expect us to be perfect, why else would He give us repentance but He does expect us to try to live our lives decently and in order. Beloved, you can’t expect to be praying over folk at the altar on Sunday and then preying over them on Facebook on Monday; it doesn’t work like that. You get points for going to bible study on Monday but that doesn’t last if you forget it on Tuesday. All I am saying is this… We all have seasons to go through and some of them will be better than the others but go through them with the faith that God hasn’t left you. Your religion, praise and faith shouldn’t be based on your situation anyway; it should be based on the fact that you have a man in your corner who has already equipped you with everything you need to weather the storm, if you would tap into it. Lift your head and stop being defeated so easily when you have been made God tough. If you were meant to be gone by now, you would be! If you were meant to fail by now, you would have!