Daily Devotional – 6/11/18 “Be quiet this time!”

There are days I do not write a devotional. It’s not due to being lazy, picking and choosing but I move by the command of the Holy Spirit. See, if I were to write, from a personal space, this devotional would not benefit you spiritually. Yeah, it will give you access to my life but it would do nothing for yours. This is why I am sometimes quiet. I don’t know why I was led to share this but somebody needs to know today, it is okay to be quiet. Stop reacting to everything. Stop flying off the handle. Stop engaging every argument. Stop giving your two cents to every discussion. Stop posting on social media when things happen. Sometimes the blessing is in your silence. Sometimes the ending to your hurt is in you hushing. Not everything deserves a response. Sure, it may feel good but when you are lying awake at night, replaying the words spoken; you’ll wish you could take them back. Beloved, not every fight is your fight. Sit this one out and hush. When you do, you allow God to fight it for you. Moses told the people, while they were whining and complaining about being saved from their bondage in Egypt, in Exodus 14:13-14, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

I know you want to do it on your own but be quiet, this time. I know you want to fix it but be quiet this time. I know you’re looking at what you can physically see but be quiet this time. I know the date is nearing for when they will cut off your service and there is no check in the mail but be quiet this time. Surgery date is drawing near and God’s promise of healing hasn’t shown up but be quiet this time. You want to call it quits on your marriage but be quiet this time. You are thinking about resigning from your position in the church and the deacon meeting is coming up but be quiet this time. You are recounting the pills that will end your life because nobody is there to help you but be quiet this time. It don’t make sense but be quiet this time. That addiction is calling your name but be quiet this time. Want to fight but be quiet this time. Because, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” And get this, the very enemy you are facing NOW, you will NOT see them again. Refer back to Exodus 14. If this isn’t enough to make you shut up and shout, the bible shares in Lamentations 3:25-26, “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” Yes ma’am, sir; It easy to fight and hard to keep quiet but being quiet may just keep your life. Be quiet this time.

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Daily Devotional – 12/14/16 “Let the good deed work for you!”

Please don’t take this the wrong way but you don’t have to tell every time you’re a blessing to someone else. I get that you’re not trying to prove anything to anybody. I get that you can post/share what you want. I get that it makes you feel good. I get that it’s your money. I get that it’s your time but do you have to tell it, every time? Don’t you know the bible says in Matthew 6:1-4, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Listen, I am not bashing those of you who post your good deeds but when you post the blessing you’ve given, you take the power away from the person who actually received the blessing. There’s a testimony brewing in the person who received the good deed, don’t shortchange them by telling it before time. Plus, when you allow someone else to share it, you get double honor; from God and from the person receiving. This is why Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:5, “That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message.” Sometimes you need to hush and let your good deed do the work it was intended to do because it can go farther than you could ever imagine. It can repay you faster than you could ever believe. And it can reach places you don’t have access to yet. Don’t stop being a blessing, just stop posting every time.

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