Daily Devotional – 5/6/15 “Who are you hooked too?”

When your car battery is dead, you hook it up to another battery that is full of life for a charge. When your electronic device dies or is dying, you plug it into an electrical outlet to recharge its battery – it gets hooked back up. When your tire is low, you hook an air hose onto the tire to re-pump it full of air. When man is on the verge of death, life saving measures is sometimes taken in the form of them being hooked up to machines that breathes for them. When you’re in heart surgery, you’re hooked up to a heart bypass machine that keeps your body alive while your heart is being worked on. When you’re addicted to something, you’re hooked on it. When you can’t get enough of someone, you’re hooked on them. When you go fishing and you catch a fish, it takes the bait; it’s caught on your hook … What am I trying to say? Well, you need to be careful who and what you hook up too. Yea, Psalm 1:1 says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.” See, not only are you blessed by what you do but you’re also blessed by the company you keep. You need to be careful who you hook up with! Who are you hooking up with? 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

Yea, I know you’re trying to show yourself friendly but baby; you’ve got to be careful who you hook up with. It’s like buying a cheap charger for your expensive phone, they won’t all work. Haven’t you seen the warning that comes up on the iPhone when you plug just any charger into it? It’ll say, “This accessory may not be supported,” well that’s how some folk and things are to our spirit, “They may not be supported!” This is why you have to be careful who you allow to hook up to your spirit. Yea, I know you want everybody to go with you but beloved, everybody won’t make the cut, everybody can’t handle your elevation, everybody can’t take it – they may not support your spirit! My God! You’ve got to be able to unplug before it overloads you and then you’ve got to be alright with it. What’s the sense of constantly having something plugged in that’s draining your spirit? What’s the sense of consistently having something hooked up to you that’s not replenishing your power? Chile, you’d better learn who you need to be hooked up with. The greatest power source there is to have is God. He, who can recharge, refreshes, restores and renews you all in one sitting. For Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Be careful who you hook up with!

Daily Devotional – 5/6/14 “What’s my purpose?”

On yesterday, I finally finished the Teen Devotional that I started on a year ago yet I feel like I am missing something. I feel like there is something that I should be doing or something that I am not seeing. My prayer is that God reveals to me whatever it is. I just can’t explain it. Then I went back to a devotional that I wrote on 11/8/11 and here is a part of it. It says, well you’ll see …

“What could I say today that I haven’t said times before? Don’t you already know that God is standing knocking at the door? I’m just a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece and to some a friend. But what words could I say to keep your life from coming to an end? Can I share with you God’s word that promises relief; will that keep you from taking pills and never waking from your sleep? Then God said, “You are more than just a person, because I’ve chosen you, my child, for this very purpose.” So, I closed my eyes and I prayed again and again. “Lord, what will you have me to say today to help folk through their sin?” Then I heard, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28),” for each of you know, surely, this is only a test. Yes, I know somebody is yawning who couldn’t sleep last night because you were worried about trying to find a place of your own with no job, car or money and no more energy to fight. Somebody paced the floor all night long because their love one is sick but they are not ready to let go but to God’s word they stick. Somebody is drinking tears for water and God’s direction they seek, but Isaiah 40:29 says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” See, God hears your pleas and He’ll come to see about you if you give it over to him. Stop praying the same prayer over and over because he has heard all of them. He hasn’t answered yet because He is waiting on you to let it go. It’s almost like planting a seed and then watching it grow. Just because you watch, it won’t make it grow fast, but worrying about a problem, you can’t fix, only makes it last. It’s like releasing a balloon and waiting to see it fly, but you can’t see it yet because it hasn’t reached the sky. That’s because you’ve let it go but the string is still tied to your wrist. Cut the string and let it fly, release your problems from your fist.”

See, I had already titled the devotional for today, “What is my purpose,” before I even went back to this devotional and God is still saying, let whatever it is go. Finances, needing a new place to stay, health issues, job; whatever you’re toiling with … let it go! You already know your purpose, you’re just too afraid to step out and get it. You’re already in your purpose, you’re just too afraid to move. You’re already seeing your purpose, you’re just too afraid to grab it. God has everything worked out but now it’s on you to move. What is your purpose? It’s whatever has your heart. I may be talking to myself but this just might be for you too…