Daily Devotional – 6/1/18 “What if it’s protection, not punishment?”

What if it’s protection and not punishment? You know, the thing you are mad at God for. What if it’s protection and not punishment? When Joseph was sold by his brothers, accused of rape, thrown in jail and endured all he did; it wasn’t punishment but it was God protecting the very thing growing on the inside of Him. And he had to go through it in order for the anointing to be cultivated until it was time to be birthed. What if it’s protection, beloved? I’m talking to you, who is in a place of despair because you cannot understand why things aren’t happening for you. I’m talking to somebody who is about to give up because nobody is requesting your services, they will not call you to speak, they will not buy what you’re selling and they will not support whatever it is you got going. But what if this is God’s way of protecting you because the very thing you’re trying to give away is worth selling? What if this is God’s way of protecting your gift from those trying to use it for their gain? What if this is God’s way of ensuring you are ready before you take the platform? What if God closed your womb because He needs you happy and healthy before, during and after birth? What if God gave you sickness in order to strengthen you for the work that needs to be done? What if God is protecting you to make sure nobody else can get the credit?

What if it’s protection and not punishment? Bible shares in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” Yes, it hurts. Yes, it hurts a lot but if you are obedient and faithful, it has to pay off. Why? Because bible tells us in Deuteronomy 28:1, “Now if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God and are careful to follow all His commandments I am giving you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.” This is especially true in those times when it’s quiet and nobody is calling, when the pain is at its all-time high, when it feels like you’re being tormented for doing good, overlooked for your anointing, misused for the message God gave and beat up for the blessings you are due. What if it’s protection? God hasn’t allowed your bank account to grow because He needs you to be able to turn some folk down who continually use you. God hasn’t made your name known because you aren’t ready to handle the warfare that comes with promotion. So, you cannot lose hope because 1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you. Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”</span? God cares enough about us to protect, provide, pardon, partake, perfect, perform, prevent, promise and promote. It may not be punishment but protection.

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Daily Devotional – 5/12/16 “It comes with the anointing!”

If you’ve never toiled in the spirit, I would imagine you wouldn’t know what it feels like. AnointingI would assume you haven’t gotten to the point where the deeper you get rooted, the harder your trials. I would speculate that if you’ve never been tried in the spirit, you don’t know what it feels like to be persecuted for doing right. If you never been tormented in the spirit, I would guess that you don’t know what it means to be standing in between oh Lord and God have mercy. Beloved, if you’ve yet to be mistreated in the spirit, you don’t know what it is to hold your head up when all you want to do is cry, run and hide. Please understand, I am not trying to scare you but what I am trying to get you to understand is this …it comes with the anointing! It does and the more you plant yourself in God, the more the enemy tries to pluck you out. The more you study, the more obstacles you’ll seem to stumble over. The more you preach, the more you’ll be pushed against. The more you worship, the more the enemy will try to make you weep. The more you encourage, the more the enemy enters. The more you pray, the more the enemy preys. Oh, but baby don’t fret because the bible says in Psalm 37:1-2, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”

In Lakisha’s words; don’t worry about those who seek to cause evil against you because they are only for a moment and soon they’ll be gone like the grass you mow or wither away like cut flowers. Chile! I don’t know about you but this devotional is blessing me down to the soles of my feet. See, you don’t have to get upset when those you know are evildoers show up. You don’t have to agonize over what kind of mess they are trying to stir up today because they won’t always be there. Haven’t you heard what God says in Isaiah 54:17? Well it says, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper.” Usually this is where this scripture stop (when anyone refers to it) but it continues on to say, “And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” So you see, what’s there to concern yourself with? Yes; you will be pierced, tried, tormented, persecuted, hurt and all other kinds of things; in the spirit but you’ve got to toughen up and stick it out. Your pain is serving in parallel with your purpose. All you have to do is stand, speak, stick out and serve; God will handle the rest. Everything you go through is part of the process and serving God through it will pay off but that’s only if you’re willing to serve Him in ALL parts; the good and the bad, the hurt and the help, the love and the lost, the pain and the praise. Because it all comes with the anointing!