Daily Devotional – 4/7/16 “It’s not about you!”

I’ve told you before, you can’t measure how anointed you are by the actions of others. Don’t you understand that your anointing isn’t even based on you? Your anointing is appointed by God and you ought to be thankful it’s not based on your service because then most of us wouldn’t amount to anything. This is why you have to stop worrying about who’s supporting you and who’s not. Baby, you’ll quickly find that even those you thought were cheering for you aren’t. There are folks who walk among you, who are part of your squad that’s waiting on you to fail. There are folks related by blood that won’t support anything you do. Some of the folks, who are smiling in your face, speak negatively about you as soon as you leave. Don’t worry too much about it or them. Why? Because you don’t owe them a thing but to love them (and you can do that from a distance)! Stop demonstrating your destiny, they don’t deserve it. Quit trying to prove to them your purpose when they only participate in it when it pleases them.

Beloved, you’ve been waiting on an invitation to preach in somebody’s pulpit you thought liked you and it still hasn’t come. You’re still trying to get folks to believe in your gift. You’re still trying to get folks to support you and they won’t even if it’s free. Don’t worry about them. God will lift you up in the midst of folk who are calling you nothing. God will place your name in places you’ve never been. God will open doors folk will say you don’t deserve to walk through. Why does He do this? Well, it’s because it’s not about you. When you get out of your flesh and humble yourself, God will do the rest. When you get out of your feelings, God will allow you to flourish. When you start to realize that your anointing, gifts, purpose and your destiny isn’t based on you but based on whose you are; God will do the rest. Yes, I understand … you think you should have progressed by now, you think you should be farther along than you are and you think more folk should know your name but all of these things come from trying to please people. When you stop worrying about folk and start working through your faith, you’ll see the difference.

“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 3:5-6

Daily Devotional – 4/16/15 “It’s not about us!”

I’ve been so out of sorts, spiritually, these last few days. I can’t seem to get my thoughts together. Then, I got up this morning and decided to slow down to allow my mind to rest. See, if I continue on; I’ll mess up and this thang isn’t about me. The sermon that I have to put together, it isn’t about me so it has to be right. This devotional that I write, it isn’t about me so it has to be right. My life isn’t about me and although it isn’t perfect, it too has to be half way right because folk are looking at me. When I accepted God’s calling, it stopped being about me. Sure, I get frustrated sometimes but it isn’t about me because I’ve been favored for this fight. Yea, I get weary and worn but then there is a word that can light a fire in my spirit that will make me forget all about my troubles. My mind goes back to yesterday’s devotional and the scripture that says in Revelation 2:10, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” So you see, I have no reason to be fearful of what’s happening because my God got me! He’s my ride or die, my protector, my shield; grandma told me He’ll be food when I’m hungry, a midnight company keeper, a sleeping pill when I can’t find rest, a hugger when I need comfort, a doctor when I need healing, a lawyer when I need help, a psychiatrist when I need to talk, a forgiver when I sin, a bank when I need a blessing, a mind regulator when mind seems to be going, hurt eraser when folk have done me wrong, water to clean me up when folk have thrown dirt on me and He’s a new name giver when folk have scandalized the one I have. Oh! I ain’t got the same worries as when I started!

What about you? I’ve learned that we have to give these things over to God – It ain’t about us. Even the things we sometimes go through aren’t about us. God will take us through sickness just so somebody around us can see His healing power being manifested through us. God will allow us to fail only to restore us just so somebody who has doubted His ability to see that He is who He says He is. God will allow us to fall on our face in front of folk who say they are our friends just to show you they aren’t who they say they are. (You learn who you can count on when you’re down.) God will allow you to lose family so that you can lean on Him. It’s not about us. I know you’re trying to figure out why you’re going through whatever it is you’re going through but baby it isn’t about you. Go through it in order for somebody around you to be helped. Stop being selfish – it’s not your world; we are in this thang together. We all got a part to play.