Daily Devotional – 2/8/18 “Declare, I got this!”

When Job was tested by Satan, he took everything (from Job) God allowed Him to take. All Job owned and employed, his children he had a part in creating and even the flesh from his body, hair from his head, tears from his eyes and breath from his body. Not only that but Satan took Job’s friends and threatened the very vows of marriage. This is what the devil does and he will use the smallest thing, in your thoughts and increase it. To you, it was just a memory of a mistake but to him, it can possibly be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. To you, it is just a twinge of doubt but to him, it will be the very thing that seeks to destroy your mind. To you, it’s that temporary moment you go through every now and then, but to him it’ll be what he uses to make you fearful about stepping out on faith. This is what the devil does and this is also why the bible shares in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” It doesn’t matter if you’re the strongest devotion leader, Satan will try you. You can be the best at your position, he will test you. You can be upright and blameless like Job but he will still attempt to discredit your faith. Beloved, you can have the strongest of foundation and Satan will still find the faintest of fault to make it crumble under pressure.

What do you do? You hold on. You speak life back into your situation. You talk yourself off the ledge. You have a conversation with God, even if it hurts. You trust, you believe and you know that God will never send you through something He will not get you out of. Oh, please understand, your escape plan may hurt but the pain will not last. When Jesus endured the cross, it was God’s escape plan and we all know how that worked out. You just have to trust God’s plan and know you got this. How do I know? I’ve been there. As a matter of fact, it was just this morning that Satan tried me by speaking doubt and fear but you know what I did? I started talking back letting him know, I still trust God and I got this! I started declaring, “Marcy (that’s my nickname), you got this girl.” “Marcy, keep pushing.” “Marcy, you can’t give up, folk counting on you.” And for somebody reading this, you got it too but you’ve got to start speaking it. So, what will you speak today? What pep talk will you have with self? Whatever it is, know that you’ve come this far by faith and there is no time to quit now because “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12).”

Daily Devotional – 4/15/15 “Overwhelmed but not out!”

Sometimes I get overwhelmed in the midst of everything I have running through this mind of mine. Studying for bible study on last night, writing notes for my sermon on Sunday, looking over the questions for my ordination on next week, got a speaking engagement on Saturday, just finished my taxes; there 2 new hires coming into the job that I have to help train and in the midst I tossed and turned on last night; not because I was worried but it is because God speaks clearer to me in my dreams. (Somebody understands what I mean). Now, here I am at 11AM just now getting to write my devotional and I have no clue what to write to you about. What am I doing? Am I taking on too much? My husband says I need a calendar. I got 2 but never really use them. I try to keep things in order and it works for the most part but what is going on! But then I happen to look back at what I wrote on this date last year and check this out … This is how last year’s devotional started, “When I started writing my devotional this morning, I had decided that it would be on the decisions that we sometimes make. Now, did you catch that because it said I had decided but when I went to my online bible, a scripture stuck out like it had a flashing light around it. (Ok God, I hear you.) The scripture is Revelation 2:10 that says, “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.” In all honesty, I’d never read this scripture before today and even though this scripture was talking to the Church in Smyrna, God is leading me this way to tell somebody that for the next ten days, you’ll be tested. This may even be for me, I don’t know, but for ten days tribulations will be there and there’s nothing we can do about it but REMAIN FAITHFUL.”

Isn’t that something? In the midst of my fleeting moment of weakness, God says; you may be overwhelmed now but look at what you told folks last year, it still holds true today… REMAIN FAITHFUL! Yea, you may have a lot on your plate but it’s not more than you can handle. Just like you told them on last year, James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” I know I am not alone in this and whoever you are, hold on we can make it! Whatever it is you’re facing, whatever it is you’re going through or whatever you’re about to go through; know this … it won’t last! Yes, the enemy is camped around you and he’s waiting on you to wave the white flag of defeat, he’s waiting on you to give up, he’s waiting on you to throw in the towel and to cash in all of your chips but please don’t. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” Yes my brother, yes my sister; you may be overwhelmed but you’re not out. You may be depressed but you’re not dead. You may be sad but you’re not stuck. What you’re facing, it won’t last. Remain faithful in your test for Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.”