Daily Devotional – 5/29/18 – Don’t give up because it hurts!

You cannot give up just because it hurts. Beloved, do you not realize that in order to get what you’ve been praying for; you might have to be stretched, broken, bruised, lied on, feelings hurt, broken promises and/or left by yourself? Do you understand that when you pray for guidance, there may encounter some grief and groans? Do you not get that when you surrender to God you may come across some suffering and sacrifices? Do you really not comprehend that when you are trying to recover, there may be some feelings of regret? Or how when you’re trying to get clean, confusion shows up? Or when you decide to abstain from what you’re addicted too, you find yourself easily angered? Being honest sometimes hurts. Getting to the right level of righteousness might reveal some rebuke, you were not expecting. But you cannot give up.

Baby, if I can be transparent for a moment; there are some days I want to give up. Yea, I may be in ministry, I may look strong, I may have a smile on my face and a prayer for you on my lips but there are some days, I don’t want to be holy. Why? Because it is painful. Painful in the physical and painful in the spirit. And, if you didn’t know this; a spiritual being who has been called to lead, encounters more pain. You may not believe this but when we get in the midst of your fight, we get hit too. It is part of our calling but if I give up every time I feel a little hurt and pain, I’d never make it. It is the same for you. I’ve come to understand that when I pray for enlargement, God has the need to stretch me in some places that can accommodate my blessing. Look, when a woman is in labor, her body has to stretch and be pulled in order to push out the baby. Even if she happens to need a C-Section, her body still has to endure the stretching and the pulling. In other words, pain. Without pain there is no produces of purpose and without purpose there is no growth. What I need you to get is … You cannot give up simply because it doesn’t feel good to you. Well, technically you could give up but then you’d still be in the same place wishing you would have allowed God to work. So, I’ll end it like this. You can’t give up because there is too much on the line in regards to you!

Daily Devotional – 12/13/17 “Keeping power!”

Dear person who woke up complaining,

Maybe the house was too cold but it’s even colder outside. Maybe the children’s noise woke you up but what about the child who longs to make noise but cancer took it away. Maybe you’re complaining because you have to go to work again but what about the husband who is standing on the corner wishing a contractor or just anybody needs his hands today. Maybe you aren’t were you thought you’d be but think about where you’ve come from. Maybe it’s the pain but you’re alive. See, you could be in a war-torn country where you have to walk miles to get fresh water and no medicine? Your food could be the scraps from somebody’s garbage. Your clothes could be scarce and torn, barely covering your body. You could be walking the streets out of your mind, have residual effects from the repeated drug use and liver failure from the years of alcoholism? You could be an inmate number, being labeled by the morgue’s toe tag, hooked up to a breathing machine or those cigarettes could have taken the use of your lungs but you’re here. Okay, what if you are sick, without, unhappy, this or that but when has complaining ever fixed it for you? What you got is what you got! What now?

“But it feels like God is testing me.” He might be. “The enemy won’t leave me alone.” That’s his job. James 1:2-3 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” Beloved, your endurance is tested, every now and then to ensure its keeping power can still sustain. What’s keeping power? When it feels like you are sinking yet you haven’t drowned; that’s keeping power. When you should be crying but you smile instead, that’s keeping power. When you’re still surviving on minimum wage, that’s keeping power. When you should be cursing him/her out but you pray for them, that’s keeping power. What’s keeping power? Power to keep you when you should have lost your mind. Power to keep when you shouldn’t have survive. Power to say, it is well, when you know it isn’t. Baby, this thang you’re dealing with, it’s just testing your endurance and “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5”

You got this!
God’s Messenger.