Daily Devotional – 12/28/17 “Will you have the time?”

She had the house, the finest car and the custom-made clothes. She was top in her graduating class and her business was booming. She vowed to never go back to the place she was raised because it had nothing for her. Sure, she sent money home to her parents but all the siblings had to know it. Sure, she made the occasional calls but it was to brag, never to ask about them. When her mom got sick, she sent flowers. When her sister was losing her house, she sent a check with conditions. She never made time for anybody or anything unless it benefited her, even God. Yes, she joined a church but not to serve, she liked the honorable mentions of being the biggest tithe payer. But then a stroke knocked and it crippled her. The people at the church, they didn’t show up. Her employees, they didn’t come. Her family did. The same parents she hollered at whenever they asked her to come home. The same brother she “didn’t fool with” because of prior drug use, he was there. The sister she called a slut for having two babies out-of-wedlock, she was there. They wiped the mouth that had been so foul. They helped her learn to walk again even though she used to walk all over them. They help with speech therapy, although she never had anything good to say.

One night as she lay in the bedroom she grew up in, trying to find strength to make her left arm move, she cried. Not because of the stroke but because of the space she’d allowed to grow between her and her family. She wanted to hug them but it was hard to do now. So she cried, realizing the money she made didn’t mean nothing because all they wanted was her. She cried because the bragging she did couldn’t bless her, the hating couldn’t heal her and the fancy stuff couldn’t free her. And now, the bible she never read lay stretched open on her nightstand and the God she’d forsaken, she now prayed to; thanking Him for the chance to make things right. She had time because this story isn’t real but what about you? Do you have the time to forgive, forget and make things right? Will you have the time to say “I forgive you,” “I love you,” “I’m sorry” or will your ego keep you from evolving and your pride keep you from offering peace? Will you have the time? Before 2017 closes, will you have the time make it right before you’re weeping to a casket that can’t speak back?

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Daily Devotional – 12/30/15 “Don’t count out 2015!”

Somebody is already making plans for 2016 but what about the last two days of 2015? Don’t you know that God can send a miracle, in these last two days that will change your entire outlook for 2015? Haven’t you heard about the Man who can heal you by breathing new life into your body? It can be done in two days. God is the type that will allow a financial blessing to hit you on 12/31/15, before the New Year even rings in. Why are you already counting out this year when you have a God who can do wonders in the blink of an eye? Why are you overlooking the rest of this year when things can happen, just like that? I don’t know about you but I’m not counting down the days of 2015 but I’m counting on my God. I don’t know about you but I’m not waiting to next year to become great when I know God can still make me greater in this year. I don’t know about you but I’m counting in my God. Why? I have that type of faith. Yea, I have that type of faith because my faith is in a man I know can do it. I have faith that God will still open doors, in this year. I have faith that God will still heal, in this year. I have faith that God will deliver, in this year. I have faith that God will set some people free, in this year. Oh, it’s the way my faith is set up!

I’m not worried about next year because the bible tells me in Matthew 6:31, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” I’m not counting on tomorrow because the bible tells me in James 4:14, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” I’m not about to brag about what the New Year holds for me because I don’t know but I surely know who holds tomorrow. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 27:1, “Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring,” so I’ll just live for today. Stop waiting until next year to petition God when you have ample time in this year. Don’t put off today waiting until the New Year because you might not see it. Don’t miss the worship service on tomorrow thinking you’ll make it to the first Sunday in the New Year, you might not see it. All I’m saying is this … Don’t overlook the remaining days in this year waiting on the New Year when God can still do it for you now. Don’t miss your blessing, don’t miss your healing, don’t miss your deliverance or your breakthrough waiting until the New Year; it can still happen in 2015.

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