Daily Devotional – 4/5/17 “Give facts to faith to work out!”

I jotted a note down in my phone a few weeks ago that didn’t speak to me then but it is rumbling now. The note said, “You need something for faith to work on.” I didn’t understand what it meant then, but after taking a pause on last week and facing some attacks this week, I see now. Many times we go through things that we keep secret. We deal with stuff, in the confines of our homes that is driving us crazy. We put up a front when deep down, we are about to lose the last piece of mind we got. Preachers can’t tell about the hell they’re going through out of fear of who they can trust. Wives can’t open up to friends because they think they’ll be judged. Men won’t say anything because then they may be thought of as less than a man. We say, God knows my heart and this is true but where is your truth? When will you acknowledge your issues and then, truly, allow your faith in God to work it out? The bible says in John 14:13-14, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” I am not telling you to tell folk but try God and this time, be specific.

I’m sick with migraines, high blood pressure, cancer, etc. – fact. I know God can heal me – faith. (“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14)

My car was repossessed – fact. I know God will provide – faith. (“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19)

I can’t afford tuition – fact. But my Father says ask and He’ll give – faith. (“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7)

My marriage isn’t working – fact. God can restore what it meant – faith. (“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” – James 5:16)

Ministry is suffering – fact. I know God maintains what He ordains – faith. (“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” – John 15:16)

My children are acting out – fact. I trust God to open their eyes. (“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” – Romans 10:1)

Too many of God’s people are being lost thinking God isn’t listening or that He has forsaken us but what have you specifically asked Him for lately? God says if I speak (work) to the mountain (that’s specific), and do not doubt in my heart but believe (faith) it shall be moved (God’s provision). What is your truth and are you willing to acknowledge it so that faith can work it out?

Daily Devotional – 7/26/16 “Pain hurts but it also heals!”

It’s a known fact that pain, no matter how big or small, hurts. If you don’t believe me, hit the side of the bed without a shoe on, close your finger in a door, lose a love one or go through a break up. You’ll quickly find that pain hurts. However, there’s great news … pain will also heal! Yes ma’am, yes sir; the pain subsides once healing takes place. That’s why if your heart has been broken, you’ve got to let go and heal. If you’ve been hurt in the church, you’ve got to deal with it so that you heal. If you’re grieving, deal with it so that you heal. The worst thing you can do, with pain, is act like it’s not there or that it’ll go away on its own because it won’t. This is why you have to deal with things of your past and present because it’s already affecting your future. See, when you allow past hurts to linger, it messes up your present and if you never do anything about it, it moves right into your future. That’s why, you need to deal with this stuff. It won’t, no matter how bad you wish, magically disappear. Why do you think we have so many angry children? It’s because parents are angry due to unresolved pain and that baton of pain is now being passed down from generation to generation. It has to end. Beloved, if pain would end on its own, there wouldn’t be need for pain medication, counseling and praying. You have to deal with it so that it can heal.

How do you deal with it? Simply by dealing with it. Look, if you know there are issues you can’t fix alone, seek help. If there’s a problem you can’t resolve on your own, ask for help. And please, stop allowing folk in your space that you know have hurt you and they don’t care. Why? Well because every time you see their selfish face smiling in your face, you’ll start to feel the hurt all over again. When what you should have done is snatched your power back. Tell them, ‘you hurt me but I forgive you and I won’t let you hurt me again.’ By doing this, you relinquish their hold to ever hurt you again and you also begin the healing process. Open your mouth! It’s like surgery. When you tell the doctor your problem, he/she diagnoses your case and then makes a plan to get you well, this is called healing. And with Dr. Jesus, tell Him your problem, allow Him to diagnose your case and set you on your plan of healing. Say like Jeremiah 17:14, “Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Understand this, it’s going to hurt but after the hurt comes healing and with healing, pain no longer resides. Healing doesn’t come overnight so you have to be faithful to God’s plan and know that He won’t leave you alone. As God says in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Pain hurts but it also heals!

Pain hurts