Daily Devotional – 11/16/17 “Where is your attention fixed?”

I was watching an old episode of Grey’s Anatomy and a young man was bought in who’d been in an accident with his girlfriend. It was Valentine’s Day and the couple was arguing over the gift the boyfriend had given. It was a necklace. To the girlfriend, it was “another old necklace” and she’d expected an engagement ring. He kept saying to her, “you never even opened it,” but that didn’t matter to her because she was expecting the small, velvet box and that’s not what she got. His situation turned critical and when he slipped into a coma, she cried for him to wake up because now he was more important than a ring but it was too late, he died. While the intern was placing his personal items in a bag, she found the necklace, a locket and when she opened it; the inside said “will you marry me.” The girlfriend never opened the necklace because it didn’t look like what she was expecting. How many times have you missed out on blessings because it doesn’t look like what you’ve pictured in your head, pinned to your vision board or sketched in your journal? What have you thrown away, pushed out or walked away from that was actually meant for you simply because it doesn’t match your expectations?

Yes, I know you’ve been dreaming about your husband since college, pictured the house you’d live in and the car you’d drive, the business you’d start or the career you’d have but what if those expectations don’t measure up to what God has for you? What if your expectations weren’t high or big enough? Just what if, what you expected didn’t fit with your destiny? You have to know by now the plans God has for us may not fit within the vision we’ve dreamed, right? This is why His words say in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Beloved, His plans for us might not look like our plans. How do you see God’s plans? By focusing your attention on God. When Peter and John healed the lame man, they said to him, “Look at us.” The bible then says in Acts 3:5, “And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.” Where is your attention fixed that could cause you to miss what God has for you? What you need may not look like what you expect. Don’t miss it!

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Daily Devotional – 11/7/17 “Facts but no fire!”

Reciting scriptures by memory does not mean a thing if you cannot put them to use. Dancing and shouting is good but it means nothing if you are still depressed and shackled when you are done. What good does it do to slay folk in the spirit and not be able to cast the enemy out of your own home? How is it, you can sing until the atmosphere is saturated with the Holy Spirit but you cannot discern Righteous Richard from Tricky Tyrone? You can whoop but your message is watered down. You can post real good messages on social media but in person your light of God is dim. You know what the bible says, I won’t take that from you but what good does it do if you don’t practice what you preach? You do know the devil knows the bible too, right? Those who say they don’t believe in God or the bible, they know it too. So, having the ability to remember where it said “that” in the bible really isn’t credible until you can put some oil on it. I can tell you what the bible says in John 3:16 but what does it mean? I can recite Genesis 1:1 but what does it mean? Jeremiah 29:11, we all know that but what does it mean? What I am asking is, where is your fire?

Where is your fire to run on even when you don’t know what the end is going to be? Where is your fire to not give up even when it looks like everything is against you? Where is your fire to withstand even when the world is against you? Where is your fire to press on when you don’t have a dollar to your name? Where is your fire, beloved, to believe even when your circumstances is trying to tell you not too? Where is your fire to trust God even with the grim prognosis from the doctor? Where is your fire to stand in the gap for your sister/brother and pray the hell out of them? Where is your fire to stand out in a conforming world? Where is your fire to tell all of God and not just the good? Where is your fire? Yes, you know God (facts) but will not share Him (fire). Yes, you can look your Sunday best (facts) but it doesn’t carry over to the other six days (fire). You can speak in tongue (facts) but not pray for your enemy (fire). Yes, you have biblical facts but when will you ignite your fire? Because Jesus says in Luke 12:49, “I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning!”