Daily Devotional – 1/30/18 “That’s what I get …”

That’s what I get … for fooling with folk who didn’t mean me any good, for staying in a place I knew didn’t welcome me, for holding on to a relationship I knew was breaking me, for putting my all into someone who didn’t value my worth, for being too impatient to wait on the morning which held my joy, for being in a hurry to get something I knew wasn’t mine, for giving more of myself than I should have, for always saying yes even when it hurt, for supporting even when they disliked me, for showing up even when they didn’t return the favor, for getting up with the pain in my body, for pushing long after my arms were tired, for climbing after my legs felt numb, for believing in them when they didn’t believe in themselves and for partnering with somebody I knew was too damaged to handle what I could bring. That’s what I get!

This is what we say, right? When things don’t go as planned, we say; that’s what I get for trusting, believing, going and/or giving my last. I know it’s what I used to say until I realized I had to change my “That’s what I get,” into positivity because what I really got was strength to separate myself from folk who could easily stab me in the back. What I got was perseverance when the pain almost shut me down. What I got was, how to be a diligent disciple instead of being a damsel in distress. What I got was, a divorce from my doubts and depression instead of being defiled and defamed. What I got was courage when they criticized my calling. That’s what I get … yes, you too can get it. You can get exalted if you endure instead of acting as if life has emptied you. You can get married if you forgive those who mishandled you. You can get free if you fight your fears. You can get victory if you stop claiming victim benefits. You can get prosperity if you put off the persecutions of your past.

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Daily Devotional – 1/24/18 “Tithe, test and trust!”

Tithing is a touchy subject for a lot of people, especially those who don’t understand or trust the concept of tithing. Yet when will we get from quoting Malachi 3:8, “will a man rob God,” to teaching through Malachi 3:10? Read these words well, I am all for tithing but what I am not for is making someone feel guilty when they don’t. Yes, there are a lot of people who are faithful to worship yet some are fearful of tithing but this is where teaching comes in because I’ve come to understand some things of worship congregants. You have those who are faithful tithers, some giving over the 10%. You have those who give but it may be between 1-5%. You have those who are living paycheck to paycheck, scared to death to give, even a little because that means it’s has to be taken from a bill that is already behind. And you have those who don’t tithe because they don’t really understand what tithing means. This is where teaching comes in because Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

See, the word didn’t stop at, will a man rob God because the Lord also says, bring the whole tithe and test me now. Beloved, if God is saying bring Him the whole tithe so that He can have food in His house, what makes you think He will allow you not to have food in yours? This is why He gives us the command to TEST Him. In other words, He’s saying test me to see if I will not do what I said. Yes, I know it looks like the week you paid your tithes, the enemy attacked your home but will you test God and see if He will not hold true to His promise to never leave nor forsake you? I know it looks like you’ll need that $40 you paid in tithes, this week but will you test God to see if He will not show up as provider? I know it seems like the more you pay your tithes, the harder your walk becomes but will you test God by His word in Jeremiah 29:11? Yes, we should tithe but don’t badger me to tithe if you’re not badgering me with the teaching. Teach me how to tithe, test and trust God to open the windows of Heaven and pour me down a blessing because maybe then I’ll tithe, test and trust God in my waiting on Him to open the windows of Heaven and pour me out a blessing. When we do this, God says in Malachi 3:11-12, “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.”