Daily Devotional – 5/24/17 “God’s staffing agency!”

Sometimes you will be placed into a position, a community, a worship place, a relationship or even on a job to be used as a reminder that God is still God. Look, God will place a pastor into a position to get his/her feelings hurt daily only for him/her to leave with a smile and more than he/she came with. God will place you on a job, in the midst of hellish folk and you will show up every day smiling while your salary increases year after year. God will send you back to school without a clue how tuition is going to be paid just to show somebody, who is secretly watching you, that He is a wonder worker. God will allow you to survive stage 4 cancer, 20% kidney function, high blood pressure, tumors, stroke and heart attacks because of somebody who is battling with not believing He can heal. God will connect you to some folk publicly, who don’t even like you, simply because they prayed privately for your downfall. Beloved, God will send you an invitation to a closed event because somebody whispered, you don’t belong there.

God has a way of making your enemy shame before you. Those same ones who tried to curse your gift will be the one paying double your fee. The one who told you, you would never preach in “their” pulpit will be the one calling on you to pray them out of the enemy’s hands. The ones who said you would never get approved for the house will be the ones asking you for advice on how they can get one too. The ones who said you’d never make it out the ghetto, will be the very one using you for a reference. That same girl who left because you could only afford to fix cars in the backyard, opened the door for your wife who wrote the plan for your new business. That dude that left when you gained a little weight, will be the one calling when he sees your Facebook status change from “it’s complicated” to “in a relationship with.” Those who counted you out will be the very ones texting “hey” when they see surviving. This is why you cannot downplay where you are, at this moment. Yes, I know you are tired of being in this place and it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t move but trust God’s placement. If your prayers are plentiful, your devotion is dedicated, your service is steadfast, your fasting is faithful and your worship is whole; God will do what He promises. For His word says in Isaiah 41:10, “I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Daily Devotional – 5/23/17 “Exposed to darkness!”

Did you know, exposing unprocessed film to light can ruin it? Did you also know that in order to get the things that are on the inside of film, it has to first be subjected to darkness? Maybe you did but I am sharing this because somebody is in the midst of darkness and your cry to God is, “Why are you forsaking me.” When in actuality, you are unprocessed and if the light appears before your time is up, it’ll ruin you. This is why God is allowing you to sit in the darkness because He needs what’s on the inside of you to fully develop. It’s quiet and your thoughts are getting the best of you but stay in your darkness. It’s hard to understand why and how the darkness appeared so suddenly but stay in your darkness. Yes, it hurts and you wish for it to be over but stay in your darkness. God has some stuff that needs to develop. There are some stories that can only be told, after the darkness. Some souls you will reach, after the darkness. Some healings you will be able to speak, after the darkness. Some strongholds you will be able to destroy, after the darkness. And some blessings that will only manifest but after the darkness.

Yes, you’ve been in church all your life, you have many degrees under your belt, you’ve been a member of the church since you were five and able to speak in tongues. Yes, I get that you can rebuke and pray open Heaven’s gates but now is your time to be reprocessed by way of the darkness. Because after you’ve been exposed that which is on the inside of you will come forth. Those plans and visions that keep waking you up, will be plainly developed for you to see. That nagging that won’t leave you alone, will manifest. The reason hell showed up in your home, will be developed. But you have to first be placed in darkness. Your cry, today, is like that of David’s in Psalm 13:1-4, “O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O LORD my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.” But don’t stop there because even David says in the latter part of Psalm 13 in verses 5-6, “But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.” You may not understand it but trust in knowing that it’s God who is processing your film. [FILM = Favor in low moments!]