Daily Devotional – 7/9/14 “Just be thankful!”

Just be thankful because it could be worse. Just be thankful because, if the truth shall be told, it should be worse. Just be thankful for what you have because you could be without. Just be thankful because if God blessed based on your merit, you should be without. Just be thankful for the bad days because then you’ll appreciate the well days. Just be thankful for the sickness because when you’re healing comes, you’ll get to see God’s power firsthand. Just be thankful for the pain you can feel because it means you’re alive yet again. Just be thankful for the storm you sometime have to endure because it could be a consistent thing. Just be thankful for the trouble that shows up every now and then because it’s simply God saying He’s chosen you because of your faith.

Baby, don’t you see? Don’t you get it? Trouble is promised to each one of us even before we were born but it’s not to cause you to tap out of the fight but it’s simply to test your faith in God. Don’t believe me? Come here Job. Job was stripped of everything, absolutely everything; yet his faith sustained him and he got back what he lost multiplied. Come here woman with an issue of blood. She spent everything she had trying to get well by man’s hand yet her persistent faith got her the healing simply by touching Jesus’ robe. Come here 3 Hebrew boys. They were cast into a fire for praying to their God yet they didn’t get burned, didn’t die of smoke inhalation; they didn’t even have the smell of smoke in their clothes and hair because their faith held back the flames. Still don’t get it? Come here my sister Laquisha. She had to endure her Job experience when a sickness attacked her body. A sickness that leaves most doctors bewildered, a sickness that cost her the ability to eat, sleep, talk or even go outside. Oh but her faith held her up and now she’s restored. Come here woman who’s had to endure kidney dialysis for as long as she can remember yet she still living. Come here single parent who has had to do it all by yourself yet you’re still making it. Come here you with cancer who the doctor said you wouldn’t live 6 months and it’s been 6 years. Come here woman or man who is only making minimum wage yet you’ve never missed paying a bill or cooking a meal. Come here, you who thought you couldn’t afford your rent yet you’re still paying it a year later. Come here, you who thought you’d never get a new car but the loan was approved. Come here, you who folk said wouldn’t be promoted and now you’re over those same folk. Chile, just be thankful! Even if you’re facing hell right now; be thankful because God hasn’t left you, He’s simply working behind the scenes. Even if the rope you’re holding on too is breaking and you’re too tired to reach beyond the break; let go but do so with the faith to know that God will catch you before you reach the bottom. Just be thankful y’all and watch the difference it makes!

Daily Devotional – 1/17/14 “Wake up!”

It’s Friday and someone is fasting on fear instead of fellowshipping with faith, you’re fearful of forgetting yet you said you forgave; you’re following folk instead of fulfilling your fate, you’re flourishing in filth instead of being fruitful with your favor and you’re faulting your flesh when it’s you who keeps falling. Wake up! Yea, I get it; times are hard, money is getting strange, you’re doing things you wouldn’t normally do for a few pieces of change, you’re working all the hours you can and you still can’t seem to stand and you’re praying and asking God yet you won’t let Him problem solve. You’re wondering why you leave church the same way you came when your mind wasn’t even on worship, baby; you’re the one to blame. Wake up and realize that God is your foundation and when you’re empty on the inside, try His filling station. See, God is capable of doing everything you need Him to do; He’s just watching and waiting on you.

You have to understand, the devil has already been to Heaven and he has witnessed the beauty for himself, why do you think he works so hard to keep you from going there? The enemy has a mission to destroy everything you touch and this is why he has to take you through so much. Oh, but God already knows which is why He said you’d sometimes stumble for Job 14:1 says, “A person who is born of a woman is short-lived and is full of trouble.” However, don’t you give up just yet because God has a purpose for the things you go through so please don’t fret. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “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,” and He says He’ll give you strength to reach beyond the break in the rope. All you have to do is hold on because your bad circumstance can’t last, wake up and realize because time is passing fast. Wake up and read Romans 8:28 that says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them,” trust the faith that you have, simply put trust in Him. God doesn’t lie and He won’t leave you stranded all alone but know that what you go through is only to make you strong. Yea, it’s Friday and you may be tired, broke, and sick and want to throw in your towel or wave your flag in defeat but all you have to do is lay your burdens at God’s feet. Wake up and see the promises of our God and the blessings they’ll bring and wake up and realize that our God is in everything.