Daily Devotional – 8/11/17 “Can you hear Him now?”

We watched another movie in class on last night and this one was called The Sunset Limited. An hour and a half movie featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommie Lee Jones sitting in the apartment of Jackson after he’d stopped Jones from trying to commit suicide. [Oh, Jones didn’t believe in God.] I will not go into the full movie (you need to watch it) but there was one thing Jackson said that I had to share. He said to Jones, “You don’t have to be virtuous in order to hear God speak, you just need to be quiet!” Listen, many times we mistakenly think we have to be on some sort of spiritual level in order to hear from God. We think it takes speaking in tongue, being able to shout, prophecy or lead intercessory prayer. We think we need to have everything straight and be perfect in our being. But who is perfect, other than God? Yes, we are all called to be virtuous, that’s having high morals, however, if today is the day you happen to lack virtue, God can still speak to you. If today just happens to be a day you don’t feel like being virtuous, God can still speak to you. If you were to make a mistake today, God can still speak to you. You simply need to be quiet long enough to hear Him.

Listen, I get it; there will be some days you will not feel like being morally correct and you are entitled but don’t think you cannot hear from God. Beloved, I was a jacked up, good for nothing, raggedy, mess of a person yet God still spoke to me. I was set in my ways, attitude on ten, could curse with the best of them yet God still spoke. AND I HEARD HIM! It wasn’t because I was morally good, all the time, but it was those days I hushed and listened. Even when I could not understand why God would use me, I shut up and listened. Even when I found myself running from Him, there were nights I had no choice but to listen. God does not speak because you are good but He speaks because of your potential to be. You simply need to be quiet to listen. How will you know it’s God? Well, the bible says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

Daily Devotional – 8/4/16 “Carnal minded!”

It’s the eighth month of the year. August = 8 and I’ve told you that biblically eight means resurrection and regeneration. Resurrection means to bring back to life and regeneration means renewal or rebirth. So eight literally means, biblically, a new beginning. Yet, someone is still stagnant in the same place you were seven months ago. In fact for some, you’ve been in the same place for years. And you want to blame God. You sit and try to figure out why God won’t blessed you like He does someone else. Still questioning why God did what He did. Still trying to figure out why it seems like you’re always having it hard. Or why when you call God He doesn’t answer. Well beloved, I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news but I don’t know any other way to say this … God is answering but if you don’t know His voice, you’ll miss it. How will you know His voice? Well, you’ll first have to be one of His sheep. The bible says in John 8:47, “Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Choose a side

Yes, I know you’ve been baptized and you go to church occasionally but you cannot be in the world and belong to God too. I mean, you can but that’s what the bible calls, carnal minded. Carnal means you hear God’s word but you don’t do anything with it. Carnal means you go to church on Sunday but you still club hopping through the week. Carnal means you love God but you won’t let your flesh go. Carnal means you look saved but have no sustenance. Carnal means you preach but there’s no power. And this is why the bible says in 2 Timothy 3:5, “Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” This is why things aren’t working out for you. Chile, you don’t even know whose you are. Bless your heart. You can’t expect God’s blessing when you’re still living an unsaved life. You can’t expect God to uphold you in your mess. You’ve got to make it up in your mind that you are a child of God and then live it. This doesn’t mean you stop enjoying life it simply means you enjoy life as a child of God. Yes, God has plans for your life however, if you choose to rewrite them, you can’t be mad at God when they don’t work out.