Daily Devotional – 4/17/15 “God, whatever you’re doing in this season …”

Whatever God is doing in this season of your life, don’t question Him. Whatever God is doing in this season of your life, go through it. Whatever God is doing in this season of your life, get the lesson out of it. See, whatever it is you’re facing, going through, dealing with, fighting against, running or hiding from – it’s time now that you face it! Yea, it’s going to be hard but you’ve got to deal with it. Stop running. Yes, it might hurt but stop hiding. When Jonah ran from the assignment God sent him to do, he ended up in the belly of a fish. Now, I need you to look around … are you in an unfamiliar place in your life? Is it dark and you can’t see your way out? Have you tried calling on folk and they couldn’t help? Have you tried to get yourself out only to find that you got pushed deeper in? Are you wandering lost in the same place you’ve always been without a clear direction on where to go? Have you tried it your way and it didn’t work? If you answered yes to most of these, you might need to think about what you are running from. Please understand this, people are quick to assume that when God places a calling over your life it is to be a minister but that is not always the case. No, God calls all of us to do things and it’s not just to be a minister of His word because if you think about; His word should live in us daily so we should all, in one way or another, be ministers of the gospel anyway.

Yet, whatever it is God is calling you to do; you have a responsibility to find it out – stop running from it and then you’ll be able to do like Jonah did and call on God from your dark place and He’ll hear you. For Jonah 2:2 says, “I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and LORD, you heard me.” Yes, I get it; it feels like every time you try to get your life together; the enemy is camped all around you, hell breaks loose in your home, folk on the job start acting strange, it feels like you’re about to lose your mind but just like Jonah when he started to lose it and thought all hope was lost, when he thought it was the end, he says in Jonah 2:6, “I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O LORD my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!” Baby, God won’t let you die in the mess you’re in – GET UP! God won’t allow you to suffer by yourself – OPEN THE DOOR! God won’t allow you to be in this thang alone – ANSWER THE PHONE! God won’t even allow you to continually run from Him – STOP RUNNING! You have something on the inside on you that has been growing and now it’s time for you to give birth … PUSH! Start pushing out that purpose God has dropped in your spirit, somebody needs to hear it. Get ready to deliver that destiny, somebody needs to see it. Then your song will change to, “God, whatever you’re doing in this season; don’t do it without me!”

Daily Devotional – 10/8/14 “You’re usable! “

While at work this morning, sitting at my desk, working I noticed something on my glasses. Now, let me point out; I’d been sitting at my desk for over 30 minutes with my glasses on and hadn’t noticed a thing on them. So, I take them off to clean them and it wouldn’t come off. It literally took me, no lie, almost 20 minutes to clean this sticky mess off of my glasses which left some sort of residue (and I’ve still yet to know where it came from) but oh get this … there’s a lesson or at least a devotional in it. Yep! Because even though it left a blemish on my glasses, they are still usable. You missed that? Let me say it like this. Although whatever it was that caused a mark on my glasses, I can still see through them which makes them usable. Still don’t get it. Let me try it this way. Even though you’ve been hurt and man may have left you battered and bruised, you are still usable to God. Even though you’ve been cast down by the hands of folk who said you wouldn’t be nothing but another statistic, God cleaned you up and used your battle scars to tell your story and now your testimony is allowing you to testify to thousands. Yea, I know you thought that blemish on your skin would cause you to be put in the junk pile but baby God said the junk pile is where He finds His jewels (Yeen know?) You thought that scar would make you ugly, no child, that scar was to make you usable.

Even for you, that person who may have attempted suicide before and you may have to look at the scars every now and then. Don’t look at them as a mistake you made, once upon a time yet look at them as a manifestation of God’s healing that has now taken place in your life and the fact that you made it through. I said this the other day and it’s still true … You can be at the pits of hell and God can snatch you back (and use you) but it’s all dependent on your prayers and the purpose He has on your life – Ask Jonah! (For Jonah 2:2 says, “I called out to the LORD from the midst of affliction directed at me, and he answered me. From the depths of death I cried out for help; and you heard my cry.”) It’s not about the scars you have on your body that makes you usable but it’s your belief, it’s your heart, it’s your faith, it’s your dependability, it’s your hope in yourself … Your scars don’t matter, that blemish don’t matter and that bruise don’t matter because you’re still usable if you allow yourself to be used. Look around, God uses regular folk every day to do His will. He uses me and I was a nobody who He called on one day and I answered, He made me somebody; I was filthy and He cleaned me up; I was torn and He repaired every part of me; I was hurt and He healed me; I was battered and bruised yet He filled this clay jar with His anointing oil and my life has never been the same! It doesn’t matter what folk say, it doesn’t matter how they look at you, it doesn’t even matter what they call you; God still deems you usable. Your scars are just battle wounds to let folk know you’ve been in the war yet you survive which makes you victorious.