Daily Devotional – 6/1/16 “FOBO Syndrome!”

With a new month upon us, it’s only right that I ask this question … “What are you doing?” What are you doing with your spirituality, yourself, your family, your job and your talents? We’re six months in now, anything changed? Have you seen some improvement from January or are you still waiting? Or could it possibly be, you’re fearful? I’m only asking because we will allow fear to run us. I’ve been hearing this commercial (a lot lately) from HH Gregg that says the lady wanted to buy new appliances but she had FOBO, which stands for Fear of Better Options. And of course, this piqued my interest because a lot of us are walking around with this same syndrome. Yea, we suffer from FOBO because we are scared that we might actually get something better. Think about it. You won’t let that no good man or woman go because you’ve become comfortable in the situation of not really having to tap into who you really are and you’re afraid you might just find someone who’ll treat you like you’re supposed to be treated. You’re still holding on at that place of worship because you are afraid that you may go somewhere else and find what you’ve been needing spiritually. You’re staying at that job because you’re afraid you may just get the career that actually utilizes your skills. You’re afraid of going to another doctor because he or she may just be better than the one you’ve been seeing for the last 15 years. Yes, you have the FOBO syndrome. You are afraid of better options.

It’s like this. The washing machine you’ve had for 22 years breaks down. You go into the appliance store and have the option to get the same model you’ve had or an upgrade for the same price. Now, you’re actually standing there trying to decide. Why? Because you’re used to the old model, you know how it works and you’re fearful of getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new. You’re not looking at the fact they don’t even make parts for the old one anymore, you want what you’re comfortable with. You are fearful of something better. Why tho? Don’t you believe you are worthy and deserve better? Then why are you afraid of better? I don’t know about you but I serve a God who says if I ask in faith, I shall receive that which I ask for. So, every day I seek better because I know I deserve better. And so do you. Why do you think cars, electronics, houses and etc. are upgraded constantly? It’s because things change. Of course, not all changes are good but the majority are and we shouldn’t be fearful of them. This is why we seek knowledge, to become better. The bible says in Joshua 1:9, “This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” God gives us the strength to overcome fear, we have to tap into it. Stop allowing your ideas, your vision, your work, your talents to be swept aside all because you are fearful of something better. There’s a remedy for this syndrome, it’s God!

Daily Devotional – 3/15/16 “Walking dead!”

The enemy has a hold of somebody this morning and he has you making your own funeral plans. He has you thinking the diagnosis means death. He’s put it in your mind that you can’t live without the one who ended the relationship. He walked all through your dreams last night and you got up saying, I can’t do it. The enemy is even walking through some of our homes where he’s become comfortable because we’ve allowed him too. He’s gotten into our children because although we pray for ourselves, when are we praying for them? You’ve given the enemy so much power that now you’ve become the walking dead! Yea, you have a pulse but you won’t live because the enemy has made you fearful of the day light. You have warm blood coursing through your veins but the enemy has you scared to breathe. You have functional organs but he’s been whispering in your ear, “What if they fail again?” Baby, you are the walking dead. You are in dead-end relationships, working on dead-end jobs and holding on to dead stuff simply because you are afraid of what might happen if you let go. The enemy has fooled you into thinking you can’t shake that addiction, you can’t fast and pray, you don’t need to go to worship service, God isn’t hearing you and now you’ve become the walking dead.

But why have we given the enemy so much power? Why does he get to dictate how you should live? Beloved, I don’t know about you but I’ve seen what God can do and I’ll place it all on Him before I believe in the enemy’s schemes. I’ve seen the miraculous manifestations that have taken place in the lives of those the doctor said wouldn’t live. I’ve seen the healing of those man said wouldn’t survive cancer. I’ve witnessed the testimony of those society said shouldn’t be nothing because of where they were raised. Oh, I know what God can do because He’s doing it for me, right now. You don’t have to take the enemy at his word. Yes, he will make it seem like you won’t get off your sick-bed. He will throw naysayers in the midst of your congregation to try to kill your vision. He will take away those you thought loved you and he will make it seem like you’ll never win but he is a lie! He is a bold face lie and today I do declare that you shall live and not die! You shall be first and not last! You will win! You will be the lender and not the borrower. So put away those grave clothes, there won’t be a burial of anything here. You will live and you will live victoriously. All you have to do is believe it!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9