Daily Devotional – 8/24/18 “Shutdown for the Shift!”

Sometimes, on this spiritual journey, you may find yourself in a place of feeling as if nothing is working out in your favor. It does not matter the amount of time you spend in prayer, you are still being passed over for promotion. It matters not your faithfulness to fellowship, you still have to fight folk who look familiar. You make the plans and do the research and business still fails. Everywhere you turn, no is all you hear and you cannot understand why. Leaving you to wonder, why is nothing working in my favor? Why is nothing going right? Why am I spiritually stagnant when I know God has called me? Well, maybe you been powered down to revive. Maybe this period of your life is a restart and not a rebuke. Think about electronic devices like cable boxes, phones and computers; things we rely on. Occasionally, these devices mess up and in order to get them to function properly, you have to restart them. Most times, it is an easy restart by choosing the option and other times some stuff happens that calls for a “hard restart” by pressing and holding down the power button and it was not your choice. Beloved, maybe the very thing you are going through, right now, is simply to get you back on track and God had to do a hard restart. It was not your choice but take it as God’s way of shutting you down to restart you. Does it feel good? Heck no but after it is over, you will realize it had to happen.

For most of 2017, I tried to finish my book, Dear God: Hear My Prayer. No matter what I tried, the many things I have written before or even the talks I had with God, no book. It did not matter that I had the book cover and the story line because I was stagnant. Truth is, I got mad at God and even contemplated taking a break from releasing anything because it seemed nothing was working, anyway. Why bother, right? Yet, I stayed in and under God. Everything He would give me, I jotted it down in my notes. I did not know it then but I was being restarted for the shifting that was about to take place. God had shut me down in order for Him to restart something new within me and when 2018 showed up, so did I. Dear God was released and it has been one of my best sellers. All because God shut me down to restart me. Why is a restart necessary? Here is what I realized with my work computer. If I never shut it down to restart it, I may miss necessary updates from the network that can only take effect AFTER the restart. Therefore, to you my brother or sister who is in an unexplainable time in your journey, maybe you are in shut down mode because God needs to update what He installed on the inside of you. You do realize things need updating, right? Then you should know if you never allow God to shut you down, you might miss necessary updates from the Master that can only take effect AFTER the restart. Your gift(s) is good but now God has an update that is about to make it greater for the places and people you are about to encounter. Allow the shutdown for the shift!

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Daily Devotional – 5/15/18 “Sheep without a shepherd”

There are some people who will not go to church for personal reasons, stubbornness or due to being a victim of “church hurt.” Understand, it is your choice so please don’t take this as bashing or to make you feel guilty. This blog is a means of help and hope but I need to let you know what happens to sheep (God’s people) without a shepherd. Yes, we are sheep because Psalm 100:3 says, “Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” And because we are sheep, God calls and equips shepherds. What it the role of a shepherd? To strengthen the weak, feed the hungry, seek the lost, bandage the wounded and to protect the sheep from becoming prey while ruling over them without harshness and force (Ezekiel 34). To put it plainly, a shepherd’s job is to ensure care and security of the sheep until their owner comes back for them. In other words, the sheep do not belong to the shepherd but when a person accepts the position, they do so with the responsibility to do right by the sheep. But did you know there are two kinds of sheep? One is a wild sheep who can survive on their own and a domestic sheep who needs the care of a shepherd.

See, wild sheep don’t need a shepherd because they never settle down but domestic sheep requires the care of a shepherd because they have been created through human means to produce. Wild sheep search for food but domestic sheep are fed by their shepherd. Wild sheep protect themselves but domestic sheep are to be covered by the shepherd. Wild sheep naturally shed but a domestic sheep has to be sheered in order to ensure the weight of their wool doesn’t become too heavy to carry or filled with parasites. Yes, I get you don’t feel like you need a shepherd but this is like saying you don’t need a doctor. Beloved, I believe God and I trust Him but I also know He gives wisdom to those who care for us physically. This is why we have financial advisers, doctors, therapists, pharmacists, lawyers and spiritual shepherds. There are some things we cannot do on our own. And a sheep who is not properly cared for tends to carry too much weight which then leads to internal issues that keeps them from growing, infected feet that keeps them from walking, inflamed knees that keeps them from kneeling and the inability to care for the very thing(s) they birth. Sheep need shepherds unless you like being wild and wandering alone but how is that working for you? The bible shares in Jeremiah 3:15, “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”