Daily Devotional – 9/22/17 “Will you still praise Him?”

It is another Friday and somebody woke up with the same funky attitude you laid down with because you gave another person your heart and they fumbled with it. Or maybe it’s the fact you’re still temporarily out of funds and just got paid. Or maybe you are still trying to figure out why it’s you who have to be sick. Or maybe you’ve been on this faith journey for some time and still seeing no return on your harvest. Or maybe you’re watching your child choose the streets over salvation. Or you have to be witness to your spouse choosing the addiction over their family. Or maybe you’re just plain ole fed up with everything and everybody. But what now? After you’ve thrown the tantrum, what changed? After you’ve broken some stuff, what happened? After you cried, then what? After you shut folk out, what? What happened beloved? I know you are worn out with the ‘preacher’ talk and hearing, ‘hold on,’ tired of being told, ‘it will be alright in the morning,” but can I ask you a question.

Will you praise God right where you are? Even if your prayer hasn’t been answered, even if there is no check in the mailbox, even if the kidney hasn’t shown up yet, even if you woke up still craving the alcohol and drugs and even if it still hurts, will you praise? Because I just believe that God has already spoken to the end of your situation. You don’t have to believe me but in the bible when Lazarus was sick and dying, Jesus didn’t show up right away. His friend lay at the point of death and Jesus says, “Lazarus’ sickness isn’t until death,” and for the next two days Jesus stayed where He was until Lazarus died. Why? Because He needed people to see the manifestation of His power. Beloved, your situation isn’t until death but will you trust that God has already spoken your deliverance and praise Him in the middle of it? Because in a few days, Jesus will show up and tell them to roll the stone away and He will call your name saying come out. All you have to do is trust Him enough to praise Him, even in the darkness of the grave. Will you?

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Daily Devotional – 9/15/17 “Collateral damage!”

Have you ever found yourself being hurt because the person you were with was hurt by somebody else? Have you ever found yourself victim by way of some stuff because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong folk? Ever found yourself facing hell and all you did was came when somebody called? In other words, you’ve been collateral damage. All you have to do is take a moment and you’ll say, “Yes, I’ve been there,” because the truth of the matter is; we all have been. All you did was accept an invitation to dinner and now you got his crazy baby momma calling your phone, stalking your Facebook page and liking on your pictures on Instagram. Your friend called you and you went, only to end up with a black eye because she didn’t tell you her boyfriend was acting a fool. You were invited to speak on the church’s Harvest Program and now rumors are spreading about you and the pastor. You are collateral damage. In Genesis 20:3, Abimelech finds himself being called a dead man and all he did was took a woman he thought was single. But because Abraham lied, Abimelech found himself as collateral damage.

How many of you have that testimony? Being labeled a home-wrecker and you didn’t even know the liar was married. Being labeled as lowdown and all you were was the messenger. Being called out because of your last name and DNA. Being abused because you happen to be the one there at the time. Being hurt because it just happened to be you, close enough, when the fire started. Collateral damage. What do you do? You keep your integrity and your heart clear and give folk back their stuff. God told Abimelech in Genesis 20:6-7, “Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”” Stop being a third wheel, get out of that relationship. Stop being easy accessible, tell folk no. Stop allowing yourself to be in a position to be hurt, choose you for once. You may have been collateral damage before but seek God and pray that you will never be it again.