Daily Devotional – 1/30/19 “You have the power!”

When David got ready to fight Goliath, there were folk around him who’d already counted him out. “He’s too small.” “Who do he think he is?” “He’s no match for that giant.” “He’ll never make it.” He was even taunted by Goliath, who was bold enough to cross enemy lines to confront him. Goliath tells David in 1 Samuel 17:44, ““Come here,” he called to David, “and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”” David responds, in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” You know how the story ends, right? David killed Goliath with a stone to the forehead. Afterwards, though (because the sermons usually stops there), David, bible shares, ran and stood on Goliath, took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head. Here’s what I don’t want you to miss. The Philistines didn’t move until after David had cut off Goliath’s head. Why am I sharing this? Two few reasons actually.


1. Some of you are more focused on what folk are saying and it’s causing you to lose sight of the task at hand. Let them talk, you’ve got a battle to win!
2. You may have knocked your opponent down and even killed him but those with him, won’t leave until you make a drastic move.

In other words, you need to let those who are bold enough to walk into your face/space to taunt/kill you, know you ain’t scared! I said what I said! No, you don’t have to cut off their head, like David but you might have to cross enemy lines, stand on their back and take their sword just in case! Look, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). It doesn’t matter that you don’t look the part, you got power. You may not have the armor but you got power. May have never fought in this kind of fight but you got power. Power from a God who never fails us! David’s power didn’t come from a sword, he didn’t have one. David’s power didn’t come from his armor, he didn’t have any. His power came from the God he worshipped, trusted, loved and served. You have the same power but you’ve got to stop listening to the hecklers and trust the God you serve because He’ll never place you in a battle He hasn’t equipped you for. Even if it happens to be a battle He’ll let you lose, He always has His reasons why. You have the power but you’ve got to believe it, tap into it then use it.

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Daily Devotional – 11/8/18 “Preparing for what you asked for!”

We’re in the month of November and for some, you’ve already started planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You don’t even know what tomorrow holds yet you’ve already made preparations. You have the list of things you need, waiting. You are eagerly anticipating the sale ads as you map out plans for this holiday season and all you need is for the date to show up. You’re set on go, ready for what you expect to happen, without knowing if it will. Question for you … why don’t you wait in expectancy of God the same? You don’t bombard the stores, rushing them, but you’ll rush God. You don’t rush the calendar, yet you’ll rush God. Why not, instead of getting angry at God’s timing, you prepare in advance for what you are expecting? Instead of getting upset that God hasn’t moved, by your calculation of time, why not prepare for what you know will come? You’ve prayed for the husband but are you prepared for him? You’ve prayed for the child but are you prepared? You’ve prayed for the increase in finances but have you prepared for it? You’ve prayed for the door to open but are you prepared for when it happens?

A few years ago, my husband and I were living in a rental house yet I knew this wasn’t what God had for us. So, I started preparing. I made notes of what I wanted in a house as I waited on God to move. I made preparations for the house note and we hadn’t even signed papers or been preapproved. But I know what I heard God say. I had no idea when but I know what I heard. Beloved, on this spiritual journey, we have to be prepared for what we’ve asked of God even if we don’t know when He’ll do it. God says if I ask, it shall be done so when I go in prayer, I come out preparing to receive what I know God will do. This is called faith. Bible shares, faith is the substance of things hoped for. Faith means I’m claiming it before it has my name attached. Faith means I am prepping to live well even while I’m still sick. Faith means I’m making plans for the day I no longer live paycheck to paycheck. Faith means I’m cleaning out the garage for the car I know my credit can’t get yet. Faith means I am memorizing the directions to the house I haven’t been approved for yet. Faith means I am rehearsing for the assignment and I haven’t even been called for it yet. Faith means I am buying the business suits for the business that hasn’t even been birthed yet. Faith means I am preparing sermons for the pulpits I haven’t been invited to yet. Faith means, although I don’t know when it’ll happen, I know it will happen so I’ll prepare for it.