Daily Devotional – 8/26/19 “Recovery then restoration!”

Stop praying for a Job type restoration, if you aren’t willing to go through a Job type test. See, we want the restoration but to get to restoration, there has to be something that happened prior to that caused either damage or brokenness. That’s where we fail. We can’t pray for restoration, unless there’s something damaged and/or broken. In my latest book, When the Vows Break 3 (shameless plug), I wrote on recovery and restoration. First, you have to know there’s a difference in the two because many times we tend to want to skip the recovery part. However, recovery is the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost. Whereas restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. Let’s say you own a building and the building catches fire or there’s been some damage done to it. After the fire, the building is in the hands of the fire department and until you regain possession of it, you can’t restore it. Well, the only way God can effectively restore us, we’ve got to be in God’s possession. We do that through recovery.

Let’s face it, we sometimes walk away from God. That’s because we face stuff that seems like punishment or we have abandonment issues. With abandonment issues, even physical, they play into our spiritual. You can be honest because when God doesn’t answer, when we think He should, we feel abandoned and we turn away from Him. We’ll stop going to church, stop praying, stop tithing and fasting etc. That’s okay, God doesn’t leave us, even when we leave Him. However, for God to perform restoration, we have to be in His possession. Job, he went through unimaginable loss, after which God restored everything he lost. Yet, before he got to restoration, he had to recover.

Job’s recovery was a process and it hurt. He had to go through detox (he had to lose some stuff), anger (he cursed the day he was born), crying out to God, pleading with God, arguing with God, the why me (Job asked why aren’t the wicked punished), understanding, recalling former things, being challenged by God and then apologizing to God. Once we make it here, God isn’t done because then, He’ll require something of us. For Job, he had to pray for his friends. Afterwards, though, Bible says in Job 42:10, “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!” Yes, we can get to restoration but there’s a process and a cost. And if you want to know if the process is worth it … it absolutely is.

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Daily Devotional – 8/12/19 “Open your mouth, mane!”

There may come a time when the thing God gave you instruction to do, doesn’t produce like it should. There may come a time when the place He sent you, looks deserted, dry and desolate. There may come a time, when the assignment feels more like punishment instead of purpose. A time, when you keep looking at yourself, trying to figure out, exactly what God is doing. Here’s what I’m learning, as I journey this thang called purpose. God gives us power to restore life to the dry bones. When Ezekiel was in the valley of dry bones, God asked him, in Ezekiel 37:3, “Son of man, can these bones live?” To which Ezekiel replied, “O Lord GOD, You know.” He was placing the matter back into God’s hands but then God tells Ezekiel, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” Ezekiel says in 37:7-8, “So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.” God said, “Prophesy to the breath.” To which Ezekiel says, “So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”

What am I saying? Mane, if you don’t open your mouth and prophesy to the dry areas of your life. Understand something, Ezekiel prophesied to things that once had life and not to dirt and created life. So, don’t start speaking to an empty building and expecting it to burst forth as your business and then get mad at me. This isn’t what I mean. However, if you know God has purposed your marriage, ministry, business, book, conference and etc. and at this moment, it seems to be dying or dead; open your mouth and prophesy to those dry bones by faith and God’s word. Prophesy for the body to be restored and then prophesy for the breath (life). Stop doing that thing where you doubt yourself. Stop downplaying the power God has equipped you with. You have the power to prophesy but you’ve got to open your mouth. God has prepared you and all you have to do is open your mouth. Open your mouth and prophesy WITH FAITH AND GOD’S WORD and watch those things live and be profitable again. And when someone asks, how you did it. Tell them, So, I prophesied…