Daily Devotional – 9/25/17 “What are you speaking?”

Another Monday and somebody opened their eyes in a messy mood. The covers weren’t even thrown back and you were already cursing the day. Feet barely touched the floor and you were already complaining. You didn’t even make it to the bathroom before you started dreading what the day would bring. Well, can I tell you something? You may not be able to change the outcome of your day but you sure can change how you approach it. See, I woke up still dealing with sinus issues yet my coworker called me “spirit-ty” not because I feel great but I choose to act like I do. Yes, I can complain and act like I physically feel but what good will that do? I still have to work, I still have a family to take care of, I still have grocery shopping to do, a son to pick up and dinner to cook and somewhere along the way I’ve got to encourage somebody. So while I could allow the ‘Monday blues’ to attack me, I will not. Instead, today I am speaking greater things. Today, I am seeking bigger things. And today I am expecting an extraordinary display of God’s power, in my life. What about you?

The bible says we are clay jars who hold the light of God within us and although, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).” Yes, we live in a world that sees more evil every day. Yes, our bodies are being attacked by sickness and diseases. Yes, we are losing our sons and daughters. Yes, marriages are being taken for granted. Yes, the bible is not being taken seriously. Yes, there are worship places that have no glory of the Lord. Yes, there are false prophets. Yes, some people of God are silent. Yes, we are being tormented. The bible even says in 2 Corinthians 4:11-12, “Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.” Even after all that BUT, “But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke (2 Corinthians 4:13).” What are you speaking today?

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Daily Devotional – 9/20/17 “You are free!”

When a man or woman has served time in a prison, for however long, there is a process they will go through upon their release. For some, it is easy but for others it can be traumatic. It’s almost like Stockholm syndrome, the difference, a prisoner begins to feel for their captor and in this case it’s prison. As a prisoner you are on a schedule, someone is preparing your food, you cannot go and come as you wish, there is a certain time to use the phone, scheduled times to see your loved ones, your money is managed, your mail is watched and you have no freedom. Depending on your sentence, you may find yourself spending year after year in this prison, getting accustomed to the yelling and the screaming of other inmates, the violence and being told what to do and how to do it. You get used to the food. You get used to the small cells. You get used to the little, if any, outdoor air you breathe. You get adapted to your prisoner. Now, release day comes and you find yourself walking out the doors into a world that is unfamiliar and it can scare you. Why am I sharing this? Especially since I have never been to prison or jail. Well, this morning, beloved, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I just want to help somebody today.

No, you may not have been released from the prison system but you have been in prison. Whether it was abuse, a dwindling marriage, an addiction, a job, a relationship, a place of worship or a sickness. And now you have been released and don’t know what to do with yourself. The doors have been opened and the shackles released but you still walk around like you’re bound. You’ve been healed and you still get up in the morning following the same routine you did when you were sick. Your abuser is gone yet you still walk around on egg shells. You left that place of worship yet you still don’t trust the one you’ve joined. Your marriage ended yet you still find yourself holding on to the hostility. The addiction, you still act like that alcoholic/drug addict. Baby, you’re free. Go to sleep in your bed, nobody will hurt you. Laugh, you won’t get hit this time. You can enjoy worship, nobody is talking about you. You can have that drink, you are healed. You can go on that vacation, your probation is over. Ma’am, sir; you are free now. – Happy Release Day!