Daily Devotional – 3/28/18 “What do you thirst for?”

Hours after Jesus was tried, beaten, mocked and hung; He says, through a dry mouth. “I thirst.” He’s probably feeling the effects of dehydration, by now because if you remember, He refused to drink the first time the soldiers offered Him the wine mingled with myrrh. But why would Jesus now say, I thirst? Again, this is simply Lakisha’s thoughts but here is what I gathered from this scripture. Jesus wasn’t requesting a drink of water but He was letting those, who were waiting on Him to die, know His body now lacked what it needed to endure life. You don’t have to take me at my work, I told you this is just me allowing you to peek into my thoughts, but when I looked up the words thirst and thirsty it says this. Thirst is a lack of the liquid needed to sustain life and thirsty is a need to drink something. If you look up the word thirst in Hebrew, you will see that it signifies a strong spiritual desire. So in essence when Jesus said in John 19:28, “I thirst,” He was saying, “I thirst for my daddy.” This is why when the soldiers put the vinegar soaked sponge to Jesus’ lips, bible says in John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

Beloved, what do you thirst for? It is to be famous or faithful? Do you thirst to be greedy or grateful? Do you thirst after the word or the world? Do you thirst for that which can sustain your life or satisfy your momentary moment? What do you thirst after? As for me, I thirst for what I’ve been given access to that’s never-ending like Psalm 42:2, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Because I want to be one of those counted in the number that Revelation 7:14-17 speaks of when it shares, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. Never again will they hunger, and never will they thirst; nor will the sun beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to fountains of living water and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” This is what I thirst for. What about you?

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Daily Devotional – 3/12/18 “The need to be stretched!”

God will put you in a painful place, intentionally and allow you to hurt. God will deliberately place you around folk who talk about you, all day long and you’ll know it. God is going to assign you some stuff to do, you know don’t make sense to your natural. God is going to strategically place you at tables with the same folk who have denied you access, more than once. God is going to send you into places ‘they’ said you didn’t deserve entrance too. God is going to give you First Class tickets to platforms people said you didn’t belong and you’ll see them roll their eyes. God is going to methodically put you in covenant with some people who have screenshots of you in their phone. Those same ones who wake up every morning talking about you in group texts will be the very ones God sends you to help. And He’s going to fill the audience with people who will never clap for you. You want to know why? It’s to stretch you. Beloved, God is stretching those who have been in the background, passed their time. God is stretching those of us who have been overworked and underpaid. God is stretching those of us who has a sound for this season. God is stretching those of us whose shoulders are now strong enough to carry the mantle. God is stretching those of us who are now capable of paying the cost for oil. God is stretching those of us who are no longer afraid but now are willing.

But why do we need to be stretched? To keep motion in our joints, to prevent muscle fatigue and to keep us from snapping. You don’t have to believe me but pick up a rubber band that has been sitting somewhere for a while and stretch it. More than likely, it’ll snap. When you work out and you don’t stretch (before and after); you may find it hard to move the next day. This is because there has been no mobility given to the joints/muscles. Oh but had you stretched, you would still feel the workout but you’ll be able to handle it better. So you see, God has no choice but to stretch those of us He is about to use. This is to ensure we can handle the pulls and the pushes and still be able to move afterwards. And it’s to make sure we can be stretched and then bounce back to look like nothing ever happened. Sure, it’s going to hurt but that is only for us to remember being stretched in the first place because when we do; it ought to make us thankful to have survived. If that isn’t enough, think about this … if Jesus could stretch out His arms for us, when we didn’t deserve it, surely we can be momentarily stretched for Him because He does.