Daily Devotional – 6/7/19 “Remove the sign!”

In my book, Dear God: Hear My Prayer, I shared a message about the Do Not Disturb Sign. In this message, I wanted you to know that when you surrender to God, you remove the block you’ve placed on Him. A block that is like placing a Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door. If the sign is there, the housekeeper can’t come in and do what he or she has a responsibility to do. When this happens, you choose to keep whatever trash, dirty towels and unchanged bed sheets that have accumulated during your stay. However, when the sign is removed, the housekeeper is then able to remove the trash, give you clean towels, change the dirty linens and make your room habitable again. For somebody, today, it’s time you remove the Do Not Disturb sign from your heart and let God in. I know, you’re looking at the mess and you’re embarrassed but baby, God is there to clean, not to condemn. Sure, you allowed things to get out of hand and you’re afraid of the damage that has been done. You’re thinking about how much, this is going to possibly cost you because it’s your name on the bill but beloved, it’s already paid.

All God needs is for you to open the door and give Him permission to do what He promised He would. Aren’t you tired of living in the dirty conditions? Aren’t you tired of trying to make the trash smell good? Are you not tired of throwing stuff under beds and in closets? Are you not tired of sleeping in a dirty bed and covering up with a blanket of burdens? What I mean is, aren’t you tired of masking the stench of bad relationships that plague us like the smell of unemptied garbage cans, the stink of soul ties that cling to us like dirty linens, the addictions that linger like a ring around the tub or the dishonest decisions that hurt us as much as a bill for a damaged hotel room. If you are, then it’s time you remove the sign and let the housekeeper in by declaring like David in Psalm 51:2, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin,” (‘Throughly’ is spelled this way in King James means in a way that penetrates fully and completely). If you don’t, you do realize, the housekeeper will keep passing your room, right? As long as the sign is there, He’ll continually walk by because He can’t force you to receive what comes along with the accommodations of choosing Him. Will you remove the sign and let God in?

Psalm 32:5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.”

Advertisements

Daily Devotional – 6/5/19 “Suffering saved me!”

God, thank you for my suffering. Although, I may not have understood it then, I’m thankful for it now. See, it was during the storm that you saved me! It was in the pit that I learned how to praise. I was in the valley when I realized just how great I’d look in victory. It was the pain the allowed me to press towards purpose. It took being lied on that I learned to lean not on my understanding. It was rejection that taught me to rejoice in all things! It was hurt that showed me healing. It was the fight that taught me to how to forgive. It was the mistakes that tuned me in to your message.

In other words, my suffering saved me and I almost missed it because I was too busy focusing on the pain rather the promise.

What promise? The promise God made to never leave me nor forsake me. The promise God made to answer when I ask. The promise God made to give me a future and a hope. The promise of God to fight for me, when I need it. The promise to give strength when I’m weary and increase the power of the weak. The promise to hold my hand so I don’t have to fear. The promise to be there when I pass through the waters, to not be overtaken by the rivers and not be burned by the fire. The promise that says, if I submit to Him, I can resist the enemy and he’ll flee. The promise to hear from Heaven, when I humble myself, pray and seek His face. The promise to forgive my sins when I repent. The promise that tells me I don’t have to be discouraged because God will go before me. And the promise that if God sets me free, I’m free indeed.

I don’t know who needs this encouragement today but let me assure you … although you may have to suffer, it will not always be like this. For if you hold on, if you press through, if you keep the faith, turned from your wicked ways and submit to the counsel of God; your suffering can save you too.