Daily Devotional – 2/25/15 “Hasten to God’s throne!”

I wonder why we, as children of God, don’t hasten to our Father’s throne. Why don’t we petition His throne more or why don’t we hasten to ask of Him things when the bible says in Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” I mean, hasten is defined as to do something in a hurry or to make something happen quickly and as I was sitting here pondering on something to write about, this thought just happened to drop into my spirit. Why don’t we hasten more to God’s throne? We find it so easy to grumble but we won’t get up, we play the pity part but won’t pray, we say we are hurt yet we won’t hasten to the throne of grace and mercy where our help lies! What is going on? Ephesians 3:12 says, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence,” yet we wait, why? I don’t know about you but I need the favor of God to rest upon me because I’ve found that God’s favor helps with the labor I have to sometime endure. Yea! See, the favor of God can open doors I didn’t even know existed. The favor of God can take my feet to places I didn’t even think I belonged. The favor of God can place my name in the mouths of folk I don’t even know knew me. The favor of God can promote me when man says I should be demoted. The favor of God can sometimes take away the labor all together and yet we won’t even hasten to His throne to get it.

Why won’t we hasten? We say we need rest but Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We say God isn’t answering but have you asked lately when the bible says in Luke 11:9, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” We say we believe, we say we have faith but then we get scared to step when we see the enemy looming when the bible says in Luke 10:19, “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” Why won’t we hasten to God’s throne? Why won’t we hasten to petition God for what we need when He has it all? Where is our faith? It’s time we changed the lyrics to our song to this …“I love the Lord, He heard my cry and pitied every groan, long as I live and troubles rise, I’ll hasten to His throne!” We might not get another chance.

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Daily Devotional – 5/6/14 “What’s my purpose?”

On yesterday, I finally finished the Teen Devotional that I started on a year ago yet I feel like I am missing something. I feel like there is something that I should be doing or something that I am not seeing. My prayer is that God reveals to me whatever it is. I just can’t explain it. Then I went back to a devotional that I wrote on 11/8/11 and here is a part of it. It says, well you’ll see …

“What could I say today that I haven’t said times before? Don’t you already know that God is standing knocking at the door? I’m just a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece and to some a friend. But what words could I say to keep your life from coming to an end? Can I share with you God’s word that promises relief; will that keep you from taking pills and never waking from your sleep? Then God said, “You are more than just a person, because I’ve chosen you, my child, for this very purpose.” So, I closed my eyes and I prayed again and again. “Lord, what will you have me to say today to help folk through their sin?” Then I heard, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28),” for each of you know, surely, this is only a test. Yes, I know somebody is yawning who couldn’t sleep last night because you were worried about trying to find a place of your own with no job, car or money and no more energy to fight. Somebody paced the floor all night long because their love one is sick but they are not ready to let go but to God’s word they stick. Somebody is drinking tears for water and God’s direction they seek, but Isaiah 40:29 says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” See, God hears your pleas and He’ll come to see about you if you give it over to him. Stop praying the same prayer over and over because he has heard all of them. He hasn’t answered yet because He is waiting on you to let it go. It’s almost like planting a seed and then watching it grow. Just because you watch, it won’t make it grow fast, but worrying about a problem, you can’t fix, only makes it last. It’s like releasing a balloon and waiting to see it fly, but you can’t see it yet because it hasn’t reached the sky. That’s because you’ve let it go but the string is still tied to your wrist. Cut the string and let it fly, release your problems from your fist.”

See, I had already titled the devotional for today, “What is my purpose,” before I even went back to this devotional and God is still saying, let whatever it is go. Finances, needing a new place to stay, health issues, job; whatever you’re toiling with … let it go! You already know your purpose, you’re just too afraid to step out and get it. You’re already in your purpose, you’re just too afraid to move. You’re already seeing your purpose, you’re just too afraid to grab it. God has everything worked out but now it’s on you to move. What is your purpose? It’s whatever has your heart. I may be talking to myself but this just might be for you too…