Daily Devotional 6/30/17 “What if …”

What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have? What if you called your spouse, your parents or siblings and they didn’t answer because their mouth closed to never open again, would you be satisfied with the way you left things? What if the doctor told you tomorrow was your last day alive, would you regret the way you’ve lived? What if you had a chance to open up the door to yesterday, would you do it? What if you could turn back the hands of time, would you? I ask these questions to prick something within you because you need to get it through that thick skull of yours this one thing that is for sure … time does not stand still. Keep walking around withholding the apology you know you should give. Keep on with the attitude of they won’t talk to me, I won’t talk to them. Keep ignoring the texts and the calls. Keep saying you’ll go tomorrow. Keep saying you’ll forgive eventually. Oh and that “they are dead to me,” will be true one day and it will rock you to your core. Because you are aware the dead can’t accept your apology right? You do understand that crying over the casket means nothing, don’t you? You do realize that you can’t forgive a tombstone, right? Then stop holding grudges, they’ll cause you to lose access to grace. Stop harboring hate before it becomes a habit you can’t break.

Forgive as if your life depends on it. Matthew 6:15, “But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Live as if tomorrow will never come. Matthew 24:36, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” And love as if it is the only cure. 1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”” – James 4:13-15

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Daily Devotional – 6/27/14 “Are you not tired yet?”

Now that you know you’re simply a sinner who has been saved and now called saint (Sinners Abiding In New Territory), aren’t you tired of running from God? Aren’t you tired of playing with the calling that God has placed over your life? Aren’t you tired of getting dressed up on Sunday just to go play church? Aren’t you tired of acting like you got it all together when you need to let go and let God? Aren’t you tired of putting on a face to portray someone you’re not? Are you not tired yet? Aren’t you tired of being mentally abused by someone who isn’t even yours? Aren’t you tired of being hurt by someone who promised to never hit you again? Aren’t you tired of peeping and hiding because you’re with someone else’s spouse? Aren’t you tired of living in someone else house? Are you not tired yet? Aren’t you tired of begging from folks? Aren’t you tired of stealing? Aren’t you tired of being messy? Are you tired of being the starter of trouble? Aren’t you tired of being the person folk don’t like to see coming? Aren’t you tired of tired of posting all of your business on Facebook? Are you not tired yet? Aren’t you tired of laughing at folk’s shout because you’ve yet to tap into the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you? Aren’t you tired of acting like God hasn’t been good to you? Are you tired of downplaying someone else dance when you should be joining in? Aren’t you tired of being in your pity party? Are you not tired yet?

Baby, all you have to do is watch the news, read the newspaper, visit a funeral home, hospital, homeless shelter or mission and you’ll realize how fast your life can change. Don’t you understand that it’s time NOW to get your life together? If you died today, would someone be able to stand up and speak on your behalf or would they have to lie? But I guess you think you got time, don’t you? Honey on your best day, you’re sick enough to die and I should tell you that Matthew 24:36 says, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” So, go on thinking you have time because although tomorrow is promised, you aren’t promised to see it. When will you be tired of all the games, mess and foolishness? Aren’t you tired of running instead of reaping, tired of crying instead of answering God’s call, tired of wandering when you could be worshipping, tired of falling and failing when you should be faithful, tired of being weary when you should be willing, tired of stumbling when you should be sanctified in the spirit, tired of pacing when you should be partaking in the promise of God, tired of being a victim when you should be vigilant in your victory, tired of being bound when you’ve already been bought and tired of being broken when you’ve been beautifully built? Are you not tired yet? You should be!