Daily Devotional – 8/10/16 “Do it for yourself!”

While you are waiting on someone to Invest in you, your business or your destiny/purpose, you’ve missed out on so much. While you’re waiting on someone to encourage you, you could have encouraged yourself by now. While you are waiting on Sunday to show up, to be prayed for, you could have prayed for yourself. The point is … Stop waiting on someone to do the things you can do yourself. I was looking at a memory from a few years ago on Facebook and it was during the time I was struggling spiritually. I knew it was because I was dodging God’s call but I had told myself that I needed to wait on my uncle (who is my pastor) to use me and my gifts. And while I waited, I was suffering. Suffering to the point where I was even questioning my spirituality. But then one day, I got tired and I surrendered to God. And it was then things started to change. I no longer waited on someone to bless my house, I do it myself. I don’t wait on anyone to encourage me, I do it myself. I don’t wait for someone to pray for me and my family, I do it daily. And whether you believe it or not, I pray for all of you who are connected to me. Not because you asked but because I don’t have to wait until you’re in need. Beloved, you too can speak your own healing. You don’t have to wait until something is prophesied in your life, to know that you are blessed; speak over your own life.

Keep waiting for someone else to send the devil, who is tormenting your home, back to hell; you better cast it out with your own mouth. Please understand, I am in no way diminishing the power of those who pray for, encourage, prophesy and uplift because we all need them but sometimes, you need to help yourself. Every chance you get you ought to be speaking blessings over your life, protection over your house, encouragement over your children, increase in your finances, healing over your body, forgiveness over your enemies and love for everybody. You don’t need me to tell you that you’re blessed, that’s evident by the fact you woke up. And please, stop walking with your head down. When you aren’t aware of your surroundings, things/people can catch you off guard. Why do you think the enemy is able to slip into your home, on the backs of your children or your spouse unnoticed? Chile, I don’t even bow my head to pray. It’s not that I have something against it but I pray walking around the house, in my bedroom, in the car, at my desk at work, the bathroom … you get the point. And, bowing our heads isn’t a requirement to pray anyway, for it says in Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” And if you don’t get anything, take this with you; hold your head up and walk in the fullness of the Lord while speaking greatness over your life. Start by remembering whose you are and the blessedness of being His child.

Encourage yourself

Daily Devotional – 8/6/15 “God’s Center of Rehabilitation!”

I shared some of this on last year and it just so happens that some of it fits, right here today. Yea, it’s Thursday and someone is terrified at the thought of their tribulations. Someone is already threatened by the trials of tomorrow which hasn’t even happened yet. You’re sitting there, at this very moment, tempting to cover the tears from the turmoil that’s twisting in your spirit and you don’t want to talk to anybody because you think they’ll hear the toil in your voice. And now, you’ve got the nerve to turn on God. Baby, He didn’t get you in the mess you’re in. He told you to go but don’t tarry there long (you stayed). He told you to go but not to mingle with the wicked (you strayed). Oh but the mess you find yourself in is thick and too tough to get out of, huh? It has you trapped, doesn’t it? Does it have you thinking crazy thoughts? Well, God told me to tell you; it’s time you got help. Yea, He says it’s time you check yourself into rehab. (Rehabilitation defined here as something that has been restored to good condition.)

Yea, it’s time for you to go. Rehab is waiting. Welcome to God’s Center of Rehabilitation. Here, He offers the following programs:

  • Detox program: 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – The time in this step depends on the person.
  • Individual therapy: Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – With this step, you are allowed to set your own pace. You’ll see why!
  • Group Therapy: Hebrews 10:25, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” – This step is a personal commitment. We can make you do group therapy but the benefits aren’t the same. You have to choose whether or not to attend.
  • Talking with the Counselor: Matthew 7:7, “”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – He has an open door policy. You don’t need an appointment. All you have to do is seek Him and He’ll be found.
  • Christian based treatment: 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Bible Study, Sunday School, Worship Service, Prayer Meeting – You’ll find that these will help you with your treatment.

You ready? No, there is no cost; God paid it all. Yes, this is an inpatient and outpatient rehab facility; inpatient because it happens on the inside of you and outpatient because it’ll be evident by the change in your outer appearance. Oh, there is one book that is required reading material. It’s called the bible. Get it and it’ll change your thought process. No, there’s no set time on your recovery, it’s at your pace. All you have to do is make the commitment to be recovered. Yes, you can start now! Make up your mind to do it and soon you’ll be able to say, (like me) I am a recovering addict of self-doubt, self-pity and no encouragement of self but I’ve been through God’s rehab and I am recovered!