Daily Devotional – 7/29/19 “Focus on the purpose, not the people!”

There are people around you who are waiting on you to fail, family members who don’t believe you will amount to anything and people who come to cheer you on, but then leave speak negatively about you. Here’s what you do … stop trying to explain! All you have to do is, continually walk and work, in the purpose God has set before you. Stop trying to demonstrate signs that you’ve been called. Stop trying to provide evidence of your purpose. Stop trying to get them to visualize your vision. You don’t have to make the statuses of “I’m going to make it with or without you,” show them. You don’t have to make the subliminal post, show them. You don’t have to buy the shirt, show them. Baby, if I sat around waiting on folk to “buy in” to my purpose, I’d be somewhere, raggedy and tore up with a dried up harvest and no plan. If I waited on folk, to support my ministry, I’d probably never preach in “their” pulpits. If I had to count on folk, I do know, to buy books, I’d never get and be appreciative of all those I didn’t know.

What I’m saying is, stop putting time in the wrong people and things. When you focus on the purpose, you’ll see God’s plan but when you focus on people, you’ll miss God’s purpose. Child, if I focused on people who statistically said, because I was raised in the projects of North Memphis; I should be a teenage mother with multiple baby daddies, high school dropout, living in the same area on government assistance and possibly drugs; I would’ve doubted God’s plans for my life. Folk said, I couldn’t possibly be called to preach when I write books with sex/cussing, tattoos, high heels, shaved head and don’t conform to the standards of man AND I almost allowed this negative thinking to stunt my growth; BUT I know what I heard when GOD called me and not man. When I stopped living for the world and instead living, in the word, my life changed. When I stopped trying to please folk, my life became pleasing. When I stopped trying to make folk believe in me, folk began believing in me. Why? Because I no longer tell them ANYTHING, but I show them! How? By the fruit that I produce. Focus on the purpose, not the people!

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Daily Devotional – 5/25/18 “You’re missing it because of the messenger!”

You’re praying to God to come and see about you. You’re crying out to Him, over and over about something you need. Yet, you are sitting there thinking God has forsaken or forgotten you. You are angry because you think He’s ignoring you. You will not go to worship service because the enemy has you asking, ‘what’s the use?’ You have even contemplated doing some stuff you know isn’t right. Before you do, I need to tell you something. It is not the fact God is forsaking you (He doesn’t), it’s not that God is intentionally ignoring you (He doesn’t) neither has He forgotten you (He will not). Just maybe, the real reason you’re missing the message or the blessing is because you don’t like who God is using to send it. “I don’t like women preachers.” “I don’t like the way he/she sounds.” “I don’t like the way he/she looks.” “I remember how they acted in school.” This is the kind of crazy thinking that keeps us bound. See, you’re too busy counting the mistakes folk made in the past. You are listening to what folk are saying and waiting on somebody else to confirm what the prophet said. Can you not just believe God?

Understand me … there are some folk who are not right. They are sent to discourage you, throw you off your game, make you doubt and all that but this is why you have to be right. Yea, you will, absolutely, know when someone’s motives are wrong, when you are right. Right what? In right standing, with the right frame of mind, the right spirit and the right ability to discern. Bible shares in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” How will you tell? Keep reading because bible says in Matthew 7:16, “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” Stop getting angry at God because you sowed that $100 seed to a person who talked real good but can’t bare nothing worth eating. Baby, God has need of messengers and sometime, what you are waiting on may not be packaged or delivered how you think it should. Don’t miss your message or blessing because of the messenger but validate the authority, of the one bringing it, by the fruit they bare.