Daily Devotional – 10/7/19 “Sober up!”

When a person is grieving, coming out of a bad relationship, angry, bitter or etc.; you tend to make decisions from that place. At the time, you probably feel as though that decision is the right one … until you sober up. Oh, you didn’t know you can be intoxicated from feelings? Yep, you can and in that intoxicated state, you might just do or say something you’ll regret later. This is why, you have to stop making decisions with your emotions. Baby, a bad relationship, the one when you were drunk in lust, will have you regretting some stuff, when that haze is gone and you’re clear-headed. That grief will have you getting tattoos, you’ll regret when the pain is more manageable, and you can think clearer. That anger will have you kicking up a dust storm and saying some stuff, you don’t even remember and can’t take back, once the dust settles. This is why you shouldn’t post, when you’re angry. You shouldn’t make drastic decisions, when you’re hurting. You shouldn’t sign your name, when you’re under pressure. You shouldn’t make life altering plans, when you’re under the influence.

In Second Timothy 4, Paul is talking to Timothy on how he should carry himself when preaching God’s word. And although you may not be a preacher, evangelist etc.; we all serve in the ministry of God, as children of God. Therefore, this scripture, Second Timothy 4:5, applies to you, for it says, “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” Evangelist, one definition is, “a zealous advocate of something.” This should be all of us, who are called God’s children. What I’m sharing is, stop doing stuff when you’re intoxicated and under the influence of feelings. If you don’t, you might just find yourself under arrest with a DUI (deceiving under the influence), DWI (defiling while intoxicated), DWT (desiring while tipsy), PWT (preaching while tow-up), DUP (delivering under pressure) and DWD (desperate while damaged). Beloved, get sober or get pulled over … by God. And if you didn’t know this, His penalties carry a far greater weight than man.

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Daily Devotional – 5/8/19 “Let them assume!”

I shared this on 5/8/2018 and I am sharing this again, with updates, for somebody who is still trying to make sense of stuff. Stuff like, why you are being hated on, disliked, unsupported, talked about and lied on. Like I told you last year, it’s not you, it’s what folk see in you. Here’s the thing though, sometimes they can see it before you accept it because it’s all in your voice and face, even though you’re still fighting it. Beloved look, there are some people who will not like you, they won’t buy what you have to offer and neither will they congratulate you. They’ll remain friends, on social media and life but they’ll scroll by because they cannot understand why it had to be you. They’ll even show up at the parties because they can’t make sense of why you. Sure, I can tell you not to feel bad about it but the truth of the matter is, it hurts. It hurts more because folk don’t know you’re still pinching off the little just to make it, the many nights you’ve had pace and pray, the days you’ve had to choose gas or food, the times you didn’t think your marriage would make it, the crying mornings and the sleepless nights. They don’t know yet they assume.

They assume because you look good, the house you live in, the car you drive or the smiles on your selfies. Can I be even more real? They assume because you’re in a ministry position. They assume because they see the anointing but not the nights you’ve been angry at God. They assume because they see God, all over you but not the times you’ve asked God to take back His oil. They assume because they see God preparing you but not know the times you’ve wanted to give up. They don’t know you had a meltdown yesterday or didn’t sleep well last night yet they assume. What do you do? Let them assume while you assume the position and posture of prayer. Let them assume while you work your faith. Let them assume while you go be great! Let them assume while God reveals the antidote to what ails you, the meaning to your mourning, the potion to end your pain, the cure to your confusion, the remedy to your rejection, the therapy to your toiling or the solution to your suffering. Then read Luke 21:10-19 but in verse 14-15 God says, “So make up your mind not to worry beforehand how to defend yourselves. For I will give you speech and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”