Daily Devotional – 10/17/18 “The day of small things!”

Did I tell you that Kisha’s Daily Devotional blog is up for an award? Yes, we are in the top 3 for the Best in Black Awards. I am up against two amazing bloggers and whether I win or not, I am simply grateful for all the votes, shares and followers of this blog. See, this started out as just me sharing my thoughts on Facebook. At the time, there was a minimum to the amount of words you could post so I ventured out to a blog. I’d never done one before but I knew people needed a “Dose of Devotion.” Sure, my devotionals started out long and wordy and with few people reading them but here we are, seven years, 1,596 blog posts, 745 blog followers and a multitude of devotion later. Some of my blogs are being shared in places I probably don’t even know about, they are being viewed all over the world and encouraging to a body of believers; most I don’t know personally. And it is all by God’s grace. Why am I sharing this? Because I need you to have faith in what God has led you to do. I don’t care how small it seems, at the moment, keep pushing. It doesn’t matter if you only get two likes and one comment, keep sharing. I don’t care if you have never preached outside your home church, keep preaching. If you only sale two items or books a week (or month), keep selling. If you have never been invited to share the big stage, keep practicing until it comes. It will pay off.

The question was asked in Zechariah 4:10, “For who has despised the day of small things?” Oh, it doesn’t stop there because the verse continues with, “But these seven eyes of the LORD, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Why are you despising your small beginning when the Lord is rejoicing over you simply being obedient to His call? Why are you despising your small beginning when your sacrifice will pay off, after a while? This verse says, the Lord rejoiced when He saw the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. You know why? Number one, it meant work was being done and number two, it meant Zerubbabel was taking the time to ensure the work was right. See, you can look at something and to the naked eye, it looks straight yet, in measuring you find out it’s not as straight as it portrays to be. Thus a plumb line. Here, a plumb line was a cord with weight on the end used to find the depth of water and to make sure vertical structures are straight and true. Sure, it may cause the work to be slow but at least it’ll be right. Beloved, take your time. Don’t despise the slow start, make sure it’s right. Take your time and stop getting frustrated over the time it’s taking for you to grow. Make sure it’s right. Don’t despise your small thing because it may just detour your big thing.

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Daily Devotional – 10/15/18 “Integrity”

God’s assignment for your life will never come with a compromise to your integrity. I don’t care how well the position pays, I don’t care how many times you’ll get to preach, play your musical instrument or share the stage. I don’t care how good you look on the front of somebody’s flyer neither do I care about the business cards with your name spelled correctly, how fly the office is or the amount of time you’ll travel … being in God will never come with you selling out who you are. Your integrity is the inner workings of you and if it can be bought, sold, transferred and negotiated; you need to have a talk with self. Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Bible shares in Proverbs 10:9, “He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.” Let’s break this down.

“He who walks in integrity walks securely” … When you walk in honesty, there is nothing folk can hold over your head. In other words, when you live with nothing to hide, you don’t have to hide. See, when I carry myself the way I portray to be, I don’t worry about you running a background check because I know what it’ll show. When I walk in integrity, you can talk about me and it doesn’t bother me because I know the truth of my story. When I walk in integrity, you can tell lies and the people who know me will not believe them. When I walk in integrity, I have no anxiety when I’m cast into the light and can sleep peacefully at night. “But he who perverts his ways will be found out” … Perverts means to misrepresent. So, this is saying, when you twist, bend and distort the truth; you will be found out. When you lie on your job application and/or resume, it’ll be found out. When you misrepresent yourself, it will be found out and you run the risk of always being worried if/when it’ll happen.

Who wants to live like this? Always having to look over your shoulder. Always being nervous when you are called in the office, wondering if this time will be the moment you get fired from your job. Always anxious because you’re wondering if today is the day folk will find out you lied when you testified or you aren’t the person you “post” to be on social media. Who wants to live like this when bible says in Proverbs 11:3 “The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them?” Beloved, just be you and allow people to decide if they can handle it or not but never, ever compromise your integrity to fit in because you might get in and realize you don’t like it.