Daily Devotional – 4/29/14 “Get tired!”

Being abused, get tired, you’ll find the strength to stand up and walk away. Drug addict, alcoholic; get tired of wearing that label and do something about it. Being walked over, get tired and stand up. No money, get tired of being without and get up and do something. Sick of what “they say” get tired and finally listen to what God says. Body in pain, get tired and finally go to the doctor. See, in my learning, I’ve found that when you get tired, you’ll do something about it. Now, I don’t mean being regularly tired but really, really tired. When you finally get tired of hand me down boyfriends, you’ll wait on your husband. When you get tired of little girl drama, you’ll wait on your wife. When you get tired of being spiritually hungry, you’ll search for God’s word until you are spiritually full. When you get tired of running from the calling that God has placed over your life, you’ll stand with your arms outstretched crying, “Lord, here am I; have your way.” When you get tired of folks counting you out, you’ll laugh when they start counting your blessings. When you get tired of fighting the world alone, you seek God while He can be found. When you get tired of being what everybody says you should be, you’ll become the person God has destined you to be. When you get tired of all the drama on your job, you’ll find another one. When you get tired of putting every dollar into that car that keeps breaking down, you’ll get another one. Yea; all it takes is you getting tired! When the people of Israel complained, God got tired and Numbers 11:1 says, “Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.” Yes, even God gets tired! All I’m saying is, stop settling for anything, stop accepting everything, stop answering to every name you’re called and stop diminishing the power of God who keeps His promise. Everything you desire to be, you can be but you’ve got to believe it first. Get tired of giving up and get up! Get tired of giving in and stand up. Get tired of not believing and trust God’s plan!

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Daily Devotional – 3/26/14 “We are so ungrateful!”

I sometimes wonder how we, as Christians, can be so ungrateful when we are already receiving things we don’t deserve. I mean, some of us are ungrateful for the spouse we have when, if the truth shall be told, you didn’t deserve them anyway yet God blessed you with them and they’ve made your life better but you can’t see it. Some of us are so ungrateful for the job we have when we could be on the corner of the expressway doing some strange thangs for change. Some of us are not thankful for the home we have when we could be standing in line every night trying to get a room at the local mission. We complain so much about everything that it’s starting to overshadow everything! (You’ll get that in a minute) When will we be thankful for what we have? I’ve come to realize that God won’t give me anything else if I’m not grateful for what He’s already done. It’s like me walking up to you every day with a gift yet you never even take the time to open it, they’ve just been piling up in your drawer. What sense would it make for me to continue to take the time to give you something you’re not even thankful for? Me, as being a fleshly body wouldn’t give your ungrateful tail nothing else oh but thanks be to God who is not like us because although we take His many blessings for granted, He still gives us a fresh anointing of His power every morning. If it were up to man, your water would have been cut off when you didn’t pay the bill yet God has shown up once again and you’d rather take your last few dollars to Wild Out Wednesday instead of putting them in the offering tray. Yea, God showed up and saved your butt, like He does, when you couldn’t even provide for yourself and yet you’ve been promoted on your job and you can’t even give Him His due praise. God protected your ignorant self when you decided to drive drunk and instead of being grateful and changing your ways, you tried it again the next weekend. God has delivered you from the hands of an abusive spouse, from that cancer that has killed countless others, from that bullet that had your name on it and from that alcohol and drugs that you should have overdosed on and yet you’re still too selfish to share your testimony.

I just don’t understand, I can’t seem to wrap my thoughts around it and no matter how I try to twist it, it doesn’t make sense. You do know that when you constantly complain God is not pleased, right? When the people complained in the wilderness, Numbers 11:1 says, “Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.” Can you handle the wrath of God? Will you be willing to try? (I’m not!) And although I am not perfect in not complaining, every day I strive to do better to appreciate what I have because it could be, no, it should be worse but it’s not. Try being grateful and see if it works!