Daily Devotional – 8/14/17 “It’s just the edge!”

Have you ever rolled to the very end of the bed, only to catch yourself from falling? Ever got close enough then suddenly woke up right on time? What about waking up, to find yourself wrapped in a sheet and one move from being on the floor? Or moving your arm, only to realize you are one turn from hitting the nightstand? Have you? I have and it made me think about all the times we’ve been at the edge, of this thang called life, knowing we should have fallen but suddenly, something happened. Or those times we’ve come to the end of all we can do mentally, knowing if we move slightly, it’ll be all over. Looking out at the edge, breathing heavy and heart pounding knowing, I should have fallen over but I didn’t. Anybody else besides me experienced an “I almost fell” moment? Thinking, had it not been for God stopping me, I should have been dead. Had it not been for the sheet of salvation keeping me, I could be out my mind, right now. Had it not been for the sudden opening of my eyes, I would have found myself in another jacked up situation, crying over another catastrophic circumstance, weeping over the woes of this world and fighting in a fixed fight I have no chance of winning.

But something happened … your eyes were opened to realize, I’m just at the edge and got another chance to step back. I’m just at the edge and I’m still safe. I’m just at the edge and can roll back over. I’m just at the edge and I can get up. Because being at the edge doesn’t mean I’m out, it’s just mean I almost. I almost what? I almost gave up, I almost gave in, I almost jumped, I almost died, I almost committed suicide, I almost counted myself out and I almost let go. BUT I DIDN’T! I don’t care what it looks like, step back. I don’t care what it feels like, roll over. I don’t care what they said, what does God say? Open your eyes beloved, you are just at the edge. Open your eyes sister/brother, it’s just the edge. And being at the edge means there is still a chance. It’s not over until God says it is! It’s just the edge!

Daily Devotional – 6/30/15 “Your gift!”

I finally had a chance to go to bible study on last night after missing it for over 12 weeks (due to being in class) and I am glad I did. Pastor Letcher was teaching from 2 Timothy 1:6 and this verse says, “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” Now, Paul was writing to Timothy as a way to encourage him just as I am writing today to encourage somebody reading this. See, there are so many folk, in the Christian body, who are sitting on their gifts; who are not fanning the flame of their favor, who are afraid to tap into the anointing that has been placed in their spirit all because you are fearful of the unknown. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (KJV).” So what are you fearful of? Don’t you know that when God gifts He also grants? What do I mean? Well, when He gifts you with His anointing, He also grants you His protection. What do you have to be scared of? All you have to do is be faithful in that which He told you to do. Pastor Letcher said on last night, “One who is faithful is keeping God’s agenda yet one who is fearful is keeping the enemy’s.” Baby, that’ll preach any day of the week!

Don’t you know that God didn’t make us to be fearful? Romans 8:15 says, “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” And Romans 8:16 continues with this, “For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” And being God’s children entitles us to God’s protection. So tell me again, why are you fearful of using your gift? Is it that you don’t believe in yourself? Where is your faith? You have to know that God believes enough in you or He wouldn’t have chosen you. This is why you have to stand with power every time you use your gift, to show God that you aren’t ashamed of Him and that you are proud to be in the number. Your gift is yours and yours alone, use it. So stop being afraid to use that which is yours, for you ought to be able to proudly proclaim by now Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength!” All you have to do is have faith in the God you serve and believe in the gift that has been placed within you and you can!