Daily Devotional – 11/21/18 “Be thankful!”

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Somebody is asking, how can I be thankful when everything is happening to me? How can I be thankful when the death angel has shown up again. How can I possibly be thankful when I’m sick and it doesn’t look like I’ll get well? How can I be thankful when I don’t even have food to eat?

Here’s the answer and I pray you don’t take this the wrong way … Just be thankful!

Understand something. I never said be thankful for the good but I said be thankful. This means for everything. Why? Because it lets the enemy know, he didn’t succeed at what he set out to do. You might not have everything or even everybody but be thankful. You may be sick but be thankful for life. You might be temporarily out of funds but be thankful God still provides. Be thankful, regardless of your circumstance. Don’t complain this thanksgiving, just be thankful. Don’t cry yourself to sleep, just be thankful. Don’t wish for nothing but be thankful for everything for the bible shares in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.” When you do this, the scripture continues with Philippians 4:7, “Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.”

Be grateful and give thanks. Gratitude hand lettering quote on white background. Handwritten thankfulness phrase

Daily Devotional – 10/30/14 “Turn it over Thursday!”

It’s Thursday and you know what that means right? Yep! It means its turn it over Thursday! Yea, you may be going through, the enemy may be standing outside your home beckoning you to come out, your storm may be brewing over head and you just came out of one, car may be on its last good tire, cut off notice for MLGW staring you in the face and you barely got enough for gas, food and the medicine you need and you just got paid but turn it over! Wife acting like she ain’t got good sense, husband acting like a stranger you don’t know, children acting like you didn’t birth them and family acting brand new but turn them over. Folk on the job trying to make you lose your religion, church folk constantly acting like they have already lost theirs and the world won’t find any but turn it over! For Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Never worry about anything. Instead, in every situation let your petitions be made known to God through prayers and requests, with thanksgiving. Then God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your hearts and minds in union with the Messiah Jesus.”

Yes I know it’s easier to worry but why worry about when God says He’ll take it if you give it to Him. Why are you stressing yourself out over things you have no control over when God says give it to me, let me handle it and I’ll let you rest. I get it, it’s easy for me to sit at this keyboard and give you encouragement when I’m not in your shoes, going through what you’re going through but I’ve been through a few things and trust me when I tell you, I ain’t finished going through. Is it easy for me to always give it over to God, no but I’ve learned (the hard way) that when I do, He makes it all better. Beloved, please understand … “In every way we’re troubled but not crushed, frustrated but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.” So on this Thursday; stop trembling and tarrying in that terror, get up out of that trench of turmoil without tumbling over the trials you’ve already triumphed above and turn it over! You made it to another day which means God has a purpose for you! Find it and then use it! Turn over that “I can’t”, “Sickness won’t let me”, “No money” “They said I can’t”, attitude and do it!