Daily Devotional – 6/24/15 “Commit – God is waiting!”

I shared with you on yesterday the verse, Proverbs 16:3 that say, “Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” Now, I also told you that in order for you to commit your actions to the Lord, you have to first commit yourself to the Lord. You can’t honestly commit your actions to Him and expect everything you do to succeed if you have yet to commit your life to Him, can you? You’re only committing half way when you have to go all in! That’s like telling your personal trainer you’re committed to making a lifestyle change but every time you leave the gym you’re eating a double cheeseburger meal with large fries and the large drink from Five Guys – it won’t work. See, what I didn’t share with you on yesterday was Proverbs 16:4 that say, “The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Baby, God has everything designed for His purpose. Oh, you thought the enemy was self-made? Go back and read the ending of that verse – King James Version says, even the wicked for a day of evil. Oh, you thought that illness you’re suffering with was due to you, baby that’s simply God being manifested through you. Yea, I know it doesn’t feel good at the moment but this is just your sowing season and soon your reaping shall begin. What do I mean? Well, you have to sow sickness to reap your healing, disappointment to sometimes reap to your happiness and stress to appreciate the sacrifice! Chile, keeping sowing for soon you shall reap a reward that will be worth the payoff!

Yea; you may be going through chemo, radiation, dialysis, surgery, constant pain, high blood pressure, drug addiction, alcoholism, dealing with migraines, sinuses, asthma, cancer, heart disease, losing your eyesight, being cheated on, hurt by someone you gave your heart to, pushed by folk who look saved, talked about by folk who quote scriptures with the same mouth, used by folk who proclaim the gospel, let down by folk who are supposed to love you, judged by family, hurt in the church, tired of struggling in your finances, worn out from putting on a brave face, over being turned down for job after job but ma’am, sir … “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans; Proverbs 16:3!” You cannot do it on your own, stop trying. Quit with the proud act. Stop trying to do it on your own- how’s that working for you? You need to commit yourself and your actions to God and GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER! God will do His will, will you do yours?

Daily Devotional – 7/23/14 “Change comes!”

It only takes a moment for your life to change. For some, change comes by force and for some by choice. For some, change comes with the birth of new life and for some, the death of someone you’ve loved. For some, change comes with a promise that is broken and for some promises kept. For some, change comes with the word approved and for some it comes with the word denied. For some, change comes with time and for others change comes because of time given. No matter what the reason, change comes. Sometimes change can be mind-boggling and hard to understand yet it happens anyway. You can go from working 25 years on your job to being unemployed by the time a 15 minute meeting is over. You can go from well to sick after leaving the doctor’s office for your annual physical. You can go from sick to well after a two hour surgery. You can go from walking and depending on folks to riding with the approval of your loan. Your home can go from happy to hell with one mistake you can’t take back. Isn’t that something? This is why you have to stay prayed up. It doesn’t matter that you have your plans made, schedule laid out and goals set because it can all change in an instant. No one ever plans to be in a wreck, get sick or have a flat tire but it happens. No one ever plans to be late paying bills but it can happen just ask the person whose car quit unexpectedly.

Yes, sometimes change is good even when we don’t see the good then. You don’t see the good, now, in momma no longer suffering on this side when her death date was declared but you will. You don’t see the good, now, when that door is shut in your face but you will. You don’t see the good, now, in the suffering you have to go through but you will. How do I know? Well, it’s because everything you go through in your Christian life is ordained by God. Don’t take my word for it but God tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” so we have to press on. Then the bible tells us in Proverbs 16:4, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble,” so we have to walk on. 1 Peter 2:9 tell us, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” so we have to get up and go on! Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” so we cannot stop now! And then Psalm 138:7 tells us, “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me,” so we have no choice but to fight on! Yes change happens, it shows up unexpectedly sometimes, it may have tears with it, sometimes even hurt but then sometimes it shows up with the smile we’ve needed and the happiness we’ve missed yet however it comes, it comes!

With change comes a charge that God has sent forth and it’s not to chain us to our circumstance but it’s simply to convert us from our current condition, clothe us in our commitment, to comprehend God’s commandments and to consecrate our calling. Change isn’t always good but it comes whether we want it to or not.