Daily Devotional – 6/15/16 “Read the instructions!”

Trust God

Have you noticed that every time you buy something, that requires your attention, it comes with instructions? Think about it. If you buy uncooked food, it comes with instructions on the packaging or the can. When you buy electronics, they come with instructions on how to set it up. When you buy appliances, household items, etc. they come with instructions. A book shelf, it comes with instructions. You get my point. However, what you don’t get is this … if you fail to follow the instructions, you sometimes make things harder than what they are. It doesn’t matter if you’ve cooked rice for 15 years, sometimes you need to refer back to the instructions. Yea, you cook pancakes every Saturday yet sometimes you have to look at the instructions just to see how much water goes in. That’s why it’s important to keep the instructions. Yes, I know you can do it on your own. You got this. How hard can it be, right? But that’s until you’ve spent 3 hours on something that should have taken 15 minutes. My point is, God has given us instructions and although we think we can navigate the road of life by ourselves, it’s harder when you try to do it alone. Now, what was supposed to take 4 days has now taken 4 years and you’re trying to understand why. We want to question God but in reality, it isn’t Him. When was the last time you actually studied the instructions of God? When was the last time you dusted them off and opened it? When was the last time you followed them?

I don’t know about you but life is hard enough, without anything else added to it. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 8:33, “Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.” Yet often times we do ignore it. Proverbs 19:20 says, “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.” Yet we think we know it all. When the fact of the matter is, you can never get too much instruction. Every time you read the bible, you see something differently than you did the last time. It’s not because the word changed but it’s because, the more you read; the more spiritually in tune you become which then allows you to understand more. And it’s then you begin to see things differently. When you understand, you don’t give up like you used too, you now hold on to God’s unchanging hands. You used to get angry and shoot off but now you’re slow to speak. You used to think God was ignoring you but now you have patience to wait on Him. You used to think the world was against you but now you understand it’s just a temporary moment that’ll fade. This change happened because you referred back to the instructions. And now your waiting period is shorter and you understand the reason for your storm. It’s now you read the instructions and comprehend and you realize it’s not so bad. Please know this …“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17”

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Daily Devotional – 5/22/15 “Close your mouth!”

Sometimes you need to close your mouth in order to hear a word from God. Whether it’s from God or even from the pastor, preacher or teacher; you need to close your mouth and listen. You got the nerve to say you aren’t learning anything when you’ve yet to listen to God’s instructions. You even got the mitigated audacity to blame the pastor when you ain’t heard a word of the message. When will you shut up and listen? Yes, I know you’ve been in church all of your life, you have a lot of scriptures memorized and you have a personal relationship with God but if you’re trying to finish the pastor’s sentences; you aren’t listening. If you are constantly talking to God, when can He speak to you? Sometimes you need to close your mouth and lie before God and allow Him to minister to your spirit. Sometimes you need to close your mouth and allow God to move through you. Sometimes you just need to shut up!

This is not only the case in your spiritual life but it may work in your personal life too. Please understand, I am not trying to tell you how to live but baby, you need to listen to somebody other than the sound of your own voice sometime. Don’t you know your spouse gets tired of you coming home and the first thing you do is start nagging? Don’t you know you need to listen before you allow your attitude to go from 0 to 60? Now, you want to go to counseling because you need a 3rd party to intervene in the middle of you all’s mess when all you need to do is step back and listen to each other. I get it, the kids are lying but have you stopped to think that maybe they don’t tell you everything because you only hear what you want to hear? Have you actually listened to what they are saying? Have you ever wondered why the invitations from friends have stopped coming in? Well maybe it’s because you’re the one doing all the talking. You know the one who knows everything about everything, the one who can talk about every subject, can’t anybody beat you at anything because you know everything and you never shut up – is that you? All I am saying is this … sometimes, we all need to close our mouth and listen. Proverbs 18:13 says, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish,” yet Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Simply summing it up to say – You need to close your mouth and listen sometimes! You might just find an answer to the question you’ve been asking!