Daily Devotional – 12/11/18 “But what do you believe?”

I saw an episode of #Blackish where Dre (the dad) was serving on a jury that had to decide the fate of a young man, I believe for stealing. While in the jury room, Dre was adamant the young man was innocent but all the others were convinced he was guilty. In fact, they had their mind made up before the door was even closed. Yet Dre fought, every day, being the only not guilty vote. Yet as days went on, he started to believe what the others in the room were saying and on the last day, when they voted, he was the only one who voted guilty. The others finally started to believe what Dre was saying, even if it took it being restated by someone else, however they’d already worn Dre down. Due to this, he’d convinced himself that he had to be wrong. But what do you believe? It doesn’t matter about who’s in the room, what do you believe. When no one else is on your side, what do you believe? If it means losing, what do you believe? In Mark 8, Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do men say I am?” They replied verse 28, “And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.” In which Jesus replies, “But who do you say I am?”

Jesus knew what man thought but He needed to know what those who were with Him daily believed. See, it’s one thing to have those in the world believe something about you but it’s entirely different when it’s those you live with, eat with, sleep with and etc. I can take folk, over there, believing one thing but what do you believe, the one who I see every day. I can accept folk, who may not know me, to believe lies and rumors but you, the one who is with me all the time; you should know my character. I can halfway accept folk talking about me, who only know me through social media but you, the one who really knows me; what do you believe. After you weighed everything, what do you believe? After you’ve viewed the evidence, what do you believe? I know the opinion of pastor, sister, cousin and friend nem but what do you believe and will you stick to your beliefs. I know it may mean you won’t fit in out but what do you believe. You may even be talked about but what do you believe? Will you uphold your beliefs even in a room of unbelievers? Will you stand strong in your faith even if nobody at the table does? Bible shares in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

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Daily Devotional – 3/31/16 “What are you hungry for?”

Have you ever eaten only to not be full afterwards? Ever been thirsty and nothing you drink satisfies it? Have you ever gotten to a point in your spiritual life that you thirst after something but can’t seem to find what it is? Well, beloved; I simply stopped by to tell you that you may be seeking the wrong thing to satisfy your taste. You’re seeking the bad boy when you know good and well he doesn’t satisfy your thirst. Why do you think none of those relationships have worked out? You’re hungry for a wife but you keep going back to the exes of your past when you ought to know, if they couldn’t satisfy you then, they won’t now. You’re hungry for that promotion but throwing someone else under the bus won’t get it for you. You’re thirsty for a financial blessing but let’s be honest, can you really handle it right now? You’re struggling spiritually, I mean not going to church struggling and it could be because you’re running from what God has called you to do all due to you thirsting after something else. Don’t you know by now that as long as you keep drinking and eating from the wrong cups and plates, you’ll never get full?

The bible says in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” What do I mean? Well, righteousness is defined as the quality of being morally right or justifiable. In other words, blessed are those who hunger and thirst to do right, for they will be filled. So let me ask you … Is what you’re doing right? Are your activities acceptable? Or are you morals motivated by mess and your actions by anger? Are you hungry to do what is right or simply eating a quick meal of wrong? Are you thirsty enough to go the distance to drink that which is good or will you take the short trip and dip into what soothes you for the moment? I’m simply asking the questions. You can’t expect to get full off God’s goodness if you keep eating from the enemy’s table, can you? You have to change your eating and drinking habits. That’s if you seek to be filled. Don’t believe me? How do you lose weight? By eating what’s good for you. How can you help your skin remain healthy looking? By drinking water instead of sodas. How can you get right spiritually? By eating the nourishment of God’s word. It’s all up to you. You have to make the choice of what you put in your body; physically and spiritually. It’s your choice. But know this…The bible says in Proverbs 21:21 “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” You get what you seek!