Daily Devotional – 9/10/18 “Let me encourage you!”

It’s Monday and for some of you the enemy has been toiling with your emotions since last Monday. He has spoken fear over your life and now you are afraid to move forward and all he has said is starting to replay in your mind. The more you think, the less you trust because your mind is saying, “maybe I won’t get healed,” “maybe I’m not cut out for this position like I thought,” “maybe I didn’t qualify for that position,” “maybe that house is out of my league,” “maybe I’m not marriage material,” and “maybe I reached beyond my potential.” Baby, don’t you know who you are? You are royalty. Do you not know the power that lies within your palms, the authority you speak with your mouth, the lineage in your loins, the gifts intertwined in your genes, the manifestation of things that can happen with obedience and the birthright you have inherited? You are fearfully and wonderfully manufactured by a God who does not make failures. Yea, you may fail, you may lose some, you may fall but you, my dear, are no failure. Get up because you have work to do, places to go and people to meet. And the next time you get down on yourself, refer to David’s words of Psalm 139 for encouragement.

Psalm 139:1-16, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

In other words, you got this!

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Daily Devotional – 10/26/17 “Your key, my key!”

I was looking at the keys I have attached to my badge lanyard. There is one for my overhead and desk that holds my computer and such and there is one for a cabinet that holds other stuff. Anyway, while looking at these keys, I compared them. I pressed them together and looking from one side, they look exactly alike but when I turned them over, I noticed how differently their grooves where. Which meant, the key that works for one, will not work for the other. Yes, the one for the cabinet can fit into the desk but it will not turn. You know this already, right? But have you ever stopped to realize, we each hold a key and no matter how alike they look when compared, yours will not open what I’m meant too? I don’t care how well you think you can walk in my shoes, your key will not open the door to my destiny. Yes, you can talk about me but your key still cannot unlock the elevator to my elevation. You can even try to sabotage my promotion but you still cannot open what is rightfully mine.

When Cinderella’s evil stepmother tried to block her access to the prince, she couldn’t no matter what she tried. You know the story but I’ll tell it. Her evil stepmother could not block Cinderella because the shoe would only fit Cinderella’s foot. So tell me again why you’re arguing with folk over your stuff? Explain to me again why you’re trying to prove to folk your place. Beloved, sometimes you just need to hush and realize, even though their key may slide into your lock, it still will not open it. Yes, our keys may look the same when compared but baby, my key is for me and yours is for you. How do I know? Well the bible tells me so. For it was God who knitted the intricate part of us before momma and daddy hooked up. Before we started to grow, He’d already written the plans for our life. Before our tongue was formed, He’d already placed words for us to speak. Before our heartbeat could be heard, God had already woven the scars He knew would form. For the bible says in Psalm 139:16, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Your key, my key!