Daily Devotional – 4/14/20 “My Passover”

We’re in the Passover season. It officially started April 8th and will end on April 16th. It’s a celebration of God’s people being freed from bondage in Egypt, the time when the Lord passed over the houses of the first born. Bible shares in Numbers nine and two, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time.” As I’ve done before, when writing on the Passover, I will not tell you whether you should or shouldn’t observe it. However, what about celebrating what God has freed you from? Yes, at this very moment we’re dealing with the coronavirus and you might be saying, what’s there to celebrate? But baby, if God has freed you from anything, that’s worthy of a praise.

The cancer gene that kept attacking your family, but it passed you over. The diabetes, heart disease, arthritis that has crippled others, but it passed you over. The addiction that threatened your freedom to live but you’re sober and clean now; celebrate it. The whoremonger spirit that’s cleansed from your life, celebrate it. That abusive relationship you thought would kill you, but you made it out, celebrate it. That divorce you didn’t think you’d recover from, but you did, celebrate it.

When a person dies, don’t we have a home going celebration to celebrate the fact that they’ve been freed to an eternal glory? Then why don’t you celebrate whatever situation you’ve been freed from? Because baby, I don’t know about you but there’s some stuff God freed me from that had He not, I’d probably be out of my mind by now. If I just take a moment and think back on some of the stupid decisions, I made that almost kept me from seeing today, my soul rejoices. When I replay some of the stuff I got myself into, tears fall because I know I should’ve be dead. Yet, I’m alive.

Those things I done, the mistakes I made, the pits I visited, the headstone that almost had my name on it, the straight jacket I should have been in, the bridge I could be sleeping under, the debt I could be in, the jail cell that could have been my house, the disease that could be my story … BUT IT PASSED OVER. Those things passed over and because they did, I’m celebrating and calling it MY PASSOVER. What about you? What will you celebrate today instead of crying over?

Daily Devotional – 4/8/20 “I’m still praying.”

Dear God,

I humbly petition your throne under submission and with your permission, asking that your will be done. God, give us today daily bread that shall fill us. Give us provisions that shall sustain us. Give us power to resist the enemy and he’ll flee. Give us strength to not fall into temptations and deliver us from evil. Give us the words and voice to forgive others so that you forgive us. And God, thank you. Thank you for keeping us, for not taking your hand away, for shielding our mind, for healing what we didn’t even know we were suffering with and for not ignoring our pleas.

Now God, while you’re listening, heal our land. God, go into every city, town and country and heal. Calm anxiety, wipe tears of fear and comfort those who are grieving. God, even during this chaotic time, keep us close to you. While we go through this pandemic of sickness and confusion, God hear and answer prayers. For it’s your word that says in Psalm 91, those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. For we know that even in your shadow, we’re safe.

Because God, you are our refuge and strength and surely, you’ll deliver us from the noose of the hunter and this deadly plague called Covid-19. Surely, you can cover us because your faithfulness is our shield and protection. And we shall not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrows that flies by day, nor the virus that stalks us in darkness and not even the disease that strikes at midday. Though thousands have died, no farther harm shall come near us or our families.

We shall not lack from the limited resources of man because if we stay under your hand, you’ll provide all. God, I pray covering, protection and provision for every first responder and essential employee who must work without the proper safety equipment. God, block every entry point that sickness shall not touch them or their family. I pray, through this pandemic that the world will see your power and believe. I pray we will stop taking your grace for granted.

And I still pray, like before, that no man or woman will succumb to sin, fall into depression, commit suicide, be bound by fear, hunger, thirst, become homeless nor sick. I pray we’ll trust God, seek God, hear God, feel God, taste God, trust God, pray to God, tithe to God and devote ourselves to God. For I declare that when we trust Him with all of us, He’ll be a keeper of His promises. Today God, we submit ourselves to you because we can’t survive this on our own. We’re powerless without you. Have your way, this we pray.

Amen.

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