Daily Devotional – 1/20/16 “Offer them a seat!”

I’ve learned on this journey that you’ll have more folk in the audience of your life who can’t stand you than those who say they support you. Yea, you’ll have folk mixed into the crowd who actually came to see if this will be the time you fail. There will be folks who say they are happy for you, downing you behind your back. Those who claim they will be there will never buy what you’re selling yet they’ll show up to eat and then have the nerve to want something free. Well beloved, it comes with the territory of your gift. You don’t have to believe these printed words, just keep living. There are people who show up on Sunday mornings, not for the preached word but to see if this will be the day you mess up. Folk on the job are waiting for you to say something wrong in the meeting. So called friends are waiting to get some juicy gossip on you. And here you are still trying to figure out how they got in. It’s simple; God allowed them access to you. Turn to your bible and read where it clearly states in Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me, even in the presence of my enemies.” See, God has given your enemies access because He needs them to see His word being manifested in you. Why? Eventually they’ll stop hating and really start congratulating and maybe they’ll want to get to know the God you serve.

Give them a seat

What do you do? Keep walking in God’s way and using your gift. Stop worrying about what folk say because there’s only fifteen dedicated folk in your congregation, your book doesn’t have as many reviews as theirs, your car is over ten years old, you haven’t upgraded your house yet, you’re still unmarried, your children didn’t go to college, your spouse isn’t like theirs and your event didn’t sell out. Stop focusing on why you keep bumping into naysayers or folk with the look of ‘I told you so’ in their eyes. Don’t put too much stock into those who make it their mission to knock you off your mission because God has granted them front row access but they can’t harm you, all they can do is look. For my bible tells me in Psalm 138:7, “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 be nice to those who wants to see harm come your way, be kind to those trying to make you stumble and smile at those who only say mean things about you because the bible says in Proverbs 25:22, “In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” Beloved, when you don’t entertain the enemies, it makes them burning mad they didn’t get you. And when your anointing allows you to offer them a seat at your table, it makes them hot with anger they didn’t win this time either. Let them sit, they have no authority!

Daily Devotional – 11/20/15 “Let them have their moment!”

When folk try to assassinate your character, they’ll do AND say anything to make folk listen! Don’t worry about them, let them have this moment! Pray for your enemyWhen folk attempt to ruin your name, let them go on and try. When folk seek to destroy what you’ve built, let me continue. Why? Because the fact of the matter is this … They aren’t doing anything anyway. It’s like you are standing in the middle of a big pile of mess and no matter how much you clean and throw stuff away; it seems the harder you work and still more you have to do. It’s the same with character assassins, dream killers, name callers, rock throwers (they hide their hands tho), petty packers and messy minions. See, even when they think they are doing something, they actually aren’t. Even when they think they are accomplishing what they set out to do, (destroy you); they really aren’t. This is why I told you to let them have their moment because the harder they work the more they’ll have to do.

Oh, I know it doesn’t feel good but when has suffering ever felt good? However, don’t try to fight against somebody who is set on defeating you, eventually they’ll get tired. Yea, they’ll get tired of creating lies, they’ll get tired of stalking all your social media pages, they’ll get tired of showing up to where you are, they’ll get tired of being whooped by God; they’ll get tired but until then let them have their moment. God told you, He’ll make a table for you in the presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5), so they have to show up but continue eating and offer them a seat. Even David says, in Psalm 109:2-5, “For people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.” Now David asked the Lord for some harsh stuff against his enemies but you don’t have too because God is already fighting on your behalf. All you have to do is pray like David does when he picks up in Psalm 109:26-28 saying, “Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, LORD, have done it. While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice.” Let them have their moment while you pray and God provides!