Daily Devotional – 12/10/15 “A test of your strength!”

Today is better than yesterday, thank you Lord! For somebody, you can’t say that because it seems as if trouble has your name memorized. But know this; it’s just your time to go through. Please understand, the enemy feeds off your weakness and he is trying to make you think God has forgotten about you. But you know better, don’t you? The enemy is probably in your ear, sitting on the end of your bed, standing outside your door, texting you at this very moment or he or she may be who you’re sleeping with but don’t give in. He’s probably beckoning you, right now, to call your ex; steal from somebody, lie on folk, be petty and messy on Facebook, he has you going through folk’s phone, stalking their social media accounts, avoiding an issue you need to deal with or hating your own momma; GET UP! Folk has made you believe that it’s the man’s fault that you can’t get off state assistance; it’s yours! You got the nerve to take man at his word but you want to challenge God’s word. You have more respect for the club than you do your church (you’ll throw away your garbage there but you stick your candy paper on the pew).

Strength

Isn’t it something how we, as Saints of God, will have the mitigated gall to need validation of God’s promise but we take the promise of everybody else? I mean, we’ll give folk chance after chance but let God not show up when you want Him too, you’re ready to jump ship. But don’t you understand that there’s going to be some ups AND downs, some good AND some bad? If you never have to experience trials, suffering, let downs, knock downs, sickness, etc., how will you know how strong you are? You have to go through, some time. You have to endure; every now and then. It’s part of the process of living in these fleshly bodies. How would you know you can defeat the enemy if he never shows up? How can you know what you can overcome, if you never go through anything? You don’t realize the magnitude of your strength until it has to be used. A blind person wouldn’t know the strength of his hearing without the blindness. A mother wouldn’t understand her motherly strength until she has to fix dinner for six with $8. A widow(er) wouldn’t understand how to survive losing their spouse until it happens. And you couldn’t possibly know how you’d handle sickness until it comes. My point is, sometimes you have to go through. It’s not to take you out; it’s simply testing what you say you’re made of. Didn’t you say you were God’s child?

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

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Daily Devotional – 4/24/14 “Wait!”

I’ve had my notepad up all morning waiting on God to move in my spirit with what He would have me to say to you today and yet nothing came. Then it donned on me, maybe there isn’t anything to say. Maybe today is the day you need to wait on God to move. Just maybe today is the day for you to wait on God to answer you before you make a mistake you can’t get yourself out of, create debt that you can’t erase or even say some stuff you can’t take back. Just wait. Yes, I get it, waiting is hard but so is writing a check your … well, you know. Don’t get to in a hurry and end up falling off into something that you might just drown in. Stop rushing to make a relationship with that person who has showed you over and over that they aren’t worthy of being called girlfriend or boyfriend, let alone husband or wife. Don’t rush to become a parent when you can barely take care of yourself. Just wait! You’ll wait on a bus or a ride yet you’ll rush God. You’ll wait on that dude that’ll come 2 hours late yet you can’t wait on God to move. Chile, relax yourself and wait. Haven’t you heard that all good things come to those who wait? Then what’s the problem? Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” Psalm 31:24, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” And Lamentations 3:25-26 sums it all up, “The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”