Daily Devotional – 10/5/16 “Period, not a comma!”

Beloved, you should have gotten up this morning thanking God for placing a period where you would have placed a comma. See, a comma means to pause before continuing on however, a period means to stop in order to start something new. Doesn’t that put a shaking in your spirit? Imagine it like this … you’re in the middle of a relationship that’s not working. You say you need some space to think things over only to come back together and continue on with the same foolishness as before – That’s placing a comma. But when you finally wise up and gather the strength to tell that no good piece of so and so that ‘I am better than this,’ pack your stuff and leave; meaning it this time – That’s placing a period. Don’t you understand that when you place a period, you’re ending it? Don’t you place a period at the end of the previous sentence before you can begin a new one? Well, why are you placing commas where periods should be when it comes to relationships and such? Why are you trying to add something else to the sentence when it has run on for far too long as is? Why are you still trying to make it work when you know good and well it doesn’t even sound right nor does it fit?

I don’t know about you but we ought to thank God for stopping some stuff we didn’t have the strength to do. I don’t know about you but we should thank God for cutting off some relationships we were too emotionally invested in to quit. I don’t know about you but we must thank God for closing some doors we would have still walked through, knowing they were harmful to our harvest. Baby, rejoice to God for stopping some stuff! I’ve now come to realize that in order for Him to give us something new, He has to first cut off the old. In order for us to grow correctly, He has to stop that which is stunting our growth. You do know that a plant has to be pruned of the old before it can produce anything new, right? This is why God has to step in and place periods in places we thought were for our good. Yes, I know you grew up in that church but it’s time for you to go, place a period. Yea, I know you’ve been dating for twelve years but you know it’s not working, put a period there. Yea, I know you love that house but it’d draining you; place a period and move on. If you don’t, you’ll wind up being a run on sentence that didn’t make sense to nobody, including you.

“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” – Psalm 37:23

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Daily Devotional – 7/30/14 “Follow God’s lead!”

Have you ever been walking up the stairs and trip? Have you ever been walking along and stumble but nothing is there? Have you ever made a careless mistake that made you talk to yourself saying, now how did you do that? I have and it makes me stop sometimes. But in writing the devotional on yesterday, a particular scripture stood out to me again this morning. Psalm 37:23 that says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” and then I read Psalm 37:24 that says, “Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” (That’ll preach!) See, I’ve come to realize that stumbling doesn’t make me quit because as soon as I catch myself, I keep going. Don’t you get it? We are who God has chosen and there isn’t anything the devil can do to stop us, by himself. Let me say this again, the devil can’t stop us alone; he has to have our help. This is why he uses temptations to throw us off our game and then when we dabble in the said temptation, we sin and when we sin we go against what God has said. And the devil knows this and he uses it to make us feel bad and/or guilty for said sin and then we feel like we’ve let God down. When this isn’t the case because God says we can’t let Him down when we were never holding Him up. All we have to do is confess with our mouth that we’ve sinned, repent for it and then not do it again. See, the enemy’s mission is to keep us off our game because if we aren’t playing in the game, those who need our help won’t see us or the moves we’re making thus causing us to not save those who are lost.

If the enemy succeeds at doing his job then he dims our light and that makes us useless. And what sense is it to learn the game and not play? What sense is it to have a light and not let it shine? What sense is it to have knowledge and not use it when we are who God has left to teach His word? You don’t have to believe me but 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 says, “You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” I know you are trying to figure out why God is keeping you at that job that causes you hell but have you stopped to think that maybe someone there needs your light? Why don’t you stop long enough to understand that it’s not about you for 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” It’s not about you! I know you’re tired and at your wits end, still mumbling about what happened yesterday, still harboring feelings of hurt from years ago, too afraid to let go and love so you act mean and won’t forgive so that you can heal but 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” I say it like this; even though we stumble it doesn’t suck out our spirit. Even though we may fall it doesn’t cause fault in our faith. Even though we get hurt it shouldn’t hinder our happiness. And even though man may minimize our ministry, stop measuring it by their hands anyway when it is given and taken only by the Master. When we start following the path the God has set, it is then we tap into our calling and our purpose.