Daily Devotional – 11/11/16 “It’s time!”

In November of 2009, I did something I never thought I’d do … I left the only church I’d ever known. The church I grew up in, served in, raised my family in but God said it was time to move. its-timeAnd for months I toiled with it. I talked to my, then, pastor, my husband and I prayed over and over and God still said it was time. See, God was shifting me and had I been disobedient, I would have missed it because all I knew was, I was moving from my comfortable place. But I went that Sunday and after uncle preached he opened the doors of the church. I felt myself walking down the aisle to become a member of a church I had to drive over an hour to get too. A church being led by my uncle with 30 faithful members, in a small town called Hollywood, MS. I didn’t know it then but God was removing me from my comfort zone in order to grow what He’d placed in my belly. He was getting me ready to give birth and I couldn’t do it in the old environment I was in and had I stayed I would’ve delayed God’s call on my life.

Why am I sharing this, again? It’s because somebody needs to know that God always has a purpose for the things we don’t understand. I know it may not make sense but He has His reasons. You have to trust Him enough to let go of the comfortable, move from the familiar and dwell in the painful. Stop trying to figure it out, you can’t. Stop trying to make sense of it, it doesn’t. Trust God and go. Stop holding on to what God has told you to let go of. Stop staying where God has told you to leave. Stop dwelling in the familiar simply because you’re scared of the unfamiliar. Erase those old text messages, empty your inbox of old memories, delete past mistakes and block the mess of the present. It’s almost the end of this year and you’re still in the same shape because you’re holding on to what feels good even though it ain’t done a bit of good for you. It’s time to move beloved and it’s time to let go. Will you?

“Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.” – Psalm 37:5

PS … My sister, Laquisha and I will be on WMC-TV 5 at 9AM tomorrow morning promoting our new book, The Family that Lies. If you haven’t purchased your copy, you still can by clicking HERE

Daily Devotional – 9/27/16 “Conditions of your release!”

Some of you are in bondage and have been for some time. This is why, no matter how you try, you end up back in the same place. This is also why you are unhappy, miserable and always crying and complaining. You’re in bondage. You may not want to believe me but that’s okay. You’ll eventually have to admit your problem in order to get help. See, bondage is defined as the state of being a slave and a slave is a person controlled by something or someone. So, let me ask you this; what’s controlling you? Take your time to answer because you be to honest in order to meet the terms of your release and ultimately be free. Now, you do know that debt, addiction, sickness, anger, generational curses, low self-esteem, bitterness and people can control you, right? Well, if you didn’t, you do now. Oh but there’s good news. God is getting ready to bring you out of bondage but there’s some conditions you have to first meet in order to effectively be free.

    1. You have to be committed – Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”

    2. You have to admit your faults – Proverbs 28:13, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

    3. You have to ask for forgiveness – 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    4. You have to forgive – Matthew 6:14, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”

    5. You have to cut ties with your captors – Ezra 10:11, “Now honor the LORD, the God of your ancestors, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the people around you and from your foreign wives.”

    6. You have to remove the clothes of bondage – 1 Corinthians 5:7, “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

    7. You have to choose to stay free – Romans 8:5, “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.”

    8. You have to press on – Philippians 3:14, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

    9. You have to change your mindset – Ephesians 5:17, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Your release papers are ready but you have a choice to make. Do you want to go free or will you remained enslaved in bondage? The bible says in Romans 6:16, “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.”

John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”