Daily Devotional – 1/18/18 “If you know God then trust God!”

Does anyone else, besides me, find it quite perplexing of how easy it is for us to trust and take folk at their word but we have an issue taking God at His? I see statuses every day saying, “I release this over your life,” “I decree this over you,” or “God told me to tell you,” and all you have to do is type Amen. Hundreds of people respond, “Amen,” or “I receive it” yet some of those same people don’t believe what the bible shares in Jeremiah 29:11-12, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” God’s word says He has already made provisions for our end before our beginning even starts but we are skeptical. We trust the GPS but not God’s word that says in Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” We are lost without our cell phones and electronics but not without Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our provider. We trust the expired medicine in the cabinet but not Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals. We trust folk with our lives but question God’s plan. We even eat at restaurants and work potlucks but we have a problem digesting the meat of God’s word.

Beloved, to know God is to trust God because He never, ever lets us down. Understand, I know sometimes we have to have a conversation with God but why is it easy to question Him when you will not question that relationship you don’t trust. Why is it easy to doubt God yet you’ll still ride on those tires with the thread hanging out. Beloved, if God didn’t have plans for our life, He could have allowed us to perish in the pits of our sin. God could have cut us off when we continued to show up at the places we said we’d never go again. You know God could have allowed that overdose to shut your mouth but He didn’t, instead He granted you the opportunity to be a living testimony. God could have allowed the judge to sentence you to years behind bars but He didn’t because He needs the lessons from your mistake to save somebody else. God could have very well allowed your heart to stop on that operating table but He believes in you. Do you believe in Him? What I am sharing is, trust God at ALL times. Even when it doesn’t make logically sense to your natural eyes, trust God. Even when what you are being confronted with doesn’t look like it’ll work in your favor, trust God. Even when you have tried and can’t figure it out, trust God. Trust Him like you trust the button on those pants you barely got in. Trust God like you do the bank for that check you just wrote. Trust God like He holds your best interest at heart because He does. And if you find it hard to trust God, it may be because you don’t know Him as well as you claim because bible shares, “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

Daily Devotional – 10/12/17 “Blessings in obedience!”

There used to be a time I would spend my lunch renewing check advances, a title loan and juggling bills. Sitting in my car, afterwards, with no appetite because the harsh reality was, we were in over our heads and there really wasn’t much left to spare. No, we weren’t trying to outdo anybody but life happened and it happened fast. We bought our first house young and it was a rip off, so after ten years, we decided to give it back to the bank. Then we moved into an apartment that we would pay more for than it was worth. We were in over our heads. Oh but then God snatched me and got me together and if I can be honest, I was glad because I was tired of running from Him. I was sick of sitting in worship acting like my praise was real when it wasn’t. I was tired and when I admitted it, suddenly things changed. I didn’t get a seven-figure a year job, I was still at the same one I had. I didn’t hit the lottery but I came into an inheritance and God was the investor. I learned how to be obedient. Understand when I write this … Obedience doesn’t take away suffering, pain, heartache, sickness and enemies but the bible says in Isaiah 1:19-20, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

I share this for somebody who woke up, fed up and tired because no matter what you do or how you pray, you cannot seem to make it work. Well, what area of your life are you being disobedient in? Take a reflective look and be honest with yourself and then be willing to change. Yes, I know you’ve been handling it on your own but how has that worked for you, so far? Look, I’m not saying every day since, for us, have been all great, they haven’t. There are times I still try to fix it but then I remind myself that God did it before, He’ll do it again. I get it, your checking account may be low before, between and after pay periods yet God still provides. You may not have a mansion or three overly priced cars in the garage yet God is still able but you’ve got to trust in His promise. Stop taking matters into your own hands. Stop going into debt for things you can do without. Say no, sometimes. Sit your tail down and stay home, some nights. Skip the beauty shop and nail salon, some weeks. Put your life into perspective, stop being mad at God and start being obedient and see if your life doesn’t change.