Daily Devotional – 7/25/17 “Finish what you start!”

Have you ever seen a runner start a race and then decide, at the halfway point, this is too hard and walk off? Have you ever heard a preacher stop, in the middle of their sermon, and decide to quit simply because you weren’t listening? Have you ever driven 50 miles on a 100 mile trip but decide to turn around when it got dark? Have you ever gone half way through treatment and changed your mind? I’m asking because too many times, we forfeit some stuff by giving up too soon. I know you may not have been through some of the things I’ve mentioned above but I needed to give you a visual. I needed you to see how you are forsaking the blessing of going on. I need you to see the magnitude of giving up too soon. Is it always easy? Heck no. Is it worth it? Heck yes! This is why we have to stop getting defeated by the darkness when God, who is our light, is bright enough to get us through. We give up at the first sign of hardship when God has made us strong enough to endure. Beloved, you’ve got to finish what you start. How else can you get the credit you deserve? I mean, I checked and I have yet to see a reward for the person who gave up. I looked and I didn’t see a place on the scoreboard for someone who almost finished. I checked the website and I didn’t see a degree for somebody who almost graduated. Is there a place for somebody who almost succeeded?

Please understand, I am not talking about those who came in second; they finished. I am not talking about those who got a two degree, they finished. However, I am talking about those of us who begin something, only to quit when it gets tough. Yesterday, I almost quit the gym but then I felt the pain in my hips (from the weight) so I am pushing to finish what I started. I looked at my tuition bill and I almost quit school but I’ve got to finish what I started. I don’t know what you are thinking about giving up or that you are considering quitting but you have to finish what YOU started. In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul is talking to the churches of Macedonia about their giving. He said, they started when they were poor and being tested but their overflowing joy pushed them to give over what they could afford. Now Titus is being urged to go back to encourage them to finish. I am not sharing this in regards to money but for whatever it is you are thinking about quitting. For the bible says in 2 Corinthians 8:10-11, “And this is my opinion about what is helpful for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give, but even to have such a desire. Now finish the work, so that you may complete it just as eagerly as you began, according to your means.” Finish what you’ve started, on your terms. It’s easy to give up but rewarding to finish.

Daily Devotional – 6/2/16 “Labor to deliver!”

When it doesn't make sense

God will never allow you to go through pain without something manifesting from it. Oh, it may not look like it now, you might not be able to explain it in words and you’re at the end of your rope but I promise you this … God has His reasons. For God knows the plans He has for us. (Sound familiar?) Chile, you’re in the birthing process; go through it. Does it feel good? No but when has giving birth ever felt good? There’s a process that has to happen. Now, I know men aren’t really aware of the pain a woman’s body goes through during labor so let me give you the quick tutorial … IT HURTS! Let me tie this together for you. See, there’s three stages to labor and delivery. The first is dilation which means to enlarge or expand. This stage can last longer, if you’ve never been through the process. You have pain but it’s not bad and your water can even break. Yet, as you get to the transition phase, things start getting real. The pain is intensifying, you may be crying and with so much going on, you don’t know what way to go. You’re in labor. The second stage is pushing and birth. If you thought it was real before, baby just wait!

You’re fully dilated and you’re praying for it to be over. You have this feeling to push but it’s not time yet. You just want it over but ‘they’ keep saying, not yet. You’re hurting, in pain, crying and you want to give up but now is not the time. Then you hear the words PUSH and you do. It hurts like hell and you want to stop but you’ve come too far now, PUSH! Everything is hurting, your head is pounding but PUSH! For after the final push, the pain subsides because you’ve now given birth. You breathe as you go into the final stage, delivering the after birth. Some don’t even pay attention to this but spiritually it simply means you’ve just delivered by way of the blood! Now, you realize the pain was preparing you to receive that which you’ve asked for, your territory had to enlarge (dilate) in order to receive it, you had to birth it by way of the pain and then you had to push! Now, you’ve delivered which ought to make it worth it. Just to look upon the face of your blessing, ought to be worth it. So beloved, whatever pain you’re dealing with; God has a purpose. You just have to be willing to go through it. Isaiah 66:9 says, “Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the LORD. “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God.”