Daily Devotional – 8/6/19 – Is your “I think,” sincere?

Jimmy, your cousin is an addict. On your way home, one day, you see Jimmy begging for money. You start your usual, “Jimmy, this stuff is bad for you,” or “Jimmy, you’re too old to be still be like this.” Yada, yada. Jimmy isn’t listening, he just needs those loose dollars in your pocket. You give him what you have and walk off, shaking your head because you can’t understand why Jimmy can’t just leave that stuff alone. Here’s the thing, Jimmy probably wishes he could too, but it’s not as easy as you think. See, it’s easy, to be on the outside, casting your “I think,” judgment but let me ask you … Do you THINK a person who smokes can throw away their cigarettes/weed/nicotine and the taste will magically disappear? It won’t. Do you THINK an abusive person can up and walk away from their abuser, the first or fifth time they get hurt? They can’t. Do you THINK a person addicted to drugs and alcohol can just give it up, without ever wanting it again? They can’t. Sometimes, you have to keep your “I THINK” theology, especially if ain’t nobody asked for it.

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Beloved, if getting over addiction was easy, there’d be no need for rehab and twelve-step programs. Here’s what you do … stop scolding folk, who have problems. Heck, they know it and if I can be honest, some of y’all, who always got an opinion, also got an addiction. I said it. Some are addicted to drama and that’s why you’re always in the middle of mess. Some are addicted to inflicting pain, to self, to hurt you before anyone else can. Some of y’all are addicted to Lil Rico and Shaquana but that ain’t my business. Truth is, some of y’all are addicted to self-sabotage because fear makes you believe you can’t do any better. My point, we all have problems and it ain’t as easy as you think, to overcome. Addiction, for some, came from needing a safe place, within their mind when their surroundings weren’t safe. Addiction, for some, was attached to their bloodline and they were the one to fall victim to it. An addiction could have been something used, to stop the thoughts but now they can’t stop it. Stop judging folk’s situation. If you can help, help and if you can’t, refer them to somebody who can but keep your “I think,” theology if it isn’t coming from a pure and sincere place.

Daily Devotional – 3/5/12 “When you sow dirty, you get dirty!”

Didn’t your mom tell you that if you play in dirt you get dirty, if you walk through mud, you usually get some on the bottom of your shoes and if you are around somebody throwing dirt a little might spill onto you? Well, this is the same thing as spreading lies, gossiping and backbiting against folk – you’re playing in dirt. Haven’t you heard that whatever you sow, you shall reap? This wasn’t just talking about seeds for vegetables, fruits or flowers but it is also taking about sowing seeds of deceit, lies, etc. Proverbs 22:8 says, “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.” If you’re constantly planting trouble for other folk, you’re bound to harvest that same trouble. Take as an example, you and your friend decide to go to the mall to shoplift and you ask her to get you a few shirts while you stand watch and once you both get home, you find out that she didn’t get your shirts but she got a few for her boyfriend, so now you’re pissed off. You decide to go to the store to turn her in but what you didn’t think about is once they look at the security videos, they see your crazy butt as a lookout so now you both get arrested. See, while you’re plotting evil for other folks you need to take into consideration the same evil for yourself. The bible says in Zechariah 8:17, “Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the LORD.” Why are you mad at me because of the favor that God is raining down on me? Don’t be jealous, get smart and stand beside me so that some of this favor can fall on you too. There’s no need of trying to push me out the way to get what God has for me because you might not be able to do the same thing with the blessing that he sends me. See, God may have given you the ability to write but it may be poetry and not a devotional. He may have given you the ability to cook but it may be for pastries and not soul food. He may have even given you the ability to speak but it may just be evangelizing and not Pastoring. And just because I am able to do something better that you think you’re good at, you don’t have to sow seeds of failure in my life.

Haven’t you figured it out yet that when you sow ugliness in other folk life because you’re not accomplishing what you want in your life, you are blocking your blessings? Don’t you know when you plant seeds you’ll reap a harvest of whatever type of seed you plant? When you plant a seed of failure in my life, you reap failure. When you plant a seed of hurt, you reap hurt. When you plant a seed of death, you reap death. Don’t believe me, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 says “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.” Whatever is planted has to be harvested at some point and time. When you put your mouth on folks and start wishing bad for their life, you’re going to reap the same thing. Why do you think you’re having is so bad during this life of yours? Every time somebody makes you mad, you start telling all the stuff they did or used to do even though you promised you never would without even realizing you’re also telling on yourself. Let me throw this in for free- you allowed somebody else to use your child on their tax return and they promised to give you a few bucks for it but when the time came they stopped answering the phone. Now you decide to turn them in to IRS and they got audited and guess what, so did you. Why? Because this was a mess to begin with so you had to know nothing good would come out of it so while you are telling on them you’re also telling on yourself. (What you sow, so shall you reap!) Oh, don’t think that because you turn somebody in for stealing, you will get a few favor points from God when you bought what they had before turning them it – you are just as guilty.

Stop sowing seeds of malicious intent into folks lives for Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.” If you fall under any of these, then God isn’t pleased with you. Just because somebody else got the job you wanted, it doesn’t mean you keep trying to get them fired when they make a mistake because you can lose your job just as fast. The only thing you should be sowing in dirt is those things that are supposed to be. Stop sowing death and sow life. Stop sowing lies and sow truth. Stop sowing backbiting and sow friendship. Stop sowing hate and sow love. Stop sowing hurt and sow help. Mahalia Jackson once said, “If you dig one ditch you better dig two cause the trap you set just may be for you.” Be careful when putting down traps for other folks because you may just forget where it is and fall into it yourself. God doesn’t need you to handle getting even with folks down here because he’ll have the last say so up there. So when folks hurt you, lie on you, stick knives in your back, and slap you in your face while kicking you when you’re down, let God handle it. No need of sowing seeds of revenge because you’ll only reap regret. God is capable of doing just what he said he would do, so let him handle it. Throw out all the seeds of doubt, lies, slandering, back stabbing and hate because they’ll only reap you the same thing to harvest.