Daily Devotional – 3/30/16 “Resist!”

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Have you ever had someone who continually calls you even after the relationship is over? Ever had someone to constantly show up at your house even after you’ve put them out and changed the locks? Ever had folks to consistently bring up the mistakes of your past even though you’re not that person anymore? Folk all in your inbox trying to get your respond, just once! Have you ever been there? Well my brothers and my sisters; this is the same way the enemy works. Yes, you broke it off with him but he’s still calling, only from different numbers hoping today will be the day you’re going through something and will answer. He knows it’s over but he still shows up in the hopes you’re in the midst of a rough patch and will open the door. Yea, he tells you all the things y’all used to do, saying stuff like; “You remember when I used to,” or “You know you liked how I made you feel.” He’ll ask stuff like, “You still got that stuff I bought you?” “You still like to drink ..?” “You still go to club ..?” “You still friends with ..?” All the things he knows will jog your memory on what you used to have with him, hoping it’ll make you let him in. Sending, “Hey,” hoping this moment you’ll reply back. Oh, he even has you thinking that if you let him now, it’ll only be for this time and he’ll leave again. You know, a one night stand.

Well baby, the enemy doesn’t work in one night stands; he likes lifetime commitments. Don’t fall for his lies. Yes, I know he had you fooled into thinking that nobody else could make you feel like he could but how would you know if you’ve never tried anybody else. He has you thinking nobody will take care of you like him but how would you know if you don’t give anybody else a chance. The enemy has somebody bamboozled into thinking you aren’t worthy enough to leave him but try it and see. Please understand, I am only using he but there’s some she’s in the game too. It’s still the enemy, he’s only using what he knows will get you, including her. Stop being fooled by the enemy. His job is to destroy you. His job is to make you feel good, all the time. His job is to bless you in order to keep you out of the realm of God’s blessings and some of us fall victim to him DAILY! Stop! Stop replying to the texts, stop answering the phone and the door, stop getting caught up in the sob stories and stop allowing your flesh to fail you. You’ve got to make it up in your mind that you will resist the enemy. Stop falling for the same tricks that he knows will get you. He knows what you like and he’ll surround you with it every day until you give in but the bible says in Ephesians 4:27, “do not give the devil a foothold,” for James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” God doesn’t tempt us, the enemy does. God will only test us and it is up to us to pass.

Daily Devotional – 1/9/16 “It’s time to fight!”

While you are spending all of your time fighting folk, you need to be at war with the enemy. Yea, I know it’s easier to fight the folk you see but they aren’t the ones wreaking havoc in your spirit; the enemy is. When are you going to say something to him? I mean, you give him access to your entire life but you’re afraid to tell him to get the hell out. When was the last time you walked through your house praying? When was the last time you prayed together as a family? When was the last time you strapped up for war and actually fought? Do you even know where your helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, shoes of peace, shield of faith and sword of the Spirit is? Have you dusted them off lately? Beloved, I don’t know if you recognize this or not but the enemy has increased his attacks and he’s placed bounties on the head of supposedly saved folk. And guess what, he has arrested quite a few of us. Why? Well because we are too scared to fight, too fearful to face him and too afraid to stand on the word of God. Yes, things may be going wrong in your life, right now, but we all have to face some struggles every once in a while. Ok, you say your struggle seems to be lasting longer than others but have you stopped to think, maybe your restoration process takes longer? Stop basing the time of your process on what someone else has gone through. You are not the same.

It’s just mind-boggling that we will be quick to go head to head with people yet we won’t open our mouths to the funky enemy. We’ve allowed him to sleep in our bed, ride in the car and we even bring him to church all the time keeping our mouths shut. Oh but let the pastor say something you don’t agree with. Let the ministry of the church try to step into this century with worship and teaching and see how much hell you raise. When will we go to war with the enemy? Sometimes you need to get off social media and fight! You may need to turn the phone off and go to war. You may need to let some folk go so that you get out of your comfort zone and reclaim your stuff. It’s time we start fighting in the spirit so that we get the enemy out of our homes, out of our churches, out of our jobs and out of our family members. It’s time out for being afraid to put our mouth on the enemy when he puts his everything on us. I don’t know about you but I’m sick of him taking my stuff. I’m fed up with him attacking my family. I’m tired of him showing up in my home whenever he feels like it. I’m fighting back. What about you? Yea, we may tremble a little during the fight but don’t throw in the towel. For Ephesians 6:13 says, “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”