Daily Devotional – 8/8/18 “You can be set free!”

You cannot free people who don’t know they are bound. Imagine Jimmy. Your cousin. He’s an addict. Cocaine, alcohol, sex or whatever. You’re out on a date and see Jimmy and he sees you. The first thing he does, ask for money. You start to scold him over his lifestyle choices. “Jimmy, this stuff is bad for you.” “Jimmy, your family loves you.” “Jimmy, you’re too old to be making the same bad decisions.” Yada, yada. Jimmy isn’t listening, he just needs those loose dollars in your pocket. You give him what you have and you walk off, shaking your head because you can’t understand why Jimmy won’t take the help you keep offering or why he can’t just leave the stuff alone. What you don’t know is, Jimmy probably wishes he could get over his addiction too but it’s not as easy as you think it is. Someone on the outside thinks a person who smokes can throw down their cigarette and the taste will be gone, it won’t. You think an abusive person can up and walk away from their abuser, just like that, they can’t. You think a person addicted to drugs and alcohol can just give it up, they can’t. Yes, they wish they could but the reality of the situation is this … most of them don’t even know they are addicts. Their addiction is what their mind draws them too when they need to feel safe, it’s their comfort, what they have grown accustom too and until they are ready, they don’t need your belittling nor will they be receptive to your help.

But you know this because some of you have been addicts before. Maybe it wasn’t to alcohol, drugs, sex and etc. but it was drama, attention and anger. Admit it. You fed off drama and that’s why your baby daddy could never get peace for the first seven years of his son’s life. You were comfortable in your addiction to attention and this is why you could easily bust windows, slash tires and break phones then act like everything was cool. You were an addict and didn’t know it and until you recognized your need for help, none offered you would have accepted. This is why I said, in the beginning, you cannot free someone who doesn’t know they are bound. I don’t care how much oil you slang on them or how many times you pray over their pillow; they will only be free when their mind is transformed. Bible says in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Beloved, you can change your clothes, your hair, your shoes, your purse, your wallet, your car, your job, your lipstick and even your spouse but none of that will do any good if you don’t change your mind. When you change your mind, you change your thoughts and actions and then your freedom comes! You are set free by the renewing then rehab! Who needs to be free today?

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Daily Devotional – 1/23/17 “Unsubscribe!”

When I got to work this morning, I was going through my emails and just like any other day, there were numerous ones from companies I’d one time or another associated with. You know how you sign up to get discounts or to stay in the know and now all you get is daily reminders from a place you probably don’t even shop at anymore. You delete them only for more to show up the next day with a new offer you don’t read or need. Well today was one of the days I am tired of going through them so I began unsubscribing. Yea, I unsubscribed from their junk. They’ll still send it but I’ll no longer get it. This made me think of life, naturally and spiritually. See, so many times we associate with people and things not realizing we’re signing up to receive their junk. We get attached and before you know it, you’ll start receiving more and more of their junk and less of the stuff you need. And by the time you recognize it, you’ll be just like me, tired! Well beloved, I have the remedy and it’s called un-subscribing. Yes ma’am and yes sir! It’s time you cut off some stuff that’s no longer beneficial to your way of living.

If you’re trying to save money, unsubscribe from all those stores you once shopped in. If you’re trying to get your spiritual mind together, cut off those friends who only need you when they want company to a party or bar. If you know it’s a temptation for you, cut it off. If you’re trying to stop smoking or drinking, it’s time to unsubscribe from the nicotine companies and liquor stores. If you’re trying to overcome sexual addiction then come out of the chat rooms and porn sites. If you want to stop cheating, cut off the relationships in your inbox. And if you want to get closer to God, remove yourself from the mess that’s blocking your way. Your marriage/relationship won’t work if you stay subscribed to the person who has never been in one. If you want your spiritual relationship to work, stop listening to the person who continually church/pastor hop. Look, I am not telling you to cut off everybody and everything but what I am sharing is this … reevaluate whether the subscription still meets your needs because you may just find that who or what worked last year no longer fits this year.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

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