Daily Devotional – 9/20/17 “You are free!”

When a man or woman has served time in a prison, for however long, there is a process they will go through upon their release. For some, it is easy but for others it can be traumatic. It’s almost like Stockholm syndrome, the difference, a prisoner begins to feel for their captor and in this case it’s prison. As a prisoner you are on a schedule, someone is preparing your food, you cannot go and come as you wish, there is a certain time to use the phone, scheduled times to see your loved ones, your money is managed, your mail is watched and you have no freedom. Depending on your sentence, you may find yourself spending year after year in this prison, getting accustomed to the yelling and the screaming of other inmates, the violence and being told what to do and how to do it. You get used to the food. You get used to the small cells. You get used to the little, if any, outdoor air you breathe. You get adapted to your prisoner. Now, release day comes and you find yourself walking out the doors into a world that is unfamiliar and it can scare you. Why am I sharing this? Especially since I have never been to prison or jail. Well, this morning, beloved, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I just want to help somebody today.

No, you may not have been released from the prison system but you have been in prison. Whether it was abuse, a dwindling marriage, an addiction, a job, a relationship, a place of worship or a sickness. And now you have been released and don’t know what to do with yourself. The doors have been opened and the shackles released but you still walk around like you’re bound. You’ve been healed and you still get up in the morning following the same routine you did when you were sick. Your abuser is gone yet you still walk around on egg shells. You left that place of worship yet you still don’t trust the one you’ve joined. Your marriage ended yet you still find yourself holding on to the hostility. The addiction, you still act like that alcoholic/drug addict. Baby, you’re free. Go to sleep in your bed, nobody will hurt you. Laugh, you won’t get hit this time. You can enjoy worship, nobody is talking about you. You can have that drink, you are healed. You can go on that vacation, your probation is over. Ma’am, sir; you are free now. – Happy Release Day!

Daily Devotional – 6/22/15 “The other side!”

I’ve told you before that you need to start changing your thought process. Yea, you may be going through some things at this very moment, you may be so broke that you can’t even pay attention, so hungry that even air taste like Church’s chicken, so tired of dealing with mess that you feel like walking to the nearest bus station and getting on the next bus to wherever, so sick of hearing “it’ll be alright in the morning,” that you shut every curtain in your house, so tired of calling on folk who won’t answer, tired of being without and really sick of Holy folk telling you to pray about it but baby change your way of looking at things. See, we’ve got to stop looking at the worse side of things because there’s always another side to it; when you’re dealing with the God I serve. Don’t believe me, just watch. See, when it looks as if you have nothing; God says yet I will provide. When it seems as if you’ve reached the lowest of low, God says I’ll reach way down and pull you up. Habakkuk 3:17 says, “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,” Habakkuk 3:17 (looking on the other side) says, “yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” Oh, there’s some joy on the other side of your situation!

Yea, even though it looks dark now (one side) I’ll wait on the morning (the other side). Even though I may be struggling now (one side), I know where my help is coming from (the other side). You may count me out (one side) but I can always count on God (other side.) Yea, I may not be who you say I should be but my bible says in Romans 3:23, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Oh but on the other side Romans 3:24 says, “Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Isn’t that great news? There’s another side to whatever it is you’re going through but you’ve got to go through it to get there. Think of it this way … Your blessing is waiting on the other side but you’re facing a storm. How can get to it except you go through the storm? Stop shortening your blessings out of fear of the unknown. God sent a many of people to do some crazy things in some unknown places yet the reward on the other side was well worth it. Please know this, God won’t send you anywhere He hasn’t already been!