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!

Daily Devotional – 6/26/14 “Saint!”

Yea, you’ve probably being saved ever since you sat on the mourners’ bench at revival when you were 12 yet you haven’t always acted like it. Yea, you probably keep your bible in the car but when you do take it in the house to share the word with your family? You can probably even recite scriptures from memory but are you living by them? Stop acting like you got a Holier than thou card in your wallet because we are all just saved sinners called saints. (Saint = Sinner abiding in new territory) Chile, stop acting like your salvation is greater or better than mine. Don’t you know we are all sinners who have been saved by the same blood? Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” So cut out the act like you don’t sin every now and then because even the bible says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Let me tell you this, God doesn’t keep track of the numbers of years you’ve been saved but He’ll ask how many souls you’ve saved since then. God isn’t concerned with that fancy bible you got in that nice looking bible bag but He’ll ask how many times you’ve opened it to share His word with someone else. God isn’t concerned with the make and model of your car but He’ll want to know how many times you’ve given a ride to those in need. He won’t even ask you to recite a scripture from memory but He’ll want to know how many did you share with non-believers. Baby, God doesn’t care about the number of followers on Twitter, the friend count on Facebook or the likes on Instagram but He’ll want to know how many people you invited to church or shared the message with. It isn’t about the brand of phone you have but it is about the number of times you’ve answered it to pray for someone. Does God want us to be perfect? Yes, because the bible says in Matthew 5:48, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” but this doesn’t mean we are punished when we make mistakes because if this was the case He wouldn’t have given us repentance.

We are all sinners striving to be better which is why I said we are saints – sinners abiding in new territory. So again, quit acting like the baptism water gave you a higher calling than anyone else because we all have the same road to travel to get to God. Yea, our paths go in different directions but in the end we all have to take the same route, death. We need to get back to saving souls because we are losing too many of them and God isn’t pleased. We need to take the world out of church and take the church into the world. It’s time out for playing fleshly games and get back to kingdom business. We are all saved sinners who should practice what is said in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” It is our responsibility to help one another through the sharing and teaching of God’s word instead of trying to beat the hell out of one another with harsh criticism and hate. We are all sinners, oh but (don’t you love but) 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.” So, please know, I am no better than you and you are no better than me for we are all saints, “Sinners Abiding In New Territory!”