Daily Devotional – 1/16/19 “Spiritually Kidnapped!”

Some of you came into 2019 with your spiritual kidnapper and the reason you haven’t left yet, you have Stockholm Syndrome. In other words, you’ve gotten comfortable with the person/thing who has kidnapped your gifts, plans and purpose. Yea, they keep reminders around but you’ve got used to not using your gifts because “they” said they weren’t good for you and would never pay off. They remind you, in anger, what they ‘saved’ you from but truthfully, they only made you a hostage. They allow you a little freedom, to dream, but not much because if you were to ever get a taste of your purpose, they are fearful of you realizing your true potential and leaving their raggedy, good for nothing butt. This is why, beloved, they’ll keep calling you fat, ugly, useless, unimportant and saying no one else will want you. A manipulator and abuser will tell you everything, they know will make you stay. “I’ll kill myself if you leave,” “I promise not to hurt you again,” “You know I didn’t mean it,” “I’ll get help,” or even “I’ll help you with your dreams.” Yet, they’ll still hurt you by taking you to the edge but not allowing you to touch.

They want you to believe you can’t make it without them but are you not tired? Are you not tired of hiding the journals with the unpublished books? Are you not tired of throwing away your visions and goals? Are you not tired of looking in the mirror and not recognizing the gift that you are? Are you not tired of purpose keeping you up at night or daydreaming about the thing that makes you happy? Aren’t you tired of not walking in your calling? Yea, what you’re doing and that job you have now, it’s okay but it’s not your purpose. For Psalm 57:2-3 says, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.” My sister/my brother, today I’ve seen your face on the missing poster and I’m calling in a tip for your freedom. Yea, I’m sending in the Spiritual Weapon and Tactic Team (SWAT) to pull you to safety. I’ve called the Chief of Purpose and He’s mobilizing His best team of angels to get you out. Oh but hold up because you have to be ready. It makes no sense to go through all the preparations just for you to go back to your pit. If you’re ready, great but if you’re not speak your truth and when you are ready, then give this signal … Lift your head towards heaven and say, “God, I surrender and I’m ready.”

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Daily Devotional – 1/2/19 “I pray this year…”

Happy New Year! I pray this year is the beginning to being the best of your existence. May you become more faithful to God and His call on your life, find a church home, say yes to God and take the limits off Him, love thyself, end fruitless relationships, remove the fear, take off the glasses of hurt, be healed and made whole, overcome, be set free, find comfort in your grief, refuse to let depression have the last say, deal with the buried anger, apologize for your wrong and make amends, gain the strength to say no, forgive yourself, forgive those who hurt you, stop counting those who don’t support you and appreciate those who do, tap into your courage and strength to love yourself enough to get out of a bad/abusive relationship and learn your worth; secure the bag (bag i.e. money), learn how to manage said bag, become debt free, charge your worth and be okay when ‘they’ decline to pay it, publish the book, get your business license and step out on faith, get that check-up (physically and spiritually), take your medicine, talk to a therapist and own your truth!

I know this is one long run on sentence but in order for this year to be “THE YEAR,” you’ve got to come out some stuff that you’ve become accustomed too. In order for this year to work for you, you’ve got some work to do and it doesn’t start by making resolutions you know you will not keep. In order for things to be different, you have to be because it starts with you. Let go of what you’ve gotten comfortable in, if it doesn’t fit with your purpose. Walk away from what doesn’t have the ability to push you to be better. Yea, it may have been good enough for the old you but it’s time the new you stepped forward. Stop giving yourself away to what used to make you feel good, temporarily. Ladies, stop chasing after a Boaz because some women’s day speaker told you it was the right thing to do and prepare yourself to be a wife and your husband will find you. Men, stop making baby momma’s when God has called you to be a husband, father and head of your household. I pray this year, you change your way of thinking and definitely how you react. Change your expectations and trust the power of God and what He created within you. God made you for a greater purpose. Find it, learn it then faith it. 18, biblically means bondage but 19, biblically means faith. I pray this year … your faith does not fail.

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32

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