Daily Devotional – 8/29/16 “Get in your lane!”

This morning, on my way to work, I was behind a truck that was driving slower than the speed limit on the expressway. Now, you know how we get (maybe I’m the only one) but before I could even get upset, I looked up and realized that I needed to get over anyway. So, it didn’t matter how slow that particular truck was going, if I moved to the right lane I could go as fast as I needed because … get this, don’t miss it … there was no one in front of me! Ha! Come on God! See, many times we complain about not going anywhere fast enough, being stuck and not moving, not being promoted or elevated quick enough and many times we blame it on being behind somebody moving slower than we are, only to look up and realize we’re in the wrong lane. Think about it. We’ve heard the saying or the song that says you’re next in line for a miracle yet no matter how long you stay in line the miracle never shows up. Well, what this saying or song didn’t tell you is, you have to ensure you’re in the right line.

It’s like on last year when I had the privilege of having to visit 201 Poplar (courthouse) for a speeding ticket five miles over the limit. I’d never been there so I assumed the line I was standing in was the right one and man was it long. Long as in about a hundred people (in front of me) long. I stood there for a few minutes only to overhear somebody else mention this line was for the court division I didn’t need thus making me realize, I was in the wrong line. I was in Division 2 but my ticket was in Division 1 and had I stayed in the wrong line, I would have spent hours there only to get to the front to be told they couldn’t help me. However, when I moved to the right line, that only had about 20 people, made it to the front, my ticket was quickly dismissed. Understand this, my ticket would have been resolved either way but had I stayed in the wrong line, it would have taken me a lot longer than it should have to reach a resolution. And it’s the same for life. You may reach your purpose/destiny eventually but don’t prolong getting there by being in the wrong lane. Get in your right lane and then stay there. And while you’re there mind your lane and you’ll limit the possibility of crashing into someone else.

Wrong lane

Daily Devotional – 10/5/15 “The enemy doesn’t play fair!”

It’s Monday and the enemy wants you to think you aren’t the miracle that you are. He’s in your ear, all up in your grill; telling you to look at all the bad things going on but I can guarantee that if you count the good, they’ll outweigh every time. Yes, I get the fact that you got more bills than money, more sickness than health insurance, more problems than solutions, more tiredness than sleep, more folk asking than you got it to give, more things to do than time, more complaining Christians than shouting Saints and it seems, more faults than faith but baby that’s just the enemy trying to get you. Stay in your lane. See, if he gets you to swerve in his lane, he has a chance of hitting your car (you) and once that happens, you have to get out and come face to face with him. And you know what happens when you come face to face with a charming enemy when your faith is at its lowest point? You give in to the first thing he has to offer you. You forget all about resisting because his offer sounds better. You forget all about God, for the moment, because here the enemy is offering to fix what’s broken in your life at a time you need it most and you can’t wait.

Now, you’ve allowed him to take your car (this is me figuratively speaking because I really mean your spirit) to a cheap repair shop to patch up the holes, paint over the scratches, fix the dents and now you’re happy again. That is until you start seeing the paint chipping and you realize he isn’t who he said he was. Oh, now you start really looking at yourself, I mean your car and you see that all the places the enemy supposedly fixed are starting to wear out again and you, I mean your car just got out the shop. You try to call him on the number he gave you and you find out, it’s been disconnected. You go back to the repair shop and it’s closed. You’re back where you began but this time you’re in worse shape. The enemy used you up and now he’s gone and you’re back where you started from but with more holes, scratches and dents in your spirit crying out to God to repair you! Baby, God hadn’t left you and you need to remember that. The enemy only does what we allow. Stop listening, stop responding, stop playing with him/her, stop going and stop entertaining the foolishness. Get your faith up! Stay in your lane and if the enemy happens to bump into you, get out swinging because he doesn’t play fair!