Daily Devotional – 8/12/15 “Stop trying to please folk!”

Being in fleshy bodies, we often seek the approval of others in our day-to-day lives. It happens so much now that it’s common and we sometimes do it without even thinking. We get dressed based on how we think folk will see us or what they will say. We post things to social media because we want the likes and comments. We say and do things to gauge a reaction. We go places, even when we’re uncomfortable, all to please somebody else. When will we stop seeking approval of folk? Haven’t you realized by now that the same person you’re trying to please may be the same one who is speaking for your demise? Please understand, this may not be in all occurrences but you won’t know this if you aren’t testing their spirit. Baby, not everybody dressed in their Sunday best is saved! How can you test the spirit of folk? It’s simple; you have to make sure your spirit is right. You can’t possibly think you can test the spirit of someone else and yours is out of whack, can you? That’s like trying to boost off a dead battery with another dead battery, it won’t work.

As Saints of God, we have to eventually get to a point in our lives where we say like Galatians 1:10, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” This is why the bible tells us in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” As people of God, trying to please folk of the world will continually keep us out of God’s will for our life. It’s time now to let that go! There will always be folks who don’t like you and it has nothing to do with you but it’s because of the favor that has been placed over your life. There will always be somebody talking about you and it has nothing to do with your clothes but it’s because of the place God has put you in. Chile, folk will continue to stalk your life without you even knowing it, all because they can’t understand the anointing that is covering you! So you see, you don’t have to please folk; most of them claim to don’t like you anyway yet they show up wherever you are. Try pleasing God for it is written that the only time we should please folk is when we are spiritually saving them. Romans 15:2 say, “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up,” not for personal gain. When we stop trying to please folk it is then we will start appreciating our favor!

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Daily Devotional – 6/26/15 “They weren’t there … “

This word of encouragement was shared today on Facebook by Rev. Warren Perry, who is an awesome encourager and it blessed me down in my soul. He said …

“Often times the very reason individuals can’t comprehend the depth of what you are called to do, is because they were not included in the planning of your Creation when God commanded you to be!”

Baby, if this won’t preach on a Friday! My God! See, we spend more time trying to explain our calling to folk rather than doing what we’ve been called to do when those folk we are explaining too aren’t listening anyway … Show them instead! Don’t you know your actions can speak louder than words anyway? You don’t have to keep explaining, tell them “Don’t believe me, just watch!” Listen my brother and my sister; there is folk grumbling around you who can’t grasp the gravity of God’s glory over your life; that’s alright. There are folk camped out at your celebration who can’t comprehend the complexity of the change taking place; that’s cool. There are folk everywhere, ear hustling on your elevation because they can’t explain the effectual enlargement that is taking place; that’s evident. There are supposedly saved folk standing around, speaking on your status because they can’t seem to see the Holy Spirit shifting in your spirit, strengthening your scrawny spaces, soothing your sighs and sanctifying your shout; that’s satisfactory too, keep going! They don’t understand because they weren’t included in the planning of what God intended for your life, let me go. They can’t fathom it because they were not there when you fell but got up. They can’t measure it because they were not there when God plucked you out of the mess you were in, cleaned you up, stood your feet on solid ground, told you to hold your head up high and your shoulders back and go forth! They can’t gage your anointing because baby it ain’t for them too! They weren’t there the nights you had to pace, the days you had to cry in the stalls at work, they many times you had to go hungry, the times you had to lay out in the floor while God worked on you, the many times you ran only to end up back at the beginning; they weren’t there! Stop trying to explain to them! They can’t understand your shout but show them how it’s done. They don’t understand your cry but let them hear it. They don’t even understand why you praise the way you do but do it anyway, they may eventually join in. The ones who don’t understand your calling aren’t meant to be in the vicinity of you, who have been called! Check your circle!