Daily Devotional – 5/25/16 “Let us pray…”

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Our Father, whose name is Holy and worthy to be praised; I come petitioning your throne today, thanking you for everything. God, I know sometimes we aren’t worthy of asking yet you still provide; you still forgive us and still bless us in spite of and for that I say thank you. Thank you for loving us even when we are too selfish to love others. Thank you for covering us even in the midst of our mess. Thank you God for paying a debt that we’d never be able to repay. Now, as I come before you; I come not only for me but for that mother who doesn’t think you’re hearing her prayer; for that daddy whose been away from you too long and afraid to call your name, for that sister who’s in pain and can’t get a word out, for that brother who’s struggling just to live, for that pastor who feels like he/she is doing what they can and it’s still not working and for the person who’s contemplating suicide because it hurts too much to live. God, I come asking that your will for us on Earth be done as it is in Heaven. I come asking you to give us today, the daily bread we need to strengthen our weak places. Then, oh God forgive us. Forgive us for the daily sins that keeps us from being like you. Forgive us for the faults we so blindly hold on too. Forgive us for the hate that we’ve carried for years and forgive us for the debt that is consuming our lives. Forgive us, Father. And don’t allow us to fall into temptation, for you are our shield of protection. Deliver us from the hands, mouths and arms of the evil ones who have us trapped by fear and lies. Set us free from the things that keep us from you. Destroy chains of circumstances, bondage of burdens, handcuffs of hatred, shackles of self-doubt and governing generational curses. Cast out sickness and disease, sexual and spousal abuse and addictions. You said, if your people who are called by your name would humble themselves, seek your face and turn from their wicked ways; you’d come and see about us; well, here am I oh God, asking you to come and see about your children. Our cities need you, the killings have to stop, the police brutality and killings have to cease, the burying of our children; it has to end. We need you Father, for yours is the kingdom and you are the power and the glory; forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

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Daily Devotional – 3/14/16 “Side effects”

For the last few weeks, I’ve been dealing with the reoccurrence of carpal tunnel pain. Now, anyone that know me knows I do not take pain medication unless I absolutely have too (I’m good with a few ibuprofens) because I’m usually allergic to it all and it makes me itch something horrible. However, a few days I’ve had to take a pain pill along with a few Benadryl until my doctor appointment this week and this got me to thinking. See, when the pain became bad enough I had to break down and take a pain pill, even though I knew it would make me itch. Why? Well because sometimes we have to endure the side effects simply to get relief. What do I mean? I have to endure the side effects of the pain medication just to get enough relief to go to sleep. We have to endure the attacks of the enemy in order to know we are God’s anointed. We have to push through some pain just to birth our destiny. We have to sacrifice in order to succeed. We have to stumble, sometimes, just to stay sane. We have to put up with the naysayers on the way to getting our blessings. We have to go through surgery, radiation or chemo to get our healing. We have to go through death in order to live again. What’s my point? We all have to deal with some unwelcomed side effects, on this side.

Yea, we deal with the side effects of tears, hurt, confusion and grief after losing a loved one. We deal with the side effects of worry after the diagnosis. We deal with the side effects of pain after being hurt. We deal with the side effects of loneliness after folk walk off. We deal with the enemy in the church right after preaching but oh, somebody shout oh, oh but then after the side effects … we get relief from migraine headaches after the medicine, a diagnosis of cancer remission after the treatment, a new purpose after the pain, a renewed salvation after the sacrifice, a joyful life after all the junk, a blessing after back sliding, a help mate after the hell we’ve been through, peace after all the late night pacing, a testimony after the tears, restoration after the repossession, faithfulness after the foreclosure, a greater anointing after the assault on our life, favor after we’ve fallen a few times, a new beginning after the battle, worthiness after the wandering and mercy after the mess! Yes, we may have some negative side effects but sometimes they are worth the positive effects we’ll feel afterwards! Don’t cast out what you sometimes have to swallow in order to be saved. It may just be the deliverance and breakthrough you’ve been waiting for.

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.” Philippians 1:29