Daily Devotional – 5/29/15 “He’ll answer!”

My devotional on this day last year was titled, “Don’t hang up,” and I could repost it; word for word here because it fits today. Yea, I mean it fits like a tailored made suit because just as I said last year; I’ve been telling you for the last few days about the benefits of calling on Jesus and in your calling, don’t get weary if it seems like Jesus isn’t answering; just hold on, don’t hang up! Yea, you might have some mess beeping in but don’t hang up, keep calling. Somebody from your past might show up and distract you from your waiting but don’t hang up, keep calling. The enemy may camp around you in the hopes of causing you to give up but don’t hang up, keep calling. Even in the midst of your calling you have to deal with a few storms, some hellish folk, some conniving friends and untrustworthy family members but don’t hang up; keep calling. I shared this last year but it still fits …While you’re calling you may be wallowing in your worries, partying in your pity, drowning in your depression, sinking in sin, bound by bankruptcy, maintaining misery, suffering in sickness, accepting addiction, being held by chains of your circumstance, jailed by judgment, neglected because of your name, guided by grief, cast out because you chose Christ, walked over because of God’s word, discarded because you’re devoted and made to feel guilty because you’re using your gift but don’t hang up! Hold on until Jesus answers but do it with faith that what you’re calling Him for is already on the way!

I get it; I may not understand your dilemma, I may not be in the predicament you’re in, I may not be in the same boat you’re sinking in or walking in your shoes but I know a man who knows a man who can answer if you don’t hang up because when He answers, thangs start happening. Go back and read the previous devotionals because I’ve shared what can happen but know this … When Jesus answers; He’ll turn the tears you’ve shed into your testimony. When Jesus answers, He’ll make the pacing you’ve done into your praise party. When Jesus answers, He’ll make the depression you’ve dealt with part of your dance. When Jesus answers, He’ll make that sickness a part of your sanctification. When Jesus answers, all the hell you’ve been through would have been part of His manifestation process to renew you into the person He needed you to be who is now more willing and able. You don’t have to trust me, just don’t hang up because at the name of Jesus even the demons obey, death behaves, sickness disappears, destinies are revealed, walls are destroyed and rebuilt, giants are defeated, marriages are saved, relationships helped, wandering children are bought home, prison doors are open and wretches like me are saved! Oh, don’t hang up in the midst of you calling on the name of Jesus; He’ll answer.

Daily Devotional – 5/27/15 “In Jesus name!”

On this day last year, I wrote a devotional titled “In the name of Jesus,” from Acts 3 (talking about the beggar at the gate called Beautiful). On Sunday, my sermon was, “When Jesus stirs your pool,” from John 5 (talking about the lame man at the pool of Bethesda) and seemingly both of these fit together today. See, there is something about the name of Jesus. There is something about being in the presence of Jesus and there is even something about calling on Jesus that makes everything alright. Well, for me it does. See, in Acts 3, the beggar would be bought to the gate called Beautiful every day to do what he knew to do, beg and on this day he encountered Peter and John. Now they could have given him what he asked for but instead Peter replied, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. (Acts 3:6)” – There’s something about the name of Jesus! In John 5, Jesus comes upon the pool of Bethesda and there lies an impotent man, the bible says who has been that way 38 years. He is there, day after day, hoping that when the water is troubled, today may be the day he beats someone into the water to get his healing but little did he know … Jesus was his healing for it says in John 5:8, “Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk,” and immediately he was healed! – There’s something about being in the presence of Jesus!

See, in the natural, folk see me but in Jesus name they see the work of the man who sent me. In my name, man may say denied but in Jesus name the application is approved before I even get there. In my name folk look at my resume but in Jesus name they look at my worth. In my name, doctors say sickness but in Jesus name, healing is already be manifested through me. In my name, I can’t see how to make it with my paycheck but in Jesus name, He provides a way through every time. In my name, my car should have given up a long time ago but in Jesus name, He allows a car with over 100K miles to still run. In my name, I should hate folk but in Jesus name I can love even my enemies. In my name, I would give up on my marriage when times get hard but in Jesus name, I stick and stay through the good and the bad. Oh y’all, there’s something about the name of Jesus that makes lame legs live again. There’s something about being in the presence of Jesus that can make blind eyes see, weak bodies strong and the dead rise. There’s something about calling on the name of Jesus that calms fears, open doors that folk have tried to shut, give strength when you want to give up and allows you to see a way out when all you see is darkness. All you have to do is try it! I can only imagine how the lame man felt when he walked for the first time, how the woman with an issue of blood felt when she stopped bleeding, how Lazarus felt when he got up, how the blind man felt when he opened his eyes, how the impotent man felt when his body was healed and how you’ll feel when you call on Jesus for what you need and He comes through. Call on the name of Jesus with faith for what you need and see if He doesn’t come through. Acts 3:16, Peter says, “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed–and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes!” Just imagine how better we’d be when we start to believe in the power of the name of Jesus and then use it!