Daily Devotional – 4/22/16 “Whining and complaining?”

Trust God

Look, you ought to be at a point in your life where whining and complaining are no longer a choice for you or at best it should be minimal. Yes, I know things are going to happen but whining tho? When has whining and complaining gotten you anything worthy? When has throwing yourself a pity party ever resulted in something good? When has blaming folk ever paid off for you? When has making God the cause of your problems worked out in your favor? I get it, you see more bills than money, more sickness than healing, more death than deliverance, more killings than kindness, more situations than solutions, more problems than patience and more things than time but complaining won’t solve them. While you see an issue, God is giving you an instance to actually interpret His involvement as influenced instruction. See, God won’t ever allow you to go in a test without first giving you the directions of how to come out. God will not send you into a storm without the strength you need to soon come out. God won’t let you deal with defeat without having a plan for your deliverance afterwards. This is why you’ve got to get out of the comfortable state of whining and complaining.

Yes, I know you’ve gotten good at it but it’s meaning you no good. Yes, I know nobody tells you that you’re doing too much but let me be the first … you’re doing the most, chile! Stop focusing on the door that closed, you’re missing the one that’s opening. Stop being concerned about the folk who’ve left when God is sending you a group of folk to push you into your next level. Stop leaning on your past, you’re missing your present. Stop worrying about the few things that didn’t work when there are numerous ones that do. Stop looking at what you lost when God specializes in restoration. Quit looking at the start and work until the test is done because you may be surprised at the outcome. All you see is the storm brewing but you’ve yet to seek the advice of the meteorologist who is never wrong. I know it looks dark but have you spoken to the man who created light? Yes, your life may be hard, at this very moment but God hasn’t left you. Stop whining! As long as you go through with God, you’ll come out with God. Your troubles are temporary, your pain shall pass, your crying will cease, your meaning will manifest and your obedience to God will become obvious. What you need to do now is, stop complaining and whining through the obstacle of life in order to see that’s God’s miracle (which is you) can overcome it all.

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” –Philippians 2:14-15

Daily Devotional – 11/19/15 “Trust God at all times!”

Don’t just trust God while you’re in your storm; trust Him before it comes and then when you come out. See, I’ve found that when you praise God before the storm, you are storing up prayers needed to help you through your storm. When you praise God while in your storm, you are storing up prayers for when you come out. Trust GodAnd when you praise God after you get out, you are letting Him know you are still grateful that He allowed the storm to come but it didn’t kill you! Please understand, your storm can be sickness but it wasn’t until death. Your storm can be addiction but it didn’t claim your family or your life. Your storm can be job loss but it shouldn’t take your joy. Your storm can be financial hardship but it shouldn’t negate the fact that God is your provider. I get it; your storm may be hard, the wind is picking up, the clouds are starting to turn dark and the rain is starting to pour but then what? I ask this question because, when it’s physically raining, your day-to-day operations don’t stop so why should your praise stop during your spiritual storm?

Still don’t get it? On the other day, here in the city, we were under a tornado watch. The winds were heavy, it was so dark outside you could hardly see and when the rain started, it poured; yet folk stayed at work, folk went to the nail shop (I did), folk continued their grocery shopping, folk went out to eat, folk went to the movies; their day didn’t stop because the storm was raging outside. Why? Because they had on their rain gear to protect them, they felt safe where they were and they trusted God through it. It’s the same when it comes to your spiritual storm. You’ve got to have your rain gear on (that comes from knowing whose you are and studying God’s word); you’ve got to believe you are in a safe place and you’ve got to trust God through it. Beloved, God isn’t going to place you into anything He hasn’t already equipped you for but you know this already, right? Then where is your praise? Where is your strength? Where is your joy? Don’t just praise God when you come out of your storm but praise God before you even go in (Lord, I trust you)! Praise God during your storm (Lord, I still trust you)! Then praise God when you come out (Lord, I trust you even more)! Praise God at all times that way when you call Him, He’ll know your voice. Don’t wait until the battle is over …

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10