Daily Devotional – 6/17/19 “Blooming time!”

My grandmother loves gardening, whether it’s flowers or vegetables, she’s always been able to grow whatever. However, there’d be times I’d see her pruning a plant or flower that looked dead, to me. She’d be breaking up the soil, adding water and clipping dead leaves and the entire time I’m saying, “why is she dealing with that dead stuff.” Here’s what I grew to realize. It looked dead to me because I wasn’t trained to know, it wasn’t that plant’s season to bloom. Grams knew therefore, she’d spend time pruning and preparing a plant, I thought was dead. And somebody, you’re looking at the seeds you’ve planted and trying to figure out why, although they’re growing, they look dead – it isn’t blooming time yet. You’re trying to understand why you aren’t receiving any of the things you’ve been asking God for – it isn’t blooming time yet. Yea, I know you’re tired and thinking about giving up but stay grounded. See, had grandma bothered those flowers, that looked dead to me, she would have disturbed their roots, risking their chance of blooming. So, you beloved, stay grounded and don’t disturb your roots. There’s something going on, inside, that’s setting you up for blooming time.

Yes, to the untrained eye it may look dead, but we serve a God who can breathe life into dry bones and they’ll live. All you must do is hold on and trust God’s harvesting schedule. I know you’re looking at your checking account and thinking about another check advance but wait, don’t disturb the roots. You’re looking at the circumstances and want to reply to that text but wait, don’t disturb the roots. I know you’re anxious but beloved, a flower knows when to bloom because of a gene that’s within them. It tells them, “Wake up, it’s time to bloom,” and the plant starts making leaves/flowers. You’ve been blessed with a gene, too, it’s called the Holy Spirit and when it’s time, He’ll shake you and say, “Get up, it’s time to bloom.” Bloom, a verb that means, “to mature into achievement of one’s potential.” I know you’re tired but wait because in due time, the Holy spirit will tap you and say, “Get up son/daughter, its blooming time.” If you wait, until blooming time, you’ll see the evidence of God manifesting. Doors, you didn’t knock on, will start opening. Things you didn’t ask for, you’ll receive. You’ll be extended invitations by folk you didn’t even know knew you. Your ministry will overflow, and you’ll stand in places you’ve only dreamt of … IN YOUR SEASON OF BLOOM. Stop rushing the process because if you bloom too early, you could do more harm than good. Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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Daily Devotional – 6/4/19 “Deliver Me!”

You ask God to remove your enemies then suddenly, things begin to happen in your life. The taste, in your mouth, changes. You don’t have the desire to do what you normally do. You don’t see things as you normally did. You begin to go through some stuff and you can’t understand it. Here’s the thing … sometimes, we’re our own worst enemy and this means, God must deliver us from us. Sounds crazy but the reality is; we can delay, damage, distract, devalue and despise ourselves to the point that we become enemies to self. It can get so bad that we will self-sabotage our own dreams out of fear of succeeding. It can get so out of control that we’ll hurt ourselves to keep someone else from doing it. This is the reason relationships don’t work, why you will not step out on faith or why you will not tap into the purpose on your life. You’re afraid of failing because you’ve started believing what folk said about you or you’re looking through the eyes of shame and sin and have made yourself believe the voices. Beloved, this is what I want you to do. Right now, instead of praying for anybody else, pray for self. At this very moment, I need you to make this thang personal and be selfish, if only for three minutes. You can go back to praying for others, in a minute but for now, I need you to tell God two words … DELIVER ME! See, it’s time you got free from self and it’ll come by way of you telling God these two words … DELIVER ME! There’s a song by Donald Lawrence and LeAndria Johnson called Deliver Me. The very first line, in the lyrics of this song, will be the thing that breaks a few of you today. Breaking by way of freeing you because let’s face it; you are your problem. Are you ready? It says, “Lord, deliver me cause all I seem to do is hurt me.”

How many of you are tired of hurting yourself? How many of you are tired of beating yourself up for choosing the wrong man/woman who turned out to be a monster? How many of you are tired of going into that secret stash of pills just to make it through the day? How many of you are tired of lying with man after man or woman after woman, trying to validate your self-esteem? How many of you are sick of being chased by your past? How many of you are fed up with being enemy to self? Then it’s time beloved. It’s time for you to declare, LORD, DELIVER ME cause all I seem to do is hurt me. Lord, deliver me from my overthinking and undervaluing. Lord, deliver me from unforgiveness and anger. Deliver me, Lord. Understand, the deliverance from you will not be easy because God will have to remove, stretch, pull, release and restore the parts of us, we’ve destroyed. It’s going to be painful, you may have to be yourself for a season, you may have to go through the wilderness and lose some folk but after the deliverance comes discharge and with discharge, your record is expunged and your best days are now at hand.