Daily Devotional – 11/14/17 “Isaiah 40:27-31”

Here it is, another Tuesday in another month, almost at the end of another year and somebody is still tarrying at the table of the tempter. Still being troubled by temptation yet you will not trouble the one on the throne. The toil of tomorrow is already terrifying you because you will not use your tongue to trample against your tormentors. You are being tortured by your transgressions and you’re trapped. What now beloved? Will you die there or will you choose to live? Will you drown where you are or will you come up for air, one more time? Are you willing to give up or will you try again? I’m only asking the question, you have to do the work so what will it be? It’s your choice but you need to decide because time will not wait until you get all the tears out. Time is not at your mercy, waiting until you fix you. Time will not stand still for you. What will it be? I can’t answer for you neither can I give you strength to push on. What I can do is point you in the direction of the one who can.

His name is God and He shares with us these words in Isaiah 40:27-31, “O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Why an eagle? Because they can see their enemy from a distance, they flock and eat with other eagles, they don’t dwell amongst nor eat of anything dead, they can soar through storms, wait on the right male companion, build their nest out of the enemy’s reach, train their children and when their body has been beat up by what they’ve gone through; they rest through their metamorphosis phase (allowing new feathers to grow). You got this but you’ve got to believe that you do!

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Daily Devotional – 11/13/17 “With the measure you use…”

Before you begin to hold court on someone’s life based on your perception of them, you might want to check the reference book of life. Before you open your mouth to criticize folk’s ways, you may need to turn with me in the good book. Before you set out to talk about others in group texts and on social media; you may want to inspect God’s word. Because the bible shares with us these words in Matthew 7:1-2, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” The Message Bible shares it like this, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.” See, being quick to judge people on their lifestyle opens the door for somebody to judge yours. Having loose lips with your personal opinions of others, gives access to someone else to be just as open about yours. This is why, beloved, you have to be mindful of what you put out because, and you know this, what you do to others will be done to you.

You need to understand that as God’s children, we are commanded to love and love unconditionally which means I will love you even though I may not like your ways. And I will love you even though I am not in agreement with your choices. Why? Because God loves us even when He doesn’t like our ways. Look, when we think the worst of folk, without knowing them, we judge unjustly. When we criticize their choices, without knowing why they made the choice, we judge unjustly. When we dislike based on somebody else’s opinion, we judge unjustly. When we base our decisions on the worst moments of their life, we judge unjustly. When we spread the story without knowing the story, we judge unjustly. God never said we couldn’t examine the hearts of others but He says, with whatever measure you use, will be the same used on you. So, before you place the microscope over my life to magnify my misdeeds, for the enjoyment of seeing me suffer, ensure you don’t have anything hiding because when you are done judging me; yours begins. For with the same measure you use on me, the same will be used on you.