Daily Devotional – 4/19/18 “Don’t quit now!”

God is about to take what you thought was to break you, to bless you. That sickness, yep, it was sent to save you. That grief, yep, it was sent to grab you out of your guilt. That thing that caused you to weep, yep, it is about to be the very thing that sends you back into worship. That abusive relationship, you once hid, is the thing that is going to make you accept God’s call on your life. That sickness that left you scarred, is about to be that thang that shifts you spiritually. Beloved, it wasn’t meant to take you out but it is to bring you out. The death of your baby, wasn’t to make you go crazy but it pushed you out of your comfort zone. That eviction wasn’t for embarrassment but it was to evoke the excellence within you. That divorce was for you to discover just how much time you’d spent being devoted to the wrong stuff. That pain pushed you from the pit to now praying. Those nights of weeping turned your closet into a war room. Those dark days made you turn the living room floor into an altar.

So you see, not everything we go through is because God isn’t pleased but just maybe it’s to get us to being pleased with self. You’ve been hurt in the church so God allowed your house to turn into a place of worship until He softens your heart. Then He’ll connect you to church that can assist in your healing. God knows the number of times you’ve thought about suicide. This is why He will not allow you to leave that job, you hate because there is someone there speaking life into you. Sometimes, even when God has already showed you the dreams of tomorrow, He will allow you to live through a nightmare of today. Not so you suffer but so your testimony could be like that of Joseph in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Sometimes, you have to give credit to the things that tried to take you out because it/they were the thing(s) need to get you to destiny. Yes, there is a rough road to destiny but don’t you dare quit now. The detour is only temporary unless you make it permanent.

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Daily Devotional – 4/17/18 “A solid foundation!”

Growing up, we were raised in church. We participated in Vacation Bible School, Lock-ins, Angelic Choir, BTU, Sunday school, worship service, mid-week service; you name it. And we didn’t have a choice. To grandma, worship and serving God was sacred and if you were raised in her home, near her home or you were attached to her in any way; you were going to church. Yet, here’s what I know. Being dragged to church didn’t stop us from making mistakes. Read this well; it doesn’t matter how much you make your children go to church, it will not stop them from making mistakes. Heck, if I can be honest, there are a lot of grown folk who show up FAITHFULLY and are still FLAWED. But this is because, being in fellowship is not about making you not flawed but it is about building a foundational relationship with God. See, when people ask me about my upbringing I tell them, my upbringing is what continually brings me up because a foundation was laid and it is solid. Sure, I wandered away. Yes, I did some things I am not proud of. Of course I made (make) mistakes but my foundation is solid. This means, when God has to send a storm to knock away the mess, my foundation is still solid and I can rebuild. Don’t get me wrong, children need to be in relationship with God but no matter how much you drag or make them go to church, it has to be their choice.

However, DO NOT stop dragging and making them go because while they are sitting there acting as if they are not paying attention, the foundation is being laid. When they complain about going to another service, the foundation is being laid. When they want to rebel, the foundation is being laid. While, we are not making them into who we want them to be, we are starting them out on a solid foundation, which is Jesus and when the foundation is strong, it can withstand. It is not about us but it’s about instilling God. Bible shares in 1 Corinthians 3:5-11, “What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord has assigned to each his role. I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. He who plants and he who waters are one in purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise master builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds. For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Give them a solid foundation and they will always find their way back to it.