Daily Devotional – 6/22/20 “Trust Your Father!”

On yesterday, I have the privilege to deliver God’s word at our church. Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS. I spoke from Genesis 22, when God instructed Abraham to offer his only son Isaac, whom he loved, as a burnt offering. A burnt offering that meant, whatever was being placed on the altar was to be burned in its entirety. Can you imagine what Abraham must have felt? Could you imagine being in his place?

However, here’s the blessing of the text. Isaac trusted his father. We can surmise that Isaac was of age where he could have fought being tied down to an altar. Yet, bible says in Genesis 22:9, “…Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.” Why would Isaac go along with this, knowing what was about to happen? He trusted his father. Why? He’d never let him down before and his father told him, “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son.” He trusted his father.

Today, will you trust your Father God, the one who’s never let you down. Will you, child of God, who has been praying but on the verge of giving up, trust your father? For you, who woke up, fed up, messed up and tired; will you trust your father. For you who feel as if nothing you do, works and no matter how you pray, you cannot seem to get ahead; will you trust your father. Because here’s the truth of the matter, you may not be carrying the wood, on your way to the mountain but you’re carrying worry. You may not be carrying the thing to start the fire, but you’ve been fighting. God may not have asked you to offer yourself as a burnt offering but baby, some of y’all feel like you’ve been through hell’s fire and racked over the coals of condition, circumstance and struggle.

Here’s what I need you to do … pray, fast, faith this thang, get up and trust your father. Why should you? Because He’s never let you down. Yes, you may blame Him for some things that have happened in your life (it’s okay), you may be questioning Him about some more things (you can), you might be mad at Him about this & that (it’s okay); but if you’d take a real good look, you’d see that God has never left you. God, your father, is still right there and if you call Him, He’ll answer.

Pray, fast, faith this thang called life, get up and trust your Father.

Daily Devotional – June 4, 2020 “You are royalty!”

Do you know who you are? Do you know what you possess? Do you know the greatness you carry and the things you can birth? Do you know what you are? Look, our world is in unrest. No, I’m lying, black people are in a constant state of unrest due to the continued acts of racism. Understand me, this is a devotional blog but I’m still a black woman living in a world with people who don’t see me as equal. From the pulpit to corporate America, folk think I have to prove myself to them because of the color of my skin and my gender. I won’t.

Here’s what I will do though, I’m going to walk boldly with my head held high because I don’t owe anybody an explanation or an apology. It took me a while to get here but baby, I’m here now, showing who God has made me. Because it was He who created a smart, educated, anointed, gifted and cute semi-sweet chocolate, thick thang who has been cultivated in circumstances that gave me strength to push passed boundaries. I am who I am, and I don’t expect you to accept me, but you will respect me. It took me some time, but I know who I am now.

So, let me ask. Who are you? Stop looking at what people say, who are you. Stop waiting on the validation of anybody else, who are you? See, Bible tells us who we are, and it isn’t race or gender specific. It’s who we are, in God. In First Peter 2:9-10 (KJV), Bible tells me, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”

Bible says at first, we weren’t a people but now we’re people of God. At first, we had not obtained mercy, but now we do. At first, you may not have had an identity, but now you do. You are a peculiar people, not as in odd or strange, yet meaning a people for a special reservation. And I just need to encourage you, my brothers and my sisters, in Christ, to hold your head up, knowing who you are and what you possess because you are filled with greatness. Don’t ever allow anyone to take that from you. You are royalty, doggone it! You just need to know it, believe it and show it!

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