Daily Devotional – 3/7/19 “Keep them, God!”

Some days she’d get up and be happy. She’d comb her hair, apply some make-up, get dressed in her good clothes and go to work. Some days, he’d be laughing and playing with the children. He’d go on a date with his wife and even cuddle close to her, that night. She/he would be on social media posting happy meme’s and sharing thoughts of looking forward to the future. He/she may even post a selfie that’ll get a few likes and “you’re looking good,” comments but reality is … they aren’t. That day, described above, is the day depression wasn’t so bad. That day, described above, is the day pain didn’t cripple them. That day, described above, is the day the voices were silent and they didn’t relive the nightmares of taking advantage of, hurt, abuse and molestation. That day, described above, is few and far between yet nobody knows because he or she has become good at faking it. He or she has gotten good at covering because they know the right amount of medicine to take, alcohol to drink or drugs to snort, swallow or shoot; to appear functioning. Reality is, they are living in a prison within their own mind. And things posted on social media is a trigger but they won’t say anything. Listening to folk joke and laugh about RKelly is a trigger but they won’t say nothing. Let me be clear, they have the status already typed out, in the notes on their phone, and it ends in #metoo but they won’t share it.

You want to know why? They don’t want the look of pity. They don’t want the insensitive question of, “why did you wait so long to tell it?” They don’t want their post to go viral with all the negative comments people, who’ve never gone through their pain, will make. So, they suffer alone. They get up and preach, while suffering alone. They pray for folk, while suffering alone. They come when you call but suffer alone. They honor your cash app for $8, while suffering alone. They teach your children, they handle your finances, they clean your house, they change the oil in your car, they run business meetings, launch small businesses, post happy selfies and congratulate you on your success … while they suffer alone. I don’t know who you are, ma’am or sir and neither do I know what you’re suffering with but I’m praying for you. I’ve never been the victim of abuse but I’m praying for you. I’m praying for your release. I’m praying to God, who is mighty to heal you, if you’ll let Him because I know, it isn’t your time to die. God allowed you to sleep off the effects of the sleeping pills, when they should have killed you, because it wasn’t your time. The gun jammed because it wasn’t your time to die. And now, I’m praying for you. Jesus, before His time on earth had come, He prayed to God for those He was sent to save. His prayer is now my prayer, to God, for you. Dear God, “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” Amen. – John 17:15

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Daily Devotional – 3/5/19 “Refocus that energy!”

Stop trying to pay people back for what they’ve done to you, when God says in Deuteronomy 32:35, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay. In time their foot will slip, for their day of disaster is near, and their doom is coming quickly.” Stop praying for God’s hand of anger to strike them. Instead speak like Jeremiah 20:11, “But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten.” Stop saying you’re going to do them like they do you, when you know it’s not your character. For bible shares in 1 Peter 3:9, “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” Stop being angry when you see those who’ve done you wrong, hurt you, stole from you and/or lied on you; prospering. James 1:20 says, “For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” It isn’t yours to make them pay for their evil actions and misdeeds. Besides, how do you really know if they are blessed? Do you see what they’re dealing with behind closed doors or when the lights and cameras are off and social media is logged out of for the night? Truth is, you only see what they show and it doesn’t mean you know. Stop wishing evil against folk because it blocks you from getting what you deserve.

Yes, it’s easy to wish bad on folk, we think we’ve accomplished something when we shut up our prayers for those who’ve done us wrong and we celebrate when they fall. But did you know the bible tells us in Proverbs 24:17-18, “Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the LORD will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.” Listen beloved, forgive them, pray for them and wish them well. Breathe! I know that’s a lot to take in yet here’s the good news, you can do all of this from a distance. So, don’t block your blessings wishing evil on folk. It’s not for you to make people pay for Proverbs 23:17-18 says, “Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always. Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.” That’s all. I simply wanted to encourage someone, today by letting you know; your enemies haven’t gotten away with what they’ve done or what they owe you. Nevertheless. you need to use your energy on doing God’s will and allow Him to handle them. Release them and let them go. Stop looking at their social media pages, stop re-reading messages and stop preying on them. It’s not for you to make them pay … live in and do God’s will for your life; He’ll handle the rest.