Daily Devotional – 5/25/18 “You’re missing it because of the messenger!”

You’re praying to God to come and see about you. You’re crying out to Him, over and over about something you need. Yet, you are sitting there thinking God has forsaken or forgotten you. You are angry because you think He’s ignoring you. You will not go to worship service because the enemy has you asking, ‘what’s the use?’ You have even contemplated doing some stuff you know isn’t right. Before you do, I need to tell you something. It is not the fact God is forsaking you (He doesn’t), it’s not that God is intentionally ignoring you (He doesn’t) neither has He forgotten you (He will not). Just maybe, the real reason you’re missing the message or the blessing is because you don’t like who God is using to send it. “I don’t like women preachers.” “I don’t like the way he/she sounds.” “I don’t like the way he/she looks.” “I remember how they acted in school.” This is the kind of crazy thinking that keeps us bound. See, you’re too busy counting the mistakes folk made in the past. You are listening to what folk are saying and waiting on somebody else to confirm what the prophet said. Can you not just believe God?

Understand me … there are some folk who are not right. They are sent to discourage you, throw you off your game, make you doubt and all that but this is why you have to be right. Yea, you will, absolutely, know when someone’s motives are wrong, when you are right. Right what? In right standing, with the right frame of mind, the right spirit and the right ability to discern. Bible shares in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” How will you tell? Keep reading because bible says in Matthew 7:16, “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” Stop getting angry at God because you sowed that $100 seed to a person who talked real good but can’t bare nothing worth eating. Baby, God has need of messengers and sometime, what you are waiting on may not be packaged or delivered how you think it should. Don’t miss your message or blessing because of the messenger but validate the authority, of the one bringing it, by the fruit they bare.

Daily Devotional – 2/15/18 “Have mercy God!”

Y’all, there is something wrong. When another teenager can take a loaded rifle into a school and murder others, there is something wrong. When violence, in our communities are on the rise, there is something wrong. When the prison systems are being filled to capacity yet there is no money for reforming our youth AND adults, there is something wrong. When a person can get harsher punishment for marijuana than they can for murder and molestation, something is wrong. When bars are filled but parent/teacher meetings are empty, there is something wrong. When casinos are packed but not worship service, there is something wrong. Please understand, this isn’t a religious problem; it’s a world problem. Yes, prayer changes things but the bible says without work, faith is dead. Sure, your prayers are good when I’m going through but one time, can you come and see about me? Yes, I thank you for posting your condolences on my Facebook wall but will you show up and offer me a shoulder to lean on? I appreciate your congratulations but can I also get some support? Of course, likes and shares are good but will you reach out when you see my language changing instead of taking a screenshot and putting it in a group text?

I guess what I am asking is, will you notice if I wasn’t having a good day? Would you notice if I wasn’t acting like myself? Could you read between the lines and decipher my cry for help? Do you not get that even on Valentine’s Day, there were people suicidal? Do you not understand the many children who are contemplating suicide because nobody is taking their cries of help seriously? Do you not grasp the many women and men who are living in hostile environments? Do you not comprehend the many pastors and ministry leaders who can barely afford to pay their bills yet they show up, well put together and with a message to help you? All I want you to understand is this. There are people who look well on the outside but slowly dying on the inside and they are afraid to ask for help. There are people you work with, every day, who are functioning alcoholics. There are teachers who hide a stash of pills because they need them to make it through the day. There are leaders who are fearful of failing so they’ll do anything to succeed. Something is wrong y’all and if you just happen to be one of the ones who is doing fine, at this moment, help somebody else. But if you’re the one who needs help, ask for it.