Daily Devotional – 6/5/19 “Suffering saved me!”

God, thank you for my suffering. Although, I may not have understood it then, I’m thankful for it now. See, it was during the storm that you saved me! It was in the pit that I learned how to praise. I was in the valley when I realized just how great I’d look in victory. It was the pain the allowed me to press towards purpose. It took being lied on that I learned to lean not on my understanding. It was rejection that taught me to rejoice in all things! It was hurt that showed me healing. It was the fight that taught me to how to forgive. It was the mistakes that tuned me in to your message.

In other words, my suffering saved me and I almost missed it because I was too busy focusing on the pain rather the promise.

What promise? The promise God made to never leave me nor forsake me. The promise God made to answer when I ask. The promise God made to give me a future and a hope. The promise of God to fight for me, when I need it. The promise to give strength when I’m weary and increase the power of the weak. The promise to hold my hand so I don’t have to fear. The promise to be there when I pass through the waters, to not be overtaken by the rivers and not be burned by the fire. The promise that says, if I submit to Him, I can resist the enemy and he’ll flee. The promise to hear from Heaven, when I humble myself, pray and seek His face. The promise to forgive my sins when I repent. The promise that tells me I don’t have to be discouraged because God will go before me. And the promise that if God sets me free, I’m free indeed.

I don’t know who needs this encouragement today but let me assure you … although you may have to suffer, it will not always be like this. For if you hold on, if you press through, if you keep the faith, turned from your wicked ways and submit to the counsel of God; your suffering can save you too.

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Daily Devotional – 9/19/18 “Spiritual or Situational?”

Yes, we are promised suffering and while this could be one of those posts, it’s not. Truth is, sometimes the stuff we go through is because of us, not God trying to teach us a lesson neither is it the enemy testing our gangsta. Fact is, it is US. We did it and unless we can face it, own up to it and do better, we will always find ourselves in the “pit.” When it’s really not a pit but a predicament. Yes, the checking account is temporarily out of funds but that is because we overspent and did not balance accordingly. That attitude you have has nothing to do with you getting up on the wrong side of the bed because we all know you sleep on and get up on the same side every day. Your bad day consist of a flat tire (from that pothole you hit), traffic (you left late and were caught in a school zone), left your badge (you did not put it where you normally do) and being late (you overslept); this is not God punishing you. The problems in your relationship could very well be the enemy working but how will you know if you cannot tell the difference between an evil spirit and you talking too much to the wrong person? Oh, the reason you maybe stagnant spiritually is not because God told you to stand still but truth is, you are angry He did and now you will not glean where you are.

Look, beloved, what you are experiencing is situational, not spiritual and you need to be able to tell the difference. Warfare is spiritual but an overdrawn checking account is situational. God’s rejection is spiritual but your fleshly clap backs is situational. What Job experienced was spiritual but this; the thing you are dealing with is a situation. Paul’s thorn was spiritual but that thorn of a relationship you know is wrong is a situation. David’s experience in the pit, spiritual but you losing your job because you do not know how to talk to folk is situational. Suffering for God’s sake is spiritual but suffering because you need the new pair of Jordan’s is situational. Isaiah said in Isaiah 8:11-12, “The LORD took hold of me with his powerful hand and said: I’m warning you! Don’t act like these people. Don’t call something a rebellious plot, just because they do, and don’t be afraid of something, just because they are.” Yes, we have to suffer, sometimes. Yes, we will face spiritual attacks. Yes, weapons will form against us. Yes, we may get rained on by the storms of life. However, not everything we face it spiritual. Sometimes the very thing we go through is because we have allowed flesh to lead. So ask yourself this question, “Is what I am facing spiritual or situational?” This will determine how to resolve it.