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 – 3/9/20 “God’s test”

Some of this devotional was shared three years ago, and yet I feel the need to remind you that God is going to intentionally place some folk, who don’t like you, in your way. He’s going to set you up to be in places, surrounded by folk who don’t think you belong. He’s going to strategically place you at tables with folk who question why you’re there. People, you’re connected too are thinking, in their mind, “who does he/she think they are.” Yeah, God is going to methodically place you on jobs where you’ll fight more than work. He’s going to put you in covenant with some folk who’ll cause your hair to go gray. God will set your feet within a ministry that’ll make you second and third guess your calling. This is not so you have to prove who you are, but God is deliberately testing you, even though He already knows what He’s going to do, pertaining you. (Jeremiah 29:11).

In John 6:5, when the 5000 men (not including women and children) needed to be fed, Jesus asked Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” But then in verse 6 it states, “But He was asking this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do.” Understand, Jesus didn’t question Philip so that He could embarrass him, He did so to see if Philip believed in the power, he’d witness in Jesus numerous times before. In the natural, Philip knew there was no market place available that could give them enough to feed this multitude. However, spiritually, Jesus is the marketplace.

For us, sometimes, we’ll be tested just to see how we’ll respond. Yes, God knows that place of worship is questioning everything, from the color of your hair to your anointing; but will you trust God. Yes, your sermons can be preached to 500 but God is testing to see if you trust Him enough to preach to the 30. Yes, your business model is global but right now, God is testing to see if you’ll trust Him why it’s only local. Yes, your books should be in the hands of the masses but maybe He’s testing to see how you’ll handle being minor.

You must know your test because not every test is of the enemy. Sometimes, the test is God. Second Corinthians 13:5, says, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?” Please understand, failing the test doesn’t mean you fail the course, it simply means you have some work to do. In other words, do you trust God as much as you say? Imagine being Philip and you’re looking at a ‘thing’ that seems like it’s too hard to accomplish. Do you give up or will you pray, “Father, naturally, I don’t have the solution, but I’ve seen the miraculous works you’ve performed, and I trust you to guide me?”