I’m not sure who I’ve been speaking to these last few devotionals but somebody is facing something that they are about to let destroy them. I don’t know what situation you’re in, what issues you’re having or even what problem you’re facing but God wanted me to let you know that His purpose for you is bigger than your problem. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” So, don’t allow it to make you doubt, that’s the enemy talking and don’t allow it to make you question God because that’s the flesh talking. Yea, you may be sick and tired of dealing with the chemo, radiation, dialysis, insulin, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis; and all the daily medication you take but hold on because James 5:15 says, “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” See, faith is like you walking to the kitchen during the night when you need something to drink without turning on the lights. You do this because you are familiar with the path that you’re walking and you trust it to be the same. Well, faith is trusting God to carry you during your sickness and although you can’t see your healing, it’s there but you’ve got to keep walking and trusting God to do just what he said he would. When the woman in the bible had the issue of blood, she toiled for 12 years yet she never gave up because she trusted Jesus’ word and although she couldn’t see her healing she kept going until her healing came, so you can’t give up now because you’ve come too far. Yea, I know, it’s easy for me to say because I don’t have to deal with the needles, medicine, side effects and nasty nurses but I know your healing is coming, so don’t give up and throw in the towel because I am standing in the gap for you on today, praying for your healing. I’m praying like it’s already done because Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Maybe it isn’t sickness that has you down but it’s heartache because you’ve been hurt by folks who are supposed to love you, misused by folks you trusted, let down by folks who made you promises and stepped on by folks you thought would help but that’s alright because a broken heart can be mended. Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” God knew folks would let you down because folks live in the flesh, this is why Romans 8:8 says, and “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” See, when you’re in the flesh you take man at their word so when they break a promise you’re devastated you get your feelings hurt and your heart broken but Galatians 5:16 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Yes, I know you still have feelings when you’re in Christ but they don’t get hurt as much and you don’t allow it to consume you like it used too. You know how you were in the world, folks would do you wrong you’d return the favor; when folks talked about you you’d talk about them; when folks pushed you down you’d get up and push them back but then you chose God. Now when folks talk about you, you say go on and talk about me as much as you please because the more you talk the more I bend my knees. When folks lie and scandalize your name, you keep walking because you allow the truth to speak for you and when folks push you down, you let God pick you up because when he does, the scars become your testimony. Heartache is something that we all have faced or will face but don’t allow it to consume you. Folks let you down, ok, what’s next? Folks stepped on the love you gave and the trust you offered, ok, now what? Folks lied on you, we know, but what are you going to do now? You can’t keep using the excuse that daddy wasn’t around for you getting attached to every guy that walks in your life because you’re old enough now to recognize what’s not in your best interest. You can’t keep holding on to the fact that momma was mean to you growing up, baby you’re grown now; get over it. You can’t keep allowing that trifling brother or sister who leaves when the going gets tough to come back every time you get your head above water because they say they love you when you know they are using you. Some of the heartache and disappointment you feel can be avoided if you used your heart and not your head. You can’t expect God to keep removing your enemies if you keep running to chase them down. If folks leave, let them go so that you can grow because you can’t move if you got a room full of mess blocking your way. Yea, you’ve been hurt, misused and abused but you can’t keep allowing that to control your life because it’s consuming you. Let go of all that. You don’t need to look for love because if your heart is in God, he’ll send love to you. You don’t have to look for faithful friends and trustworthy folks because when your heart is in God, they’ll find you. James 1:21 says, “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”
Being a Christian doesn’t make you exempt from having problems but don’t allow those problems to overshadow your purpose. I know your problem may seem big but that’s because you’re looking through your eyes but when you look through God’s eyes, you’ll see that your problem is nothing compared to the purpose God has for you. Proverbs 16:4 says, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.” You’re wondering why you have to suffer so much when you work so hard (problem), because God’s wants you to be appreciative of the increase when he drops it in your lap (purpose). You’re wondering why you can’t get a job in the field you’ve been studying for no matter how many applications you fill out (problem), because God is creating it just for you and it takes time (purpose). You’re disgusted because you keep getting hurt by folks who say they love you (problem), because God is allowing you to go through the trash in order to find your treasure (purpose). You’re wondering why you always get sick with this or that (problem) because God is cleaning you up from the inside out in order for you to live a longer, fruitful life (purpose). God always has a purpose for his children; we just have to stop complaining long enough to see it. Don’t count yourself out because although it’s your problem, it’s God’s purpose and His purpose is always bigger!
“Although your problems come with pain, the pain is proving that you’re not perfect but yet a person who God has picked to be placed at this point and through prayer you’ll be prescribed a promise of praise that allows you to be purified and through this purification process you’ll prosper and through your prosperity you’ll get power and with this power you get God’s protection that allows you to prevail and once you prevail, you’ll have the patience to pursue your purpose!”