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#DailyDevotional — Asking for a friend

There is so much suicide, division, divorce, severed relationships, hurt and pain. There are strongholds gripping families like never before. Demonic spirits are smothering the sanctity of worship places. Mental illness is on the rise and it is taking over generations. And for the sake of “keeping quiet,” we are losing. There are ministry leaders on the verge of suicide, wives at their breaking point, husbands who feel as if they are drowning, daughters who are using sex and sons who use drugs and guns as an escape. There are people in pain and we can no longer sugar coat the situation.

It is time we move away from the patty cake preaching and offer the meat of God’s word. Too many Christians are dying due to being malnourished because the church is still feeding milk when their body needs meat. Even a baby gets solid food at six months yet here we are, at age 50 and barely functioning. Yes, milk is good but the protein from meat is important for building bones and muscles, repairing tissues and strengthening the blood. This is why the bible says in Hebrews 5:13-14, “For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”

Please understand, we have a responsibility to seek God, study and learn for ourselves but what happens when I need to be around folk who are going through what I am or when I need to be in the midst of folk who have been in my shoes without being judged? Where can I go and get help instead of being hated on because my dress looks better than hers? Where can he go and get delivered instead of being talked about because he looks feminine? Where can families go and worship without folk prying into their business? Where can she go and get help instead of being labeled a church hopper?

Beloved, I don’t know about you but I am sick of going to into a place of worship to be healed yet all I hear is “will a man rob God?” I am tired of seeing posts after posts about another person killing themselves because everybody posted “Praying for you,” but nobody actually did. I am tired of hearing the typical scriptures with a different title but same inadequate message. When will we reach that young person whose whole life is social media by way of social media? When will we get out of traditions and into scriptures? When will we stop catering to flesh and start consecrating the spirit? I’m asking for a friend!

If God, no baby … WHEN GOD

If we serve a God who allows the sun to shine through rain, don’t you think He has the power to allow us to smile through pain? If the God we serve can create Heaven and Earth with the power of His voice, don’t you know He has the power to give us life with immeasurable joy? If the God we serve can breathe life back into the dead, don’t you think He has strength to lift our bowed down head? If the God of our lives has the power to put a road in the midst of a sea, don’t you think He knows exactly who we’re destined to be?

Beloved, God is not an if God, He’s a when God. If says God may be able to do it, but when says He can do all things, it’s just a matter of timing. If God says there’s a possibility, when God says it’s happening, even if we don’t know the day/hour.

In Mark 9 when the father brought his ill son to Jesus and the disciples couldn’t do what they’d been anointed to do (that’s a blog by itself), he asked Jesus in verse 22, “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” To which Jesus replies in verse 23, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

Brother, sister; I don’t know what you’re going through, I don’t know what you’re facing, I don’t know the situation you currently find yourself trying to dig out of, what hopeless circumstances you’re staring at, but will you do me a favor. Will you believe anything is possible with God on your side? Will your trust the God of when, believing it will happen for you? Will you tell God, just like this father told Jesus, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

We don’t serve an if God because if we did, a lot of us would be in worse shape. We serve a WHEN God, we simple have to trust He will do it WHEN He shows up.

Stand Your Ground

I shared part of this two years ago and God is leading me to post again. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you can’t give up. Yes, you’re going through and it seems like your life is being shaken by hands you can’t see. A storm has rolled in with no signs of ending. What if this is the enemy trying to take what’s yours?

Let me encourage you today. You who’s looking at your situation and the enemy is wanting you to believe you made the wrong choice. You’re staring at the current condition of your life and the enemy is beckoning you to throw in the towel. You’re facing a hardship and the enemy is tricking you to believe God doesn’t care about you. LIES … STAND YOUR GROUND!

Maybe you’ve faced a loss, enemy is attacking everything, started a new job and car broke down, account in the negative and just got paid, more sick days than well, more tears than you thought you could cry, more bills than money or maybe you’re at the edge of give up and it’s looking tempting. No baby, don’t you dare move. STAND YOUR GROUND!

You can even be good financially, healthy, wise, and family doing alright and the enemy is still messing with you. Depression, you thought was managed, hit you in the gut. Brokenness, you thought was gone, came back with a vengeance. Self-doubt and fear, you thought was under control; got you crying in the car.

Beloved, STAND YOUR GROUND!

What does this mean? You have the RIGHT to defend yourself and your ground with lethal force if need be. See, the enemy is after your ground because if you have no ground, you have nowhere to plant. Nowhere to plant = no harvest. And, if he takes your land, he’ll come after your life next.

Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. (Here’s where you shout –>) So after you have suffered a little while, He (God) will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He (God) will place you on a firm foundation.”

Mane, you ain’t giving up. Naw, get up, pray then eat because you’re going to need your strength to stand, fight, win and recover.

New in Christian Fiction

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Married 27 years, turning 50 and believed things were great in my life. Until my husband gifted me papers saying he no longer wanted me as his wife.

On the morning of her 50th birthday, Wondah Jennings wakes up, excited to celebrate her golden jubilee year. Instead, she’s in for the shock of her life when she finds out her husband no longer wants her as his wife.

Devastated, speechless, and stunned are emotions soon replaced with anger, confusion, and grief, leaving Wondah to spiral out of control. In front of family and friends, she appears the strong, confident Wondah they know. The one who has helped hundreds of couples save their marriage as a licensed therapist. The one who could handle anything.

However, when they’re gone and the lights are off, she’s broken, struggling and the God she once served becomes her enemy.

Will she find the strength to overcome this dark season in her life or will this golden year be anything but?

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What if …

What if the fall you’ve taken wasn’t meant to punish you but to position you? What if the fall wasn’t meant to punish you but place you in a position to be chosen? What if the fall that crippled you, is also the thing that changes you? What if the thing that hurts you, turns out to be the very thing that hides you until God honors you? What if the mistake that caused jail time, was the thing God is going to use to bless you? What if the bad decisions that ruined your credit and put you in a desolate place is the very place, you’ll hear God calling your name to be used?

Sometimes, it’s in the low place when we seek God and it’s in our desolate place where you can’t produce a harvest, that causes us to hold to God’s unchanging hand. Sometimes, it takes us falling into a sunken place that makes us try God again. Sometimes, we may have to experience Lo-debar before we believe God can provide.

Just thought I'd share this for somebody who's experiencing a dark, dry, desolate season of your life. You think God has forgotten you, but what if like Mephibosheth, in Second Samuel 9, the king is about to bless you because the low place is what kept you alive?