Daily Devotional 9/25/11 “Stop rushing”

Have you ever heard the expression, stop and smell the roses? It doesn’t mean smell them literally but it’s simply saying slow down. You’re so busy running that you’re allowing life to pass you by. Seems crazy huh?

But let me explain. You’re so busy running that your legs don’t feel right walking. You’re so busy that you don’t realize that your child is dealing with peer pressure or may be being bullied in school. You’re so busy running that you don’t notice your spouse is unhappy. You’re so busy trying to fit in that you forget that pleasing man won’t get you to heaven. You’re so busy rushing in the car, cursing at the person driving slow in front of that you don’t even notice the accident on the side of the street that could have been you. You’re so busy talking on the phone instead of listening that you don’t hear the need for help in your friend’s voice.

Slow down and stop rushing. Just because you’re doing 80 on the expressway won’t change the outcome because you’re still late. Rushing home to catch a tv show only to find that it didn’t even come on that night. You’re in such a hurry to make it to work but drag to God’s house on Sunday morning without a care in the world and then you wonder why God is not in a hurry to hear your prayers. Your boss calls a meeting at 8AM and you get there at 7:45AM. But let the Pastor call a meeting for 15 minutes after church and you will be rolling your eyes more than a baker rolling dough. Then you wonder why God is not blessing you. Chile please! Get in a hurry for God and he’ll get in a hurry for you.

Slow down and take the time to read and study God’s word. Slow down and take the time to enjoy this life that God has blessed you with because as fast as it begins, it can quickly end. Take a moment to laugh with friends. Take a moment to catch a movie with the kids, have a conversation with your spouse, drive by to see your grandparents or take a walk in the park.

Take a moment and breathe. Slow down and smell the roses, the coffee brewing, the food cooking on the stove or even the scent of your own perfume! Life is precious, enjoy it while you got time.

Daily Devotional – 9/24/11 “Why worry?”

Have you ever wondered what why a woman pats her head when it itches instead of just simply scratching? Does this stop the actual itching or does the headache she gets now take the place? Have you ever wondered about the way water goes down a toilet bowl or even what makes people do some of the things they do? Do you wonder, really? 

I would assume this is the same way God feels when you worry after you’ve prayed.  His word says in James 6:1-8 “But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. “What is the sense of asking and then worrying about whether it will happen.  That’s just like painting a wall and watching it dry; does that make sense to do?

Worry by one definition in the dictionary says to touch or disturb something repeatedly.  So now think about all the times you’ve worried God with the same old prayer.  “Lord, if you just help me through this I will never do it again.” But then when you repeat your actions, God ain’t nowhere in it. So why worry him? If you pray for something, pray in faith, like it has already come to pass.  Then you get up off your knees and act like it’s already done and stop worrying.  But when you ask in faith, there is work that you have to do.  James 2:14 says, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?”  Can you apply for a job, get the interview, get the job and then not work? With prayer and faith, comes work.  When people ask for help, help them; that’s work.  When people ask for prayer, pray for them, because that’s work. When someone ask for a ride & you’re capable of doing it and you do it; that’s work. 

Stop giving up so easily on your ability to do things.  If you don’t think you’re capable of doing it, why would God bless you with it.  You put in an application for a car and then once it’s submitted you start doubting. If you already doubt the ultimate approver, God, why would he bless you with it? Stop allowing doubt and fear to rob you of what God has promised.  Stop worrying about tomorrow, when it is not even here yet.  You’re so busy focused on next week that you’re allowing this week to pass you by. Stop and take time to enjoy this moment because the next one is not promised.  God will do just what he said he will, in his time.  The problem isn’t God or his timing but it’s you.  Stop worrying because the frown on your face makes you ugly!

 

Daily Devotional – 9/23/11 “To live is Christ, but to die is gain”

Phillipians 1:21 states, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” As I read this scripture I can’t help but think of granddaddy who has been on his bed of affliction for over 2 years now. For it was then the doctors counted him out. They told the family to prepare ourselves because it wouldn’t be long. But as the days, months & years passed by, we saw granddaddy celebrate birthdays & anniversaries, smile at the grandchildren whose names he can still call and even tell you a thing or two when you weren’t acting right.

Even as he lay in that hospital bed and his body was becoming weaker as time went on, he remained granddaddy. Every time I walked in the room he called my name, asked me how I was doing when I should have been asking him. Even as I look upon his face now, which may be his final days, I know that it is well with my soul. For God promised us, in Psalm 90:10, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” Granddaddy has lived the time God has promised. He has seen his ten children grow into adults, have families and even become grandparents themselves. He has seen his grandchildren grow and have families of their own. He has even been a part of the great-grandchildren’s lives, so who am I to be selfish now when it is his time to go? Who am I that I shall question God when he has allowed me 34 years with granddaddy? Who are we to want him to stay here suffering?

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” This is our season but it doesn’t mean it’s the end, because seasons have to end too.

See granddaddy will soon receive the rest his weary body needs. He will soon sleep away to that place where he’ll be until God calls his name for him to be caught up in the rapture. Where he will receive his mansion, that man’s hands didn’t build. Where he will be able to walk around without pain, sing and it’s not Sunday morning, shout and he is not in church. In this place, he don’t have to worry about the stress & worries of this world, folk talking about him, wishing bad for his life or having more bills than money. In this place, there is no more sickness. In this place, there is no more judgment. For in this place! Thank you Jesus! Psalm 30:5 “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Dear God,
I thank you now for your word because your word gives comfort for times such as these. I thank you now for my granddaddy. God I thank you for his 83 years, for him still being in his right mind, for his love & caring that he has showed his family. God I ask that you send rest to his feeble body when you’re ready. God I ask that you send peace to his mind to know that grandmother will be alright. God I ask that you strengthen my grandmother now as she prepares herself for this transition. God I ask that you send strength and comfort to his 10 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, & friends. God I want you to show up in that room that has my granddaddy confined and have your way. God, do it for me. For I know that when granddaddy’s life is over, it won’t be goodbye but simply goodnight. I thank you on today at this very moment for keeping my mind. God I know all the days won’t be easy and tears will fall but I ask that you wrap your arms around us, don’t let one fall for the other and let us come together and not pull apart. God keep our minds stayed on you. Lord, I humbly ask all these things in your name.
Amen

Daily Devotional – 9/22/11 “Shut up sometime!”

Close your mouth sometime! You’re so busy bragging about yourself that you don’t even see when you’re blocking your blessing. John 5:31 says, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” You’re so busy raising yourself up that you don’t even allow God the opportunity and then you get mad when man knock you down so easily.

Haven’t you heard that you should let your work speak for you? You get a position on your job that gives you a little authority and you act like no one can touch you. You’re so busy looking down on others that you don’t see your own self falling. You fix a problem or issue that nobody else could and now you want everybody to know and then you wonder why no one asks for your help anymore. You got a little extra money in your pocket and when someone ask to borrow something, you tell everybody and their momma and now you wondering why your money is funny & change is strange. Child, shut up sometime!

John 5:31 says, “There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.” When you brag and boast on yourself who know this to be true, really? How do we know that you can do all you say you can do? All we know is that you like the way your voice sounds because you’re always talking. But if you let others boast of your good work, then we know that what they say is true. The bible says in James 4:16, “As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” Child, shut up sometime!

If the work that you do is of great standing then it will speak for itself. When you are doing all that you should be doing, then it catches the eye of those that need to see it. You won’t have to say a thing when your boss comes with the promotion that you didn’t even apply for because your work has already claimed it for you. You won’t have to say a word when God starts to open up the doors for the career you always wanted because your work is speaking for you. You won’t have to say one thing when you realize that your raise was double what it should have been, but because you allowed your work to speak for you God has already worked it out.

If you learn how to shut up sometime, then you’ll give someone else the opportunity to brag on your talents and good works. If you learn how to keep your mouth sometime maybe you can keep your foot out of it when you’re bragging about yourself to the wrong person. Most times you are bragging to folk who want to see you fail, knocked down and being drug to hell and back but you’re so busy talking that you don’t even see it. Then you are surprised when your job is phased out and they are still working.

If you are as good as you think you are, someone is noticing and you don’t have to say a word. You wonder how the VP of the company knows your name out of 500+ employees when you’ve never met – Your work introduced you. You’re wondering how the HR person at another company knew about the talents that you have – you work spoke for you! You’re wondering how you got the interview when there were 3 other people who had degrees and more years of experience – your work spoke up for you!

Stop putting yourself so far up that you’re too far to reach when you need help. Stop having your nose so far in the air that you can’t even smell when stuff starts to stink around your own house. God has a way of bringing you down even if he has to lay you on your back to do it. Shut up sometime and listen!

Jeremiah 9:23-24: “Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom.
Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits.
Don’t let the rich brag of their riches.
If you brag, brag of this and this only:
That you understand and know me.
I’m God, and I act in loyal love.
I do what’s right and set things right and fair,
and delight in those who do the same things.
These are my trademarks.”
God’s Decree.

Daily Devotional – 9/21/11 “Daily Prayer”

Our Father which art in Heaven, hollow would be thy name, thy kingdom come; thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven. Father, as I petition your throne this morning I must first say thank you. God, I’m thanking you for your blessings, the big and the small. Thank you for blessing me with the gifts that allows me to be a vessel to deliver your message day after day.

God, now, I ask you to bless the person reading this. God crown their head with the wisdom and the knowledge to be the great person you have destined them to be. God release the strongholds that have them bound. Release the chains that keep them held down today. God where there is sickness, send healing. Where there is heartache, God send relief. Where there is trouble, send deliverance. God, someone is dealing with something right now and even though I don’t know the situation I know that you’re able to fix it. God do it now!

For that depressed mother, God, send your mercy. For the father who has been laid off, God, send your grace. For that wayward child, God, send guidance. For that person that feels like there is no hope, I am here to tell you that God is hope. He hasn’t left you because he promised to always be there. Oh God, someone is struggling in a situation and don’t know where to go, but the best direction is down on their knees because prayer with faith works every time. God your word says if I ask it shall be given. If you pray for guidance, guidance will come. God, do it now! Do it like only you can, father! Bless like only you can! Heal like only you can! Deliver like only you can. God I know that all things work together for the good of them that love you, I love you today and if you never do anything else for me, you’ve already done enough.

When my life on this earth is over and my work here is done, I want to receive rest. Until I am caught up in the rapture on that great day, where you will say “servant well done, you’ve been faithful over a few things, come on up here where I’ll make you ruler over many.”  God, I want to hear you say, come on home to receive the blessings on this side that are never ending, where sickness, pain, bills, enemies, storms, tears and death doesn’t exist. Come on home to your mansion that man didn’t build. Come on home to the joy that man can’t take away. Come on home to me where every day is like Sunday morning, where the streets are paved with gold, where you’ll sing & never get tired, where you’ll never thirst or hunger and where you’ll receive your crown and robe. Oh God, thank you for never ending mercy, grace and salvation.

Thank you God; for never taking your hand off of us even when we do wrong. I can never thank you enough God.  All these things I pray in your name.

Your faithful servant