Daily Devotional – 9/5/11 “Hold on!”

You study your bible but it seems like you can’t hear God’s voice. You go to church every Sunday but it seems like the more right you do the more wrong shows up. You go to bible study & prayer meeting, but it seems like your prayers are not being heard. You’re doing the best you can but at every turn your crying is outweighing your laughing, heartache is overshadowing your happiness, pity is replacing your praising & strife is taking over where shouting once reigned.

You’re trying to reach for Heaven but Hell is on your back! So what do you? Do you leave God’s word because the world seems better? Do you back slide because the temptations you’re facing are too hard to ignore?

I’m here to tell you to hold on! Even though your rope may be breaking, find strength to reach beyond that break! Put your feet on the side of the cliff that you’re hanging over and push yourself up. Even though you maybe tired and sweat is dripping from your brow, hold on! But, If you’re at a point where you can’t hold on, let go with the faith that you’ll land safely where God has prepared for you. If your job is stressing you out, move! If your bills outweigh your money, downsize! If your kids aren’t acting right, parent them! If folk are talking about you, so what! They talked about Jesus but he still endured & died in order for us to be free. If there’s anything that holds you down, release it! If you’re in an abusive relationship, get out!

Don’t think that God will maintain the mess you’re in. It’s time now for you to get YOU right. Can’t nobody do you like Jesus but can’t nobody answer to Jesus for you but you. God does hear & answer prayers but he has to also know your voice. Talk to him consistently! Believe in what you’re asking for and know that it’s already done.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people who are called by MY name should humble themselves, pray & seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sins and heal their lands.

Daily Devotional – 9/4/11 “Am I a Christian?”

I am a Christian, can’t you see that? I go to church on Sunday even though I get there late, sometimes hung-over.  I may not wave my hands or give God praise like he is due, but at least I’m there.  Isn’t that good enough? I might gossip and talk about folk I say are my friends, but that’s alright, God said he’d forgive me.  I hate on people’s blessing because I feel like I should be getting blessed too, but that’s alright too, because God said he’d forgive me.  Doesn’t that still make me a Christian?

I sometime take my blessings for granted, I even misuse people; my friends, family, sisters and my brothers. I’m supposed to be my brother’s keeper, to be there when they need me but I’ll spread their business faster than a gardener planting seeds. I’m supposed to pick up those that fall, pray for those that are lost; but usually I’m only on “Christian duty” when it is convenient for me.  Isn’t that ok? Won’t God forgive me for it? I am supposed to pay tithes from the job that I am blessed with, but I saw this pair of shoes that I just had to have so I’ll pay God later.  Chile, God knows my heart!  I saw this man begging and even though I had the extra money, I decided not to give because he should get a job too. Humph, God didn’t say be a fool! But I am a Christian, can’t you see?

Who am I to choose when it’s ok to do God’s will? When he’ll see me through any situation, if I would just keep still. Who am I to choose what Sunday I go to give God praise; when God was the one that lifted me, my bowed down head he raised. Who am I to be a “fair weather” Christian, a some-timer for God; when he is the one that has kept me, all my problems he solved.

Will it be too late for me to change, will I have enough time? Or will it be too late for me to let my light of God shine? Will I get the opportunity a change before my time on this earth ends, will I be able to apologize to my family, say I love you to my friends? Will God give me the chance to show him that I am walking his path?  I guess I’d better start today, this moment to be the Christian that God has ordained me to be.  I am a Christian, you will see!

Daily Devotional – 9/3/11 – “Pressing your way”

(Luke 8:43-47) There was a woman in the bible that had an issue of blood for 12 years.  No matter what she tried and after spending all her money at doctors who couldn’t give her relief, she was at her end.  But then she heard that Jesus was passing through her town.  She knew that she had to get to him, for if she could just be in his presence, if she could just touch the hem of his clothing (garment), she KNEW she would be healed.  So she pressed! Through the crowd, she pressed! Through folk saying she couldn’t, she pressed! With folk trying to hold her back, she pressed! And even with all of the people around him, Jesus felt her.  Not because she had touched him so hard, but because she had the faith to know that IF she pressed her way, her healing would come!

Isn’t that what we, as Christians, should do? When our life becomes hard, bills become more than we can bear, body is aching with pain, marriage isn’t going right, friends stabbing you in the back, family isn’t loving no more – shouldn’t we press towards Jesus?  When you don’t have a job, no food in the cabinets, no money in the bank, shouldn’t we press our way through? When folk say no, when man says death- shouldn’t we press our way through?

Shouldn’t we have that same determination to want to receive our healing?  Shouldn’t we have the same faith? That kind of wonder working faith that sends somebody when you’re hungry, a check comes in the mail that you wasn’t expecting or a call about a job that you had given up on.  

If her faith gave her healing from 12 years of suffering, imagine what your faith can do? But you’ve got to get up & press your way through your bad situation. Don’t throw in the towel when time gets hard.  Wrap it around your head to catch the sweat and press on!

Daily Devotional – 9/2/11 “You’re the problem”

When I walk pass you and smile, is it too much to ask for an acknowledgement?  You walk around in a funk because things aren’t going your way & then you say, “I got up on the wrong side of the bed!”  When the truth is, the bed is not the problem, it’s you! You get up on the same side of the bed & your feet hit the same floor every morning.  This doesn’t change.  You wake up with bad breath and an attitude and expect the world to join in. Chile, didn’t nobody tell you this world would be easy when God already promised trouble, in this life, before you were even born (Job 14:1). 

Your day goes bad because you allow it.  People make you mad because you allow it.  Your bills are past due because you allow it.  It is not because God hasn’t given you the necessary requirements to make your life better.  He woke you up, that’s a blessing! He allowed your mind to be right, that’s a blessing.  He gave you the ability to have a talent to get the job you got, that’s a blessing! But instead of thanking God for these things, we complain.  Please know, what you complain about someone else is praying about.

I won’t tell you that all things will be ok. But the bible states in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  According to God’s purpose! Not yours, not mine & not your family.  Be careful of the purpose you’re following because it might just be leading you to Hell!  You may be the problem right now but it can be easily solved.  Get out of your own way. Trust God & have faith!

Daily Devotional – 9/1/11 “WTF” (Where’s the Faith)

God says, “Why are you so fearful, oh ye of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26) When the door gets closed in your face, didn’t I give you hands to knock?  When folk talk about you, didn’t I give you knees to pray for them!  When you mess up, didn’t I give you a mind to think & learn from your mistakes? When your heartache seems to be too hard to bear, am I not a heart fixer? When folk speak death in your life, didn’t I give you a tongue that speaks life? (Proverbs 18:21)  When the car stops, didn’t I give you legs to walk?   When money is low, am I not your provider! When times are hard, won’t I be your way-maker?  When folk leave, am I not always there! When sickness comes, am I not a healer? When the job lays you off, don’t I always come through? When husband/wife doesn’t act right, don’t I wipe your tears?  When your gas light is on, don’t I get you home safe?  Then where is your faith? 

Matthew 17:20, God says, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you!”

Isn’t that enough? Stop stalling and step out on your faith. Surely if it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move your mountain, imagine what an immeasurable amount of faith will do for you? That job, car, house, business, etc., is yours!  But YOU must have faith!