Tuesday, March 26, 2013
One morning I was abruptly awakened at 1 something. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I took the opportunity to work on a project and read a chapter out of my Bible. Because this wasn’t my usual ‘get up’ time, it threw me off for my usual morning devotional.
I said all that to say this: that experience helped me to understand why people have a hard time spending time with God in the morning. It’s because when you put anything BEFORE Him such as working, social media, sex, or anyone else and THEN try to spend time with Him – the pressure of the day starts to hit. You start thinking about what you’ve got to do which tries to pressure you out of spending time with God. I had to settle it in my heart that I was going to spend my usual minimum time in the Word of God - even when my schedule and the pressure of the day tried to talk me out of it.
You’re going to have to intentionally make time for God; even to point where you sacrifice some sleep to do it. Make a deliberate decision to give up a little sleep each morning; even if it’s just five or ten minutes. God will receive the time you could have been sleeping as a sacrifice and will honor you throughout the day because of it. Sweetie, God’s so good that He’ll even accept sleep as a sacrifice and bless you because of it! What a good God we serve!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Courage to Leave
I think I may have been one of the few people that didn’t have the opportunity to see TLC’s ‘The Sisterhood®’ when it first aired; but I had the opportunity to do so this past weekend. What impacted me the most is when Domonique went back to visit her old pimp. For those of you who may not know, Domonique is a Pastors Wife, former drug addict and prostitute whose father pimped her out for $20 and a case of beer who then later runs away and ends up turning her first trick at the age of 14.
Upon her return, she decides she needs closure and returns to her old hood in search of her old pimp, J Baby. Again, what impacted me the most is that several years have passed and J Baby is still there. He was there when she was 14 and now she’s 46 and he’s still there – in the same place. She told of how when she was in a trap (drug house) that God told her that if she didn’t leave right then, that she would die – there – in that place. She said she immediately got up, walked out and never came back; that it was just that easy.
As I thought about what she said, I realized that the grace and the anointing was there for THAT TIME and if she didn’t accept the truth right THEN, that TIME would have passed and she would have died – right there – in that place. Because of God’s goodness, I know there had to have been a time when He reached out to her old pimp but unlike Domonique – he refused and as a result; he’s still there – 32 years later - in the same place.
Maybe there’s something God’s dealing with you about; a particular situation, person, or place. Maybe like Domonique, He’s giving you the opportunity, provision, and courage to get out of that situation and leave that person or place. The anointing, grace and faith to do it is available now; it's here and may never come again. But will you be like Domonique, accept the truth and move on or will you be like J Baby the pimp and be in that same situation, with that same person, in that exact place - 32 years from today?
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, will You please help me to do what You've placed on my heart. I'm not going to ignore You and play like I don't hear what You're telling me to do. I thank You for the grace, anointing, provision, courage, and faith to do what must be done. In Jesus' name.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Your Season is Almost Here
‘He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, who leaf also shall not wither.’ Psalm 1:3
All that God has for you, all that you’ve asked Him for (that’s in His will for you); even those things that He told you to ask Him for - you will receive, in His timing and in its season. I know that may sound elementary but there may be some reading this now that need to know that just because you asked God for something and it hasn’t happened yet – doesn’t mean that it won’t or that you’ve done something to mess it up.
You see you don’t receive according to when you think you need it; you receive according to when He knows you do. You receive according to your faith and because you’re in faith, you’ll receive according to His timing. You know why? Because if God gave you something every time you had a deadline or every time the enemy pressured you, then God would essentially be serving you and the enemy and excuse my English – but that ain’t evva gonna happen!
Notice the scripture says, ‘..that brings forth its fruit in its season.’ Different fruits come forth in different seasons. My favorite is honey dew but the season for honey dew is Summer which means they’re best in June, July and August. Well, when I’d get ‘em in the fall, they were all funny looking and not so tasty. Why? It wasn’t their time – their season.
Different callings, gifts, and assignments have different seasons. That thing, business, idea, husband, house, or gift that’s been ‘percolating’ and growing in your spirit – it’s not time for it yet. If you were to get it out of season, it wouldn’t look the way you thought or taste as good as it should. Plus your attitude needs some work, you’ve still got some forgiving to do, and you’re about to find out that you’re going to have to let some folk go.
In the meantime, keep growing in grace so that when you do come forth, folk will ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Ps. 34:8); instead of getting a bite out of your dry wit, quick temper, and nasty attitude. Keep believing, be quiet and be encouraged because your season is rapidly approaching.
Pray this with me…
Heavenly Father, help me to be patient. Help me to not question You or go and do my own thing. Lord, I thank You that You are about to bring this thing forth. In Jesus’ name.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Don't Let Fear Drive You
When you read the account of Lot (Genesis 19) being forced out of Sodom and Gomorrah, you’ll notice a recurring theme – fear.
In Genesis 19:17-22, you see the angels telling him to ‘escape to the mountains’ but Lot tells them, ‘Please, no my lords…I cannot... lest some evil overtake me and I die.’ (Gen 19:18, 19) Mine you his earlier decision to move to Sodom didn’t turn out so well. But now he’s arguing with angels and telling them where he wants to go.
Well, when he finally gets to the city of his choosing, the scripture once again says that he was too afraid to actually live in the city; so he moves to the mountains. (Genesis 19:30) So why didn’t he want to live in the city? Quite simply - fear. He was still traumatized because of what happened in and to Sodom and didn’t want to live around those type of people anymore. It’s like when you grow up in the hood and you move to a new one, you immediately know what’s going on and you either get-in-where-you-fit-in or you become known as the one who stays in house. Well, evidently Lot chose the latter; so much so, that he didn’t just move to the mountains, but he lived in a cave.
And because fear drove him into a cave, which essentially is isolation, he left his daughters no choice but to make poor decisions. (Genesis 19:30-36) If he’d have gone where the angels initially told him to, his daughters would have had men to marry instead of ending up having to have children with him. His fearful decisions weren’t just affecting him – but his children.
What’s my point? Is fear driving you? Maybe your cave is that dead-end job. Perhaps you’re too afraid to have that tough conversation with a relative or to stop shackin’ with ole boy and his unfaithful tail because you’re too afraid to be by yourself. Whatever it is, you’ve got to know that your fear is also affecting your children and will eventually drive you and them into isolation; either away from the place God wants you to be or from the presence of God Himself.
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please forgive me. I’ve lived in fear for so long that I’ve become comfortable in it. Help me to recognize the places in my life where I’ve been fearful, isolated and stuck. And Lord, I ask that You would give me the courage, grace, and strength needed to come out of those places and away from those people. In Jesus’ name.