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Daily Devotional – 7/20/12 “Look through your spiritual eyes!”

While driving to work this morning, I had 2 people to pull in front of me and had I not being paying attention I could have had a wreck yet I’m thankful because I had my eyes open and my mind focused. Now, when I got to my desk I begin thinking about it and I realized that the enemy was trying to detour my path and had I not being paying attention, he probably would have succeeded. Then it made sense because while we’re working on this Christian journey , the enemy’s job is to make us unbalanced but if we’re paying attention God will have our eyes open to see the enemy’s traps AND then avoid them. Isn’t that great news? See, had I been texting or messing with the radio I could have had an accident the first time and when that didn’t work, he tried again but Oh, my God still has work for me to do here so the enemy’s attempts didn’t work. Yea, I know the devil’s sole purpose is to throw us off of God’s path but I’m reminded every day that God has us surrounded with his protection as long as WE STAY in his protection. Psalm 91:1-6 says, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” See, God’s protection for us doesn’t change but we sometimes change the direction in which we’re walking which takes us from under it. You know good and well that God didn’t tell you to meet that man/woman at the hotel on lunch and now you’re mad at him because somebody backed into your car but had you had your tail at Taco Bell like you said your car would be fine. Oh and if I shall tell the truth you’ve been some places and done some things you shouldn’t have and the only reason why you didn’t get caught is because of God’s protection. (So I’ll pause and let you say thank you Lord).

The enemy uses the moments that we’re distracted to slip in because he knows we aren’t paying attention and we surely aren’t talking to God then so it’s his prime opportunity. That’s why the bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” He knows you had an argument before you left home so he sends your coworker by, smelling all good, to see how you are and before long you all have exchanged numbers. Now, you’re walking around the house being real rude so that you can have an excuse to use that number in your phone but James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Or the kids have worked your nerves all the way to church so he allows you to go into worship with anger on your heart because he knows the Holy Spirit isn’t abiding in you and now you leave church worse than before you came and you want to blame the preacher. No, child; it isn’t the preacher, it’s all you because Ephesians 4:27 says, “For anger gives a foothole to the devil.” You have to stop being so wishy washy in your relationship with God and so easily persuaded. If you’ve made a vow to stop smoking, don’t give in just because somebody said you can’t do it. If you’ve committed yourself to making your marriage work, then stop responding to the text messages that are being received. You don’t have to go the wrong way just because you have the chance too because an easy route doesn’t necessarily make the best route to take. I’ve told you before the devil can make a patch of dirt look like fresh green grass, that’s if you’re looking through natural eyes, and you’ll fall for it every time. We’ve got to get back to this spiritual thing. See, in your natural eyesight you’ll see trust but in your spiritual eyesight you’ll see God saying it’s just temptation. In your natural eyesight you’ll see love but in your spiritual eyesight you’ll see God showing you that it’s just lust. In your natural eyesight you’ll see marriage but in your spiritual eyesight, God will show that it’s just misery looking for company. That’s why God says in 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Please note this … Not all things we go through are caused by the enemy because God sometimes sends us test just to see if we are ready to be elevated but if you haven’t been studying His word, you won’t be able to tell the difference. That’s why you have to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” as it says in 2 Timothy 2:15. Study God’s word and pray with a clean heart so that your eyes can be opened to see the traps, messy folks and situations that have been set by the enemy in order for you to avoid them or at least get the strength you need to handle them. If you go into a fight blind, you’ll lose every time. Be careful of the folks you call friends because not everyone has your best intentions in mind. Be careful of the roads you’re traveling because not all have signs letting you know that danger is ahead. Be careful of the Spiritual Guide you’re following because not all of them are reading the map correctly. Study for yourself so that when you seem to be off course, you’ll notice it in enough time to get back on it. Open your spiritual eyes and then look again because not everything is as clear cut as it seems.
 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Daily Devotional

 

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Daily Devotional – 7/19/12 “I mean, really?”

I was listening to WDIA in the car this morning, not by my choice, but I heard Bobby O’Jay say that some white people try to act black and some black people, when they talk with sense, try to act white. Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought he was kind of special (not in a good way) and this just further proved my point. I mean, why can’t all people just generally be themselves? Just because a white person sag their pants does it mean they are trying to be black? Why can’t they simply just want their pants to sag? And if a black person talk without using slang and Ebonics can’t it simply mean they just know how to talk without it being them trying to act white? God created all of us and in doing so, He created us in His image which means once we get to Heaven there won’t be an issue of race, anyway, right? It just saddens me the way some folks think. There isn’t a black or white way to act but there is simply a right and wrong way to act. Am I acting white because I choose to get a college education? Are white people acting black because they want their hair braided or they eat soul food? What is really going on in our society? Romans 12:4-5 says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” See, it doesn’t say we are divided by race/nationality but we are all one because when all the crap boils down we all bleed red blood, we have the same organs, we all put one leg in our pants at a time, a shirt over our head and one shoe on at a time. It doesn’t matter that your skin may be lighter than mine because if you need my heart and I’m a match it’ll be placed in your body. If we are Christians, like we are supposed to be, then we are keepers of each other and it shouldn’t matter about how different we look or speak. God didn’t place barriers on the relationships with each other, society did. God’s second commandment says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31) Do you think Jesus was concerned about the difference in the folks that he healed and delivered? No because Matthew 12:50 says, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Yea, I know that the world has placed us in the predicament that were in but that doesn’t mean we have to stay there. You won’t go to a certain neighborhood because the news says it is the most dangerous but don’t you know that you can be killed on the streets of Collierville just as easily as you can in North Memphis? Death has no respect of person or place, so stop acting like you can only get killed at night around a certain group of people. When it’s your time to leave from this side, it’ll just be your time. We don’t have to try to be anyone other than who God made us because when we stand before Him at judgment, He’ll be concerned with the work that we’ve done not how we wore our pants or spoke with the proper grammar.

My prayer is for folks to be who God made them and not who the world has turned them into. God didn’t make you meaner than a rattlesnake that’s just how you choose to be because His word says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born to help in the time of trouble.” God didn’t make a woman shave her head to look like a man, that was your choice, because the bible says a woman’s hair is her glory (1 Corinthians 11:15). God didn’t say you had to have a certain tie on to worship Him or a certain degree to read His word, society did, because He said in John 15:16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” He didn’t say for whites to pray to Him on Tuesday, blacks on Wednesday, Mexican on Thursday and etc., but He said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Never stop praying; and Ephesians 6:18, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” You don’t have to be anyone other than who you are because you are created in God’s image and for His purpose. You don’t have to conform to the world around you but let the world conform to you. It doesn’t matter that we look different because you are still my brother, my sister and I’ll pray for you no matter when or where. It shouldn’t be an issue of trying to be like someone else because if we are all living like we are supposed too then you trying to be like me should be you getting your walk with Christ right. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” God made each of us and yes our skin is different, our hair texture is different and the way we eat or dress is different but we are still the same underneath it all. No one has to act a certain way because the color of their skin dictates it but act the way you are supposed to act, the right way. We are all the same because we were all created by the same. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him; Colossians 1:16.”
 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Daily Devotional

 

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