The Election 2020

One of the amazing thing about God is that He is not a bully, nor a push over. He never imposes His will but yet He proves that His way is the best.

As we approach the 2020 Presidential Election, I am reminded of the election process we are afforded, but often taken for granted.

You can elect to complain about your day, or be thankful for another day.

You can elect to complain about your child’s behavior, or be thankful for God’s divine protection over them.

You can elect to complain about having only one day off during the holidays, or be thankful for the knowledge and capability to fulfill your job requirements.

You can elect to follow the Lord Jesus, or forsake His ways for those of unrighteousness.

One thing is for certain: God’s election process is fare and truly decided by you.

Whatever you decide, you will be responsible for the results of the election.

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT

Make your election sure.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble.”2 Peter‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NRSV‬‬

Identification Please

We must not allow our struggles to become our identity. If we can resist the urge to become bitter, negative and hopeless, the struggles we face today will create the strength that is needed for tomorrow.

    Find hope, in a hopeless matter.
    Find courage, in a discouraging moment.
    Find endurance, in a weak moment.

When every obstacle that is thrown at us dares us to give up, throw faith back at it and handle it! Overcome it. Fight it. Get through it. Rise above it. Stand on it! Conquer it!

Show the world I.D. if you proclaim to be a child of God. Allow your light to shine. identification is required. Proof in who you say you are plows through when faced with adversity.

Jesus proved His relation by conquering death. He didn’t leave us alone. He left us some weaponry to fight with. He gave us power to perform greater works than He did, with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the I. D. card.

You are MORE than a conqueror through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Show me your I.D. It is required to enter this battle and win!

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Planted

Amidst the darkness, a place of no return, a place is prepared for me to dwell. I’m afraid. It seems wrong to be placed in such circumstances. Why would someone allow me to experience this? It’s dark. It’s cold. I don’t want to be here, but I cannot move. I cannot get out. There seems to be trouble all around me. This place is unfamiliar. What’s that noise? Who’s there? I need someone to get me out of here. Why here? Why now?

I was told that the process would produce purpose. But is this really necessary? I mean really!!! Talk about the valley of the shadows of death!!! Death is all around me and life is supposed to come from this?

The pain and the agony experienced through your life cycle will spring forth beauty- an everlasting harvest- so it is said. Nothing shall be able to hinder your forthcoming. Why is this change necessary to bring forth beauty? Can’t you just make me beautiful? Can’t you just create me to be what you need to be?

Why is it required of ME to change? Why was I selected? I was doing well! Why couldn’t well be left alone?

The change will render you unrecognizable. Forcibly and without any control, the process begins. You experience change unlike anything imaginable. Placed in the dark, unable to see; seated in unfamiliar areas. It’s cold, it’s damp, there is no light- only darkness seems to surround you daily. Then something begins to happen. It’s uncomfortable. Your current state cannot withstand the changes. In fact, who you used to be will not support who you will become. You are being pushed into uncharted territory. Cracking, breaking, stretching, pulling…what is that?

What is happening?

I resisted the change initially but now what I’m experiencing feels actually, amazing. What I have gone through has allowed me to push passed the darkness. In fact, it was because of the darkness that newness of life has sprung. Is that daylight? Ohhh Myyy Goshh!! I just felt something literally shift me and I had no control. What was that? It felt like the sweetest blow of a kiss. Was that the wind? Breathe on me again.

Wait! My vision feels blurred but I can see. What is this, light? The sun? It is so warm. It feels good.

You know what? This really did work out in my favor. Had I resisted the change, I would not have experienced the wind, the sun or these beautiful leaves and branches that now produce fruit for all to enjoy.

Yeah- I guess there is life after death.

What you just read is me imagining myself to be a seed – an apple seed. I spoke as if I were the seed, about to be planted into the ground to produce a harvest. This analogy is true of life. Life begins when death ends.

When a seed dies, it goes through many transformations to produce a harvest that sustains life.

When Jesus died, He succumbed to many hurtful situations to produce a harvest of new lives and eternal life for those who desire to eat of His fruit.

When you die to sin, you experience newness of life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  • When you disconnect yourself from the toxic relationship…
  • When you break away from the drug or alcohol addiction…
  • When you disconnect from toxic people who once told you that you were worthless…

You begin to see the beauty in your brokenness.

Death is not the end, it’s only the beginning.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You are Over Capacity

Luggage is always required for travel. Once we get to our destination and unpack, we often realize that we packed too much in our suitcase with items that serve no purpose.

We do this same thing when it comes to our lives and then complain about having too much to carry. We carry things that serve no purpose for our purpose. The additional weight brings on stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

Do not wait until you reach your purposeful destination, to recognize that you packed too much baggage. Your Heavenly Father told you that He did NOT want you weighted down. He needs for you to be focused and worry-free.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

🧳 Even airlines have weight restrictions for luggage, it’s. Time that we place parameters on our luggage as well.

Stop carrying things that serve no purpose on your journey.

You Waited

Waiting for something to happen requires patience, but it is not the easiest to do. For example, waiting for the administrator to call your name for your annual physical seems like eternity. Or recall when you were a 7th grader and the time it took to for the bell to sound to conclude the end of the day…for everrrr. Let’s not forget the nine long months it takes to deliver a child- uhhh the agony.

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Here’s one: Waiting for the cue to walk down the aisle, as the bride, the groom, or the guests – geez!

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With all these scenarios, there is an anticipation of something better. The results of your annual checkup to confirm that you are well, the sound that confirms the end of the school day (need I say more). The introduction of the child its parents for the first time after almost a year’s time, and of course, the revealing of the beautiful bride exchanging vows with her soon to be spouse.

Might I propose one more example of waiting – Jesus waited for us. If you reminisce back to where you were and where you are now, you should experience an emotion of gratitude, praise, and gratefulness. Let me propose another thought: Where would we be if the Lord had left us?

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  • Where would we be if God left us in a state of depression?
  • Where would we be if God left us on the stressful job?
  • Where would we be if God left us in the hospital while we were awaiting the surgical procedure?
  • Where would we be if God left us being addicted to prescription drugs, alcohol, or street drugs?
  • Where would we be if God left us when we needed Him most?

But He did not leave; He waited. God, you waited. You personally waited.

God waited, when we denied His existence.
God waited when we closed our ears to His principles.
God waited when we chose to explore other religions and idol gods.
God waited when we chose work, people, and personal interests over Him.
God waited for us to accept His Son Jesus, as our personal Savior.

In fact, it was during the darkest moments that we accepted the light. Please remember this: the presence of darkness does not imply the absence of God.

Bible says it like this:

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

It is during our darkest of moments and places that we are able to see the light more clearly. God waited for you to reach for him, take His hand and accept His love.

Maybe you are still waiting for something to happen in your life. Do not give up hope. Consider how long God was willing to wait for you. He was so certain that you would choose Him that while you rejected Him, He STILL sent His Son, Jesus.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

We were so important to God that He was willing to wait. That makes me so emotional and just that more willing to present my life completely and totally surrendered to Him.

What about you? Are you willing to wait for God? Not for His resources, to grant you your desires, but for His purpose to be magnified through you, for His glory?

This devotion is based upon a song that I have been singing literally every morning, entitled: “You Waited.” I pray that it blesses you as it has me (click link below).

You Waited

Live for Something Bigger

 

Be bigger than the problem you’re facing.
Be better than your past mistake.
Be stronger than the temptation.
Be greater than the person who tries to belittle you.
Be bolder than your biggest fear.

Live for something bigger, because He bigger than anything.

Be greater because you already are, through Jesus!

1 John 4:4 (NKJV)
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 

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Essential Ingredient

The purpose of salt is to enhance other flavors. It also balances sweetness and helps suppress other flavors, such as bitterness. Salt contains the element sodium, which is an essential nutrient needed by the body. 

YOU ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE BODY!

Don’t allow the world and people to make you lose your flavor.

You ARE the salt.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].” MATTHEW 5:13 AMP

I’m salty!