As we begin to encounter the season changes of fall and winter, seasons that are represenitive of everything old dying to prepare for the new, let us not forget the Lord’s promises for our lives. Dispite the season change, His Word will never get old and die! Enjoy this #throwback devotional that reminds us of just that.
Archives for October 2016
Focus Verse: Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4 (NKJV)
Yesterday, I shared with you the importance of developing a solid relationship with Christ. That lesson was discovered through an unfavorable disassembly of a wooden boxspring. The process was brutal, to say the least. After about 45 minutes of relocating the box spring from its previous home in my house to my stairs and back with no success of getting it down the stairs, I was frustrated. Instantly I started to feel sorry for myself, wondering why things have to be so difficult for me. “I have other things that are more important than trying to move a box spring. God, why aren’t You making this easy for me? Help me out here, please? I wouldn’t have to deal with this if my situation was different. I don’t want to have to always call my friends to see if their husbands can help me move some furniture. I shouldn’t have to. AND IT’S NOT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY!” Sweating and too frustrated to even cry, I lifted the heavy box spring and took it back to my guestroom to disassemble it.
It wasn’t until this process started that I was able to see what God was trying to teach me. It was at this point that the lesson was clear.
So many times we ask God to teach us, work a miracle in our lives, allow us to see Him daily and show us what it is that He wants us to get out of a certain situation, but are we really in the posture that we can see when and what He is showing? Are we willing to go through the process required to see His hand moving? My consistent prayer, as it pertains to Breakfast With Tiffani, is that God will always give me practical material to share with His people. However, the only possible way for that prayer to be answered is to actually experience practical situations that teach me.
Joshua could preach about courage because he was faced with situations where his courage was built. Joseph can tell you a thing or two about forgiveness because he was tested in that area. Abraham is more than qualified to give advice on waiting on God’s promises.
What have you been praying about and in what ways has God been attempting to answer you? Are you allowing His to do so?
Prayer: What an amazing God You are. Father, thank You for the many lessons that you teach me on a regular basis. It is my true desire to see you daily. In moments where I feel weak, allow me to stop and position myself where I can see You. In the matchless name of Jesus, Amen!
Focus Verse: [and He will do this] if you continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, and not shifting away from the [confident] hope [that is a result] of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which [gospel] I, Paul, was made a minister. Colossians 1:23 (AMP)
I was rearranging furniture and needed to get rid of a wood framed box spring to an old bed. My stairs are narrow, so after hours of trying to get it down the stairs, I had to dismantle it and relocate it pieces at a time. This was not an easy process. The craftsmanship of older furniture is AMAZING because it took way more time than I thought it would. Every time I thought I was done, I would find another structural support beam that needed to be removed. This got frustrating after a while because what I thought would be a 10-20 minute task turned into a 2 hour ordeal. Which gave the Lord 2 hours to teach me about the craftsmanship of our relationship with Him.
Just as the craftsmanship and quality of that bed was strong and solid, so shall our relationship with Christ be. It was difficult to dismantle because it was solid and had a lot of support. A random outside force wasn’t going to cause it to crumble easily. Our relationship with Christ is the same way. We should be so built up in Him, through prayer, reading of His word and past experiences that we are solid and difficult to dismantle. Our support system should be one that is going to hold us up during difficult times where we don’t crumble under the pressures of this world. It took time for me to take the boxspring apart piece by piece. And just like that boxspring, it takes time to build our relationship with Christ piece by piece and when it’s built properly, dismantling is nearly impossible.
Prayer: Father, thank You so much for everyday revelations. Thank You so much for the lessons that You teach in our day to day activities. As I continue to build a solid relationship with You, help me to keep my eyes open to see every instruction and lesson You desire to teach me. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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Focus Verse: ‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’ Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)
I was talking to a friend a while ago about one of her past relationships. After hearing some of her concerns, it was apparent that the relationship moved way too fast. When asked why she wasn’t willing to slow down, her response was one that was stemmed from fear.
Whenever our decisions are based on fear of missing out or what could or will not happen, we can be confident that God is not in it. Yes, fear is a normal emotion and God gave it to use to be used for protection from harm. But we have to be careful that our actions aren’t based out of fear.
Any promise and blessing from God can be received with faith. If it’s from God, we don’t have to be afraid that our mate will end up with someone else if we decide to pause our relationship to pursue His desires for our lives. If it’s from God, we don’t have to worry about someone else getting our job because we chose to operate in integrity during the interview process. If it’s from God, we don’t have to offer more than a house is worth in order to make our contract look more appealing to the seller. If it’s from God, we can have confidence that He is working everything out on our behalf, even if the circumstances appear to be the complete opposite of what we know to be true.
Fear involves believing, just in the wrong things. What are you believing? Declare on today that all of your decisions will be stemmed from your belief in faith and not fear.
Prayer: Father, You are the everlasting God. You have all power in Your hands. Thank You for reminding me that You are working everything out on my behalf, even those things that I can’t see yet. Forgive me for allowing fear to drive some of my decisions in the past. I declare on today that all of my decisions will be driven by my confidence and faith in You. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, Amen!
Focus verse: For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)
Sometimes God had to remind us, who He is and who we are not.
I had been feeling discouraged and because of this, I started to doubt God in my spirit. “Maybe what He said isn’t true. Maybe indeed it won’t happen. Maybe this is it for my life, as I know it. Maybe I should try to work things out my own way or give God a little help. It seems like it’s taking forever. There are so many things that I want in my life that I have yet to accomplish.” Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of Job and his process. Specifically Job 38-42.
After reading about God revealing His Omnipotence to Job, I too had to repent. I was reminded of who God is and who I am not. I was reminded that my thoughts are not His thoughts, nor are our ways the same. I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know what is to come. I don’t have all power in my hands. The world wasn’t formed at my command.
But all of these things are true about God. He has all the answers. He knows what is to come. He indeed has all power in His hands and the world was formed at His command.
Read Job 38-40 and let God remind you exactly who He is.
Prayer: Most powerful God. You are high and lifted up. Seated on the throne. Thank You for being omnipotent. Thank You for Your mighty power. God, I have doubted You and Your ability, please forgive me. As I walk with You, continue to remind me of who You are, just as you did with Job. It is in the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen!