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I Made The Devil Mad

One day I woke up and decided that I wasn’t going to continue to allow the devil to win when he was already deemed as a loser. I wasn’t going to just sit around and let my purpose and destiny lie dormant and be a passenger to life. I decided to be who God called me to be and not only by making up my mind, but allowing my actions to follow. It was in 2015 that I began writing out the vision God had given me for my ministry. For years I was okay with being the helper to other persons goals and dreams. I am the best supporter ever! But for some reason I always got stuck when it came to doing my own things. The pressure that I placed on myself to do well and the fear of not being good enough for myself crippled me. But once the fire was lit within me, I decided to go for it and never look back. And this time was different, I began speaking my vision out loud and taking the necessary steps to make things happen. I began filling out paper work, I started scheduling meetings with services that I needed to get my ministry rolling and the momentum felt great.

It was the first meeting that I had set up with the team of people that were set to work on my branding, I was so excited because it was only the favor of God that connected me with this company, for did amazing work. They worked with celebrities and some of the top spiritual leaders in our area. The morning I was set to meet, I went outside to my car and found my tire had been slashed. I had just moved into a new apartment and not even had been there for a month, so I didn’t know anyone personally there and had no issues with anyone. I had saved up some money that I was going to use as the deposit I needed to get started with my branding project, but now I had to spend that money to purchase a new tire. While I wait in the lobby for my tire to be fixed, I realized that that moment that I had made the devil mad. Not only was I writing my vision, I was speaking my vision and now had gotten to the place of walking out my vision. You see, the enemy can take you writing things down or even speaking about things that you want to accomplish in God, but once you actually get up and start walking out those things, he can’t take it. The devil doesn’t mind you going to church or even reading your bible, but let him find out that you are actually living the words that you are hearing.

When we progress in the Lord, the devil will throw anything in our path to detour us. But don’t let that stop you from doing the things God wants you to do. Don’t get discouraged from the obstacles that may be in your way. You see I had the money saved up to use for my branding, but having to pay for a tire instead. I didn’t let it get me down and I didn’t begin to stress about money. I could only smile because I realized that if I had made the devil mad enough to retaliate against my plans, that just means that I was on the right path. While I sat thanking God for getting me so far, I received a phone call from a donor who wanted to sow into my ministry with the exact amount needed for my branding deposit. Aint God good? He will always provide. When road blocks come, just trust in the Lord and remember that the devil is already defeated and cant stop what God has ordained and purposed for you.

Have you made the devil mad lately?

Intentionally Isolated

Alone. Thirsty. Hungry for more. Ever been in a place where you were all three of those things at the same time? Even if you were not physically alone, but just felt that no one was really there for you. Thirsty in a sense that nothing you had going satisfied your longings. Or just waiting on that better opportunity, for that door to unlock and open… for more. Seems like I have lived there for years now and believe me it is not easy. Waking up day in and day out feeling like something is missing from your life. Praying that today be the day that a miracle happens or just praying that you wont have to go through the tough times alone anymore. Asking God for signs, for direction, but missing all of the obvious ones that he has given. I used to hate it here. I used to grow weary of the pains of starvation. The growl from the pits of my stomach from not being satisfied with life. The hurt from feeling less than or left out, it use to devastate me. Sleepless nights and teary mornings, longing for relief. And then I found it. It was there written in the pages of the book of life. A story of man name Elijah who was sent to a brook during a famine. He was scared, he was alone, and did not have much to eat or drink, literally. Daily he was fed; food brought by a raven and water fresh from the stream. He learned there. It was at that place of Cherith, or this place of cutting away, that he found trust in the one who matters the most. God supplied all of his needs there. It may not have been what he wanted, but he survived. God sustained him and proved himself to be all that he needed and more. He was isolated from the familiar so that he would be elevated in his faith. Spiritually in order for us to grow, we have to be separated. And in separation there comes the cutting away of our flesh. There has to be a renewing of our minds and changing of our hearts and minds to the mind and will of Christ. The part that we mostly do not discuss as Christians is that this place is not a pleasant place to be in. It is hard being separated from the things and people that we love. It is hard saying no that those things that please us the most. It is difficult, but necessary. When you find yourself alone, thirsty, and hungry for more, you may just be finding yourself on the brink destiny. Of course it doesn’t feel like it now and it most certainly does not look like it, but there is purpose there. I said before that I hated the place of separation, but it is in that place where I grew the most as a believer and as a person. I learned here that as long as I have the Lord, I truly have everything that I need. I may not have the things that I want, but I matured to understand that there is a time and season for all things and it is just a matter of time. It is in this place that I grew in my relationship with God and the understanding of His will for my life and His plans for me which are always good.

So later on in the story, God sends Elijah to a widow’s house where he will be provided for. When he gets there, not only is his faith increased, but the faith of the widow as well. Things are seemingly going well until one day the son of the widow dies. But Elijah knows just what to do. He prays and the boy is brought back to life. The first time this has happen in the history of the bible. It is after this that the woman views Elijah as a true man of God. I wonder if Elijah had skipped out on the time of isolation would he still have the same mind to pray for the boy and have the faith to believe that God would cause him to live? Absolutely not. He would have been too weak in spirit to believe or know what to do.

I said all of that to say that if you too are in your place of separation and isolation, don’t waste it. Don’t spend another moment searching for things to fill a void. You are there for a reason and purpose is up ahead. Don’t worry about what you are missing or who is not there. God is all that you need and will prove to be more than enough.. For in due season you shall reap if you faint not (Galatians 6:9)