devotions

You’re Not the Same

February 10, 2016

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our suffering knowing that suffering produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” Romans 5:3, ESV.

Can you honestly say that you’re the same person after enduring that great trial in your life? Can you say that you still act and think the same after that trial? Of course you’re not. Do you know why? The scripture says that suffering produces character.

Character is defined as the moral and mental qualities distinctive to an individual. Sis, you’re not the same. Now you’re able to minister to others who dealt with the same thing. Now you react differently to such things. Now you know what to do if it comes around again. Now you have confidence that the Lord your God will bring you through it again. When we experience such things, God is trying to mold us into the person He intended for us to be. There’s a process we have to undergo, but trust God in that process. He’s producing something great within you! The final product is the mighty woman He called you to be! The final product is a daughter with an increase of faith in Christ!

Prayer: Father God, we thank you for the trials Lord because we know that it does not compare to the glory that is to come. We trust you in this process. Mold us, shape us, use us. We will not be the same after the suffering. We pray your will Lord. We pray your precious will. In Jesus name Amen.

devotions

True Intimacy

February 9, 2016

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms 139:14

True intimacy begins with transparency. Until we can learn to open up and be our true selves, our relationships will only go so far. They will remain shallow and on the surface. In order to be our unique ourselves; we have to know ourselves, but in order to know ourselves, we have to be real with ourselves. Until we’re real and honest with ourselves, we won’t be real with others. Anyone who genuinely loves you will allow you that freedom to be real.

Maybe you have been pretending for so long, that you’ve begun to believe your own lie. Maybe you’ve been hurt so much you have built steel walls around your heart. Maybe you just don’t care to open up because you don’t see the benefit. Or maybe you are so bent on servitude that you easily give love, but don’t receive love. You allow others the freedom to be themselves, but you hold back who you are. You deserve to be heard. You deserve to be loved. You deserve the same freedom you give others. We must let God show us who we are so we can begin to be our true selves and build closer relationships.

Prayer: Father, thank You for helping me be myself in You. You created me with a uniqueness. Help me learn to let people in that You have placed in my life. You took Your time to make me and fashion me, now let me learn to present all of what you made. And when it comes to my flaws, help me remember to not hold back those weak areas. I’m not afraid of my areas of improvement because I know you are at work in me and others. Be glorified in me God. In Jesus name, Amen.