Devotional For The Week Of 12/18/17- Listen to GOD

(Proverbs 4:20- Listen, son of mine, to what I say. Listen carefully.)

Yes, this devotional is called Listen To God and there’s a reason I capitalized all the letters in God. As Christians I feel like sometimes we have a hard time listening to God. We get other people’s opinions or listen to what the devil is saying. I’m very grateful for my parents because a lot of times God speaks to me through them. When they give me advice I always go back and still pray about it. One of my daily prayers is “whatever God wants me to do I’ll do and whatever God wants me to say I’ll say” Advice and opinions are good but what did God say to you? (James 1:5- If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it.)

I wanted to share about Fake It Til You Make It. So season 1 is going great and I’m glad everyone is enjoying it and we’re excited for season 2. All people see is the finished product, but they don’t know how much prayer, planning etc it took. I’m so glad God gave me the vision for Fake It Til You Make It and to be honest it’s an honor to be used by God. One thing I want y’all to know is that it was very frustrating getting everything together. People quit the show for personal reasons, it was hard trying to find a videographer, the devil was in my head telling me to just give up, people told me I should just wait and I really was close to just giving up. I just kept talking to God like “I don’t understand Lord, we get 1 step forward just to go 10 steps backwards. If you want me to just wait or not do it at all, I will, I want your will, not mine. I just didn’t understand why it was so hard to get the show going. I was so frustrated and discouraged I even cried. I’ve lived a life of doing things my own way and it was very difficult and after being saved I just wanted God’s will for my life. I was talking to my brother and my dad and they told me that it was a trial, when you’re doing God’s will it won’t always be easy and that there will be trials. God gave me confirmation and told me “There’s these little things that knock you down and you get back up and see how small they really were.” That was God’s confirmation for me to keep going. One thing God has been working on me with is my patience and I understood why everything had to happen. (James 1:2-4- Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.) Imagine if I just would’ve gave up, I would’ve been disobeying God, I would’ve let the devil win, and I wouldn’t have learned the importance of patience. Things are just so much better when you do things God’s way. Yes, things can be discouraging at times but don’t give up on the task God gave you. God will not give you a task that you’re incapable of doing. God will equip us with all we need for doing His will. (Hebrews 13:20) Just think of Moses! (Exodus 3:10-12- Now I am going to send you to Pharaoh, to demand that he let you lead my people out of Egypt.” “But I’m not the person for a job like that!” Moses exclaimed. Then God told him, “I will certainly be with you, and this is the proof that I am the one who is sending you: When you have led the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God here upon this mountain!”) God lets us know that He will be with us and it’s such a great thing to know that whatever God asks us to do, He will not only equip us but be right there with us also. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

This is just a reminder to never give up on what God has called you to do. Remember that His will is better than ours. Most importantly remember that it’s not about what family, friends, etc say it’s about what GOD says. Now I’m not saying be cocky and just do your own thing, we need to always remain humble and teachable. I’m saying that it’s so important to listen to God so that we can make the right decisions regarding our life and so that we’ll be okay. God already knows your future, why wouldn’t you listen to Him? He never said that this journey would be easy, but He did say that He would be there for us.