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DELAYED BUT NOT DENIED!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Israel, for for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek…to profane my holy name. Amos 2:6-7

 

Imagine that? Living your life as if there’s no consequences or no accountability! Well, guess what? There’s a whole lot of grown folk still playing Hide and Seek! I suppose, they’ve convinced themselves that if I can’t see Him, He can’t see me! Evidently, they forgot to check The Book! ‘Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.’ Ps. 139:12 Didjaheardat? WOW! Day and Night are the same to Him!

Amazingly, despite the highly-skilled hackers and all those international satellite peepers who have managed to evade the secrecy of the most sophisticated technologically advanced security systems of this New Millennium Age, the devil still manages to bamboozle some folk into arrogantly thinking that they have somehow successfully covered up their mess., huh? Seriously! Even more mind-blowing is the foolishness of the folk who consistently reject the reality of The True and Living God Who has 20/20 vision! #ijs

Yep! THERE IS A GOD who sits enthroned above the circle of the earth; keeping its inhabitants under constant surveillance!! (Ref. Isaiah 40:22) And while this TRUTH brings tremendous comfort to the hearts and minds of true believers, at the same time it strikes fear in the hearts of the heathen. U think somebody would tell them that there’s no where to run and no where to hide from His Presence! God always knows exactly where you are at any time? I get it, chances are they wouldn’t believe it, huh?

Well, The Book is filled with examples of what happens when The Sovereign God of The Universe decides, enuff is enuff! Take a look at today’s scripture, Amos 2:6-7! God gave His humble servant, Amos, a vision of Israel’s future which, to the keen of eye, should potentially impact the lives of today’s contemporary readers. God charged this lowly  herdsman with the assignment to announce to God’s people that He was going to avenge their enemies. I would imagine this news was received with great relief and joy. However, their celebration was suddenly replaced with shame, fear and remorse. We must never fail to acknowledge The Holiness of The Righteous God demands Justice as well as Mercy!

Those who tend to forget that Power belongs to God will inevitably miss-use their designated authority  to satisfy their greed, fostering a sense of self-sufficiency that leads to a life-time of pursuing their own personal undersanding of spiritual integrity, morality and luxurious comfort at the expense and neglect of the poor and the needy! Apparently, this doesn’t set to well with our Heavenly Father! God does not take the abuse of His FAITHFUL people lightly!

Granted, at times it may seem as if God has forgotten us! BUT! Beloved, IT AIN’T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE! History proves that God will never be without a witness OF HIS FAITHFULNESS in the earth! 

“Remove the turban, and take off the crown; Nothing shall reman the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. Overthrown, overthrone! It shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to Him.”  Ezekiel 21:25b-27

Beloved, Trust2kno, there is yet a Remnant of God, who refuse to be distracted by circumstantial evidence! Look around you, we’re everywhere! We’re those whose lights are yet shining in the midst of  the gross darkness of this world,  holding fast to The Name of Jesus! We’re the ones who might bend, but don’t break because we’re rooted and grounded, standing firmly in faith, wholly believing in the Only Inspired-Infallible-Eternal Word of God!

We’re the ones who, even in the midst of these challenging times,  don’t quit  because we live, move,  empowered and fully persuaded by the Indwelling Presence of Holy Spirit that IT AIN’T OVER UNTIL WE WIN! REST ASSURED, GOD WILL VINDICATE HIS OWN! DELAYED BUT NEVER DENIED! #GETIT

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

 

I WON’T TURN BACK!

I WON'T TURN BACK

 

Selah Daily Devotions!

 

The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back, I gave my back to the smitters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spiting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. He is near that justifieth me; who will content with me? Behold the Lord will help me, who is he that shall condemn me? Isaiah 50:5-9

 

The Psalmist said, ‘Before I was afflicted, I went astray’. Well, King David, you’re not the only one! Can I get a witness? Before our ears were opened, before our personal encounter with The Divine Kind, before we met Jesus, all of us rebelled against God’s Righteous standards! Amen 3x!

But! Just like The Prophet Isaiah, when we finally heard that ‘un-mistakable’ Voice of Our Lord speaking to our heart, we turned our face to God and our back to Satan! We made the conscious, irrevocable determination to commit ourselves to The Redeemer, begin a new life, walk a new path, and emphatically denounced our former Task Master, declaring—I’m through with you!

However, I must confess! Much to my surprise, not everyone celebrated! In fact, some of the same folk that we used to kick it with backndaday ‘don’t treat me like they used to, since I laid my burden down’! Many of your peeps, who used to ‘have your back’ become back-stabbers or now avoid you like a bubonic plague. Don’t think it strange if some even set traps to get you to fall, just to let you know that you ain’t no better then they are!  #ijs For real!

But guess what? No one who walks away from the world ever comes up short. Nothing that you give up to follow Jesus is ever in vain. So don’t worry about your haters. Remember, you now have a Friend who sticks closer than any brother; and He has promised to never leave you or give up on you. (Ref. Proverbs 18:24; Hebrews 13:5)

Don’t try to defend yourself, just let your life speak for you! Trust me, some of those folk who walked away, they’re still watchin’. And guess who they’ll come to when they hit that pothole? EXACTLY! The ‘new and improved you’!

For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Hebrews 4:2

Precious one, God’s got your back! Just keep walking, unashamedly, looking unto Jesus! Trusting in His Promises, with all of your heart knowing that God’s got a plan for your life and I hearrrd  (in my best preacha voice) that what’s coming is better than what’s been! (Ref. Jeremiah 29:11) #Didjaheardat? #WOW!

So the next time that lying devil tries to make you doubt God’s faithfulness and derail your destiny—tell him—”Obviously, you’ve mistaken me for someone else! I ain’t Lot’s wife! I WON’T TURN BACK!” #BOOMMMM

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

 

THE AVENGER!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightly among men? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2

The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then men will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.” Psalm 58:10-11

 

To those who’re unfamiliar with the prose of The Psalmist, through the Scriptures penned by David, he might appear to be vacillating between schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders. Seriously! One minute He seems to be complaining about his circumstances and cursing his adversaries and without taking a breath, he’s translated into a state of euphoric ecstasy exalting His Shepherd! But isn’t that just what happens when we stop focusing on our problems and remember God’s Promises?

Can I be the first to confess? Over these past several years of continuous chaos and confusion resulting from the senseless murders of our young black brothers at the hands of trigger-happy tyrants who have sworn to protect the citizens of our nation, the incorrigible violence perpetrated against innocent victims of homeland terrorist and the escalation of systemic-institulized-racism spurred by the power of  the elite-executive-privileged,  I’ve found myself swinging from the pillar of justice to the post of revenge! And yes, I am still saved, sanctified, filled with the precious Gift of the Holy Ghost and do speak in tongues, as the Spirit gives utterance!

I’ve heard, that our nation was founded upon the Godly principles outlined in The Holy Writ, however just like many who lived in Old Testament times,  21st Century rulers do not always practice what they preach. Despite statistics that clearly contradict the rhetoric that is pumped out daily through mass media, we with unveiled faces cannot deny our own consciences nor deny our personal experiences in order to perpetuate the fallacious imagery projected by those who refuse to acknowledge nor assume responsibility for the injustices inflicted upon it’s only citizens who were enslaved and brought to this country involuntarily!

Perhaps, that’s what happens when you have ‘authority without accountability’, right? Well, like the ol’ skool preacha said, “I just lost ¾ of my church”, huh?

But! Those of us who have truly committed our entire lives, pledged our allegiance and complete reliance upon the Only Infallible-Written-God-Breathed-Eternal Word of God, aka The Holy Bible, yet know that our God loves justice and those who trust and obey HIM need never fear! Hence, in the end…HE WILL mete out perfect justice!

In the meantime, we must stand firm in faith, fully persuaded that nothing in the earth is hidden from His Presence! Hence, the righteous are assured that those who deliberately ignore and defy His Plan shall receive their just reward!

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 ESV

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy and gladness will be the reward of those who walk uprightly before Him, trusting solely in His Glory! THERE IS A GOD! #THE AVENGER!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

SHUT UR MOUTH!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

“For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” 1 Peter 2:15

 

“GET ‘EM LORD!”

That’s frustration talking! Because, truth be told, sometimes, it’s just difficult to pray right! Like when you’re sincerely striving to walk circumspectly, pleasing God and hopefully provoke “one somebody” to pursue their own personal relationship with The Savior; and despite of all your well-doing, there’s that “certain” somebody! Apparently, their only purpose in life is to criticize, demean and spread all manner of false accusations about you. Oh, C’mon nah! Don’t yall leave me out there hang’n by myself!!! Here’s the kicker, for reasons way beyond your understanding, God persists in nagging at you to pray for ‘them’! 

Kinda makes you understand how Jonah felt, huh?

This may shock you; BUT, personally, when I’m being attacked, wrongfully accused and my name is slandered, praying for them is not my natural first response!

However, as true followers of Christ, we don’t war like the world does. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”  (Ref. 2 Corinthians 10:3)  Difficult as it may be, we must realize that the genuine culprit is not that person we see with our natural eyes; but our real enemy is a notorious diabolical spirit-being! Satan himself!

Once you recognize this, it’s a game changer!  You can’t fight spiritual battles in the flesh. It’s a waste of time! You don’t have to argue, defend yourself or retaliate against them by giving them a taste of their own medicine! Granted, it might make your flesh feel a whole lot better. But if you really want to shut that devil down, just keep quiet and continue doing the good works that God has ordained you to do!  (Ref. Ephesians 2:10) Inn-ta-resting, huh?

That’s exactly what Jesus did, remember? When His accusers confronted Him, attacking His credibility and authority, He never said a mumbling word! His response was stay focused and stick to the Mission!

In other words, Jesus kept right on praying for those oppressed by the devil, delivering and casting out demons, laying hands on sick folk getting them healed and whole; stumbling up Calvary’s Hill caring that Ol’ Rugged Cross, temporarily surrendering to Death; being buried in Joseph’s borrowed tomb; ascending up to The Throne, where He poured out His Redeeming Blood upon His Father’s Altar and today continues looking down at Satan saying “Who got the last Word, now? You lying wonder!”

AND DAT DUMB DEVIL NEVER SAW IT COMING! HENCE, DON’T TRY TO GET EVEN…GET OVER!  #DIDJAHEARDAT? SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee