Daily Devotional – 8/16/18 “Stop praying for what you will not work for!”

Stop praying for a harvest if you are not ready to work the ground! Baby, God will give us what we ask for but it might not come the way we envisioned it would. Take for an example, a woman is getting ready to have a baby. She goes to Target or wherever and register for gift ideas. People go and buy the gift and brings it to the shower. After the shower is over, the parent(s) got what they asked for but get this … they may have to assemble it. In other words, they have to put in work for the thing they REQUESTED! What makes you think you will not have to work for what you request of God? You keep praying, “Lord, enlarge my territory,” and He is trying but you will not get up and survey the land. “Lord, let me reap a fruitful harvest,” and He is trying to oblige you but you will not even get up and water the seeds. Bible shares in Proverbs 10:4, “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.” You have to work and sometimes that will take you putting your back into it, sweating out your pretty curls and getting dirty. Sometimes you have to tap into that strength you didn’t know you had and make it do what it do. It’s like shampoo. You can pour it in your hair but it will just be there but if you were to put your hands in your head and move them back and forth, you will cause a lather to form which then activates the shampoo to do what it was created to do. You had to WORK the shampoo.

Sure, we all wish we could pray for our bank accounts to be full of money by the time we woke up in the morning but truth is, you have to work. Yes, God provides but it takes God + Pray + Faith + Works = Manifestations of blessing. If you were to go through the bible and read any of the miracles performed, work had to be done. Jesus told people to get up, go wash, come forth, take up your bed, stretch out, etc. This is why you cannot just pray for a harvest if you are not willing to do the work because it takes work. A harvest is the gathering of crops. How can you gather crops you have not grown and how can you grow crops if you do not work? You have to know the season you are in because not everything grows in every season. You have to make sure the ground you are planting in is fertile. You have to sow multiple things, in the event one thing does not work out. You have to protect what you plant, feed the crops, manage the weeds, grass growth and give it the nourishment it needs to grow. While it is growing, you have to already be preparing for the next harvest and this one isn’t even done but this is called work because bible says in Proverbs 13:4, “The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.” Marriage = work. Children = work. Entrepreneurship = work. Ministry = work. To sum it all up, if you are not ready to work for it, do not pray for it.

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Daily Devotional – 8/15/18 “Stay under the cloud!”

Bible shares in Numbers 9:15-23, “On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered it. But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire. This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the LORD’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the LORD. Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the LORD commanded. Then at the LORD’s command they would break camp and move on. Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on. Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. So they camped or traveled at the LORD’s command, and they did whatever the LORD told them through Moses.”

Some of you are fed up with religion yet you show up Sunday after Sunday out of repetition only to leave still rebelling. Some of you are sick of hearing “God will do it if you hold on,” and you grin and bear it although you’ve been holding on until your hands are tied. Some of you have decided today is the day you give up on everything and everybody because you have tried everything and everybody and nothing is working. Well, it may be because you are moving without the cloud. You are breaking camp when God has not told you to move. You are setting up camp in places God has not told you to dwell. You are moving without the cloud. In other words, you are outside of God’s will. Go back. You are outside of God’s will. Go back and admit your mistake(s). You are outside of God’s will. Go back, admit your mistake(s) and apologize. You are outside of God’s will. God back and forgive. You are outside of God’s will. Go back, forgive and move on. You are outside of God’s will. Go back, forgive, move on and be happy. Stay under the cloud beloved.