Daily Devotional – 12/3/19 “You’ve got work to do!”

Your life isn’t going to change on 1/1/2020, not if you’ve yet to change what didn’t work in 2019. There I said it because here’s the truth, there is no magical formula. There’s no special vision board that’ll make all your dreams come true. There’s no right concoction of oil that will bring you everything you’ve been praying for. There’s no church service, midnight prayer service or prophecy that will transform your life, in the twinkling of an eye; if you are not working for yourself and I’m not talking about clocking in.

Look, here’s what I know works.
1. Prayer
2. Faith
3. Work
4. Prayer
5. Belief
6. Work
7. Prayer
8. Tithing
9. Work
10. Prayer
11. Sowing
12. Work

You see where I’m going? Bible tells us in James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Sure, you can have a body without a spirit but it’s called a corpse. Corpse = a dead body especially of a human being or the remains of something discarded or defunct. THIS IS THE SAME FOR YOUR LIFE, BUSINESS, MARRIAGE, VISION, GOALS and PLANS … WITHOUT WORKS!

My apology for yelling, but I need you to get this. You’ve got to work, beloved. And I don’t mean at your job. You’ve got to work your prayer life which means you need to pray more. You’ve got to work your finances which means tithing and sowing and believing God. You’ve got to work your faith which means trusting God especially when you can’t see it, taste it or touch it. You’ve got to work your gifts even if they’ve yet to pay off. You’ve got to work your belief which means knowing God hasn’t forsaken you, especially in those moments He’s silent.

I know these devotionals have been longer than normal, but God is speaking more and I don’t know who they’ve been for, but I need you to work. Baby, work like everything you do is paying off. Do you know there are times I preach and barely get paid? It doesn’t matter that it took a week or more to prepare the sermon or that I sweated my good curls out; I’m working my faith. Do you know it took seven (7) years before my writing paid off? It didn’t stop me from working my gift though. Child, I put out books like they were bring in hundreds of dollars when truth is, I barely saw enough for my $50 water bill. I still wrote. Why? I trust God instead of worrying because I know if He sent me and I work, He’ll take care of me. Will you do the same? Will you trust that if God sent you and you do the work, He’ll take care of you? Will you work, knowing God has your entire being?

Daily Devotional – 10/7/19 “Sober up!”

When a person is grieving, coming out of a bad relationship, angry, bitter or etc.; you tend to make decisions from that place. At the time, you probably feel as though that decision is the right one … until you sober up. Oh, you didn’t know you can be intoxicated from feelings? Yep, you can and in that intoxicated state, you might just do or say something you’ll regret later. This is why, you have to stop making decisions with your emotions. Baby, a bad relationship, the one when you were drunk in lust, will have you regretting some stuff, when that haze is gone and you’re clear-headed. That grief will have you getting tattoos, you’ll regret when the pain is more manageable, and you can think clearer. That anger will have you kicking up a dust storm and saying some stuff, you don’t even remember and can’t take back, once the dust settles. This is why you shouldn’t post, when you’re angry. You shouldn’t make drastic decisions, when you’re hurting. You shouldn’t sign your name, when you’re under pressure. You shouldn’t make life altering plans, when you’re under the influence.

In Second Timothy 4, Paul is talking to Timothy on how he should carry himself when preaching God’s word. And although you may not be a preacher, evangelist etc.; we all serve in the ministry of God, as children of God. Therefore, this scripture, Second Timothy 4:5, applies to you, for it says, “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” Evangelist, one definition is, “a zealous advocate of something.” This should be all of us, who are called God’s children. What I’m sharing is, stop doing stuff when you’re intoxicated and under the influence of feelings. If you don’t, you might just find yourself under arrest with a DUI (deceiving under the influence), DWI (defiling while intoxicated), DWT (desiring while tipsy), PWT (preaching while tow-up), DUP (delivering under pressure) and DWD (desperate while damaged). Beloved, get sober or get pulled over … by God. And if you didn’t know this, His penalties carry a far greater weight than man.