Daily Devotional – 8/22/18 “Every season is not to reap!”

Sherry Mackey of 95.7FM said something this morning that I wholeheartedly agree with. Not every season, of our lives, will be a season of harvest or in other words, reaping. Sometimes, beloved, you have to survive on what you have stored in the barnyard (spiritually speaking). I know someone is asking, how do I store up anything when I am barely making it on what I have? Glad you asked. Bible shares in Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.” I get it, it is hard to pay out when you barely have enough coming in but this is where your faith should kick in. No, this is not a devotional on tithing but it is one on faith. Faith to trust in God who has never let us down. Faith to trust that God knows what you have and what you need. Faith, the kind that lets you walk into the kitchen with a mind to prepare dinner with no food in the refrigerator because you trust God. Faith, the kind that allows you to drive your car to work, knowing you have 15 miles to empty with no money and its 22 miles to work and back but you trust God. Faith, the kind that allows you write the check for the electric bill knowing there is not enough to cover it because God told you to help somebody earlier in the week but you trust God.

Ma’am/sir, not every season is one of reaping, sometimes you have to sow. This is why bible shares in Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, a time to kill and a time to heal, etc.” You know this, right? Then why are you getting defeated in this sowing season of your life? Why are you contemplating giving up when this is simply your season to plant not pluck up? Why are you crying about the harvest not being ready when God is still allowing you to make it on the crumbs? Why are you depressed by the draught when it has not affected your crops? Baby, you are still alive, with a reasonable portion of health and strength and in your right mind. You might not have steak but you got ground beef. You may not have Velveeta cheese but nice and cheesy is still cheese. All you have to do is be obedient to God and lean not on your own understanding because I have seen Him stretch $18 for my family when I did not think it would last. I was looking at what I had in my hands but God was looking at what I had in my heart. I had faith because I know God will not fail us. Moreover, I take comfort in the words penned in Deuteronomy 28:1-13, the blessings of obedience. Read it for yourself but verse 8 says, “The LORD will decree a blessing on your barns and on everything to which you put your hand; the LORD your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.” God will never give us a land He will not bless. God will never send us to a place that will not provide and neither will God call us to curse us. Whatever season you are in, will you trust God because this may not be a season to reap but to sow?

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Daily Devotional – 9/13/13 “Faith, blind faith!”

Have you ever tried walking with your eyes closed or ever imagined how your life would be if you could no longer see? I would think you’d probably bump into things, walk into doors or walls or cause all kinds of chaos until you got used to it, right? Well, being and living as a Christian is just like this. The only difference is, we walk around with our eyes open and yet we still bump into stuff like other folk’s folk, walk into sin like lying and stealing and break stuff like commandments. However, God has given us faith, this blind faith that carries us through all of it. It carries us through storms, tests, death, being lied and cheated on, being looked over and even sickness. This faith, this blind faith covers us no matter where we are and it guides us even when we don’t look where we are going because 2 Corinthians 5:7 states, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” See, on this journey we will encounter all kinds of obstacles while we walk. Some obstacles we will see and some we won’t; we will encounter all kinds of enemies, some we know and some we don’t but no matter what it is we have to walk as though whatever it is, God has already worked it out. Why? Well because He has. See, God tells us in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Yea, God already knows the paths that we’ll walk because He has ordained them and He knows what we can bear because he made us! This is why we have to walk like nothing can stop us. Oh, it’ll slow you down but it cannot stop you unless you allow it. You have to walk towards the promise that God has made like you see it printed in the sky and we have to walk like there are no bumps in the road, no curves to the street, no hill to climb and no darkness ahead because 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

When you work on your job, you work on the unseen promise of a check in 2 weeks because you have faith that’ll it be deposited at 12am. When you drive your car, you drive with the unseen hope that it will make it to your destination because you have faith in the money you’ve spent. When you get up in the morning, you stand without knowing if your legs will hold you up yet you do with faith that they will. When you sit down in a chair, you sit without knowing if it will stand but you have faith that it will. Isn’t this the same kind of faith you should have in God who has already promised you He’d be there? Don’t you walk through the house at night with the unseen faith you won’t stump your toe on the end of the couch or trip over something the kids have left lying out? Don’t you put your trust in that person you just met who is smiling in your face? Then why not trust the only Man that has never lied, broken a promise or ignored your call? Unlike man, God never fails yet you are quick to doubt Him. Faith is your belief that God exists. Faith is your belief that He’ll never fail. Faith is your belief that He’s always there because faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).”

“Mark 11:22-24, And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”