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 – 9/25/13 “Stuff happens!”

You woke up this morning, that’s a blessing. You can still use all of your limbs that worked on yesterday, that’s a blessing. You still have your mind, you still got a little sleep and you have a place to call home; that’s a blessing. Yea, I know that you may be going through something and you’re probably sitting there wondering why, why me, why do I have to go through this, or why is this happening to me but you were chosen by God for a time such as this so that’s an even bigger blessing! I get it and trust me I understand how it feels to get paid on Friday and your account will barely break even, the more you do for these ungrateful kids the more they act up or beg and the more you do for your job, the more they act up or beg but get this … Stuff happens. That’s life! What are you going to do about it? Do you sit around sulking, throw a 1 person pity party, whine, cry and throw a tantrum or do you do hold on until your change comes? You have read your bible haven’t you? You do know that everything happens at its due time, don’t you (Ecclesiastes 3)? You understand that we all have a storm to endure, a battle to fight, a cross to bear, a Goliath to defeat, a sickness to go through, debt to overcome, an addiction to break, a break in the rope to reach beyond, a no (sometimes 2) to face, a closed door, lying friends, hating family, a dark path, a test to take and a testimony to make; right? However, yet, but, nonetheless; the bible says in James 1:12, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Now, God promised you a crown of life on the other side but on this side 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Doesn’t that make you rejoice? It should because after everything you go through there is a yet in between your test and testimony.

I may have cancer yet I will survive. I may have this disease yet I will be healed. I may be without a job yet I’m living. I may be down now yet I will get up. I may not have all I want yet I have all I need. I may be going through yet I don’t look like it! Stop rushing to give up on things! Stop wallowing in self-pity because things aren’t going your way or because you didn’t get the job that you thought had your name all over it. Stuff happens in your life every day. Stuff happened yesterday and will happen tomorrow. What you do when you get knocked down, is pick yourself up, dust off the dirt and keep going. Eventually you’ll stop wobbling and falling, just like a baby that’s learning to walk. It doesn’t matter about the number of times you fall, as long as you get up. The only thing you should be doing on your knees is praying because digging a hole for yourself won’t help. God has made you and He has already destined you for greatness but you’ll have to work for it. Anything worth having is worth working for! Stuff happens, get over it!