Daily Devotional – 5/10/18 “Expiration date!”

Stop forcing something to work that is beyond its expiration date. Do you use spoil milk in your macaroni and cheese? Do you use old oil to keep your motor running? Do you cook old meat for your family? Do those old batteries still operate the remote? Can you stay in an apartment whose lease has expired? How about driving with expired tags or license? Can you? Then why are you trying to force something to work that has expired? If your church home isn’t feeding your spiritual need, it may be expired. If you put more money in that raggedy car than you do your house, it may be expired. If you consistently find ways to sabotage your relationship or have to search through other folk’s phone; your trust in them has expired. And I know this may be hard to hear but you can’t force something that no longer has the potential to be or do what you need.

It’s like this old cord I used to have for my phone. Most of the protective coating had worn off, there were wires hanging out the end and sometimes I’d have to play around just to get it to charge but I still trusted in that cord. Until one day when I really needed it. Phone was dead and all I had was this raggedy cord that was past its expiration date. Yea, it worked the times before but when I needed it the most, it could not help me. And although I wanted to blame the cord, I couldn’t because I knew it was past its expiration but I still tried forcing it. Why? Because it “used” to do what I needed. Yea, I saw the signs but it used to work. Yea, I knew it but it used to work. Beloved, stop forcing what you know needs to be discarded. If it/they cannot be what you need in your time of need, it/they may just be past its expiration date too. Stop trying to make things work or stuff taste better when it’s past its expiration date. Yea it used to work but it doesn’t anymore. Face the reality, shed a few tears, throw it out and then you’ll have the possibility of replacing it.

Daily Devotional – 4/6/18 “Five ways to sow effectively!”

Too many of us are perishing because we are sowing in the wrong season and people. This is why I had to share last year’s devotional. It’s longer than normal but you need to read it. Stop thinking God has forsaken you when you don’t reap. Beloved, God didn’t forsake you; you simply planted when you should have been preparing.

Here are five ways, Lakisha thinks will allow you to sow effectively.

1. You have to effectively pray in order to know what season you’re in. It is through prayer you’ll learn if the time is right to prepare or plant. If you prepare well, you’ll grow well. This is important for pastors because we have to know the season of our churches. Preaching prosperity in a season of spiritual warfare hurts the people. Know your season. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. — Ecclesiastes 3:1”

2. Sow what you expect to reap in fertile places. I can’t plant mustard green seeds and then expect turnips in a place unprepared for my seeds. This is important for those who sow into everybody’s ministry. You have to sow into places and people who are growing what you eat, effectively. Stop sowing into dead places! If their harvest isn’t yielding for them, what makes you think they can tell you how to grow yours? “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop–some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.- Mark 4:20″

3. You need to sow in multiples. Don’t just go to worship service. Plant seeds in bible study, Sunday school, personal prayer, devotion, time, tithe and etc. because what you don’t get from one harvest, you may just find in another. Ecclesiastes 11:6, “Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.”

4. Protect what you plant. The same way a good gardener will protect his plants from insects, animals and etc. is the same way we have to protect our seeds from doubt, anger, negativity, people who pimp your gifts and etc. You can’t just plant the seed then leave because you might just find a patch of dirt when you get back. “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. – Proverbs 13:20”

5. Don’t miss harvest time! It doesn’t stop at sowing. You have to water and tend to your harvest to ensure it isn’t being eaten by bitter backbiters, the insects of ignorance or being burned by the fire of fear, stepped on by the feet of feebleminded folk and being pulled up by perverted persecutors who’d rather see you perish. You have to stay woke for the bible says in Proverbs 10:5, “A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.”

You can effectively reap when you effectively prepare then plant.