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.

Daily Devotional – 12/1/17 “There is still time!”

It’s the first day of the last month of the year and some of you are still looking at the same vision board with limited vision. You know the one you created at some event, earlier this year, when you were full of New Year Resolutions. The one filled with the magazine cutouts of all the stuff you said you were going to do this year. The one you wrote scriptures in the corner that you haven’t looked at since. The one, you know, the one you have sitting next to the wall in your living room or in the closet in the hall. Yea, that one. What have you accomplished? Understand, this is not to bash you or even to make you feel bad but it’s to get you to take a hard look at the goals you’ve set. It’s a kick in the butt to make you get up and work towards those goals. It is a hard reminder that things will not drop in your lap, you have to get up and make some stuff happen. Look, if you want to fill a pot with water, you have to first put the pot under the faucet, turn it on and then the faucet will do its part. Opening a door, you first twist the knob. Turning on a light, you flip the switch. Heating a house, you turn on the thermostat. Praying, you have to actually pray. Faith, has to be worked. See where I’m going? It takes an effort. What are you doing?

When a farmer plants their seeds, work does not stop while waiting on the harvest. They have to feed the crops, manage the weeds and grass growth, handle what’s left in storage from last year’s harvest, prepare for the next season, clean equipment, make sure storage areas are up to par; all while taking care of faith, family and finances. So you see, even after you plant the seed, there is still work you have to do. This is why the bible shares in Ecclesiastes 11:6, “Sow your seed in the morning, and do not stop working until the evening; for you do not know which activity will succeed–whether this one or that one, or whether both will prosper equally.” Work doesn’t stop simply because you’ve sown your seed and neither will your vision come to pass by cutting and pasting it on a board. If I can be honest, the real work does not begins until after the planting, sowing and the cutting and pasting. You have work to do and it is not too late. Yes, we may be in the 4th quarter of 2017 but there is still time to get the win. You’ll have to get up to get it and put in the work to ensure it succeeds. Will you? Because the bible says in Proverbs 13:4, “The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.” The planting and pasting is over, now what?