Daily Devotional – 11/8/18 “Preparing for what you asked for!”

We’re in the month of November and for some, you’ve already started planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You don’t even know what tomorrow holds yet you’ve already made preparations. You have the list of things you need, waiting. You are eagerly anticipating the sale ads as you map out plans for this holiday season and all you need is for the date to show up. You’re set on go, ready for what you expect to happen, without knowing if it will. Question for you … why don’t you wait in expectancy of God the same? You don’t bombard the stores, rushing them, but you’ll rush God. You don’t rush the calendar, yet you’ll rush God. Why not, instead of getting angry at God’s timing, you prepare in advance for what you are expecting? Instead of getting upset that God hasn’t moved, by your calculation of time, why not prepare for what you know will come? You’ve prayed for the husband but are you prepared for him? You’ve prayed for the child but are you prepared? You’ve prayed for the increase in finances but have you prepared for it? You’ve prayed for the door to open but are you prepared for when it happens?

A few years ago, my husband and I were living in a rental house yet I knew this wasn’t what God had for us. So, I started preparing. I made notes of what I wanted in a house as I waited on God to move. I made preparations for the house note and we hadn’t even signed papers or been preapproved. But I know what I heard God say. I had no idea when but I know what I heard. Beloved, on this spiritual journey, we have to be prepared for what we’ve asked of God even if we don’t know when He’ll do it. God says if I ask, it shall be done so when I go in prayer, I come out preparing to receive what I know God will do. This is called faith. Bible shares, faith is the substance of things hoped for. Faith means I’m claiming it before it has my name attached. Faith means I am prepping to live well even while I’m still sick. Faith means I’m making plans for the day I no longer live paycheck to paycheck. Faith means I’m cleaning out the garage for the car I know my credit can’t get yet. Faith means I am memorizing the directions to the house I haven’t been approved for yet. Faith means I am rehearsing for the assignment and I haven’t even been called for it yet. Faith means I am buying the business suits for the business that hasn’t even been birthed yet. Faith means I am preparing sermons for the pulpits I haven’t been invited to yet. Faith means, although I don’t know when it’ll happen, I know it will happen so I’ll prepare for it.

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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