Daily Devotional – 11/28/17 “Work your faith!”

How dare you say, out of your mouth, that God isn’t answering your prayers when you’ve yet to work your faith. God told you to trust Him to make your ends meet but then the enemy showed up and you got that check advance anyway. Now, you’re crying because you forgot about it and it hit your account and it’s overdrawn. You got the audacity to part your lips and move your tongue to form a sound of doubt, to the power of God, when you’re still sitting in the place He told you to depart from months ago? You laugh at anybody who testifies on the goodness of a God who uses us in spite of our flaws because “you” say He didn’t come to your rescue when you were lost. But have you stopped to think, maybe you missed it because you weren’t in tune to hear His voice? Beloved, God does what God does but what are you doing? Some years ago, I was in a place of frustration and anger because I could not figure out why things kept happening to us. Why can I not get my head above water? I’m going to church every Sunday with my bible and notepad and it’s filled with what pastor said but I’m still suffering. I’m working with the youth and showing up when needed but I’m still in a desolate place.

Then it donned on me, my faithfulness was good but there was no work being done. Yeah, I looked busy to the person on the outside looking in, but my work was dead. Yes, I was showing up for service but I didn’t have a sacrifice. I was devoted to the church but there was no devotion to God. I was a faithful worker but not a fruitful worshipper. My faith was without works. Oh but now, when God tells me to trust Him, I do while working my faith. Even when I cannot see how this little is going to last until payday, I work my faith. When it seems like I will not get well, I work my faith. When it feels like everybody is against me, I work my faith. When the enemy is knocking on my door, I work my faith. When trouble shows up, I work my faith. How? By standing still (that’s not trying to fix it) and trusting God. By getting up, getting dressed and walking with my head held high when all I want to do is crawl into the nearest dark hole. By wearing my $5 dress and $7 shoes, acting as if I got millions in the bank. By acting like royalty while still shopping at the Dollar Tree and Goodwill. Why? Because I am working my faith. What are you doing? “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26

Daily Devotional – 10/28/14 “Stop wishing and work!”

It’s Tuesday and it’s cloudy (where I am) and someone’s soul is just as cloudy as the sky because you’re mixed up over some things that you’re experiencing. You can’t seem to figure out why certain things are happening to you. Why can’t you get well? Why does the death angel seem to know your family well? Why is cancer attached to your family’s genes? Why aren’t you being blessed like others? Why can’t you smile like them? Why can’t you this? Why can’t you that? Well baby I’m going to tell you like this … Stop trying to figure out what you can’t fix, stop asking for stuff you don’t want to work for, stop wishing in other folk’s stuff, stop wanting other folk’s blessings and stop day dreaming in other folk’s dreams! You can’t ask for a blessing and then not expect to work for it. That’s like me expecting my check to be direct deposited even though I’ve called in for the last 2 weeks with no time accumulated to cover the time I need to be off. See, I can’t realistically expect God to just freely hand me a blessing without having to work for it when 1 Corinthians 3:9 tells me, “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

Yes, I know you’re tired of being sick and you want to cry out like Paul did asking God to remove your thorn from your flesh but didn’t you read what the Lord said to him in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Yea, I know you’re fed up with visiting the cemetery but baby we all have an appointed time of death. I get it, you’re tired of being without, get up and do something about it. Stop wishing and crying over what others have because it might not be all what they make it seem to be. The enemy can make blessings look just as good. This is why you have to be careful of the person’s blessing you’re wishing for because you might just be wishing for a spirit you can’t handle. Don’t be too quick to wish for my blessing because baby, you might not be able to handle the storm I endured to get the car I got approved for, the same way I might not be able to handle what you had to endure to get the blessing you have. That’s why I’ll rejoice with you for your blessing while rejoicing for mine. Get up out of your pity this morning and stop waiting on something to be dropped in your lap if you haven’t done anything to get anything. You have another opportunity to get the blessing you need and want, if you pray and have faith but the bible says in James 2:26, “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” You have to get up and get it! It’s not dependent on someone else work, faith, and blessing; it’s all on you! Stop wishing and work!