Daily Devotional – 8/16/18 “Stop praying for what you will not work for!”

Stop praying for a harvest if you are not ready to work the ground! Baby, God will give us what we ask for but it might not come the way we envisioned it would. Take for an example, a woman is getting ready to have a baby. She goes to Target or wherever and register for gift ideas. People go and buy the gift and brings it to the shower. After the shower is over, the parent(s) got what they asked for but get this … they may have to assemble it. In other words, they have to put in work for the thing they REQUESTED! What makes you think you will not have to work for what you request of God? You keep praying, “Lord, enlarge my territory,” and He is trying but you will not get up and survey the land. “Lord, let me reap a fruitful harvest,” and He is trying to oblige you but you will not even get up and water the seeds. Bible shares in Proverbs 10:4, “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.” You have to work and sometimes that will take you putting your back into it, sweating out your pretty curls and getting dirty. Sometimes you have to tap into that strength you didn’t know you had and make it do what it do. It’s like shampoo. You can pour it in your hair but it will just be there but if you were to put your hands in your head and move them back and forth, you will cause a lather to form which then activates the shampoo to do what it was created to do. You had to WORK the shampoo.

Sure, we all wish we could pray for our bank accounts to be full of money by the time we woke up in the morning but truth is, you have to work. Yes, God provides but it takes God + Pray + Faith + Works = Manifestations of blessing. If you were to go through the bible and read any of the miracles performed, work had to be done. Jesus told people to get up, go wash, come forth, take up your bed, stretch out, etc. This is why you cannot just pray for a harvest if you are not willing to do the work because it takes work. A harvest is the gathering of crops. How can you gather crops you have not grown and how can you grow crops if you do not work? You have to know the season you are in because not everything grows in every season. You have to make sure the ground you are planting in is fertile. You have to sow multiple things, in the event one thing does not work out. You have to protect what you plant, feed the crops, manage the weeds, grass growth and give it the nourishment it needs to grow. While it is growing, you have to already be preparing for the next harvest and this one isn’t even done but this is called work because bible says in Proverbs 13:4, “The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.” Marriage = work. Children = work. Entrepreneurship = work. Ministry = work. To sum it all up, if you are not ready to work for it, do not pray for it.

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Daily Devotional – 8/14/18 “At the edge!”

On this 14th day of the eighth month, I had to stop and share a word for somebody who is right at the edge. You are at the edge of saying forget it all. You are right at the edge of ending it all and at the edge of walking away from it all. Why, because at the edge is where the pain is becoming too much, the tears are becoming more frequent, the darkness is staying longer and the hurt that used to be done in secret is now deliberately in the open. The edge is where promises are broken. The edge is where you keep being cut. The edge is where you are all by yourself. The edge is usually where you feel the most at danger. Yet, I need you to ask yourself a question. How many times have you been to the edge but have not fallen? How many times have you been to the edge but have not died? How many times have you been to the edge and have not lost your mind? At the edge of losing it all but still, surviving. At the edge of dying but still, living. At the edge of going crazy but still, smiling. At the edge but still … Think about being in a bed. Have you ever woke up, out of your sleep to realize you were on the edge and one roll away from falling? Or been snatched from your sleep to see that all it would have taken was one move to have you connecting with the night stand? I’ve had a few of those scary moments and in retrospect, they make me think about all the times I should have fallen over the edge of this thang called life but haven’t.

And get this … it is not because we’ve been strong enough to prevent ourselves from falling. Truth of the matter is, a lot of us should have fallen by now. A lot us should have failed many times before but because God loves us, He shields us when we are too selfish to see we need it. He protects us, even when we are playing patty cake with our prayers and the enemy persuades us into thinking we got wings and can fly. He stops us, even though we have gotten ourselves into another jacked up situation we promised we would never do again. God is right there, at the edge with us. I do not know whom you are but baby the edge may have cut you and it may be suffering you at this very moment but it will not be the end of you. You will not die because it is not your time. You can stay there but do not jump. You can stay there but do not sin. You can stay there but do not curse God because God can still perform miracles at the edge. Don’t believe me? Come here grandma. A few years ago, doctors said call the family in and prepare to say your goodbyes. She was at the edge but this year, Grams celebrated another birthday in her right mind. Come here sister. Man said Trigeminal Neuralgia (suicide disease), disability, never be able to work again and many have not made it. She was at the edge but this year she’s still singing and living. Baby, you might be at the edge but God can still work miracles. You just need to trust Him while you’re at the edge!