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.

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?