Daily Devotional – 12/3/19 “You’ve got work to do!”

Your life isn’t going to change on 1/1/2020, not if you’ve yet to change what didn’t work in 2019. There I said it because here’s the truth, there is no magical formula. There’s no special vision board that’ll make all your dreams come true. There’s no right concoction of oil that will bring you everything you’ve been praying for. There’s no church service, midnight prayer service or prophecy that will transform your life, in the twinkling of an eye; if you are not working for yourself and I’m not talking about clocking in.

Look, here’s what I know works.
1. Prayer
2. Faith
3. Work
4. Prayer
5. Belief
6. Work
7. Prayer
8. Tithing
9. Work
10. Prayer
11. Sowing
12. Work

You see where I’m going? Bible tells us in James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Sure, you can have a body without a spirit but it’s called a corpse. Corpse = a dead body especially of a human being or the remains of something discarded or defunct. THIS IS THE SAME FOR YOUR LIFE, BUSINESS, MARRIAGE, VISION, GOALS and PLANS … WITHOUT WORKS!

My apology for yelling, but I need you to get this. You’ve got to work, beloved. And I don’t mean at your job. You’ve got to work your prayer life which means you need to pray more. You’ve got to work your finances which means tithing and sowing and believing God. You’ve got to work your faith which means trusting God especially when you can’t see it, taste it or touch it. You’ve got to work your gifts even if they’ve yet to pay off. You’ve got to work your belief which means knowing God hasn’t forsaken you, especially in those moments He’s silent.

I know these devotionals have been longer than normal, but God is speaking more and I don’t know who they’ve been for, but I need you to work. Baby, work like everything you do is paying off. Do you know there are times I preach and barely get paid? It doesn’t matter that it took a week or more to prepare the sermon or that I sweated my good curls out; I’m working my faith. Do you know it took seven (7) years before my writing paid off? It didn’t stop me from working my gift though. Child, I put out books like they were bring in hundreds of dollars when truth is, I barely saw enough for my $50 water bill. I still wrote. Why? I trust God instead of worrying because I know if He sent me and I work, He’ll take care of me. Will you do the same? Will you trust that if God sent you and you do the work, He’ll take care of you? Will you work, knowing God has your entire being?

Daily Devotional – 11/21/19 “No doubt, belief!”

About a week ago I started experiencing blurry vision while at my computer. Now, you know a computer is something I frequent every day. From writing sermons, devotionals, books and working my 8 to 5; I’m always looking at some type of screen. I had my glasses replaced about six months ago and the doctor then told me it was time for bifocals because I was getting older, you know yada-yada. (I’ve also had an astigmatism for as long as I can remember.) The new glasses were hard to get used to so I alternated between them and an old pair I keep at work but nothing was helping, lately. It also doesn’t help that I have had vertigo. I believe God for total healing.

So, I prayed. I laid hands on myself and I prayed believing God can do it. “God, even when doctors can’t help, you can heal. God, I may not understand but you created the plan for my life, have your way. God, I trust you.”

This wasn’t the full prayer but along those lines. Anyway, I made an appointment with Eye Specialty Group and because it could be pressure they wanted me to come in, right away because some years ago, I had an issue with pressure behind my eyes. I get to the appointment and they do the usual vision test, dilate my eyes, test the pressure, look at the optic nerves and all that. I get to the doctor and he does his thing. Y’all, this man removes the machine thingy from in front of me and I’m bracing myself. He says, “your eyes are perfect. No swelling, no diabetes, no cataracts, no glaucoma and no pressure. Your distant vision is 20/20 and all you need is some readers for up close reading when your eyes get tired.”

Me, I’m like … say what now? I got glasses in my purse with bifocal lens.

He slides over to the table, gives me a sheet of paper and tells me to pull it close until its blurry. I tell him it’s blurry anyway because my eyes are dilated. He then puts a pair of readers, he uses over my eyes and it was like the sky opened and the angels were singing, ahhhh. Then he says, his readers were too strong for what I need and he’d write down the strength I could go by any store and pick up (see picture).

I know this isn’t the usual devotional but I need to tell somebody, this day, God can still do it! That’s it. I don’t know what you’re praying for, I don’t know what you’re waiting on, I don’t know what you’ve given up on but God can still do it. I’m sitting at my computer, right now, typing this with NO glasses and NO blurriness, NO dizziness … God can still do it!

When Peter was amazed that the fig tree Jesus cursed was actually withered, Jesus told him in Mark 11:22-24, “”Have faith in God,” Jesus said to them. “Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.””

No doubt, belief!