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 – 3/2/15 “What are you doing?”

A new month, how you doing on those resolutions? Seen any changes or should I ask, have you made any changes? Been to church any this year? Lost any weight? Wrote any visions? Made any plans? Stepped out on faith at all? It’s just the 3rd month of the New Year, what are you waiting on and what have you been doing? You do know that time waits for no man or woman, right? Or have you not realized that death doesn’t care that you’ve yet to start your business, get your affairs in order, apologize for the wrong you’ve done, repent for the sins you’ve committed or even left a legacy behind? No, death doesn’t stop to ask if you’re ready; it just shows up. Sickness doesn’t care that you need to work; it shows up. Depression doesn’t care that you have a family to take care of, it’ll show up. Suicidal thoughts doesn’t care about the pain you’ll leave behind, they’ll still invade your space … If you aren’t prepared ahead of time to deal with it. This is why you have to be prayed up! What have you been doing? Keep thinking you got time to get it right. Keep thinking you got time to get it together. Just stay in the hell you’re in, thinking you got time to get out until it’s too late and the doors shut.

Let me drop this in your spirit … Being in the world isn’t as easy as you think it is. You feel like all the hell will begin the moment you give your life to Christ but baby, you were already living in hell before. The only reason you couldn’t see the enemy anymore is because you all had become friends. See, when you are in the world, the enemy no longer has to fight you because he gives you everything you need to be his and you’ll give him everything of yours to be his. It’s like a person with an addiction, they will sell the close off of their backs to feed their habit and when you are a part of the enemy’s team; he is your addiction and he’ll keep dangling your “habit” over your head and you’ll keep coming back to feed your habit. Why does he need to fight you? You’re paying for it with your life. When will you stop? What are you doing? You’re wondering why your home is full of hell, keep staying at home on Sunday morning. You’re wondering why your heart keeps getting hurt, keep giving it to the wrong person. You’re wondering why you can’t forgive, keep staying away from God. It’s just the 3rd month of the New Year, when will you start making this your year? That is what you said at the end of 2014, isn’t it? What are you doing? Time isn’t dependent upon you for the bible says in James 4:14, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”