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 – 11/28/17 “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