Daily Devotional – 9/15/11 “Trying to get to Heaven with Hell on your back”

You woke up this morning in a good mood, then something happens or someone says something and everything changes.  You make plans to pay your tithes and then the car breaks down.  You plan on going to church and then you over sleep.  You say you’re not going to the club anymore, but your friends make it look so fun, so you try it one more time.  Your marriage is going good but that brother or sister keeps walking by you smelling good & giving you the eye.  You’re trying to get to Heaven, but you got Hell on your back!

You pray before going in your job but as soon as you step in the door folk make you lose your religion before you even get your coffee.  Your negative family member keeps calling or sending text and you said you was going to bite your tongue but fall back into that trap.  You said you were done losing your money at the casino, then your so-call friends say, “Girl, we just going to eat!”  You’re trying to get to Heaven ….  but you got Hell on your back!

Baby, stop trying to please folk!  When you stand before the judgement, God won’t be listening to excuses and them folk that made you “lose your religion” won’t be there either.  Keeping your mouth keeps your blessings.  Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. “  If you are speaking sickness, it’ll come.  If you speak heartache, it’ll come.  If you speak financial distress, it’ll come.  You’ve got to learn to speak life into your situation or circumstance.

When man says disease, God says healing.  When man says no, God says not yet!  When one door closes, God says knock and it shall be open.  When man says you can’t, God says ask and it shall be given!  (Matthew 7:7) When man walk away, God says I’m here! (Matthew 28:20) When darkness falls, God says I’m your light in dark places (John 8:12)!

You may have Hell on your back right now but don’t let it stop you from reaching your goal.  The devil only comes in when we allow him too.  He doesn’t have legs, so we bring him in or allow him to come in through others.  You have to make the decision to run the devil out.  He only has the power that you give.  If you know the mess you’re in isn’t getting better, MOVE!  If you know the situation you’re in is pulling you father and farther from God, MOVE!  If you the folk around you keeps you from living a Godly life, MOVE! Stop worrying about how folk feel or what they say/think! Nobody lives for you but you.  Like grandma say, I can’t get you to Heaven. 

So, you may have hell on your back now but the only way it stays, you have to keep holding it or you got it strapped on! Unbuckle it, let it go, stand up straight and press on!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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