Daily Devotional – 9/18/11 “Convenient Praise”

It’s Sunday morning, do you know where your praise is? Is it showing or shall i put up a missing poster? For some it hasn’t been seen since you joined church & got baptized and for others, since trouble last showed up.

Doesn’t God deserve more than that? Doesn’t he show up when times are good and when they are bad for you? Didn’t he allow you to make it home safely after your night of partying? Didn’t he keep your lights on when you couldn’t pay your bill? Didn’t he comfort you when friends left, when husband/wife stopped loving, or when folk scandalized your name?

Then why is it that we choose when he gets praise? You’re at church showing out when your boyfriend leaves but quieter than a church mouse when you got money in the bank. You’re out shouting the mother on the mother board when you don’t have food but texting during service when it’s the first of the month. You’re the first one at the altar when you need a job & then rob God of his tithes when you’re blessed with one. You’re sitting at the front of the church when life is treating you bad, but couldn’t see you in the dark with a flashlight when so-call friends show up.

Please know, God is aware. He doesn’t keep score like man does but he knows. He knows when you’re praise is genuine and when it’s not. God said come into my house with praise on your lips and thanksgiving in your heart. The church is not the building you worship in, but it’s you. Most times the closest the sinner man gets to God is you! If you’re a mess then what reason would they have to seek God?

See, God allows the fire(trouble) to come into our life but it won’t consume you, it won’t even burn. When you put your hand in the world’s fire you come out with first, second or third degree burns & smelling like smoke.
Oh, But when you come out of God’s fire, you come out shining like gold and smelling like roses. God’s fire may feel hot to your body but it won’t burn. It might be filled with smoke but it won’t consume you! He knows what you can bear!

Because of this you need to give God the praise, thanks and worship that he deserves. I dare you to do it today cause tomorrow may be to late. Praise him while your mouth, hands & feet work because there maybe a time when they won’t. Praise him now, while YOU can.

Where is your praise? Where is YOUR praise??

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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