Daily Devotional – 10/7/11 “Whose side are you on?”

Let’s get ready to rumble!!  In the red corner we have temptations, hate, strife, tears, pain, and suffering, stuff that tears you down, steps on you and people who stab you in the back.  People, who try to speak death in your life, dig you an early grave, through dirt on you when you’re down, like to see you down and out, laugh when you ask for things and take joy in seeing the tears you shed.  He has had many fights in the ring, some have resulted in knock-outs but many times they end in a draw because he is good at hitting you when your head is down or when you’re off-balance.  He takes pride in hitting you below the belt and kicking you when you’re down.  For those that don’t know him, in this corner we have “The World.”

In the white corner we have a man who has numerous accolades already under his belt.  He has given healing to the sick, sight to the blind and fed multitudes with a small dinner.  He doesn’t specialize in knock-outs but in picking you up.  He allows his opponents to throw all the punches because eventually they will get tired.  He has faced this opponent many times and each time the white corner is victorious.  Most times, he has to go all 10 rounds, because not all battles are easy to win.  There are storms, circumstances and situations that arise that make each round difficult, but he maintains.  Even when the enemy beat him all night long, he maintained.  When they placed a crown of thorns on his head, he maintained.  When he had to endure a cross that would normally take multiple people to carry, he maintained.  When they hung him on that same cross by nailing his hands & feet, he maintained.  When they speared him in his side, he maintained.  Even while going through all of this, he never wavered.  Who is this you ask in the white corner? It’s Jesus.

Now as you stand in the middle, choose the side on which you plan to cheer.  Will it be the red or white side?  Joshua 24:15 states, “If you think it is wrong to serve the Lord, choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods your fathers worshiped on the other side of the river, or choose the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

The red side offers death but the white side gives life.  The red side offers sleepless nights but the white side offers rest.  The red side gives storms but the white side gives shelter during the storm.  The red side gives heartache but the white side gives mercy.  The red side gives sickness but the white side gives healing.  The red side gives pain but the white side turns it into praise.  The red side gives suffering while the white side gives salvation.  The red side gives grief but the white side gives grace.  Whose side will you choose?

Now the red side will make it look like it is all roses until you reach for the stem and get pricked with a thorn.  He will make you think that all the days are sunny until you walk out your door with no umbrella.  He will even make you think that the road is always paved until you have to walk over bumps and rocks to get to your destination.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some struggles on the white side that were promised from the Garden of Eden.  For in Genesis 3:17, the word states “To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.”  But Jesus has promised that on your darkest days, he’ll be there.  When you ask of him, he will come and when you can no longer stand that he’ll carry you.  Isn’t this good news? In Matthew 28:20 states, “…lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

You have to decide which side of the ring you’ll cheer on.  You can’t keep straddling the fence because eventually you’ll either fall or get a splinter in your butt.  Either way it won’t be good.  You can’t keep one foot in the world and one in the word because soon you will need to make a choice.  I suggest you do it while the blood is still warm in your body because once it’s cold the choice is no longer yours. 

Deuteronomy 28:10 – And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

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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