Daily Devotional – 1/19/12 “Hell on Earth but Heaven’s reward!”

Have you ever wondered why your Christian walk is so much harder than the road you walked in the world? When in the world you never had hurdles to jump or obstacles in your way because everything seemed easier, right? Are you wondering if things would be better if you just went back to your old ways? Well, I am here to tell you no. Why? Because even though things seem easy, in the world, you were paying a cost for them. The devil doesn’t give you anything he doesn’t plan on making you pay for. Yea, you were sleeping with someone else’s husband who was paying your bills and such and then you went to the doctor to find out you have a STD you can’t get rid of and now you’ll have to tell every guy you’re with from now on – you paid the cost. Yea, you were a big drug dealer with money in your pocket, cars in the driveway, expensive clothes, shoes and the expensive lawyer that could get you out of trouble but then you get caught by the police and now you’re in the hottest water you’ve ever been in and the judge sentences you to 20 years in prison – you paid the cost. See, nothing is free and if it seems too good to be true, it may just be. When you decide to let God into your life and you read the bible, he shows you that this walk won’t be easy but God says in Isaiah 45:2, “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.” With God in front of you, your obstacles won’t seem as bad. Yea, you may stumble over some rocks from the leveling of the mountains, but your wounds, they’ll heal. You may encounter scrap metal in your skin from the breaking down of the gates, but they’ll heal.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing that you go through that is meant to take you out, if you got God walking in front of you. You never see the President first because you always see his Secret Service Men who are trained and hired to protect him. Well, it’s the same with God. When you accepted God’s calling on your life, he was hired and trained to protect you so you are supposed to live a life that allows him to be seen first in all you do. But, if every time I pass you and you are complaining, God is not the lead. If every time I ask you for something and you tell me no out of spite, God is not the lead. If I call you for guidance and prayer and all you got to offer is gossip, God is not the lead. If every time there is work to be done at church and you’re a hindrance, God is not the lead. If God is not the lead then you’re walking this path by yourself which is the reason you stumble so easily. But if you took the time to pray for folks as much as you gossip, love more than you hate, speak the truth more than lies and help folk because it’s the right thing to do, then your walk wouldn’t be so hard and even when you fall you can get back up. I know that when you do right, the enemy is busier but it doesn’t mean that God is not there. Psalm 138:7 says “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.” See, with God as your protector, danger may come but it won’t take you out. Who do you think kept you all those nights when you went home with men you barely knew? Who do you think covered you when you were too drunk to drive but you made it home? Who do you think protected you from the car crash that was supposed to claim your life? Who do you think gave you strength when momma, daddy, husband or wife died and you didn’t think you could go on? Who do you think made that position for you even though you didn’t qualify on paper? Who do you think maintains your lifestyle even though you don’t make enough for a too touch b? The bible says in Psalm 20:6 “Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.” Anoint means to dedicate to the service of God and if you’re dedicated to him and his service, then he is speaking about you. When God said in 1st Chronicles 16:22 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm,” he wasn’t just speaking about Pastors, Bishops and Elders, but he was speaking about you too, if you have decided your life to him. So when danger comes, God is there protecting you because that’s what you’ve hired him to do.

So when folk put their mouth on you let them talk because God got it covered. When you say I’m acting Holier than thou just because I put up “Godly” statuses, speak a few scriptures here and there or sometimes pray for you, you’re putting your mouth on me. When you defame my name by spreading lies and gossip, you’re putting your mouth on me. When you talk about Pastor So & So, you’re putting your mouth on God’s anointed. When you talk about Deacon Do Right, you’re putting your mouth on God’s anointed. When you talk about Sis Shirley’s clothes and hair, you are putting your mouth on God’s anointed. No matter how a person lives outside of worship service, it isn’t for you to judge them. But who are you anyway? Psalm 28:8 says “The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” Now, a fortress is something that is impenetrable or acts as protection which means that even though your enemies may shoot arrows meant for your suffering, God won’t allow then to get through. Even though folks throw rocks your way trying to knock you off the pedestal that God has placed you on, he won’t allow them to make it through and he’ll continue to strengthen you to stand. See, God is your protector and Psalm 29:11 says “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” I don’t know about you but there’s something about the peace of God that won’t allow you to shed a tear even when you’re hurting. The peace of God will allow you to remain calm in a situation that used to make you act a fool. The peace of God will give you understanding at a time you thought you couldn’t do it. The peace of God will allow you to sleep when all hell is breaking loose around you. The peace of God will allow you to smile when you should be crying and living when you should be dying. The peace of God will have you looking healthy even when you battling cancer. This same peace will allow you to rock a bald head when the chemo has taken your hair. God just works that way!

Romans 8:18 says “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” So even when it seems like the world is closing in on you, hold on! You may be going through hell now but heaven is worth it. You may be suffering now, but heaven is worth it. 2 Corinthians 4:17 says “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

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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