Daily Devotional – 7/10/12 “Church folk, I tell you!”

It amazes me how judgmental seasoned Christian sinners are. Yea, I said Christian sinners because we are all sinners but some of us play saved. I mean, how can you chastise a young girl for wearing a short skirt when that’s all you wore at her age instead of simply giving her something to put over her legs which may make her think about not wearing it again to church? You say a teenager shouldn’t do this, shouldn’t do that but what were you doing at that age? Didn’t you have to make mistakes in order to learn from them? It’s just mind blowing the rate we are losing our children to the streets and then we act like we don’t know why. Well baby, it’s because of folk who act like they’ve always kept all of God’s commandments when they are still sinning today. How do I know, because we’re human and will make mistakes? With the world today and the rapid rate of our children dying, we’ve got to make a change but we can’t do it pushing them away from God because some of them won’t get the chance to become adults and learn on their own. If every time a young lady or man comes to church and the first thing you do is start in on them about their makeup or clothes, you’re pushing them away. If you always got something to say about them having children out of wedlock, then you’re pushing them away. If you constantly bring them down because you think they should be living like they are 90, you are pushing them away. Don’t you know that God isn’t pleased? 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” However, if you’re judging or talking about them behind their backs instead of trying to teach them then you aren’t doing your Christian duty. We’ve got to get away from that old mentality of do as I say but not as I do because that isn’t working. We need to grab a hold of our children because we are losing too many and I’m tired of it. Instead of telling them how they should look or act in church, get back to the old church days and have a lock in and teach them how they should carry themselves. Why don’t you start fellowshipping with the youth and young adults in order to give them role models to look up too instead of sticking them in front of a TV while you go to bible study? Children now are maturing faster than we even thought possible which means the things that you did at 17-18 are now being done at 12-13. Stop waiting for the right time to have the talk about sex because you’re probably too late. Stop waiting to teach boys and girls how to be respectful young men and young women because the world will do it for you. It’s time out for judging and it’s time out for having topics that cannot be discussed at the church because if I can’t learn the right way from Christian folks then I’ll surely learn the wrong way from the world.

The bible says in 2 Timothy 3:5, “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” You know how you shout on Sunday morning and then Sunday by 9:00pm you’ve already cussed 3 people out, you’re a mess! See, if you look like you’re saved but you don’t act like you are, I am supposed to avoid you because you’re what the bible describes as a wolf in sheep’s clothing ( Matthew 7:15) and if I let you get too close you may just attack me. As Christians, we have to understand what our role is which is why I posted the devotional about the Church Covenant which says, “We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.” It isn’t our role to clean up and save worldly folk but it’s our role to bring them in to hear God’s word and through their hearing they’ll want to study for themselves and through their studying, they accept God, confess a belief in him and be baptized. See, you have to study God’s word in order to get an understanding because through your understanding you find faith and faith covers you with God’s favor. It isn’t the water that saves you but it’s your faith in the power of the one who created the water. Matthew 3:11 says, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” It isn’t up to us to save folk because we can’t stamp their ticket to Heaven nor condemn them to hell, so stop acting like it. Show them through God’s light that is shining through you why they should be saved and not through the harsh words that come from your mouth. This is why the bible says in Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Yea, you may have a reputation for telling folks the hard truth and for running folks off from the church but you’re just like the seed that is talked about in Mark 4:14-15 that says, “The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.” Stop allowing how you used to be to affect who you are supposed to be. You have a responsibility to help fellow Christians but you are supposed to do so in a Christian way. And just because you think your way has been working, it doesn’t mean it has been. Why do you think everyone gets so busy when it’s time to work with you? If you don’t know then you need to take a hard look at yourself. We have to get back to doing God’s will before he takes his hands off of us. Let’s commit more to praying, helping and uplifting one another because sometimes you’re all the next person has. Don’t allow church to become a den of mess but allow it to be just what God has ordained it to be, a place of worship where he abides. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

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.

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 7/10/12 “Church folk, I tell you!”

  1. Well said/ written ….. Welcome back Woman of GOD speak a word THE WORD!!!! I agree wholehearted GOD BLESS you Kisha 🙂 one day at a time…….

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