Daily Devotional – 11/12/12 “You’re weighing yourself down!”

Have you ever stopped to think that you’re drowning because of all the stuff you’ve got weighing you down? I mean, you’re still holding on to the fact that he said he didn’t love you the same way you loved him so you’ve allowed that anger to tie itself around your neck and it’s weighing you down. You’re still trying to keep up with other folks by spending when you don’t have, going when your tail should be at home and giving when you ought to be asking; so now the debt has you tied down and you’re drowning. Yea, I know that momma or daddy may have died and left you in this mean world but baby it was their time so stop allowing your mourning period to last too long because it’s weighing you down and if momma/daddy is gone; they can’t save you no way. You’ve got to untie that weight from your neck, shoulders and back because if I shall tell you the truth, the water you’re in isn’t deep enough to drown you if you would just stand up. Yea, you’ve taken a teaspoon of water and added to it with your tears and now it’s a pool but it still won’t kill you unless you allow it too. Stop drowning in anger, hate, debt, sickness and diseases, other folk’s problems and especially in things you can’t control and let it go. Yea, the bible says in Job 14:1, “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble,” but after you read this read John 16:33 that says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Oh, still not enough then read John 14:27 that say, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” No, still don’t get it? You still don’t understand why you have to go through, why you seem to have more trouble than some, why your sickness won’t go away, why your tears won’t stop and why your burdens won’t get lighter; well it’s because it’s your time to go through! Yea, it’s your time to suffer but after your storm, Philippians 4:7 says, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Simply God saying, Trust in Me and I will trust in you and then you shall have peace but not just any peace but a perfect peace that only I can create, a perfect peace that only I can give and a perfect peace that only I can take away. Stop allowing yourself to be weighed down with more problems than what you’ve already been promised. See, when the trouble comes that God has promised, He already has the means available for you to get out of it but if its trouble that you’ve found for yourself, it’ll take a little more time for your solution to come. Don’t add to your trouble but add to 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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