Daily Devotional – 12/7/12 “What have you been trained to do?”

On last night as I was watching Scandal, to most it was a surprise that Huck was the one who actually shot the president but then they showed a clip from next week’s show. Now, in this clip Olivia asked him why he did it and he simply replied, “I’m a trained killer.” See, when someone shows you who they are, you have to believe them. Let me break this thang down for you. When you start a new job, they have to train you, right? And in this training you are taught how to do your job, what not to do, what to say and what not to say and all that. When something new comes or even if an update is made, you are trained to learn the changes because you need them to do your job. And when you spend 8 or more hours a day, 5-6 or 7 days a week, you tend to become great at your job, don’t you? Now, after spending all this time doing this job, you could probably do it in your sleep and even years after you’ve left or retired, you can still remember it to the best of your ability and you don’t forget it and if you had to go back to it, you would. Why? Glad you asked! Because it’s been trained in you! It’s the same way with growing up in a house with an abusive father or mother. As a child, you grow up seeing this type of thing going on so naturally a girl believes this is the way a woman is supposed to be treated and a guy assumes this is the way a man is supposed to treat a woman so they become this as adults. Why, because it’s been trained in them. It’s the same with anything because when someone has been trained to be a killer, robber, child molester, rapist, abuser and user; that’s who they are. Will they change, yes but you have to understand, this type of training doesn’t go away; it’s just simply pushed to the back until something or someone triggers it. It’s like a recovering alcoholic becoming a bartender, a recovering cocaine user becoming a dealer, a child molester becoming a teacher, a bank robber becoming a bank teller and a wife abuser becoming a counselor in a woman’s shelter. All I’m saying is, don’t be surprised when you come home to find your TV gone when you knew you were living with a drug addict. Don’t be shocked when your husband knocks you upside the head when it’s what you’ve always allowed. Don’t be shocked when you see your brother on the news when you knew he robbed folks. It’s simple, when folks show you their character, their true colors and exactly who they are; believe them. Yea, I can take a red wall and cover it with wallpaper in order for it to appear new but when the paper starts to peel, it’s still the same red wall. If a person has showed you, numerous times before, that they can’t be trusted, they continue to hurt you with their words, they walk all over you and always run when the going gets tough; it’s what they are trained to do. Believe what you see, what you’ve been shown and who they show you that they are. Please understand what I’m saying and don’t take this the wrong way because some people can change but that trained mentality is still in the back of their mind and every day is a struggle, a very hard struggle to keep it that way. And if someone has truly changed, then they make an effort to stay in that change. If you don’t see the effort, you won’t see the change!

“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; Stay away from every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

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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