Daily Devotional – 7/16/13 “If my salvation depended on man’s belief!”

I’d be a tore up from the floor up, good for nothing sinner. If my salvation depended on man’s belief, I would be all that the enemy says I am and all the names they call me. If my salvation depended on man’s belief, I would never see the sun because they’d probably believe I should have more stormy weather. Yea, if my salvation depended on man’s belief, he’d already have my ticket stamped to hell. See, man will see a picture with my arm around a woman and believe I am a lesbian but a Christian will see me as showing myself friendly. Man will see me whispering and believe me to be a gossip but a Christian will see me praying for my brother. Oh, if my salvation depended on man’s belief I wouldn’t ever be good enough to serve God because they’d always find fault in my work. If my salvation depended on man’s belief, I’d never be blessed because they’d rather see me begging. If my salvation depended on man’s belief, I’d never prosper because they’d rather see my pity. If my salvation depended on man’s belief, I’d always be nobody because they’d rather see me down than up. If my salvation depended on man’s belief, my face would always show signs of crying because they’d find pleasure in my tears. Yet, however, but … I am so glad I don’t have to go online to order my ticket to Heaven because John 3:16 tells me, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” I am so glad that I don’t have to fill out an application to be saved because Acts 16:31 tells me, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” I am glad that I don’t have to stand before man and interview for my salvation because Jesus tells me in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Oh, I am so glad that my salvation isn’t based on my word because my bible tells me in Titus 3:5, “he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”

So, when you see me rejoicing in the rain, when you see me dancing through my doubts, when you see me praising through my pain, when you hear me shout through my situation, when you see my arms waving through my woes, when you see the tears flowing through my faults; it’s all because my bible tells me “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).” Thank you God for saving a wretch like me!

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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