Daily Devotional – 9/12/13 “Hell now but Heaven’s reward!”

Have you ever wondered why your Christian walk is so much harder than your worldly one? 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 because even though things seemed easy, in the world, you were paying a cost for them. Yea, you were sleeping with someone else’s husband who was paying your bills until you went to the doctor to find out you have something you can’t get rid of (STD or baby) – you paid the cost. Yea, you were a big drug dealer with money in your pocket, cars in the driveway, expensive clothes and shoes but then you get caught up and now you’re in prison – you paid the cost. See, nothing is free and if it seems too good to be true, it may just be. Oh but when you decide to let God in and you read the bible, He lets you know up front that this journey won’t be easy. However, He tells you 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.”

Yea, with God in front of you, your obstacles won’t seem as bad and your past won’t matter. 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. You may even get knocked down a time or three but that won’t matter as long as you get up. You may be talked about along the way but that doesn’t matter as long as you don’t answer to the names you are called. Oh, you don’t have to worry about those folks who close the door in your face because they can’t stop what God has already set in motion because there is nothing, absolutely nothing that man can do to stop God’s anointing. I know that when you do right, the enemy is busier but it doesn’t mean that God is not there for Psalm 138:7 say, “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 because my bible tells me 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.” So when folk put their mouth on you let them talk because God got it covered for Psalm 29:11 say “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, remain calm in a situation that used to make you act a fool, give you understanding at a time you thought you couldn’t do it, allow you to sleep when all hell is breaking loose around you and allow you to smile when you should be crying and living when you should be dying. God just works that way! So even when it seems like the world is closing in on you, hold on! You may be going through hell now and you may even be suffering but heaven is worth it.

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.”

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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