Daily Devotional – 12/6/13 “For if I suffer, I’ll gain …”

Now, the song says for if I suffer, I’ll gain eternal life but before I even get there, I’ll gain down here. See, God told me that whatever I sow, I shall reap which means I’ll gain down here (if I sow good things). He said if I ask it shall be given; which means I’ll gain down here (if I ask the right things). He said give and it will be given back to you; which mean I’ll gain down here (if I give good things). He said knock and the door will be open for me, which means I’ll gain down here (if I’m knocking on the right door). He said seek and I will find, which means I’ll gain down here (if I’m seeking the right thing). So, I’ll suffer in my temporary situations if it means I can gain something eternal (never-ending).

Yea, so you go on and suffer through your temporary sickness because it’s gaining your everlasting healing. Go on and suffer through your temporary moment of being without because it’s gaining your endless time of being with. Go on and suffer through you temporary heartbreak because it’s gaining the unending love that you deserve. Yea, I know that it may seem like this temporary situation is lasting a long time but it’ll end with a gain of everything you deserved. The woman with an issue of blood suffered 12 longs years yet she gained her healing. The blind man suffered from birth yet he received his sight. Oh, I know that’s the bible days but let me call some witnesses from today. Come here my Aunt Evelyn who was diagnosed with breast cancer but can now proclaim she’s cancer free. Come here Grandma Cora who was diagnosed with kidney cancer yet she’s still living. Come here my friend Tara who was diagnosed with breast cancer yet she’s living. Come here my sister Laquisha who’s suffering with pain yet she’s willing. Come here all of you who the world deemed a statistic yet you’ve risen above it. Come here all of you that folk said wouldn’t make it yet you’ve overcame every obstacle. Come here those of you who folk said wouldn’t be nothing but now your business is thriving. Yea, suffering doesn’t feel good yet it doesn’t last. So go on through for if you suffer you’ll gain … whatever it is you set your heart to!

P.S. God gave me a gift and every day I use it to glorify Him. Even in writing my first urban fiction, it is only because of God’s grace and guess what, it’s number 1 today on Amazon’s List of African American Women’s Fiction so when I write about these things, it’s because I know and not because of what I heard!

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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