Daily Devotional – 1/13/14 “Just a thought!”

What shall I write about today that you haven’t already heard? What can I possibly share that you aren’t tired of hearing? I don’t know. I will tell you this, on yesterday on the way to church, I posted this to Facebook, “Headed to worship service to worship! See, I’ve realized that in order to get worship out of worship service I have to first offer my worship. So, here am I Lord, willing and yet able to give you worship for absolutely everything You’ve done, doing and will do! #thatisall,” and when I tell you that we had an absolutely amazing worship experience; it would be an understatement. I told you a few posts back that it felt like I was getting tired of church but then God got all in my spirit to let me know that maybe it was me and it was. Yea, because it finally clicked that I can’t get out what I am not putting in. Oh but then my uncle Pastor preached on “Grow up” from Galatians 6:1-5 and this verse stuck out … “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted (Galatians 6:1).”

Now, this stuck out because there are a lot more “church” folk chastising and criticizing rather than correcting and directing. Yea, “church” folk are quick to tell you about your sins when they were in theirs last night and just didn’t get caught. Yea, “church” folk find it easy to dabble in your business instead of minding their own. Yea, “church” folk! And I put quotation marks around church because I need it to stand out because most of us have forgotten what church really means. Church is us as we are the living word. I don’t have a lot to share today so it won’t be long because all I need you to get out of the devotional today is, help me if I sin but don’t hurt me because you can be tempted as quickly as I can. Romans 15:1 say, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” However, please understand this; I am not trying to give you my burden, I just asked you to help me carry it. I didn’t ask you to pay off my debt, I simply ask you to let me borrow something. I didn’t ask you to heal me, I just asked you to pray for me. I didn’t ask you to lie about me, I asked you to love me. “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).”

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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