Daily Devotional – 2/17/14 “Willfully worship!”

You know, I had to come to the realization that my worship isn’t dependent on those I worship with because I should willfully worship at all time. See, I was getting burnt out on church, I was tired of driving 45 minutes to church on Sunday morning only to have a dull service and if the truth should be told, tired of church folk but then God got all up in my business. Yea, He got all up in me to let me know that I was wrong because here I am thinking the church was dead when all along it was me. I had to understand that my worship depends on me and no one else. I had to recognize that my praise counts for me and not the preaching that my Uncle does. So, my attitude had to change and now when I’m headed to worship, I do so with the mindset to worship. Yea, I now go to worship ready to worship and I do. I know you’ve been told that you shouldn’t leave church the same way you came but if you come in with praise and thanksgiving on your lips then you should leave the same way. If you come into worship service with the intentions on praising then maybe the Preacher can preach instead of pumping and priming you to say amen. Yea, if we would come into worship worshipping maybe the minister of music can actually minister through music instead of trying to get you to get involved.

Yes, God had to chastise me but I’m okay with that because I needed it and now my praise is better, my studying is different and even my worship is restored all because I now willingly worship. This is why you shouldn’t have to wait until you hear your song to praise God. You shouldn’t have to wait until you’re going through hell at home to worship God like you should. You shouldn’t have to wait until pain is hitting your body before you actually pray at the altar. You shouldn’t have to wait until your child is in jail or the hospital to seek God because our praise shouldn’t affected by our situation but our situation should be affected by our praise. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23.”

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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