Daily Devotional – 3/11/14 “Voluntary living yet required death!”

Death is a solemn reminder that we all have to die from this life in order to live again with God and although we don’t know when death will show up, some of us live like it’s standing at the door. I mean, you walk around with so much hate in your heart that you won’t let anyone love you. You’re always depressed even though most of the situations you find yourself in, you caused. You’re mad at the world because you’ve become what you said you wouldn’t become but it was your choice. God has given you the fresh anointing of a new day yet you wake up worse than you was when you laid down on last night. God gave you the healing your body needed yet you still walk around like you’re sick. God continually provides for you yet you act like He hasn’t done enough. When will you voluntarily live before the required death? When will you get out of that pity you’ve jumped in? When will you untie that bad luck from around your neck? When will you choose to be happy? Yea, folks have let you down but get this, they will again. Yea, you’ve lost some people and some things, get over it. Yea, you may be addicted to alcohol, drugs, other people’s spouses or materialistic things; destroy it. You have the option to be happy or sad and whether to live or die. Don’t keep being tied down in unhappy places and stop being pushed into tight spaces because they drain the life out of you.

Yes, in your living you get heartache but in dying you gain a never ending heartbeat. In living you get mess but dying you get the Messiah. In living you get pain but dying gives you never ending praise. In living you get sleepless nights but dying you gain restful rejoicing. In living you get strife but dying gives you shouting and singing in the Heavenly Choir. In living you get worldly stuff that can be taken but dying gives you a home that man’s hands didn’t touch. In living you go through hell but dying gives you Heaven. So, don’t be afraid to live for Romans 14:8 says, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord,” and then be afraid to die for Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Choose this day to voluntarily live before the required death comes!

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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