Daily Devotional – 12/19/14 “Favor can work together!”

Baby, I simply stopped by to tell you that God is about to shift some stuff around. Please! Please! Mark these words I write. God is about to shift ministry like never before. In 2015, ministry won’t be the same. I keep trying to tell you but you won’t listen. Can’t you see? God isn’t pleased with the current state of ministry and some things are about to be shaken loose. This is why I keep saying, you need to be mindful of the folk you are around. You keep thinking that you are surviving off of your merit when baby, its grandma’s prayers that’s keeping you. Keep thinking that it’s only your prayers, when it’s yours and some co-worker’s prayer’s that keeping the doors of the job open. Keep thinking it’s you that’s carrying the church because you’re the oldest deacon when it’s yours and God’s unmerited favor that He placed in the shepherd that He sent to govern the flock too. Sir, ma’am; it’s not only you but it’s the person you’re standing by and it’s the person you’ve surrounded yourself with whose favor you’re stepping in. It’s not only you.

This is why you have to be careful, again, who you surround yourself with. For God’s word says in Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows,” and what sense is it to allow your enemies to step in the favor that’s overflowing from your cup? Oh but if you surround yourself with like spirited, like favored, like-minded people; whose cup is overflowing like yours then it shouldn’t matter if your oil mix because then your oil would be mixing for the good and not for bad because Ephesians 1:11 says, “Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” Oh, do you get it now? We work better together! As Saints of God, we have to first walk in our favor and then surround ourselves with others who walk in their favor and who’s willing to share their favor. Baby, this spiritual journey is hard on our good days and sometime even the best encourager may need a little bit of your favor to pinch off of just to make it through, will you share? I don’t need all of it, I just may need to lean on you every once in a while, can I? I may not even need to call, just a text every now and then, is that cool? I don’t need your judgment, criticism, snide remarks nor could haves; a simple hug would do; can you do that if the time comes? I don’t want handouts just a hand, will you? Psalm 5:12 says, “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” I shared this a few months back on Twitter and it fits today, “Even as a team, in order for US to be successful, we have to link our FATES together and that starts by linking our FAITH!”

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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