Daily Devotional – 6/9/15 “It’s not your battle!”

Stop trying to fight a battle that God has already fixed. Folk said you can’t, tell them you may think I can’t but God says I can. When folk say you won’t; tell them you may say what I won’t do but God says what I will. When folk say you shouldn’t, tell them you say I shouldn’t but God determines I should. Baby, you have some people camped around who whose main purpose is to see you fail. Yea, they get up every day to check your social media sites to see if you have been defeated by the enemy yet, they are waiting to get the text about your bad news, waiting to pass the gossip around about the mistake you made; so what! They cannot wait to see you and your spouse doing badly. They cannot wait to see you struggling in your ministry. They can’t wait to see you asking somebody for help. It’s their job and they are great at it. Why do you think they pop up every time something happens in your life, it’s their job. Why do you think they text you with, “I was just checking on you,” it’s their job. Yes, they show up at your functions because they want to see if you are all you say you are. Yes, they show up to hear you preach because they are waiting to hear you mispronounce a word. Yes, they are following you on twitter; they are your friend on Facebook and even liking your pictures on Instagram; keep them close!

Keep them close because you need them to see that you are not defeated but you’re devoted in this thang and that means you can take the good and the bad. Keep them close in order for them to see how you come out your storm because you know that in order to be blessed by the Son you have to sometime endure the rain. Keep them close and let them hear your praise during those times you almost didn’t and in the nick of time, you did. Keep them close and when they text reply, I’m making it by the grace of God. Keep them close in the hopes that one day some of your God will rub off on them. Keep them close so that they get firsthand knowledge of your elevation instead of second-hand gossip. Keep them close not because you need fans but because you need them to know the facts that God can and He will! Beloved, the enemy uses regular folk to throw us off our path to destiny; you need to open your eyes. Stop worrying about the folk who are out to get you, God will give you what you need to handle them. Be mindful of His teachings and you’ll conquer them. Let them watch and you work. Let them stand by and gossip while you are granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit. God got you in this and He’ll take care of you but you’ve got to trust Him enough to get you through it. Stop trying to fight; it’s not your battle.

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.” Ephesians 6: 10-19

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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