Daily Devotional – 6/30/15 “Your gift!”

I finally had a chance to go to bible study on last night after missing it for over 12 weeks (due to being in class) and I am glad I did. Pastor Letcher was teaching from 2 Timothy 1:6 and this verse says, “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” Now, Paul was writing to Timothy as a way to encourage him just as I am writing today to encourage somebody reading this. See, there are so many folk, in the Christian body, who are sitting on their gifts; who are not fanning the flame of their favor, who are afraid to tap into the anointing that has been placed in their spirit all because you are fearful of the unknown. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (KJV).” So what are you fearful of? Don’t you know that when God gifts He also grants? What do I mean? Well, when He gifts you with His anointing, He also grants you His protection. What do you have to be scared of? All you have to do is be faithful in that which He told you to do. Pastor Letcher said on last night, “One who is faithful is keeping God’s agenda yet one who is fearful is keeping the enemy’s.” Baby, that’ll preach any day of the week!

Don’t you know that God didn’t make us to be fearful? Romans 8:15 says, “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” And Romans 8:16 continues with this, “For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” And being God’s children entitles us to God’s protection. So tell me again, why are you fearful of using your gift? Is it that you don’t believe in yourself? Where is your faith? You have to know that God believes enough in you or He wouldn’t have chosen you. This is why you have to stand with power every time you use your gift, to show God that you aren’t ashamed of Him and that you are proud to be in the number. Your gift is yours and yours alone, use it. So stop being afraid to use that which is yours, for you ought to be able to proudly proclaim by now Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength!” All you have to do is have faith in the God you serve and believe in the gift that has been placed within you and you can!

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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