Daily Devotional – 10/28/15 “Are you ashamed?”

Why is it that we, as Saints of God, can’t have an opinion without trying to sound holier than thou? Why is it that as Saints of God, we back down from our biblical thoughts to keep from ruffling the world’s feathers? Why is it hard to accept something coming from the man or woman in the pulpit but not from folk in the streets? I mean we get all bent out of shape when the pastor or preacher teaches the truth because we don’t want to hear it. Ma’am, sir; I don’t know if you’ve realized this yet but um … it’s time out for sugar-coating the word of God to appease folk’s feelings. It’s time out for worrying about if someone will think you’re talking about them. It’s time we start telling folk the truth. Yes sir, yes ma’am; you might be going to hell if you aren’t living right. Brother Deacon, God isn’t pleased with the lackadaisical praying you’ve being doing. Sister choir member, God won’t bless your mess simply because you get up to sing yet your heart is full of hate. Dear usher, God isn’t pleased with your service every time you stand in judgment of folk. Pastor, God surely isn’t delighted with the half service you’ve been giving. Oh member, yes God knows your heart but that doesn’t mean He is accepting of you coming to church only to stay on your phone the entire time.

When will we, as God’s chosen, get to being about God’s business? Yea, I saw that scripture you posted but do you even understand it? Yes, I see you going to worship but how’s your witnessing? Yea, I see you acting loving towards folk but how’s your living? Please understand; you don’t have to defend your biblical views, assignment, favor, calling or ministry work to folk but it should match with how you’re living. God should be seen in every aspect of your life and not just on Sunday. Of course, we all make mistakes but don’t allow them to stop you from being who you are. Don’t allow folk’s views to shape you into something other than whom you are. I choose God because He chose me (flaws and all). I love God because He loves me (mistakes and all). I get that some folk may not like me anymore, I’m okay with that. Who will you choose? Who are you rolling with? Don’t allow your opinion to change because people start chiming in. Be who you are called to be and don’t be ashamed of it. For the bible says in Mark 8:38, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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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