Daily Devotional – 11/2/15 “Critical Christians!”

I shared a devotional on Saturday, something I don’t normally do but I had to share my thoughts on Halloween. Please understand, everyone is entitled to their opinions but why do you have to bash folk over the head with your beliefs if you barely act like you believe them? You rarely attend church yet you want to tell folk how God will feel with what they’re doing. What about you? You want folk to feel bad about dressing up in costumes but what about those Sundays you dress up as a Christian? You know, when you go to worship with so much hell in you that folk don’t know whether to speak to you or pray over you. You claim you are concerned with folk playing with the enemy but what about those days you play with your devotion. We, as Saints of God, cannot pick and choose when we will serve God. You can’t be Holy when it counts and then hellish the rest of the time. It doesn’t work that way. Just because you feel a certain way, it doesn’t mean you criticize others for how they feel. They may not know. This is why you have to be mindful of how you talk and treat folk because you may be the one running them away from God instead of trying to save them.

No, I don’t get all dressed up in costumes but my nephew is a child and he enjoys it so I will do whatever I can, to do what he asks and if that means buying him a costume and taking him trick or treating, I’ll do it. That doesn’t negate the fact that I also teach him about God, take him to church on Sunday and tell him what’s right and wrong. Taking him out on Halloween didn’t stop me or him from worshipping on yesterday. So while you are turning your nose up at folk carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, decorating their houses, buying candy or trick or treating; why don’t you fix your light of God that seems to be dim? Ecclesiastes 7:16 says, “So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself?” Yes, I get it; you know the bible in and out, you’ve been in church all your life and you can probably preach better than the Pastor but that doesn’t give you the right to condemn others. You have the right to teach, love and admonish in righteousness but that doesn’t include your personal feelings. This is why the bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We have a responsibility to help nature kingdom workers but it isn’t our job to prune them that belongs to God.

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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