Daily Devotional – 12/18/15 “Try the door one more time!”

I was watching this show on the ID channel last night. Well, I think it was ID; anyway, it was called surviving evil (I think) and this lady was attacked by her teenage neighbor. After raping, beating and slicing her wrists; he locked her in a crawl space, nailed the door shut, place an object in front of it before setting the house on fire. She had tried numerous times to get the door open, as the smoke-filled the room, and she couldn’t. Then she prayed. And she prayed again. The last time something told her to try the door again and when she pushed on it, it started to open. She might not have known who told her to try again but I do. At the end of the show as the host was talking to the lady, she said something that went all over me.Try the door After she asked her how she survived, the host said, “Try the door one more time.” Bay-bee!

Now, understand, if you aren’t spiritual then you’ll miss this. But I need you, yes you, the one who’s been struggling in this spiritual walk, you who’ve been toiling with your assignment, you who’ve been dealing with some stuff in your ministry, you who’ve been standing in the hallway of possibility, you who’ve been waiting on the steps of elevation, you who’ve been sitting on the chair of faith; I need you to try the door one more time! But this time when you push, push with the faith that you’ve asked God and He’s about to do it. Oh Saint of God, I need you to try the door one more time! It doesn’t matter that it didn’t open the last time, try it one more time. It doesn’t matter that you’re getting weak in your waiting, try the door one more time. It doesn’t matter that someone is telling you to give up, try the door one more time. Oh, I know you might be tired of trying, tired of dealing with hellish folk, tired of going and nobody will come for you, tired of giving and no one will help you, tired of smiling when you want to cry but try the door one more time. The door is God and He won’t allow you to succumb to your wounds. Try the door one more time!

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16

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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