Daily Devotional – 1/25/16 “Lose your religion!”

Along this life’s journey, you may get to a point when you start questioning if the path you’re on is even worth it. Be honest! It may be because life has gotten hard, you’re struggling in your spirituality, you’ve been dealt a bad hand or it may be you just don’t know what you should be doing. Now, you’re sitting in between give up or give in. You’re torn over if you should or shouldn’t answer the call/text from your past because anything seems better than your present. You’ve had a brave face because it’s easier than telling someone about your struggle. Your cheeks are starting to hurt from the fake smile you’ve been wearing. You’re always too busy to talk but the truth is, you don’t want anyone to hear the pain in your voice. You’ve stopped posting pictures because you don’t want anyone to see the bags under your eyes from the sleepless nights. You haven’t changed your relationship status because you don’t want anyone to know that one didn’t work either. You’re afraid to ask for help because folk now days talk about you more than they pray for you. You’re tired of being told to hold on and let God do it. You’re tired of seeing folk blessings and yours haven’t showed up yet. You’re not trying to be petty but it’s hard to control it. Now what?

Well beloved, you may need to lose your religion! Yea, you may need to lose what you’re use to in order to get what you now need. You may need to let go of religion and get religious. See, religion is defined as people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a God but religious means believing in and showing devotion or reverence for a God (dictionary). Religion searches for answers on the creator of creation but religious seeks the one who created creation for He has all the answers. Religion is your belief of God but religious means your belief in God. Religion means you practice Christianity but religious means you partake in Christianity. Religion means you try to figure out how God did it but religious means you’re faithful to God for doing it. Religion means you question things but religious means you testify of things. Religion means you got God but religious mean God has you. This is why you have to lose your religion and tap into being religious. Baby when you’re religious you walk through the valley of the shadow of death and you fear no evil, you stop leaning on your own understanding, you walk through darkness and don’t bump into anything, you minister to folk who talk about you, you pray for those who prey on you and you go through the struggle with strength and come out with your salvation intact. It may not feel good because then you’ll have to come out of your comfort zone but it’s worth it.

“Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.”” John 6:29

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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