Daily Devotional – 2/5/16 “You have to decide!”

As I prepared for bible study this past Wednesday night, God will never give me anything specific to teach on. Once I got to church, I understood why. There were six (6) youth present and some adults but I began speaking to the youth. Why? Well, because there are some young ladies in our church suffering with some evil spirits that have vexed themselves in their spirit. It’s evident. One of the young ladies, 15 years old, said she doesn’t come to church most Sundays because she’s usually coming for the wrong reason. My response, I’d rather have you here in church on Sunday morning, even in that shape, because it’s my hope that something will eventually make you come for the right reason. I explained to her the hold this spirit has over her and I also told her that I couldn’t pray it off/out of her until she’s willing to let it go. She isn’t ready. Yes, I pray for our youth and young adults but in order to get the deliverance she needs, she has to be ready to receive it.

I said all of that to say this, somebody reading this is holding on to some stuff you need to let go of. I don’t know what or who it is, but you need to let it go. Stop asking folk to pray for you over some stuff you’ve bound yourself too. Stop pulling people into your mess when you know good and well, you aren’t ready to get out of it. An addicted person can try twelve times to beat his or her addiction but it won’t work until the thirteenth time. Why? Because it was then he or she was ready and willing to let it go. I can’t fight with you in your battle, if you aren’t willing to fight it yourself. I can’t pray you out of your mess if you keep going home to lie in it because as soon as you’re clean, you’re dirty again. Yes, the prayers of the righteous avails but you wanting what we pray for does too. Change is hard, God knows it is but it’s needed. Nothing ever stays the same because even the air changes based on what’s added to it. Stop putting off what you need to let go of. Whatever it is; whether it’s a physical being, an old or new feeling, some stuff you need to throw out or something materialistic, let it go and God will take care of the rest.

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-26

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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