Daily Devotional – 2/22/16 “It’s real y’all!”

Depression, suicidal thoughts, wanting to give up, giving in … it’s a reality for a lot of people. Just because you can’t see their pain in the physical, it doesn’t mean there is no pain. This is why you have to watch how you talk to folk, all because you’re having a bad day. This is why you have to be careful how you treat folk, all because someone once hurt you. Stop before you react. Whether you want to believe it or not, there are some ministers/pastors who leave worship service depressed every Sunday. This is after they’ve preached you happy yet they are dying inside. Why? Well because they have to deal with the attitude and criticism of folk who claim to be saved yet no one is stopping to ask how he or she is doing. There are parents who contemplate walking off from their children every day simply because they can’t deal with the pressure of being parents. And some of these people sit on the same pew as you. There is a woman being abused at this very moment and she’s probably the CEO of a company. There is a man who is being belittled, right now, via text from some bitter woman who was taught to be this way by another bitter woman. There is a child being molested by someone who is supposed to love them. A teenage boy is being initiated into a gang because he wants to feel loved and he thinks this is how it’s supposed to be. A child is being bullied and their momma or daddy is too busy to notice. A woman is dealing with unbearable pain and she thinks suicide is her way out. A dad is being kept away from his child because the momma wants more child support.

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What in the hell is going on? Baby, some of you saved folks who tore the altar up on yesterday with your dancing is living in pure hell and you’re too ashamed to tell somebody. You’re staying at that church, where you’re spiritually dying because you don’t want to hurt anybody. You’re staying in that relationship because you’ve become complacent yet you complain all day long. Stop living within the chains of bondage that has been clasped around your ankle. If you need help, get it. If you need to tell somebody, do it. If it’s too much, admit it. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t allow your folks to suffer after your suicide. Don’t do it! Cover your mouth and tame your tongue because words spoken can’t be taken back. Don’t hurt folk because you’ve been hurt, deal with your hurt. Don’t continue the cycle of abuse, it needs to end. It needs to end today!

Dear God, I pray that you release every stronghold that is holding us down. Destroy every binding yoke, generational curses, sickness and disease. I pray right now for those suffering in silence. Have your way God that we shall not perish.

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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