Daily Devotional – 5/19/16 “God said it that settles it!”

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Why do you need validation on what God has already promised you? Why do you need to call somebody to make sure the blessing you just received is real and it’s yours? If God sent it or said it, that should settle it! Why do you need the added blessing of Pooh nem to believe it? The first thing you post is, “I can’t believe the blessing I just got,” why not? Or you calling folk with, “Girl, you wouldn’t believe how God is working in my life,” why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t I believe that God has cured your sickness, vacated the death sentence man gave, dropped the charges, enlarged your territory, sent your husband, allowed your vision to go forth, impregnated you with purpose, dried your tears, calmed your fears and blew your mind? Why shouldn’t I believe that? Beloved, I know what God can do so every time He shows up, I am persuaded to believe Him. Why? Because He’s never let me down before. You got the nerve to be shocked when God has allowed you to make it until payday with $8 and half tank of gas. You’re blown away at the fact that you got the job you’ve been praying for. You’re amazed that you made it through the storm, survived when others didn’t and made it when you know you shouldn’t but why, tho? You know the power God possess and you ought to know the power He’s placed within you.

And while you’re calling folk, some of them don’t want to see you prosper no way and they will mess around and talk you out of your blessing. You call to tell them about the job offer and they say it’s too good to be true. You tell them about the car you were just approved for and they say the interest rate too high. You share with them the blessing of your new house and they start bad mouthing the neighborhood. They find out you’ve joined a new church and they start telling you stuff that happened there ten years ago. Let them find out you pay your tithes, go to Sunday school and bible study and support the vision of the pastor and they’ll start badmouthing him/her. And don’t let them see a change in you, they’ll assume it’s for your new boo and not you. Lose some weight and they’ll say stuff like, “You lost too much weight, you don’t look right.” Try to better yourself and they’ll start with, “You think you better than everybody else.” Do anything better today than you did yesterday and folk will start whispering your name. This is why you shouldn’t need your blessing validated by folk. If God has trusted you with it, you ought to trust yourself with it. Stop listening to everybody who says, “God told me to tell you,” especially if you don’t know the God they are serving. This is why 1 John 4:1 says, “Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” While you are waiting on them to validate your blessing, you may want to check the source of their strength because it may shock you. Trust God and take Him at His word because it never goes out void.

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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