Daily Devotional – 6/14/16 “The playing has to stop!”

With so many things going on in the world, we’ve got to stop playing! No, for real; it’s time out for playing spiritually, socially, economically, mentally; all of it. Yes, we’ve been getting away with the little cute worship and the soft altar prayers but some things are about to change; spiritually. How much longer will God allow His people to wander aimlessly by complaining, whining, groaning, killing, stealing and playing? You may not believe me but God is about to shake some stuff up. No, I don’t mean by way of mass killings and destroying nations but He is about to dismantle a lot of so-called religious leaders and worship places. He will no longer tolerate the safe, cute preaching you are used to. He isn’t going to continually allow the lying in the pulpit and the sinning in the pews. God is about to deal with a lot of us ‘Christians.” Those who shout but won’t study His word. Those being led astray because you are too busy looking at the preacher instead of looking at the word. Those who show up just to raise hell and show out. Those who preach for profit. God isn’t pleased! Oh, I know you are probably saying, “but it’s been working.” For who? Baby, can’t you see the hell that is happening in the worship places? Wives are against husbands, children disobeying parents, deacons sabotaging the pastor, mothers and missionaries at odds and folk still mad because God called women to preach! This is why it’s time out for the same old comfortable preaching, “Jesus died on Friday, stayed dead all day Saturday and on Sunday, He got up with all power!” Yes, we know this but what else? It’s time out for the whooping and hollering and for these revivals that aren’t reviving anything, spiritually. It is time for the calling out and destruction of the enemy!

Yea, you look cute on your flyer but are you casting out demons of perversion that’s attacking the deacon board. Yes, you look nice in your suit but what about casting out demons of hatred that’s attached to the children’s ministry? Yea, the new building is gorgeous but are you breaking strongholds that have taken over families? Yes Bro/Sis pastor, your church is packed but can they pray themselves out of bondage? Are you praying on the altar until the noose attached to marriages, is cut? What about allowing the Holy Spirit to flow instead of cutting it to align with your time constraint? What about preaching the hell out of folk? What about saying amen, pew member? Have you tried actually supporting the vision of the pastor instead of scrutinizing everything he/she does? It’s true, the church can only do so much, but when the move of the Holy Spirit is directed by time, the deacons and trustees, there’s a problem. When you show up at church because you’ve been there longer than the pastor, there’s a problem. And a lot of churches are dying because the glory of God has left it due to all the foolishness taking place. Why do you think these strip mall/store front churches with 35 members are thriving and those that have been standing for over 50 years are dwindling? It’s because God’s glory can’t get through the thickness of mess to come in. We’ve got to stop playing and starting inviting God to worship! Start at home and let it carry over.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1-6

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.

One thought on “Daily Devotional – 6/14/16 “The playing has to stop!”

  1. I Strongly Agree!! It does need to stop! I can recall all this since I was a little girl. I couldn’t understand it then…But as I gave my life, and heart to Jesus Christ….and doing my own Journey’s. I do understand what is happening…It is sad!! God has not missed nothing! Nothing can not be hidden from Him. He created us, not us created Him. Enough said. Agape! Shalom!

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