Daily Devotional – 7/14/16 “Please stop!”

It’s time out for games, period! We, who said out of our own mouths that we believe in God and want to serve Him, regardless of age, need to understand that the games need to stop! I don’t know if you realize this or not but we are living in hellish times. And if you call yourself a Saint of God and you’re still playing games; it might be hard for God to recognize you as one of His own. So, today is the day that it needs to stop. This means, if you only go to church to give the pastor and members hell; please stop. If you proclaim to be a messenger of God yet you stay in more mess than an unbeliever, please stop! If you know good and well that your heart is dirty, stop putting your filthy hands on folk talking about healing or your unclean mouth talking about prophesying. If you know that your home is in disarray, how in the Heaven can you honestly handle God’s house? If you are lying and sinning thinking you can continually get away with it by showing up at altar call on Sunday, please stop. Beloved, we need some folk who can help ye one another. There needs to be some folk who can hold up the pastor’s arms when he or she gets tired. There ought to be some Saints, somewhere, lying on their face praying for God to have mercy on this land. There should be some folk who are willing to petition the throne of grace on behalf of their sister or brother when they can’t.

There needs to be more folk praying than there are of enemies preying. There must be more Saints snatching others out of the pit inside of pushing them down. There has to be more folk helping than there are of those hurting. There has to be! This is why the games have to stop. Stop going to church choking out the glory of God that’s there with your gossip. Stop showing up at the church meeting just to start some mess because that’s what your momma nem used to do. Stop sending text messages with foolishness, posting and sharing more foolishness because it needs to stop. You can keep on hating folk, if you want, but I don’t have time to keep playing. God has need of us and if we keep thinking we have all the time in the world to get it right, you are sadly mistaken. Everyday there is someone dying by the hand of violence. Everyday a parent has to bury their child because cancer was more aggressive. Everyday a mother has to kiss a son goodbye because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Everyday a daughter is committing suicide because she can’t handle the pressure of living. Everyday a sister is fighting a demon she can’t let go of. Everyday a brother is fighting in his home and in the streets. It’s has to stop y’all. The games and the playing, it has to stop! Please stop! We need more of God’s grace, not your worldly games.

Keep it real

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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