Daily Devotional – 9/23/16 “It takes more than you!”

I had the opportunity to visit the newest craze in town, Memphis Escape Rooms and I must say it was a challenge. You along with several other members of your team are placed inside a room and you have to work together to figure out how to open the door, in less than 60 minutes. Yes, it sounds like it’s easy but it takes some thinking AND team work. And if you cannot work as a team, the chances of figuring out the clues to get out is close to impossible. However, with my team, when one person couldn’t figure it out, they passed it to another person for them to take a look. Not one person took credit for our team winning (and we were the only team) because it was OUR win! Now, this made me ponder the thought of how much greater our worship, fellowship and relationships would be if we all worked together instead of apart. I mean, just think of how much greater things could be if you admitted what you’re doing isn’t working and asked for help. Just imagine how many more lives can be saved if we lost the “I” mentality and change to an “US” ministry. See, pastor can’t do it all no matter how high you’ve placed him/her. The deacons shouldn’t run it all, no matter how long it’s been working. And you can’t have the final say, I don’t care how long you’ve been there. It takes a team. When it comes to the trinity, there’s three … The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit who all works together for our good. So what makes you think you can do it all?

The bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Yes, I understand you’ve always done it your way but look around, is it still working? Yea, you’ve always been by yourself but aren’t you tired of not having someone to lean on? When you’re by yourself, your thoughts sound great but when you have someone there, they can listen and let you know, “Nawl dude, you’re tripping.” When you’re by yourself, you think you look good but having someone else lets you know, “Girl, that lipstick is not right.” Being the head is good but it’s nothing without the body. This is why the bible says in Ephesians 4:16, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” We can make this thang work but you’ve got to lose your selfishness because the only way it can work, we have to first link our faith together to ensure it does. A chain without links is just a weak piece of metal however a chain with links is a strong defense mechanism! Which one are you?

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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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