Daily Devotional – 11/2/16 “Before you condemn!”

You do realize that people are entitled to their opinions and beliefs, right? Then why is it that when you REALLY become saved you try to bash folk over the head with the beliefs you just started taking serious. Take Halloween for an example. You are all upset because the pastor took his/her kids trick or treating, dressed in a costume but what about all those times you play and dress up as Holy? I mean, you’re mad because the “church” gave out candy but were you complaining when it got back to the house and you stayed up eating it? You rarely attend church yet you want to tell folk how God will feel with what they’re doing. What about you? You claim to be concerned with folk playing with the enemy but what about those days you play with your devotion. 

No, I don’t get all dressed up in costumes but I don’t knock those who do. And just because you dress up, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re accepting the holiday. It could just mean you’re living. With my nephew, he enjoys Halloween and if he asks me to buy him a costume, I do. But I also take him to church, teach him about God and tell him the difference between right and wrong. So before you turn your nose up and put your mouth on folk, work on yourself. Before you try to get me to buy in to your beliefs, learn what they really are. And while you’re doing that, why don’t you take a step back and reflect on the times you tricked or treated. Look, you don’t have the right to condemn but you do have the right to teach, love and admonish in righteousness. Get out your feelings because we have a responsibility to help nature kingdom workers not prune them, that belongs to God.

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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