Daily Devotional – 12/2/16 “The Heart Matters!”

How can I truthfully tell you to follow your heart when I know good and well, it ain’t right and never has been? See, me telling you to follow your heart to find love when I know your heart still holds bitter residue from your last three failed relationships, is setting you up for failure number 4. If I tell you to follow your heart to choose a place to worship, when I know your heart is still filled with hatred from the last church hurt, you’re likely to get the same thing from every place you join. This is because, unless you deal with the underlying issues in your heart, you’ll never be able to truly follow your heart. Beloved, you can’t get anything out of an investment unless you put something in. What am I saying? Well, you can’t benefit from being in God, if your heart isn’t really in God. Yea, I know you’ve heard the saying. “If you place your heart in God, a man will have to go through God to get it.” And while this is true, the catch is, your heart has to be in God.

Don’t you know the bible says in Jeremiah 17:9, “”The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked? Who really knows how bad it is?” This is why our heart has to be in God, otherwise we’ll be a complete mess. How do we get our heart in God, it starts by praying as Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” When you do this, God will do just that. But before you pray, you have to be willing to go through God’s open heart surgery. And it hurts! In fact, it hurts like you wouldn’t believe because it takes being put to sleep (that’s surrendering), some cutting (that’s losing some people, places or things), some healing (that’s being alright with the stuff lost during the cutting) and then some outpatient therapy (that’s prayer and fellowship). Understand, you have to be all in because you can’t do part of the surgery and expect to be fully healed. Yes, it hurts but the pain is worth it because afterwards you’ll be able to truly follow your heart to the right people, places and things. Because when its God filled, you’ll be God led.

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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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