Daily Devotional – 4/18/17 “No competition!”

God will never put you in an assignment that will cause you to be in competition with somebody. Why not? Because what is yours, is yours and what is mine is mine. What makes you think God will give you a spouse you will have to snatch from someone else bed? Why, in the heck, do you think God will give you the responsibility to pastor a church that you had to sneak and apply for? Why would God give you the promotion you had to lie to get? God won’t ever have you competing over what is yours. This is why the bible tells us in Galatians 6:4-5, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” Yes, friendly competition is good, when it comes to games but not blessings. This is why you will not ever see me trying to preach, pray, serve, write or do anything like someone else. It does not matter if they get four thousand views and I get twelve, I can only be me. And some of you are having a hard time, at this very moment, because you are competing with somebody for something or someone you thought was yours. Stop it!

That will be like me competing with somebody over a dude who is supposed to be mine or competing with another pastor for my position or even fighting on the job for a position ‘they’ said was mine. It does not make sense because what is mine will be mine and what is yours will be yours. Beloved, the only person you should ever compete with is self. You don’t have to believe me. Talk to God about it and He will tell you. Then, go and visit some successful businesses and they will even tell you. Why would they need to compete when their work speaks for itself? Stop competing for what is yours. Stop fighting folk over what belongs to you. On today, my prayer for you is this … That your eyes will be open to see and understand that you will never have to compete with someone else over what God has for you.

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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