Daily Devotional – 7/10/17 “What is your faith doing?”

When you think you are not worthy of the favor God has placed over your life, He will allow some things to happen to prove to you that you are, indeed worthy. This is why we have to trust God, especially during the struggle. You may know this and/or you may not believe this but it is when you’re in the midst of your struggle that loyalties are defined and lines are drawn. When we go through, spiritual and/or physical attacks, God allows it to see whether or not we will trust Him through the good AND the bad and to see just how far our trust with Him goes. Do I believe God will purposely place a sickness in our body to test your faith? No, because I have read Genesis a few times and I have yet to see where God created cancer, high blood pressure, migraines, organ failure; etc. yet, it happens. And it can happen to the best of us, when we least expect it because occasionally, we just have to struggle. Read Job.

And if Job isn’t enough, read about Paul because in Acts 13, Paul and Barnabas are sent out to preach the gospel and while doing what they’d been chosen and appointed to do, they meet struggle. After being ran out of one town, they move to the next only for struggle to find them there too which results in Paul being stoned (a big struggle). Now, Paul could have easily stopped trusting God after the first time the struggle showed up and he definitely could have while he was standing there with stones hitting his body but he doesn’t. Instead, Paul allows stones to pierce his skin and his trust is still there. With every sting and blood drop, his faith could have left but it didn’t. While he was being drug out the city and left for dead, he could have lost faith but he doesn’t. Instead, the bible says in Acts 14:20, “But the disciples formed a circle around him, and he got up…” His faith, connected to the faith of the disciples around him, raised him up. What is your faith doing, especially doing your struggle? What is your faith saying, especially doing your struggle? Where is your faith taking you, especially doing your struggle? These are the types of questions you need to ask yourself because if you are not checking your faith, regularly, you may not have all the coverage you need when struggle shows up.

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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