Daily Devotional – 11/27/17 “You have to believe!”

Here it is, another Monday; the last one in November and 34 days before this year ends and somebody is feeling just as lost as this time last year. Maybe it’s because you have taken more losses than wins, this year. Maybe it’s because you have been sicker, this year. Maybe it’s because you have experienced depression, this year. Maybe you have seen more storms, this year. And just maybe you are tired of everything and everybody. Tired of scraping together and still struggling, praying with no answer, church hopping and no real connection, seeking but only finding trouble, trying to trust but it’s getting harder and waiting in expectancy but the enemy is calling your name. Yes, you’ve turned the other cheek but it still hurts. You’ve ignored the ignorance but it still affects you. You’ve unfriended and blocked some folk but what they said is still pricking at your heart. Yes, you’ve been reading the bible yet it seems the more you open it, the harder the attacks. And you still have to get up because somebody is depending on you. You still have to push because your destiny is depending on you. You still have to stand, while hurt and in pain because your life is depending on it.

I wish I had the magic answer, the one scripture to erase all your pain, that one song to soothe you, the one word to comfort you and the remedy to all that ails you but … wait, I do. As cliché as it is, I got it. His name is El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty), Jehovah Nissi (Banner over me), Jehovah Rohi (My Shepherd), Jehovah Rapha (My Healer), Jehovah Jireh (My Provider), Jehovah Shalom (My Peace), Jehovah Tsidkenu (Righteousness), El Olam (Everlasting) and El Gibhor (Mighty). If that isn’t enough, grandma says He’s alpha and omega, He’s beginning and the end, He’s joy in sorrow and hope for tomorrow, He’s the author and finisher of our faith, He’s midnight company keeper, He’s a wiper of our tears and the answer to our fears, He a heavy load carrier and burden bearer, He’s credit repairer and blessing sharer, He can restore your mind and give sight to the blind, He can make a lame man walk and the mute to talk, He can do what doctors couldn’t and what man wouldn’t AND if He can do all of this, can He not do what you are in need of? Of course He can and surely He will. You simply have to believe in His power and trust in His word.

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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