Daily Devotional – 1/8/18 “Cease and desist”

Dearly beloved,

I’ve heard you have been involved in some backbiting, lying, stealing, cheating, gossiping and bragging. You’ve been named the prime suspect in sowing discord among folk. You’ve taken it amongst yourself not to speak to family members. You decide when you’ll be loving and when you’ll be mean. You decide when you’ll serve and when you will not. You concoct plans of wickedness and you glory in the suffering of others. Yes, you look as if you’re holy but underneath you’re hellish, very hellish. And I cannot stand by and watch it go on another day. It is a new year and you need to become a new you, for real this year, so ma’am/sir, this is an official notice for you to cease and desist. Read it carefully because today you shall cease in doing things that dims the light of God within you and you shall desist, which means you ought not to restart doing them. For the bible describes people with actions such as this in Proverbs 6:12-14 saying, “What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars, signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble.”

Woman/man of God, are you not tired of being caught up in mess? Are you not sick of spending days fussing and fighting for things that do not benefit you, anyway? Are you not fed up with always speaking negative of folk? Are you not at your wit’s end with being labeled a confusion creator, malicious messenger or babbling bone bringer? Are you not worn out from having your hand in the demise of folk? Yes, I know your ego is boosted when people say you’re the one who has no filter on your mouth and who will say the first thing that comes to mind without caring about folk’s feelings. Okay, you are the one who doesn’t mind getting into it with folk or putting people in their place. You’re the one who doesn’t mind dabbling in the affairs of others. But is it really worth it? Is having that kind of label tied to your name worth the few minutes of fame? If not, then may I suggest you cease and desist because as with any cease and desist order there are consequences if you do not comply. For the next verse, Proverbs 6:15 says this, “But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.” If you didn’t know, things that have no hope of repair are often discarded without a second thought.

Thee Messenger

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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