Daily Devotional – 6/7/19 “Remove the sign!”

In my book, Dear God: Hear My Prayer, I shared a message about the Do Not Disturb Sign. In this message, I wanted you to know that when you surrender to God, you remove the block you’ve placed on Him. A block that is like placing a Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door. If the sign is there, the housekeeper can’t come in and do what he or she has a responsibility to do. When this happens, you choose to keep whatever trash, dirty towels and unchanged bed sheets that have accumulated during your stay. However, when the sign is removed, the housekeeper is then able to remove the trash, give you clean towels, change the dirty linens and make your room habitable again. For somebody, today, it’s time you remove the Do Not Disturb sign from your heart and let God in. I know, you’re looking at the mess and you’re embarrassed but baby, God is there to clean, not to condemn. Sure, you allowed things to get out of hand and you’re afraid of the damage that has been done. You’re thinking about how much, this is going to possibly cost you because it’s your name on the bill but beloved, it’s already paid.

All God needs is for you to open the door and give Him permission to do what He promised He would. Aren’t you tired of living in the dirty conditions? Aren’t you tired of trying to make the trash smell good? Are you not tired of throwing stuff under beds and in closets? Are you not tired of sleeping in a dirty bed and covering up with a blanket of burdens? What I mean is, aren’t you tired of masking the stench of bad relationships that plague us like the smell of unemptied garbage cans, the stink of soul ties that cling to us like dirty linens, the addictions that linger like a ring around the tub or the dishonest decisions that hurt us as much as a bill for a damaged hotel room. If you are, then it’s time you remove the sign and let the housekeeper in by declaring like David in Psalm 51:2, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin,” (‘Throughly’ is spelled this way in King James means in a way that penetrates fully and completely). If you don’t, you do realize, the housekeeper will keep passing your room, right? As long as the sign is there, He’ll continually walk by because He can’t force you to receive what comes along with the accommodations of choosing Him. Will you remove the sign and let God in?

Psalm 32:5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.”

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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