Daily Devotional – 10/25/19 “The ministry of the deuces!”

Dear sister and brother,

Stop feeling guilty for walking away from an unhealthy environment, relationship, job, friendship, situationship or place of worship. Read these words carefully … YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE BEING HURT, USED, TAINTED, MISTREATED, WALKED OVER, LIED ON AND ETC.! Sure, there are times our assignments and relationships are hard but willingly putting up with the nastiness of folk, for the sake of saying you hold a position … HELL NO! When God sent out the twelve disciples to heal, teach and reach the people; He gave them some valuable advice. Yes, I know this devotional isn’t about sending you out to do the same but the advice, He gave then, allow it to bless you, now. He told them in Matthew 10:12-14, “As you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.”

Baby, some of y’all are suffering because you haven’t been blessing folk with the ministry of the deuces (two fingers you throw to tell folk, I’m out and goodbye). See, truth is, you need to learn the difference between suffering for Christ’s sake and suffering for folk. Suffering for God has its rewards but suffering for folk has its repercussions. Suffering for Christ is meaningful but suffering for position, well that’s useless. Beloved, lookahere, you are not obligated to heal a grown man or woman. You are not obligated to fix their brokenness. You are not obligated to stay and be walked over. You are not obligated, pastor, to be somebody’s stepping stone. You are not obligated, daughter/son, to be somebody’s punching bag. You are not obligated, ma’am/sir, to be somebody’s atm. You are not obligated, dear employee, to be used. And for the love of all things Holy, stop staying because you see potential without actuals. Fire has potential too, to either keep you warm or burn you up. All I’m saying is, be happy and if you’re not, stop feeling guilty for choosing to be. And that ministry of the deuces, it’ll bless your spirit and your sanity.

Your sister in Christ, Lakisha

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.

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 10/25/19 “The ministry of the deuces!”

  1. Sista Lakisha, I love your spirit! I was soooo taken with your devotional of 10/23. It spoke volumes about me at some times in my life. I share my written Bible study journey each day on a Facebook page to show my struggles and growth as a Christian and to show the good God is in my life. Your devotional soooo hit the spot and I had to share it. I gave you all your credit and due. But you gave me a wonderful gift……you showed me just how important it is to share my truths and struggles because it hit the nail right on the head. It confirmed to me that just as my heart was so moved that what I share is or has moved someone’s heart too. I just love how downright #HONEST you are. Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Oh wow!! Your words … wow! Thank you and I’m happy to know that you’re sharing your stories and struggles. Don’t stop because even when we don’t think they are, our words help others. Be blessed!

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