Daily Devotional – 11/12/18 “You can’t get comfortable!”

My husband finds it odd that I am nervous every time I preach or speak in front of people but I am. It never fails. Yet, here’s what I have discovered. Being nervous, is not about the people I’m speaking to, the message in which I’m speaking or the place where I stand but it means I am not yet comfortable. Get this though, I never want to be because God didn’t call me to be comfortable, He called me to be a mantle carrier, game changer, curse breaker and message deliverer. Now understand something, this is just the thoughts of Lakisha, you may not feel the same and that’s okay but I never want to get comfortable working for God. See, when I get relaxed in doing what God has asked of me, it will become as easy as putting on my favorite pajamas and sitting in front of the TV. In other words, there won’t be much effort put into it and when that happens, flesh can take over. When I get comfortable, I will not do as much as I would have before because flesh is saying, you’ve done enough. You’ve encouraged enough, nobody needs to hear it anymore. You’ve preached enough, no need to study, just keep using the same message over and over. You’ve done enough for free, only go now for the money. You’ve served enough, let them serve you now. Being comfortable leaves room for doing my will, not God’s and this isn’t what God has set us apart to do.

Beloved, sometimes, on this journey doing the Will of God will make us feel uncomfortable but it’s to correct us. Sometimes, the Will of God will make us feel some type of way but it’s to teach us. Sometimes, the Will of God will penetrate places we’ve long shut off but it’s for correction. And sometimes it’ll step on some toes and hurt but that’s because it’s for training in righteousness. And serving God should take us out of our comfort zone because there are lives on the line. We don’t have time to be calm because there are some strongholds and curses to destroy. We don’t have time to be content when we’ve been called to conquer. We don’t have time to get complacent when there are valleys, alleys, pits and places we might have to visit to save the lost. We can’t relax the word of God, the serving of God or the will of God when there are people prematurely dying. In Matthew 16:24, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” I don’t know about you but there is nothing, absolutely nothing comfortable about denying self but it’s worth it when you do.

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Daily Devotional – 6/15/16 “Read the instructions!”

Trust God

Have you noticed that every time you buy something, that requires your attention, it comes with instructions? Think about it. If you buy uncooked food, it comes with instructions on the packaging or the can. When you buy electronics, they come with instructions on how to set it up. When you buy appliances, household items, etc. they come with instructions. A book shelf, it comes with instructions. You get my point. However, what you don’t get is this … if you fail to follow the instructions, you sometimes make things harder than what they are. It doesn’t matter if you’ve cooked rice for 15 years, sometimes you need to refer back to the instructions. Yea, you cook pancakes every Saturday yet sometimes you have to look at the instructions just to see how much water goes in. That’s why it’s important to keep the instructions. Yes, I know you can do it on your own. You got this. How hard can it be, right? But that’s until you’ve spent 3 hours on something that should have taken 15 minutes. My point is, God has given us instructions and although we think we can navigate the road of life by ourselves, it’s harder when you try to do it alone. Now, what was supposed to take 4 days has now taken 4 years and you’re trying to understand why. We want to question God but in reality, it isn’t Him. When was the last time you actually studied the instructions of God? When was the last time you dusted them off and opened it? When was the last time you followed them?

I don’t know about you but life is hard enough, without anything else added to it. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 8:33, “Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.” Yet often times we do ignore it. Proverbs 19:20 says, “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.” Yet we think we know it all. When the fact of the matter is, you can never get too much instruction. Every time you read the bible, you see something differently than you did the last time. It’s not because the word changed but it’s because, the more you read; the more spiritually in tune you become which then allows you to understand more. And it’s then you begin to see things differently. When you understand, you don’t give up like you used too, you now hold on to God’s unchanging hands. You used to get angry and shoot off but now you’re slow to speak. You used to think God was ignoring you but now you have patience to wait on Him. You used to think the world was against you but now you understand it’s just a temporary moment that’ll fade. This change happened because you referred back to the instructions. And now your waiting period is shorter and you understand the reason for your storm. It’s now you read the instructions and comprehend and you realize it’s not so bad. Please know this …“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17”