Daily Devotional – 7/29/19 “Focus on the purpose, not the people!”

There are people around you who are waiting on you to fail, family members who don’t believe you will amount to anything and people who come to cheer you on, but then leave speak negatively about you. Here’s what you do … stop trying to explain! All you have to do is, continually walk and work, in the purpose God has set before you. Stop trying to demonstrate signs that you’ve been called. Stop trying to provide evidence of your purpose. Stop trying to get them to visualize your vision. You don’t have to make the statuses of “I’m going to make it with or without you,” show them. You don’t have to make the subliminal post, show them. You don’t have to buy the shirt, show them. Baby, if I sat around waiting on folk to “buy in” to my purpose, I’d be somewhere, raggedy and tore up with a dried up harvest and no plan. If I waited on folk, to support my ministry, I’d probably never preach in “their” pulpits. If I had to count on folk, I do know, to buy books, I’d never get and be appreciative of all those I didn’t know.

What I’m saying is, stop putting time in the wrong people and things. When you focus on the purpose, you’ll see God’s plan but when you focus on people, you’ll miss God’s purpose. Child, if I focused on people who statistically said, because I was raised in the projects of North Memphis; I should be a teenage mother with multiple baby daddies, high school dropout, living in the same area on government assistance and possibly drugs; I would’ve doubted God’s plans for my life. Folk said, I couldn’t possibly be called to preach when I write books with sex/cussing, tattoos, high heels, shaved head and don’t conform to the standards of man AND I almost allowed this negative thinking to stunt my growth; BUT I know what I heard when GOD called me and not man. When I stopped living for the world and instead living, in the word, my life changed. When I stopped trying to please folk, my life became pleasing. When I stopped trying to make folk believe in me, folk began believing in me. Why? Because I no longer tell them ANYTHING, but I show them! How? By the fruit that I produce. Focus on the purpose, not the people!

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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.