Daily Devotional – 3/29/18 “It has to finish!”

Words have the power to change everything. You don’t have to believe me. Ask somebody who’s had to stand before a judge waiting on a sentence of guilty or not guilty. Ask the man who has had to wait on the answer to his proposal. Ask the person who had to hear cancer or remission. Ask somebody who has heard the words, time of death. Ask the person who was at the edge of their cliff but heard, you’re hired. Words can change everything. And when Jesus spoke the words, “It is finished,” His words changed the course of our lives and we weren’t even thought of yet. Jesus’ war cry, “It is finished,” signified an end to His sacrificial purpose on the cross. It was His cry that symbolized the ending to Him taking on the guilt our committed sin deserved. It is finished. Words Jesus spoke to let those who tried know, they didn’t win. It is finished. Words for those who once doubted to now see, you didn’t do anything but what My Father allowed. It is finished. In other words, the work of my flesh is done. It is finished. Call answered, obedience obeyed, prophesies pleased, ransom resolved and debt cancelled. It is finished. Sting taken from death. It is finished. God’s justice justified. It is finished.

Beloved, I don’t know what you are facing. I don’t know what you’ve had to endure. I don’t know the voices you hear, in the stillness of the night. I don’t know the suffering that’s threatening to close your mouth. But you’ve got to go through because in the end, when it’s all said and done; It has to finish. And regardless if it is manifested in the natural or in that great getting up morning; know that it has to finish and you will win. Your war cry will not be in vain. It has to finish.

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Daily Devotional – 3/28/18 “What do you thirst for?”

Hours after Jesus was tried, beaten, mocked and hung; He says, through a dry mouth. “I thirst.” He’s probably feeling the effects of dehydration, by now because if you remember, He refused to drink the first time the soldiers offered Him the wine mingled with myrrh. But why would Jesus now say, I thirst? Again, this is simply Lakisha’s thoughts but here is what I gathered from this scripture. Jesus wasn’t requesting a drink of water but He was letting those, who were waiting on Him to die, know His body now lacked what it needed to endure life. You don’t have to take me at my work, I told you this is just me allowing you to peek into my thoughts, but when I looked up the words thirst and thirsty it says this. Thirst is a lack of the liquid needed to sustain life and thirsty is a need to drink something. If you look up the word thirst in Hebrew, you will see that it signifies a strong spiritual desire. So in essence when Jesus said in John 19:28, “I thirst,” He was saying, “I thirst for my daddy.” This is why when the soldiers put the vinegar soaked sponge to Jesus’ lips, bible says in John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

Beloved, what do you thirst for? It is to be famous or faithful? Do you thirst to be greedy or grateful? Do you thirst after the word or the world? Do you thirst for that which can sustain your life or satisfy your momentary moment? What do you thirst after? As for me, I thirst for what I’ve been given access to that’s never-ending like Psalm 42:2, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Because I want to be one of those counted in the number that Revelation 7:14-17 speaks of when it shares, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. Never again will they hunger, and never will they thirst; nor will the sun beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to fountains of living water and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” This is what I thirst for. What about you?