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

Daily Devotional – 7/3/18 “Overstaying your welcome!”

You cannot blame folk for the conditions you find yourself in, when you are the one overstaying your welcome. In Matthew 10, when Jesus sends the 12 apostles out, He did so giving them authority over unclean spirits AND with instructions. He told them don’t travel the road of the Gentiles or enter the Samaritan towns but seek the lost sheep of Israel. He told them what to preach, what to carry and not carry, what house(s) to stay in and those to leave. Bible shares in Matthew 10:11-14, “Whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy and stay at his house until you move on. As you enter the house, greet its occupants. If the home is worthy, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not welcome you or heed your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.” Had they overstayed, they would have been outside of Jesus’ instructions. Some of you are finding yourself in unbearable conditions because you didn’t follow the instructions. You know God told you not to go but you did anyway. However, you didn’t just go and visit but your silly self moved in and now you’re crying, acting like you don’t know why you can’t sleep. You weren’t supposed to be there. God showed you the signs and you still went. God answered your questions and you still haven’t packed up and left. Stop staying in placing you are not welcome.

How do you know you’ve overstayed your welcome? You’re uncomfortable. Think about it. How well do you sleep in an uncomfortable place? Can you truly get peace in a place that is painful? Can you let your guard down in a place you don’t feel safe? I can answer it. NO! Some years ago, when I first accepted my calling, God told me it was time for us to move from the apartment we were living in. Our lease was up and although we had signed a new lease, it couldn’t be found. We didn’t realize it but it was God working. He was forcing us out of our uncomfortable place. And because we were obedient, our life changed suddenly. I have shared this before but we’d overstayed our welcome and I knew it but I was being stubborn. Yet, He told us to move. No lie, one weekend we packed our entire apartment without having a place to stay and it was the best decision we could have ever made. When we stopped overstaying our welcome, our life changed. Who are you that has overstayed your welcome? Who are you that is ignoring God’s command to move? Keep staying, if you want but you cannot blame folk for the conditions you find yourself in when you are the one who will not follow instructions and overstaying your welcome. Proverbs 25:17, “Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.”