Daily Devotional – 10/24/11 “Don’t count yourself out!”

Have you ever asked someone for something but talked yourself out of it before it was even given?  You say to your mom, “I know you are going to say no but can I go to the movies with my friends?”  What else can she say but no?  You’ve already counted yourself out without giving her an opportunity to answer.  You go to the Lord in prayer and the first thing you say is, “Lord I know you might not do it but can you help me get approved for this car?”  Why would you get the answer you want when you already doubt?  Mark 11:24 says “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

When you’re praying for a new career, business venture, healing, love, financial increase or for peace; you have to ask with faith and belief.  If you’ve already told yourself that you can’t do it, why would God bless you with it?  You’ve been planning to start a business for years now; you’ve researched everything and have all of your things in order.  You pray daily for God to send you the confirmation you need but when you pray you say, “Lord, I think I’m ready to start this business so if it’s meant can you please show me a sign?” If you doubt yourself can you honestly expect God to drop the business in your lap only for you to fail?  You’ve got to have faith that God can do it and then believe in yourself.   Haven’t you read the story of the little engine that could?  Now, you can chant to yourself, I think I can, over and over but if you don’t really think you can then you can’t.  You have to chant, I know I can! I know that God can do it and because he believes in me, I believe in me.

Would you get into a boat with a captain that tells you, I think I can handle this or on a plane with a pilot that tells you that he has some doubts about himself flying the plane?  It’s the same way when we come to God with our shaky prayers and our fears.  “Lord, I think I can handle the mortgage on this new house.”  “Lord, if you would just give me this new job, I think I can do it.”  “Lord, I know you blessed me with this gift but  …” You are already counting yourself out.  It’s like being in a boxing match and your opponent has knocked you down, instead of getting up before the 10 count ends you throw in the towel on number 2.  How do you know you can’t handle it, have you tried?  In order to experience the taste of a new food dish, you have to first eat it.  You can’t tell how it taste until you put it in your mouth.  You won’t be able to know if you can handle a situation until you stand in it. 

If every time God brings something to you and you doubt yourself, it’s like telling him to give it to the next person and come back to you.  God asks in Matthew 8:26, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”  How many times do you think God will continue to try to bless you?  It is almost like me trying to give you something but every time I come you say, give it to her or him.  Eventually, I am going to always give it to him or her because that’s what I expect your answer to be anyway.  Isn’t that crazy?  Why does God need you to tell him to whom to bless when he has enough power to bless everyone, every day and at the same time?  Don’t give away your blessing trying to bless someone else.  Stop counting yourself out of the equation. 

Believe in yourself!  Matthew 7:7 states “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Ask in faith with a heart that is free from hatred, malice and strife for your brother.  If you go to God in prayer with hate in your heart for your mother, God isn’t listening to your prayers.  Mark 11:25 says “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  Whatever anger and resentment you hold for anyone let it go! It only hinders you.  It doesn’t hurt them because most times they’ve forgotten about the issue that you’re holding.  Why not let it go?  What good is it doing for you to bring up something that happened 15 years ago at every family function?  Pretty soon, you’ll notice the crowd of folks listening is down to 1, you!  Let it go baby! Stop making the weight of burdens on your shoulders 25 pounds when they only start off as 1.  You’ve made the situation bigger and now you’re mad at the world for not seeing it your way.  It’s like you being with your sisters and you all are picking up your own trash and when you all are done and finally dragging this large bag to the dump you decide you’re not ready to throw yours in.  You continue picking up trash in other folks area and now your bag is too heavy to carry and you’re mad because your sisters won’t help.  But why should they offer to help you carry someone else’s trash when you should have thrown yours away a long time ago?  Chile, folk got enough stuff of their own to handle without offering to carry somebody else’s. 

Matthew 17:20 says “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you!”  Isn’t that great news?  Isn’t that enough for you to believe in yourself?  Stop counting yourself out because usually you’re the only other one counting for yourself.  God believes in you because if he didn’t he wouldn’t give you new mercies every morning.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Mark 9:23

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.

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