Daily Devotional – 1/13/12 “What do you do?”

What do you do when the enemy is attacking on every side? What do you do when you take 2 steps forward only to get pushed 4 back? What do you do when you seem to be surrounded by walls or facing closed doors? I’ll tell you what to do… For that enemy, put on your war clothes and fight because the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:15). When you get pushed back, you didn’t get pushed out so keep going. Proverbs 24:16 says “Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.” When you are surrounded by walls, keeping walking because you are bound to find an opening and when you face closed doors, keeping knocking until one opens. The bible says in Luke 11:9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

See, God’s word says when I’m down he’ll pick me up. When I lean, he’ll be my leaning post. When my way is dark, he’ll be a light unto my path. When I can’t go any longer, he’ll carry me. He’ll be mother when she’s gone, a daddy when he’s gone, friend when they walk away, healer when I’m sick, food when I’m hungry, water (living water) when I’m thirsty, a keeper when I can’t keep myself, a provider when I can’t make ends meets, a comforter in my lonely hour, shelter in my storm, bowed head raiser, a tear wiper, a mind regulator, heart fixer, pain reliever, a bridge over troubled water and a burden bearer! So why should I worry about things of this world? Bills will remain, lying never dies, and folk will still talk about you, and wish bad on your life, stick knives in your back & folk will hurt you! So my trust is in God, this way those who I trust will have gone through him to get to me and when they get to me and try to hurt me, God won’t allow them too. If I place my heart in God, they have to go through God to get it, then they won’t be able to break it. So, if I stand for God, he’ll stand for me. If I kneel down for God, he’ll kneel down to get me when I fall. If I go for God, he’ll go for me, no matter how far it is. So, I’m covered on every side, on my going and my coming, I’m covered! When the enemy attacks, yes it’s hard, but I’m covered.

When you’re in darkness read John 14:6, that says, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” When you feel defeated, read Ecclesiastes 9:11, “Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.” When your rope is breaking-God says reach beyond the break/hold on. When your obstacles get taller-God says I may not move them but I’ll give u strength to climb. Blessings don’t come without the test of endurance. So endure because it won’t last long. Believe in God and trust him to do just what he said he would!

Even on my bad days I’m great because God gives me grace and with grace comes mercy and with mercy comes hope and with hope comes faith and faith brings rejoicing and rejoicing paves the way for my recovery and once I recover I am rejuvenated and through my rejuvenation, I am redeemed and through God’s redemption I get restoration and restoration restores all the devil stole from me!</blockquote>

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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