Daily Devotional – 1/17/12 “Rise above!”

I am reminded of the story of the old goat that fell in the old dug well while his owner was away and when the owner returned and realized he couldn’t get him out, he decided he would bury him. So, he started throwing dirt down on the goat but what the man didn’t realize was the goat was shaking off the dirt and packing it under his feet and each time he did, he rose higher and higher until he was able to walk straight out of the hole. This made me realize that when folks of this world decide they will bury you with lies, backbiting, back stabbing, hate and envy; you have to shake that off and pack it under your feet. When kids aren’t acting right, shake it off and pack it under your feet. When your husband or wife won’t do what is right, no matter how hard you try, shake it off and pack it under your feet. When the job keeps overlooking you for the position you keep training other folk for, shake it off and pack it under your feet. See, when you shake off the dirt that is thrown on you by haters, you’re creating a platform for you to stand on and when you step on this platform, you’re able to rise higher than your enemies. Every time you shake off hurt, you’re rising higher. Every time you shake off ungratefulness, you’re rising higher. Every time you shake off jealousy from your own family members, you’re rising higher. Just because you were raised below the poverty line, it doesn’t mean you have to stay there – rise above it. Just because daddy left and acted like you didn’t exist when he had another family, it doesn’t mean you’re less than a man or that you deserve to be treated any kind of way by any kind of man – rise above it! Just because the guidance counselor said you wouldn’t amount to nothing because of your test grades don’t mean you just give up – rise above it! Just because you used to be a drug addict, alcoholic, whoremonger or an abuser it doesn’t mean you have to continue – rise above it. Isaiah 40:31 says “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

See, God says, you shall mount up which means you climb up onto something and when you climb up you got wings, but not just any wings, but eagle wings that allows you to soar above all those things below that wants to cause you harm. Isn’t that great news? You have the necessary things needed to move you above all the things that tries to block your way, so why aren’t you rising? Your job offers tuition reimbursement but you’re too scared to go back to school because you’re listening to co-workers who say it’ll be too hard and now you’re stuck in the same position for 20 years. Your marriage is going great and you’re about to celebrate 10 years together but because your friend’s marriage isn’t going good, you go home to cause trouble in yours now you’re headed for divorce court. You got a little money saved, just in case, but because your sister is always shopping, you try to keep up by going into debt and now you’re headed for bankruptcy. You’re allowing folks to clip your wings which keep you from rising and soaring above to higher heights and you wonder why you’re not prospering. Just because the folks on the job always complain about every little thing, it doesn’t mean to you have join in but when you do, your wings are clipped. Philippians 2:14says “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Just because the church folk are always trying to keep an eye on Pastor to see what he’s doing and then gossip about it at Wednesday night bible study it doesn’t mean you have to take a part in it and when you do, your wings are clipped. Proverbs 18:7 says “The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.” When someone makes you mad or angry and you try to get back at them instead of forgiving, you clip your own wings. James 1:20 says “for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

You are capable of rising above all adversity, pain, hurt, strife, circumstances and situations, if you choose too. God said, you shall renew your strength and mount up on wings like eagles, he didn’t say you might but he said you shall. So, why won’t you believe it? You have to renew your strength the same way you have to renew a lease, car tags and/or driver license but you don’t have to stand in a long line to do it. Renewing is simply making something new. See, when you’ve battled something so long, you need your strength renewed. When you’ve struggled to make A touch B, your strength needs to be renewed. When you keep getting pushed back and knocked off your feet, you need your strength renewed. Why do you think boxers and fighters only go a certain amount of time in the ring before the bell sounds and they take a break? They are renewing their strength. God won’t allow you to consistently go through a storm without a reason behind it and without the right amount of strength to get you through it. If you lift weights in the gym, after a certain amount of time, you’d probably increase the amount of weight you actually lift because you’ve gotten use to that size, right? Well, going through this Christian life is the same thing. Let me explain. God sends you through the storm, for a few months, carrying a 15lb weight on your shoulder and at first it’s so heavy you wobble when you walk but after a certain amount of time of carrying this weight, your legs and arms get accustom to carrying it, so now it’s not so heavy. Then you come out of your storm to reap the reward of the Son, you’re renewing your strength and the next time you get ready to go into your storm, your weight will be a little heavier because God knows you can handle it and each time you go through you rise a little higher. Now, don’t put your own pedestal down in order to raise yourself up without the help of God because we tend to mess up and when we raise ourselves, man can knock us down but when God raises us, man can’t do a thing about it without first going through God. Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” You can rise above the harsh remarks, the abuse, the constant struggling, your enemies and hate but you have to go on through the rain and come out clean and refreshed because once you’ve been refreshed you’ve been renewed and through renewal comes endurance and enduring gives us assurance that you are ready to be elevated! Rise above because God is setting you up, not to fail, but to succeed and in your success comes victory and victory makes you victorious over the enemy

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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