Daily Devotional – 8/3/12 “Just thought I’d tell you!”

Sometimes we think the devil is busy but couldn’t it be God clearing out the mess in order for you to hear the message so that you can take it to others in order to bless them out their mess? (I know, go back and read that sentence again so that it can marinate in you!) See, God removes folks who are hindering our work for him, so don’t think you’re being punished when she or he leaves because most times they weren’t yours to begin with. Yea, you lost your job but all you have to do is wait upon the Lord and he’ll send you the right one that you couldn’t see from all the hours you spent at the last one. I know that you’ve lost a family member and it’s hard (I’m talking from experience) but that was just your wake up call to get YOU together. Chile, the dead don’t have worries anymore but you do so why are you stressing over their passing when you need to be getting yourself together in order to one day see them again? Church isn’t any different. I’ve been sitting back watching the changes that have been taking place in our church, from needing a musician to the final stages of the renovations and if you’re looking through natural eyes, you might say they devil is surely busy down in Hollywood, MS; but if you’re looking through spiritual eyes then you’ll know that it’s ALL GOD! I am a firm believer that God is simply taking us through the changing process so that we come out fresh and renewed and just like I told Uncle Larry, we won’t have to go looking for a musician because God will send us who we need to have. Plus, (I’ll throw this in for free), we had a great rehearsal on last night with NO music and praises still went up. Don’t tell me that you have to have music and instruments to get your praise on because you don’t.

Baby, when it seems like one moment you’re walking on top of the world and the next the world is on top of you, it’s simply your season changing. Don’t believe me? Then you need to read Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” See, God works in seasons in our life, why do you think we have 4 seasons of weather? The same way we experience the season of winter, spring, summer and fall; we experience seasons in our Christian life. We experience winter when the storms that are raging in our lives that leaves ice on the ground which causes us to slip and fall back into worldly desires and it causes power outages, which is the light of God, from shining in our lives to keep us from doing right. During the spring season, the storms are still there but they aren’t as bad as winter. Yea, you’ll experience a lot of rain but you’ve gotten used to it now, so you’re prepared with your rain boots and umbrella. You’ve started to pray a little now because you don’t feel like all hell is breaking loose in your world and you’ve started to see a little sun shining through the clouds. During the summer season, the storm clouds are few and far between & during this season, your praise is more real than it has ever been, your marriage/relationship seems to be going good, the kids are acting right, you got a little money left after paying bills, you got the job you applied for (the one you wanted) and all seems to be well. But then the wind picks up and it has blown the death angel into your home and he took momma with him. The leaves are falling outside and the tears are falling on the inside because the doctor says cancer. The weather is starting to get a little chilly and so is the relationship between you and your spouse because it seems like things were just going good, now you’re asking, “What’s happening?” The kids are acting up in school, job is stressful and the car keeps cutting off. This isn’t God taking his hands off of you; it’s simply you going into your fall season. See, during this season, the devil is trying to get you to fall so he’s keeping his hands on your back, pushing, but keep reading God’s word that says, “Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand (Psalm 37:24).” Then if you do happen to fall, read Psalm 20:8 that says, “They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” God didn’t say you wouldn’t have moments of falling as long as you get back up. Don’t allow the fall season to take you out because it’s just getting you ready to go into your next season. There isn’t a certain way our seasons appear and it really doesn’t matter how they come as long as you trust God through them. God hasn’t given up on you when hard times come, it simply your season changing. Hold on!

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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