Daily Devotional – 8/8/12 “T.E.S.T. – Taking Everything Satan Took!”

I just had to let you know today that the test you’ve taken, the one you’re taking now or the one you’re getting ready to take is simply God’s way of giving you everything back the devil has stolen. Stop trying to figure out why your storm is lasting longer than other folks when it because you got more stuff to get back than they do. Yea; I know you’re tired of being tired, tired of robbing MLGW to pay rent; tired of taking ibuprofen because you can’t afford your real pain medicine; tired of eating cheap hamburger meat when you want a steak; tired of wearing the same pair of shoes & pants; tired of having to limit your drive to save gas money but just wait, will you? God isn’t punishing you by placing you under that storm cloud but he’s giving you time to clear some space for all the things he’s about to give to you. Haven’t you read the story of Job? When God allowed (yes, the devil had to have permission) the devil to attack Job, He gave him permission to take all that Job had; everything but his life because God was simply setting Job up to receive an overflow of blessings. Yet, even when Job questioned God’s test; God asked him in Job 40:8-10, “Do you presume to tell me what I’m doing wrong? Are you calling me a sinner so you can be a saint? Do you have an arm like my arm? Can you shout in thunder the way I can? Go ahead, show your stuff. Let’s see what you’re made of, what you can do.” See, we sometimes get this thang twisted in wanting to question God when we think that things should be a certain way but don’t you realize that God has our best interest in mind when he allows these things to happen? He had to allow you a few months off with no job in order for you to appreciate the one that He’s sending to you. He is allowing you sick days in order for you to appreciate the well ones. He is allowing you to struggle in your finances so that you’ll appreciate saving. He’s allowing the rain to come so that you’ll appreciate the sun. He’s allowing you to be restless so that you’ll appreciate the sleep he gives.

So, stop acting like you are too good for a test because we all have to go through them. The only thing that is different from one person to tthe next person is how you go through them and if you’ve studied and prepared for the test then you won’t have a problem when test taking time comes. If you’ve stored up your praises and prayers, beforehand, they’ll carry you through the test. If you’re obedient to God’s word and repent when you’re not, He’ll protect you during the test. And once the test is over, you’ll be rewarded for a job well done by receiving all that was taken from you and more. Don’t believe me, read Job 42:10 which say “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD gave him success again. The LORD gave Job twice as much as he had owned before.” See, even during his test when Job questioned God, he asked for forgiveness and he continued to pray, not only for himself but for his friends even though they told him to give up and because he did; God restored all that he lost two times over. So don’t think of your test as being a way to knock you down but it’s a way to bring you up. Your test isn’t to take you out but it’s a way to take you higher. Your test isn’t to make you fail but it’s simply taking everything Satan took to begin with. So go through your test with God because with all the stress the world has to offer, He’s a better stress reliever and cheaper than a massage. When your body is aching with pain, He’s better than Tylenol because He doesn’t take hours to take effect. When your mind is racing, you can’t fall asleep because you’re pacing the floor; try the best sleep aid that won’t give you side effects like Ambien. Yes, you will have trials and tests; yes there will be days and nights you want to give up and throw in the towel; yes there will be days and nights you’ll want to let go of the rope, days and nights when your legs just want walk any farther, days and nights when you have no more cheeks to turn, days and nights when your flesh won’t be as strong as it should be and days and nights will your all just isn’t enough anymore but they won’t last. Believe me when I say, the test won’t last! This test is just a teacher teaching us that these trials are simply a temporary trouble that we have to trespass through in order for us to be thankful for and to be able to testify about our testimony so that we are able to teach those who are thinking about throwing in the towel that if they tarry today, God will carry us tomorrow! The test is just a tower over your transgression. This test is a track over that trap that was set. This test is the ticket out of your trouble. This test is simply Taking Everything Satan Took! So don’t allow it to consume you because, baby, what the devil meant for your bad, God will turn it around for your good. Just 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.

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 8/8/12 “T.E.S.T. – Taking Everything Satan Took!”

  1. I”m going to adopt this. The day you sent this out was one hell of a day!. Satan was busy on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks sis for always knowing what to say even when you don’t know

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