Daily Devotional – 9/5/12 “It’s revival time!”

No, I don’t mean at the church on the corner or even your church but I mean its revival time in your life! See, revive in the dictionary means to come back to life, consciousness, or full strength, or bring somebody back to life, consciousness, or full strength but my definition is another chance to walk on top of the dirt that could be covering your casket, another chance to smile when you could be getting your last bath from the funeral home, another chance to trust God when you could be facing this mean world alone and another chance to be thankful for the things you have because you could be a “have not”. Yes, it’s revival time!

Yea, I know that your life may have been hard growing up but you’re grown now. I know that you may have looked into the eyes of an abusive spouse in the past but that’s the past now. I know that you may have been homeless once but you’re not now. You may have been without a job before but you have one now. You may have never even felt love back then but you have it now, so you’ve been revived. The bible says in Psalm 71:20, “You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth,” – this means you been revived. Ok, so folks used to talk about you, lie on you, scandalize your name because they were jealous of your blessings, tripped you up when you walk because they wanted the directions to where you were going and even tried to pull you down from your elevation because they wanted to beat you to the top but Psalm 71:21 says, “You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again,” – which says there is some reviving going on! Baby, you don’t have to look for your present in your past because you won’t find it there. You don’t have to look for your happiness in the heartache of your past relationship in order to move on because you won’t find it there. You don’t have to look for a new way to live because it’s already on the inside of you and all you have to do is revive it. Cry out to the Lord, “Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!” (Psalm 80:19)

Don’t you know that when a revival is done it is supposed to be for the reviving of a dying spirit, soul and mind? A revival is meant to revive your joy after the world has tried to quench it. A revival is meant to revive your laughter after grief has stolen it away. A revival is meant to revive your rest after pacing has taken its place. A revival is meant to revive your smile after tears have taken over. A revival is meant to revive your heart after all it has felt is hurt from folks who said they’d love you until death do you part. A revival is meant to revive your prayers in the place of the pain you feel. A revival is meant to revive your faith when fault is eating you up on the inside. A revival is meant to revive your trust when trust is the last thing you want to do. It is revival time y’all! This world is getting crueler, folks are getting meaner, children are more disrespectful and disobedient, spouses are less forgiving, jobs are few and far between, friends are scarce and enemies are doubling in size. Its time, RIGHT NOW, for us to be revived!

See, getting revived means were getting our spirits refreshed which renews us to a better state than we were before that allows us to be ready to rebuild what has been torn down, reap from what has been sown in God’s soil, reach for our goals that have become reachable with God’s power, recover from the traps the devil thought would take us out, release the chains that have bound us for too long, remove the shades from the windows so that we can enjoy the sun, repent for the sins we’ve made, repair any relationships that we’ve broken and resolve any hurt that we’ve caused because with being revive it now allows us to rejoice righteously in God’s rewards. Yea, there is some reviving to be done, are you ready?

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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