Daily Devotional – 9/10/13 “It may be expired!”

You’re sitting there wondering why something or someone won’t work right; well it or they may just be expired. Yea, you’re wondering why you get so full of hell when you walk into the job; well your time there may have expired. You’re trying to figure out why the relationship is no longer working, well it maybe expired. Now, let me explain something here. If your marriage was built correctly from the beginning on God’s foundation and it’s fixable, fix it. Oh, but if you got that man from his wife’s bed or that woman from her man’s arm; she or he isn’t yours anyway. How can you make something work with someone who doesn’t belong to you? Don’t you know the bible says in Proverbs 18:22, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord?” Read it again because it says the man FINDS his wife and not the other way around. Stop looking and let him find you. Stop trying to make things work or stuff taste better when it’s past their expiration date. Do you drink spoiled milk, eat molded bread or sit in a chair you know can’t hold you? Oh, I know you may ride on tires that should have been thrown out a long time ago but every time you do, you put your life and the life of those riding with you in danger. Well, it’s the same way with holding on to things that have expired.

If your church home isn’t feeding your spiritual need, your time there has expired. If your car keeps sucking all the money out of your pocket, your time together has expired. If the medicine you’re taking is no longer helping your ailment, it’s time has expired. If all you do is cry and complain, your hope has expired. If you constantly snoop in other people’s business or search through other folk’s phone, your trust in them has expired. If you have to question God, blame Him for your situation, turn your back on Him or constantly complain; your trust in Him has expired. If you have to pace the floor when you can’t fix the problem, weep in the middle of your woes, place pity where praise should be and worry over small things; your faith has expired. So, what will you do? Will you throw out all the things that have expired or will you stand up and renew your hope, faith and trust in the Master who has never steered you wrong? Will you clean out all the expired mess in your home or will you leave it there to stink up the place? everything has an expiration date. If you don’t believe me then turn your bible to Ecclesiastes 3 and read the following verses. Verse 2 says, “A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,” which means people have an expiration date; it’s called dying and even things that are planted because when they expire, they are uprooted from the ground. Heartache, yes it has an expiration date; it’s called getting over it which is why verse 4 says, “A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Verses 5-8 goes on to say, “a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” So you see, all things have an expiration date. Bad relationships do, it’s called moving on. Sickness has one, it’s called healing. Sorrow has one, it is called joy. Suffering even has one too, it’s called peace.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1″

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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