Daily Devotional – 4/17/14 “Setup!”

Yea, the way our lives are setup; we cannot lose! The way our path has been setup, we won’t be lost. The way our destiny is setup, we cannot fail! For Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Yes, I am a sinner who was saved by the blood when I walked up and sat on the mourner’s bench (in revival one night), confessed my belief in God and His power, accepted Him into my life and was baptized in the water because the way God set this thang up, I was already chosen. I am a sinner who sometimes sin, lie, curse, occasionally drink, dance to worldly music, sometimes worry, sometimes say no when I should help, sometimes stay when I should go, sometimes miss the message from the messenger and sometimes frown instead of smile yet the way God has this thang setup, it’s a part of my purpose. I am a sinner who sometimes falls asleep without praying and eat without saying grace yet God has it all a part of the setup. I sometimes worry when I shouldn’t, make a few mistakes without repenting and get discouraged when I should pray but it’s all part of the setup. I sometimes get tempted but I hold fast and I even get sick at times but it’s all part of the setup. Do I always read my bible, do I always do what God says I should, do I always walk the right path, do I always use my gift, do I always encourage those who are discouraged or do I always pray for folk instead of myself, no! But it’s all part of the setup. I am a girl who was once broken but I’ve been healed, once hurt but now I’m well, once cried but now I have joy, was once in the dark but I’ve seen the light shining from on the inside of me, was once on the wrong path but with God, He made it right; I was once dying but now I’m living, I used to sing “I was battered, bruised and cast aside” but that’s been replaced with “Now I got the Lord on my side.” Oh, whatever it is, whatever it used to be and whatever it will be; I now know that it’s all part of the setup! God is the man with the plan and I’ll trust His setup over mine any day!

“Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” Psalm 40:5

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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