Daily Devotional – 12/18/14 “God’s favor!”

On 12/18/12 I wrote a devotional titled, “Why me” and in it I spoke about how we sometimes question the purpose or the portion (from yesterday’s devotional) that God gives us and the sad part about it is, some of us are still questioning the same purpose today. Think about it! God has given somebody a business plan months ago and you’re still questioning Him. God has given somebody the means and opportunity to move and you’re still questioning whether you should. Do you not get the fact that God has chosen you for this specific portion to handle? Look around, you aren’t the only one He could have picked when there are millions of others. Every day, when we wake up, the Holy Spirit impregnate us with unmerited favor yet we get up swallowing fruitless mess that cause us to miss our mark and then we begin with the why me Lord, why did this happen, why do I have to go here, why didn’t this happen, why do I have to be sick, why did you take this person, why didn’t I get this job, that car, that house; when baby you need to let God work! Obviously, God has found you favorable or He wouldn’t have picked you out to use. How do you think Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that she would carry God’s only Son? She didn’t think she was worthy and yes she was scared like many of us are when God is ready to use us yet he simply told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God . See, Mary, just like us, had no idea the type of favor she was about to possess but God did. Mary had no clue how God was about to use her but she answered saying, “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled .”

And it’s the same way with us. We don’t know the type of favor God is about to drop into our possession, we don’t have a clue how He is about to use us, where He is about to take us and we will never know if we won’t allow Him to do it. God gave Mary the ability to birth Jesus, imagine what He can give us the ability to birth if we give Him the chance to impregnate us with it. Yet we won’t spend enough alone time with God to get us pregnant (plan) let along nurture what He impregnate us with (purpose) and then push it out (pursuit) because we are too busy questioning, being afraid and running! Well beloved, Ephesians 1:11 say, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” In other words, we are already destined to have favor, it’s up to us to get it; if we stop running from it! I don’t know about you but I wake up in favor because I lie down in it. I wake up expecting God to show out in my life everyday with favor because my bible tells me this what I was ordained for. You should too! Allow God’s favor into your life and you’ll be glad you did because it can open doors men haven’t even built yet, take you places a plane can’t and elevate you places an elevator can’t begin to reach! Favor can!

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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