Daily Devotional – 3/4/15 “Shed that old stuff!”

Sometime you have to shed some old stuff in order for you to grow. I don’t know who this is for but baby, you are stagnant where you are because you are still in the same old stuff you used to be in! You are still allowing folk to label you by your past. You are still being held hostage by what you ex did you to. You are still being knocked down by what your momma and daddy did or even by what the church did years ago. It’s time for you to shed that stuff beloved. Baby, even a snake has to shed their old skin in order for them to grow. So, why are you still holding on to old stuff? Yes, I get it; folk talked about you – shed that old stuff! Folk hurt you – shed that old stuff! Folk didn’t come when they said they would – shed that old stuff! You’ve had some rough days, some weary nights – shed that old stuff! You’ve had days when you felt like you had hell on your back, more bills than money, more tears you needed to shed but no more to cry, more pacing you needed to do but no more strength, more tossing and turning you needed to do but no energy, more help you need but no one else to call – shed that old stuff!

Listen … You may be going through a rough time right now but that’s just to get rid of that old stuff! I know the enemy got you thinking it’s because of something you did, he’s probably even tempting you to backslide but pump your brakes! Don’t you know that in order for a snake to get its old skin off, he has to rub against a rough surface? What are you crying about?? Go through your rough patch, it’s simply to get off everything old in order to get you something new! Rub the rough surface, its removing the old stuff. I can remember grandma using a brillo pad to clean a pot that had something stuck in the bottom. She’d rub and rub against it until the stain was gone in order for her to shed the old and get the pot to back like new. Well… what are you waiting on? The stain of insecurity you got stuck in you, rub it out! That stain of fear, rub it out! That stain of not forgiving, rub it out! That stain of anger, rub it out! That stain of procrastination, rub it out! That stain of church hopping, rub it out! It’s time for you to shed that old stuff that is keeping you from growing. For the bible says in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

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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