Daily Devotional – 11/24/15 “The door is open …”

The door is open, come out! What do I mean? Simply this … let go of the past hurt that has been done to you and those you’ve done. Let go of those times you’ve been humiliated because they can’t hurt you anymore. Open doorLet go of past and present mistakes, let go of the names you used to be known by (if you don’t still reside there), let go of the roles you’ve played to those who don’t deserve it, let go of that abusive relationship (where you’ve been getting the pain or giving it), let go of momma or daddy’s judgment and let go of the generational curses! Beloved, as long as you hold on to all these things; it’s like sitting in an unlocked jail cell. Come out! If you want to be happy, get out of your own way. No one can make you happy if you are depressed and sad on the inside. That’s like trying to paint over red with something white, the red will still show. And as long as you stay in the mistakes of your past, it’ll bleed through every time you open your mouth.

Forgive yourself, stand up and come out. It doesn’t matter what it was, start with forgiving yourself. Even if someone hurt you, forgive them too because as long as you hold on to the hurt, each time you think of it; you bring up the same pain. You’ve got to forgive otherwise you are only a shell of a person trying to survive. Why do you think the enemy keeps showing up? It’s because he knows you’re weak. Come out! If you look down at the chain of agony that is surrounding your ankles, you’ll notice they aren’t locked; come out of them. The handcuffs of the past around your wrists, pull and you’ll see they’ve been open the entire time; come out! The water of who you used to be that you’re drowning in, reach out your hand and you’ll realize nothing is holding you down; come out! The names you were once called, they only matter if you still answer to them, come out! The judge, God, threw out your case a long time ago, why are you still sitting in the court room? Baby, it’s now in your hands and you know the cause of your unhappiness, come out of it. The only person who can change who you are or who you’ve become is you and all it takes is the few steps to come out of whatever it is you’re hiding in. The door is open but you have to get up and walk out.

Psalm 32:2, “Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.”

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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