Daily Devotional – 4/4/16 “When will you let go?”

Yesterday, I preached from the subject of “What is your yoke,” and it just so happened that on this day three years ago, the devotional written was about letting stuff go. There’s no coincidence in this. It simply means someone reading this has been waiting on confirmation on whether or not to let something or someone go. Well … Please understand, I don’t know who you are or what your dilemma is but you already had your answer before you even came across this devotional. So my question to you is this, “What are you waiting on?” You’re still yoking yourself to that church when God told you to move months ago. You’re still holding on to that relationship when you’ve have ample opportunities to get out. You’re still in that same job when you’ve had plenty of doors opened for you. Beloved, you can’t be elevated if you’re still standing on the outside of the elevator. Oh, you may have gotten in but it means nothing if you’ve yet to push the button to go up. You’ve got to get over the fear that has you settling in your place of complacency. You’ve got to let go of those burdens that have belittled your thoughts of ever doing better. You’ve got to step out of the place where you’ve gotten comfortable in order to step into your calling.

Please understand this, when I mention calling; it doesn’t necessarily mean to preach because God has called all of us to do something. The only thing keeping you out of yours is fear. That’s why you’ve wrapped the cord of contentment around your wrist and stayed where you are for so long. This is why you keep closing the prison cell on your passion/purpose instead of walking out into it. This is why you’ve stayed in the pit of pain instead of realizing you’ve been healed a long time ago. This is why you keep calling yourself by your past mistakes because fear has made you think you can’t do any better but you can. This is like an alcoholic who goes to AA. They get up and say, “Hi, my name is Pete and I’m an alcoholic,” but if you’re in AA this means you’ve given up alcohol so why isn’t Pete calling himself a recovering alcoholic or saying I used to be an alcoholic? The same question can be asked of you. Why are you still referring to yourself as an addict, as an abuse victim and etc.? Someone who has been cured of cancer doesn’t introduce themselves by their cancer but they say I am a cancer survivor. You’ve got to release the yoke that you’ve strapped to your shoulders. Aren’t you tired of carrying it? God has plans for your life but they are only put into play when you step in the game. When will you let go?

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry 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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