Daily Devotional – 6/10/16 “Disconnected to connect!”

“Often times God will disconnect you from your Familiar, in order to connect you with your Future” – Warren B. Perry

Can God trust you

Here I am sitting at my desk, waiting on God to drop something in my spirit to tell you and I just so happen to see this on my Facebook timeline. Bro. Perry doesn’t mind because I’ve borrowed his thoughts before (plus I told him) but I had to share this with somebody on today. You’re trying to figure out why God is telling you to move out of your comfortable place, this is it. You’re trying to make sense of why God is telling you to leave the only church you’ve known, this is it. You’re trying to wrap your head around why God is telling you to quit your job, this is it. You said it doesn’t make sense that God will tell you to end your ten-year dating relationship, this is it. You couldn’t make heads or tails on why God told you it was time to change your beautician, this is it. Beloved, God gives us some strange orders but it’s only to set us up to receive a significant overflow. I know you’re wondering why we have to move from the familiar to get it but that’s because if we stay connected to what we’re comfortable with, we will never get used to doing something unfamiliar in an uncomfortable place. You have to understand, you are not meant to stay where you are. Everything we go through is an assignment that will end when God gets ready to reassign us. Is it always easy to readjust? No but how will you know if you stay where you are?

Let me explain … If you happen to stay around familiar folk, they might not ever tell you that you’re capable of doing more. Why not? Well because they are used to seeing you do the same thing. But if you happen to get out from around them, others will be able to see that the talent you have is more valuable and useful. Why do you think most children thrive in college? They are away from the familiar. There they learn to wash their own clothes, cook for themselves and survive because they’ve now been disconnected from the familiarity of momma who did it for them. Think about it. You didn’t shout until you went to an unfamiliar church. You didn’t think you’d ever eat something different until you went outside your comfort zone and tried a new restaurant. You didn’t think you could wear that dress or that color suit until someone, other than who you’re familiar with, complimented you. You wouldn’t have met your husband had you not went into a new place you normally wouldn’t have. You wouldn’t have met the HR manager of the job you’d been seeking had you not attended that function you were afraid to go to. This is why God has to disconnect us from familiar places and people. Sometimes staying in a familiar place around familiar people limits your access to resources you never even knew existed. That’s why you have to realize that you are on assignment, so don’t get comfortable because when God gets ready to move us, it’s on His time and not ours. All you have to be is willing to go. Don’t look at where it is, go. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know anybody there, go. God is only removing you from your comfortable, familiar place because it has gotten too small to handle the abundance of things He is about to do in your life. Trust Him!

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

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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