Daily Devotional – 6/28/16 “You weren’t ready then but …”

I often look at the memories Facebook shares just to see how I’ve grown. I reflect on some of the things I’ve written and/or shared and I’m grateful for the reflective look because it makes me appreciate where I am now, in this point in my life. My uncle asked me on Sunday, if I ever thought I’d be a preacher of God’s word and I told him no. He then says, I did. I was blown away. See, even though I didn’t see it in myself, then, others did. Even when I doubted, I was already walking in the favor of God; I just needed to believe. Then I look at Facebook this morning and see the memory from 6/28/12. It was the night I prayed over my grandmother’s arthritis stricken shoulder and the next morning she was up with no pain. Re-reading this memory made me realize that I was anointed then. The only difference, four years ago, I wasn’t ready for it. Yes, God’s calling was on my life but had I accepted it, back then, I would have messed it up. And it’s the same for somebody reading this. You’ve had God’s anointing on your life for years but you weren’t ready then. Yea, you’ve always had the favor of God but you weren’t ready to work in it. Yes, you’ve been able to dream and see visions but they didn’t make sense then because you weren’t ready. But now, God is calling you out and He’s preparing you for the front line. This is why you are feeling the way you do and you can’t understand or explain it. This is why God won’t allow you to rest at night, He has some things for you to do. The reason it feels like you’re struggling spiritually, is because you’re ready now and it’s time to stop running.

Please understand this … It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been called to preach but it means that God is calling you into your appointed assignment. And you know exactly what it is because you’ve been fighting it for years. You can continue to fight it, if you want, you’re only making things harder for you because God won’t leave you alone. Why do you think He’s removing certain people from around you? Why do you think He’s moving you from the places you’re comfortable? Why do you think He’s disturbing your sleep or sending signs your way? Why do you think He sent you where you are? It’s time! It’s time you stopped running, accept your assignment and get to work. God is restructuring His front line and He’s removing folk who have become lazy in their assignment, replacing them with folk who are ready, willing and able. You may not believe it (or you might) but God is filling the gaps that have been created by gossip and greediness with some grace workers. He’s about to move those murmuring, messy members and replace them with some folk willing to carry the mantle. He’s about to disrobe those who show up for the fame and replace them with those working in His name. He’s about to destroy these temples created for man’s glory and build up those created for Him. Baby, God is doing a row check and if you can’t carry the cross of your calling; He’s plucking you out. You don’t have to believe me, keep watching! I’m not telling you what I’ve read or heard but I’m telling you what I am seeing. This is why God is calling you out, right now. It’s not because you’ve been faithful and steadfast all your life but it’s because He needs some faithful folk on His front line and now you’re ready. You weren’t ready then but you are now. All you have to do is trust in Him who appointed you!

“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” – John 9:4

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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