Daily Devotional – 7/21/16 “It’s your potential”

You don’t sleep well at night because the potential of who you shall be is keeping you woke. This is because you are doing everything else but what you’ve been purposed to do. I preached on this, in revival the past 3 days because there are too many of us (God’s children) who are walking around forfeiting our potential. We’ve settled for what seems good at the moment when God says He has something better in store. We accept what fits, at the time, when God says He has greater for us. We say yes to the first thing that fits in our plan when God says His plan includes larger territory. I mean, we will force a door to open that God intentionally closed because we think, in our natural state, this is all we are worth. Baby, don’t you realize we serve a plentiful God who has immeasurable resources. So why should we have to settle for anything? I’ve told you this before but it’s the enemy’s job to make you think you don’t deserve better. The enemy keeps a report of your past deeds because this is all he can use against you to make you doubt in yourself. That’s his job. However, the only reason he has shown up now is because you are getting close to unlocking your potential. Think about it. A robber won’t break into a place he/she knows doesn’t have what they need but they will kick in the door to a house/business that can give them exactly what they’re looking for. What’s the sense of taking something you don’t need? Why do you think an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend only shows up when you’re in another relationship that’s going good? It’s because they know you have the potential to be a great wife/husband. And because they can’t handle the potential of what you can be, they’ll try to keep anybody else from benefiting from it either.

This is the same for the enemy. He needs to stop you before you tap into the potential of what you’re destined to be because it’ll be then you’ll gain the strength to resist him. The enemy has to keep you off your game because as soon as you wise up, it’s game over. The enemy will use the fact that you’re in a dark place, now, to knock you even farther down because he knows there is potential on your life that will one day thrust you into a place of greater. It doesn’t matter that you’re an alcoholic, drug addict, liar, back stabber, user, thief, whoremonger, etc., the enemy has seen the potential of what you will become if only you muster up the strength. This is why you have to stay faithful even if your fight seem hopeless. This is why you have to trust God even when it feels as if you’re losing. This is why you have to believe that God won’t forsake you even during the storm. Chile, the enemy will have you thinking God can’t use somebody like you when in fact God needs somebody like you. You’re only suffering because you had to be broken for God to restore. This is why today, “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called–his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 1:18-20


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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