Daily Devotional – 12/6/16 “The blessing in NO!”

You may not recognize this but there’s a blessing in the no and the not yet. I know it’s easy for me to say when I am on the outside looking in but think about it. When God tells us no, it’s to test your faith and usually because He has something greater. When the bank turned you down, it made you grind harder to clear your name and your credit. When folk closed the door on you, it made you hustle harder to ensure the next door was yours. When they said you couldn’t do it, it gave you the extra push you needed to prove them wrong. When he said you’d never make it, you did just so he’d see it for himself from afar. When she said you’d never amount to nothing, you made sure you did and even smiled when she congratulated you. There’s power in NO. You knew you couldn’t afford that car, the blessing was being turned down. You knew you weren’t ready for that promotion and the no gave you time to get yourself together. That eviction, repossession or foreclosure allowed you to see God working. Baby, you were blessed when that relationship didn’t work out and because they denied you, you met your ‘real thang.’

This is why I say there’s a blessing in the no and the not yet. Stop forcing something that’s not meant. Stop searching for stuff that you know isn’t yours. Stop trying to get back what has left. See the blessing in the no and the not yet because it’s there. Affirm today… I, (your name), by the power of the living God, declare that today I will no longer chase what isn’t mine. Today, I, (your name), shall no longer be held captive by the word no for I will embrace the blessing in it. Today, I will no longer hang my head in shame but I’ll rejoice in knowing, it’s not my time yet. Today, I will not be afraid of hearing no. Today, I’ll take the no and the not yet, only because I know the kinks are being worked out of my YES! Today, I’ll see the blessing in no, not yet and even goodbye because I know God’s delay does not mean denial.

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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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