Daily Devotional – 2/6/17 “New territory comes change!”

We recently moved and our son has to start a new school. When I took him to register this morning, he found out some things he was used too, at his old school, are now different at his new school. Most importantly, the dress code and cell phone policy. It’s a big change from what he’s used too but it came with the new territory. And even though it doesn’t feel good to him, I’m ecstatic because it means we’ve officially moved into the newness of what God has for us. See, I look at all things from a new perspective. Changing schools for him means changing neighborhoods for us. Changing neighborhoods means God’s promise manifested. Please understand, there was nothing wrong with the old, it just didn’t belong to us. Yet with the new, it’s our name on the deed. So I am rejoicing for all that God has in store for us because I’ve found that when God changes things, it means He’s working something out on our behalf. Does it all feel good? No because you might lose some folk, some things and you may even have to part ways with some old stuff you’re comfortable with but it is part of the new territory. Is it worth it? Anything God says I’m worthy of, is always worth it.

Why am I sharing this? Because somebody’s life is changing and you can’t explain it. The dynamics of your comfortable place has shifted and it’s thrown you off. Yeah, you’re still smiling but it feels like you’re about to lose your mind. You’re still working but behind closed doors, you want to beat the walls in. You’re still showing up but inwardly, you’re dying. Change is happening and you can’t stop it. It comes with the new territory. You don’t have to believe me but think about what you have asked God for lately. If you asked Him to move you, some things have to change. If you asked Him to bless you, some things have to change. If you asked to be delivered, some things have to change. If you asked for new territory, some things have to change. You can’t move to Arizona with the same mindset you had in Miami, things have to change. You lost your house, it didn’t fit the change. Friends left, they don’t fit the change. Job laid you off? It didn’t fit the change. Church not feeling right? It may not fit the change. Beloved, change comes with new territory. Stop fighting it. New territory comes change. With change comes new mindset. With new mindset comes new blessings.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19


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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