Daily Devotional – 3/6/17 “Are you ready for what you’re grasping for?”

In a meeting this morning, one of the attendees said, sometimes you can reach for more than you can grasp. But is this true? Can we, as children of God, reach for more than we can hold? Can we seek for something bigger than what we can understand? Can we move outside of what we can effectively comprehend? The short and quick of it is, YES. Now, this isn’t because we aren’t entitled to it but it is because we aren’t ready to handle what we’ve gotten a hold of. We can sometimes ask for things, spiritually that our weak flesh can’t handle. It’s like seeking a pastoral position when you can’t even handle having your feelings so easily hurt nor control your own house. It’s like asking for a leadership position in the church but you’ve yet to get a handle on your mouth and attitude. You want to work with the church’s finances, when yours is in disarray. You got the nerve to be counseling folk when you ought to be stretched out on somebody’s couch. You want a husband or wife but you’ve yet to prepare yourself for one. You’re grasping for stuff you aren’t ready for. And when God says no, you get in your feelings and run. Sit down somewhere and be groomed. Get connected to some oil and get cultivated.

I know this because I was in the same position. Three years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to handle where I am now because my mindset hadn’t changed which meant, I wasn’t ready. Yea, I thought I was but I wasn’t and that is why my life turned into a constant struggle and fight. Oh but when I changed my mindset, my life changed too. It was then I began to truly understand what Romans 8:5 meant by, “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” See, when I allowed flesh to lead, I failed but when Spirit took over, I soared. When flesh was in charge, I miscarried but when Spirit took over, I carried to term and gave birth. When flesh was the captain, I started drowning but when Spirit took control, I could float. When flesh was the coach, I kept losing but when Spirit replaced him, the wins began For it was then Galatians 5:17 started ringing in my ear, saying, “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”

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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