Daily Devotional – 8/16/17 “Rethink that visit!”

I do not know who this is for but the Holy Spirit told me to tell you, you need to rethink that visit. What visit? Wherever you are planning to go that once caused you sorrow. See, the place you are about to subject yourself to AGAIN, was the very place that caused you pain, heartache and grief before. Do not go. I don’t care how sweet it seems neither the fond memories you used to have, rethink that visit. Think about it beloved. Every time you go there, you begin to relive those painful moments of your life. Every time you visit that headstone, you relive the minutes of abuse. Each time you answer the phone and hear the voice, it reminds you of the times that same voice verbally abused you. Each time those hands touch you, you cringe at the thought of the physical abuse you endured. Each time you go back to the scene of the crime, you relive the moments like it was yesterday. When you visit that place of worship, you feel the same hurt and sometimes hate. Every time!

This is why, God told me to tell you to rethink that visit. Yes, I know you need to get over it but that begins by forgiving yourself, forgiving them and letting go. You do not have to go back to the place of pain to do that. You don’t have to confront the monster who molested you, you can forgive from a distance. You don’t have to face the spouse you’re divorcing, sign the papers and move on. You don’t have to prove to folk that you survived, they know because they follow you. Baby, it is time we become like Paul who says in 2 Corinthians 2:1, “For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you.” Paul had plans to revisit the Corinthian church but he said in 2 Corinthians 1:23, “I call God as my witness–and I stake my life on it–that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth,” but the people criticized him. All he was doing was sparing them yet they called him unreliable and untrustworthy. Does this sound familiar? You try to spare those folk the wrath of God yet when you go running back to somebody or something who has hurt you (revisiting) only to leave in worse shape than before by them pushing you out the door with harsher words/actions; you open them to God’s vengeance. Don’t go this time. Instead, think on Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 2:2, “For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?” Rethink that visit, it will not be good for you.

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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