Daily Devotional – 10/5/17 “Making you ready!”

There are times when I go through a period of feeling like I’m not doing enough, spiritually. A time when it feels like I’m stuck and not moving. A time when I have to ask myself hard questions. Am I the one holding me up? Am I fearing what’s next? Am I secretly hindering my own progression? Because it sure does feel like it. I find myself disconnecting from things or pulling back from people and not really wanting to go anywhere. I’m not acting funny but I’m dealing with some things that, at times, is hard to explain. If I can be honest with you, it’s even harder for me to understand because I cannot make sense of it. I mean, I’m being faithful and obedient but it still feels … I cannot explain it. Then God tells me, “Daughter, this is simply your period of confinement.” But God, why do I need to be confined? He replies, “Because I am making you ready for the next level.” Okay God, but why confinement? He says, “To keep folk from taking credit for getting you there.” I reply, “Work God.” Somebody today is feeling just like this and neither can you explain it. Beloved, it’s your “Making you Ready” period.

See, God sometimes has to snatch us from people who are only around because they see your purpose and if they stay close, they’ll want recognition for making you into who you’ll become. There are folk who calls themselves mentor but God will take you from their grip because He knows they will gloat over being the reason you are as good as you are. God will sever ties with those ‘spiritual mothers/fathers’ who wants the pat on the back for molding you into the person people see. When it was never them. Look, a good Godly mentor or spiritual covering will never pour into you only to then shout, “Look, I was the one who did that.” Yet, they will be there to help you succeed, for the bible says in Proverbs 20:18, “Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.” A good spiritual guide leads by God and never wants to be glorified. Instead they’ll take your appreciation but not credit for your anointing. This is why you cannot fight this process, reconnect what God has disconnected and chase who God removes. This has to happen.

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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