Daily Devotional – 8/24/18 “Shutdown for the Shift!”

Sometimes, on this spiritual journey, you may find yourself in a place of feeling as if nothing is working out in your favor. It does not matter the amount of time you spend in prayer, you are still being passed over for promotion. It matters not your faithfulness to fellowship, you still have to fight folk who look familiar. You make the plans and do the research and business still fails. Everywhere you turn, no is all you hear and you cannot understand why. Leaving you to wonder, why is nothing working in my favor? Why is nothing going right? Why am I spiritually stagnant when I know God has called me? Well, maybe you been powered down to revive. Maybe this period of your life is a restart and not a rebuke. Think about electronic devices like cable boxes, phones and computers; things we rely on. Occasionally, these devices mess up and in order to get them to function properly, you have to restart them. Most times, it is an easy restart by choosing the option and other times some stuff happens that calls for a “hard restart” by pressing and holding down the power button and it was not your choice. Beloved, maybe the very thing you are going through, right now, is simply to get you back on track and God had to do a hard restart. It was not your choice but take it as God’s way of shutting you down to restart you. Does it feel good? Heck no but after it is over, you will realize it had to happen.

For most of 2017, I tried to finish my book, Dear God: Hear My Prayer. No matter what I tried, the many things I have written before or even the talks I had with God, no book. It did not matter that I had the book cover and the story line because I was stagnant. Truth is, I got mad at God and even contemplated taking a break from releasing anything because it seemed nothing was working, anyway. Why bother, right? Yet, I stayed in and under God. Everything He would give me, I jotted it down in my notes. I did not know it then but I was being restarted for the shifting that was about to take place. God had shut me down in order for Him to restart something new within me and when 2018 showed up, so did I. Dear God was released and it has been one of my best sellers. All because God shut me down to restart me. Why is a restart necessary? Here is what I realized with my work computer. If I never shut it down to restart it, I may miss necessary updates from the network that can only take effect AFTER the restart. Therefore, to you my brother or sister who is in an unexplainable time in your journey, maybe you are in shut down mode because God needs to update what He installed on the inside of you. You do realize things need updating, right? Then you should know if you never allow God to shut you down, you might miss necessary updates from the Master that can only take effect AFTER the restart. Your gift(s) is good but now God has an update that is about to make it greater for the places and people you are about to encounter. Allow the shutdown for the shift!

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.

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 8/24/18 “Shutdown for the Shift!”

  1. Restart that’s what i had to do to the router and modem on yesterday in order to get the best results from my computer.So God?if you are restarting me thank you for what’s about to come.

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