Daily Devotional – 10/11/18 “What cha’ going back for?”

Yesterday, I told you to go and get your stuff but did you notice what I didn’t say? I did not tell you to go and get your stuff back. You want to know why? Because sometimes the blessing is being okay with leaving with only the broken pieces of you. The broken pieces of your heart, mind, body and soul because if you leave, you now have the chance to rebuild. Sure, I know you want the couch back you paid for but leave it and the bad memories. I know you left the dishes grandma gave you but let them keep them if it means your freedom. Revenge, you want it but at what cost? Beloved, find the healing in saying goodbye and the severing of that toxic relationship. Find the restoration, you’ve been longing for, by finally getting the strength to walk out without looking back. And quit saying, “I’m coming for everything the enemy stole.” Do you not realize, in order to get back what was stolen you have to deal with the thief who took it? That’s like going back to see the person who kidnapped you, after you’ve been freed. It doesn’t make sense. You’re free even if it’s with bruises, bad memories, tears and pain. You’re free. And what cha’ going back for when God has given you the promise of restoration, when you trust in and praise Him?

Bible shares in Joel 2:23-25, “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for He has given you the autumn rains for your vindication. He sends you showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be full of grain, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locusts have eaten—the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locust—My great army that I sent against you.” God says He will REPAY you. Repay is to do or give something as recompense for a favor or kindness received. In other words, because you trust in God, because you praise God, because you are faithful to God and because you follow God’s command; He’ll repay you for everything you’ve lost. So, to you my brother and my sister; stop trying to get back what you bought in suffering when God will repay every year you lost by your sacrifice. That child support, let it go. The time you can’t get back, let it go. That stuff in the attic, let it go. Those boxes in the garage, leave them. And this time when you leave, although it may be with some brokenness, you will survive. Not only will you survive but you’ll be repaid for EVERY year!

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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