Daily Devotional – 1/31/13 “Where are those resolutions?”

Well, you’ve made it to the last day of the first month of the New Year? Have you accomplished any of the resolutions you swore to God, this time last month? Are you still smoking, drinking, gambling, lying, stealing, judging folks and back biting? Have you still not found anything to wear to attend church? Are you still saying that God knows your heart? Are you still shopping even though you said you’d stop until you got your bills paid? Are you still getting wasted even though you said you were done acting a fool? Are you still gossiping even though you said you were leaving the drama in 2012? Are you still tipping through the rose bushes into your neighbor’s yard even though you said you were working on doing better? Like my uncle Larry says, you may be getting away with the tipping for now but one day it’ll rain and your footprints will be caught in the mud. (You’ll get that later) Oh, are you still throwing rocks and hiding your hands, throwing salt into other people’s Kool-Aid because you don’t like their flavor or spreading hate on their blessings because you’re jealous of their favor? Didn’t you say you were changing for this New Year? What happened baby? You’ve had 30 days (I’ll give you New Year’s Day). I don’t have to tell you that you need to get it together, you know this already. You know that the death angel is taking more and more young folks than ever before, trouble is knocking on everybody’s door, storms are lasting longer because we aren’t learning our lesson and times are harder to deal with because we keep missing our blessings. Yea, God is trying to bless us but we’re too busy gossiping with our neighbor instead of staying at home, when you should be raising those kids that keep posting on Facebook, “I’m too grown” yet they come running home when the cold world is smacking them in their face when they should have been learning how to be covered by God’s grace. Can’t you see that it is time out for playing with God? When will you get yourself together? If you live to see tomorrow, you will see the beginning of a new month with another opportunity to keep the promises that you made to God. He didn’t ask you for those lies; you volunteered them; so now get to work on making them come true. In Ephesians 4 Paul is talking while being locked up in jail and in verses 17-24 he says, (now this is The Message bible version but it means the same); “And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion. But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.”

If you want to get the full understanding, read the full chapter. Simply saying, stopping putting off your greatness until tomorrow because although tomorrow is promised, you aren’t promised to see it!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

Lakisha Johnson, native Memphian and author of over fifteen titles was born to write. She’ll tell you that “It isn't just writing, it's ministry." Along with being an author, she is an ordained minister, co-pastor, wife, mother and the product of a large family. She is an avid blogger at kishasdailydevotional.com and social media poster where she utilizes her gifts to encourage others to tap into their God given talents. She won’t claim to be the best at what she does nor does she have all the answers, she is simply grateful to be used by God.

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