Daily Devotional – 12/8/16 “New shade of you!”

When you press a grape, you get grape juice and in some cases, a grape seed. When you apply pressure to an olive, you get olive juice. When you squeeze an egg, it burst. You get my point, right? Well, why are you surprised at what’s coming out of you when God applies pressure? I mean, you knew good and well, you were full of hell before you asked God to make you over. You knew, sure you did, that you were full of anger and resentment before you surrendered saying, “Lord, have your way.” So, tell me again why you’re shocked at what’s now flowing from you. You do know that God has to first remove the mess before filling you with the manifestation of His glory, don’t you? Mark 2:21-22 says, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

See, if God puts His anointing into the old you, it wouldn’t take like He needs it too. If God allows His grace to fill the old you, it may not have as much as an impact. Think about it. You have a red wall and you decide to paint it white. If you put the white on top of the old red, it’ll bleed through. Oh but if you clean the wall, sand the walls and them prim the walls; you’ll be able to paint it white like you planned. This is why God has to allow us to go through the pressure of life, situations and circumstances. It’s preparing us for the new. And you that’s going through, it’s just the process. God is cleaning you, that’s why folks aren’t calling and showing up like they used too. God is sanding you, that’s why you’re feeling pain you can’t explain or understand because God only sands because primer sticks better to a roughened surface. (Don’t believe me, look it up.) And then He’ll prim you, that’s covering you with His Holy Grace that keeps the old you from bleeding through on the new you! Beloved, losing folk, it’s part of the process. The pressure, it’s part of the process. The pain, it’s part of the process. You just need to allow it to happen in order to get to the new shade of 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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