Daily Devotional – 6/27/18 “Don’t leave dirty!”

It will not always be like this. However, in the meanwhile, you might get dirty. Dirty? Yep! You might get dirty from people throwing dirt on your name. You might get dirty from folk who try to walk all over your assignment. You might get dirty when folk seek to do you wrong for doing what’s right. You might get dirty from lies being spread. You might get dirty from who you’ve associated yourself with. You might get dirty from who you’ve laid down with. You might get dirty simply for being collateral damage. You might get dirty beloved. But here’s a question for you. If you were not dirty, what would God have to clean? Understand, I am not suggesting you go out and get dirty but what I want you to get is, if you happen to get/be dirty; God can and will clean you up. Titus 3:3-7 says, “For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This is the Spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we would become heirs with the hope of eternal life.”

Baby, it is not about you but God cleanses us because of His mercy towards us. However, you have to first, confess that you’re dirty; secondly, be willing to be cleaned and finally be obedient to the cleaning process because your cleaning process may not make sense to you. When Naaman was trying to be healed/cleansed of his leprosy, Elisha sent a message and told him to wash himself, seven times, in the Jordan. This made Naaman angry because he’d assumed Elisha would come out, stand before him and perform the healing by calling on God’s name and waving his hand. He had it all figured out and when it didn’t go according to his plan, he became angry. How many of you have become angry and missed out on your deliverance because it wasn’t what you were expecting? Had Naaman not been surrounded by folk who had the sense to tell him his wrong, he would have left there still dirty. Don’t leave dirty when the thing you need to cleanse you is within reach. Don’t leave dirty when the very thing you need only takes you stepping in. Don’t leave dirty when obedience has the ability to change your life.

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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