Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.
“Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.” Proverbs 9:6
In about a few hours this year would end and we’ll be in a new year. I don’t know how this year has been for you, but what’s a fact is that there’s always room for improvement, and the new year can be a lot better.
But nothing different will happen if you don’t make a difference in your life. The change must begin with you. You must make up your mind not to enter into the new year with certain habits and ways that affected you physically, spiritually and financially, this year. Take some time to identify them, then do away with them.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” You’ve got to strip those weights off you if you want to move higher and faster in the new year.
Don’t be sentimental: it might involve terminating certain relationships in your life. Be bold enough to do whatever needs to be done: “Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”
I am leaving my simple and unproductive ways and habits behind, and I am stripping myself of every weight, every sin and habit that is slowing me down and affecting my progress and maturity. I am entering the new year a changed man, and as a result, I will see positive improvements next year. Amen.