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See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV)

Have you ever had something you knew needed to be done, but you chose not to do it?  I am sure every one of us could answer this with a resounding, "Yes!"  Procrastination is simply postponing, or putting off something, and there can be many reasons for our choosing to do this.  Thomas Jefferson once said, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."  Unfortunately, many of us have would rather follow something like, "Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow." 

Now I want to be totally fair here because we need to be careful with using either of these as an absolute to guide our choices.  I totally believe there will be times when we need to stop, think and most importantly, pray about something rather than rushing into it—this after all, is wisdom.  

I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. Psalms 40:1 (NKJV)

Even so, there are an abundant amount of situations we will face in our day-to-day life where we must not tarry—we need to act wisely by doing what we know to be right.   There will be times when we have the opportunity to help someone and we should not procrastinate (Prov. 3:27).  There will be times when we need to lay some habit or practice we have been enslaved to down.  There will be times when we need to forgive someone for hurting us, or we may need to go to him or her and ask forgiveness for hurting him or her.  

Let's say we were being given a tour of a sewer treatment facility and we fell into one of the treatment ponds.  How long would it take before we tried to get out?  I don't think we would procrastinate or wait until tomorrow.  In fact I don't think it would be long at all because it would stink, and the sewage is dangerous to us.  

What if we looked at every sin we have in our life today as the raw sewage inside those treatment plants?   The way I see it, today is yesterday's tomorrow.  What are we waiting for?  Let's get rid of the sewage in our life.

When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.  I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD, And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalms 32:3-5 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things.  Let's take some time today to seek the Lord and to ask Him to reveal any sin (sewage) in our life.  Let's allow Him to clean us up and make us healthy.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 32:5 what can we learn about the effects of our sin and about God's great mercy?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord today and ask Him to reveal any trespasses you need to repent of?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to walk in newness of life today and not wait until tomorrow.  Remember, today is yesterday's tomorrow.  

Let's Pray…

Father, thank You for Your amazing grace upon our lives.  Help us to acknowledge anything in our life we need to lay down at the foot of Your cross.  Help us to walk in newness of life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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