I want to talk to you today
subject we're probably all too familiar with... housecleaning.
have a very good friend....she's a wonderful friend...but she is
truly a lousy housekeeper.
where you look in her home you see piles of clothes thrown down,
the clean mixed with the dirty.
can't see the kitchen counter for the dirty dishes, and it's
almost impossible to find a cup or glass to drink from. If you
find one, you can't wash it so that you can drink from it,
because the sink is so full that you can't turn the water on.
THE GARBAGE!!! It's overflowing from the trash can, and falling
out of two or three garbage bags sitting around the kitchen.
sad part is that it's not the effect this mess has on others,
it's the chaos and frustration it
causes in her own life.
can never find anything when she needs it...whether it's
something to put on so she can go to work, or an important
document that she desperately needs.
is always late for work, always late for any appointment,
because she has to deal with searching through
the mess of her home.
the mess becomes unbearable, she will get in there, roll up her
sleeves and clean up that mess. AND SHE TAKES OUT THE GARBAGE.
most of it. Of course, there's a lot of stuff that she no longer
needs, things that are really just getting in her way,
preventing her from being organized, that she can't quite bring
herself to get rid of.
always feels so good about herself as she sits in her freshly
ya' know, old habits are hard to break, and soon all that
garbage has piled up again....bringing chaos, disorder, and
frustrations back into her life.
lives are a lot like that...our Spiritual Houses.
all have a lot of old garbage that's lying around, causing our
lives to run out of control. Things like old hurts, and
heartaches, scars from abuse.
thru our lives we have occasionally taken out the garbage.
Well...some of it. The most obvious garbage...the garbage that's
already bagged up and the easiest to get rid of.
husband or boyfriend that was abusing us...but we forgot to dump
the hurt from that relationship.
may have gotten rid of the friend that was just using us...but
we hung on to the resentment.
too often we keep the worst, most stinking garbage of all....FEAR.
of trying to make changes...fear of failing again. Fear of
losing what little "self" that we've managed to hang
Ladies, it's time to TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE....to rid ourselves of
the things that hold us back, weigh us down, bind us.
MISTAKES, THE FAILURES, THE SINS OF THE PAST.
Before we can move forward, we have to deal with the past. Make
no mistake...the past is our greatest problem...not the future.
It's not what is before us that hinders us, it's what is behind
know that friend I was talking about? By the time the mess had
gotten to the point she couldn't stand living in it any
longer...cleaning it up was such a big job that it was
overwhelming. It was just too much for one person to do. So
finally, she would take me up on the offer I had extended many
times to help. She would give me a call, and I would go over to
her house, and together we started cleaning up the mess. With a
little help and encouragement, she could handle it.
the same with our Spiritual House.
If we try to clean up the mess we've made in our lives
alone...it's an overwhelming, almost impossible task.
we have a friend we can call on....His name is Jesus.
if we will just let Him give us the helping hand, the love, he
has so freely offered, then the job isn't too great to handle.
Let Jesus help rid you of the past.
Let Jesus take away all the old garbage...the fear, hurts and
resentments you've collected thru the years, and put them in the
dumpster of forgiveness.
"Thereforth, if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold
all things become new."
THROUGH CHRIST'S FORGIVENESS, WE CAN FORGIVE OURSELVES.
HIS FORGIVENESS, WE CAN FORGIVE OTHERS.
OF BEING SET FREE... FREE TO LOVE AND BE LOVED.
Romans 15:13 says that we may abound in
hope by the power of the Holy spirit. And if we abound in
hope, nothing can hold us down!
We may FEEL alone...but we are never
alone, once we accept Jesus as our Savior.
Through His forgiveness we are
GARBAGE IS OUT!!! JESUS IS IN!!
Hope can abound through prayer and reading His word. We can all feel
alone...even Jesus felt alone, before He died for our sins!! But our Heavenly
Father gave him hope. Through Christ, You can know the Father, and He will give
you hope. Abound in it, enjoy it...It's yours for the asking.
JESUS INTO YOUR HEART!!!
CLEANSED, BE FORGIVEN, BE SET FREE!!
"Take courage, I've overcome the world".
Through Christ we can overcome our problems, loneliness,
hurts, or whatever it may be that is filling our lives with
AND HE WHO PUTS THE DETERMINATION IN OUR HEARTS WILL GIVE US THE
ABILITY TO SUCCEED in breaking the chains of the past!!!!
In John 14:27
Jesus says "I am leaving you with a
gift---peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like
the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid."
I hope that you will not
leave this room without knowing the peace that only Jesus
can give. All you have to do is ask for it.
Jesus is waiting to
help you take out the garbage.
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