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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Vicki shared with me last week that it would be good for me to sweep and mop the kitchen floor. And since I was going to do that I might as well do the bathrooms as well. Let me just say that I am an obedient husband (kind of). So this past Saturday I finally did it.

It didn’t take very long since I didn’t have to move anything but rugs. After getting the floors swept and mopped, I got the rugs shook out and put back in place. When she got home she asked what I had been doing so I told her. She just kind of grinned then said she was glad I got that done.

I don’t mind cleaning as long as I don’t have to move furniture around. Yet there are times when things begin to clutter the house and you have to clean things out. I’m sure her spring cleaning will be more intense.

Jesus tells us that it is important that we fill our lives with that which God desires. When a person asks Christ to come into their hearts and save them, He does just that. He takes away all the sin, and literally cleans ‘house’. At that point we are clean and ready to be filled with the things of God.

Yet all too often we fail to fill our hearts with the things of God. We make what some would call ‘a half-hearted attempt’ at learning the things of God. Consequently we never actually fill the void left by the cleansing of God. Sure, He is there and our hearts are held in His hands, but in order for our hearts to be ‘decorated’ in the way they should be we must ‘treasure God’s word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him.’ (Ps. 119:11)

In Ephesians 5:18 we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. The only way that we can accomplish this is surrendering what we have to lay hold of that which He has for us. God has an immeasurable storehouse where He has laid up all we need to live our lives in obedience to Him.

Scripture tells us in Matt. 12:43-45 that when the unclean spirit went out of the man it wandered through waterless places seeking rest. Then it returned to the place where it had been, it found the place clean and empty. Upon this discovery, it took seven other spirits more wicked than itself to occupy this place. Because of this the last state of that man was worse than the first.

It is important when a person comes to know Christ as their Savior that other Christians do all they can to help that person fill their lives with the knowledge and wisdom of God. The writer of Hebrews said it this way – “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

I’m not sure how much more cleaning out, Vicki and I will do at the house. Yet I am positive that God will do whatever we ask of Him in relation to the ‘rooms’ of our heart. He will clean them out of all the unwanted things and then fill them with the things that not only draw us closer to Him but with the things we need to accomplish the tasks He sets before us.

Spring is just around the corner. I wonder how many of you have spring-cleaning on your agenda. Does that spring-cleaning include your life and your heart? Be filled with the Spirit and allow Him to place those things that are important in your life. Jesus has all you need to have the greatest spring-cleaning of your life. Get out the knee pads, get down on your knees and start that spiritual spring-cleaning today.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul