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Cleaning Out Our Closet
6/26/2008 8:05:52 AM
I'm moved today to emphasize your walk with God. One way to do that is to take the same process one uses to clean out his closet. First, you must take inventory of the massive amount of clutter that fills your closet. Nothing is less functional than a cluttered closet. You can't find anything. Also, you soon forget exactly what all is even in that closet: both good and bad. You keep searching for things that are lost, but some of them may be safely tucked in that closet if you had access to them. The clutter has hidden them from you. When you want righteousness, peace, and joy in your life, sometimes you forget those things are right there in your heart because it's so cluttered with the cares of this world. Secondly, you must clean up that closet. You must prioritize. Exactly what is necessary and what isn't? This process is more efficient if your spouse, or someone else, helps you. I want to cling to things my wife tells me are "out of here!" "You haven't even looked at that ole shirt in fifteen years, why in the world do you want to keep it in there!" She's right, but I want to hold on to my lucky shirt. If my mind is quick, I'll say something like, "But baby, that's the shirt I met you in." Even with the begging eyes, Laura won't buy it, and the shirt is trashed. People who care about you will help you prioritize. We must learn to make the things of the Kingdom the most important things in our lives. There lies the answer to life's problems. Put the Kingdom first, and all other things will be added unto you. Otherwise, your heart gets cluttered just like an overstuffed closet that has become a catchall for the world's leftovers. After first cleaning out that spiritual closet, you must prioritize the things in your life; some of what you now do may have to be thrown away because its just not proper in a Christian's life. You must then move forward to the work of organizing your spiritual closet accordingly. Your heart must desire the things of the Kingdom first. As long as entertainment, sports, hunting, shopping, television, ball-gaming, Internet, gardening, or anything else is more important to you than the things of God, you are open to the devil's conspiracies in your life. He finds a place in you, a handle to grab and cling to, and rides you to misery. Put Jesus first. Then His teachings: love, forgiveness, etc. Tend to the things that make you stronger spiritually: prayer, church, Bible study, etc. If you have no time to pray but can spend hours on the phone gossiping, stop lying to yourself. If you can't make it to church but can make every ball game, movie, hunting or shopping trip that comes around, wake up! If you can never find the privacy to read your Bible yet can read every magazine, newspaper, and T.V. Guide, front and back, it's time to re-organize your life. Once you put first things first, then all other things in moderation will not defeat the plans of God in your life. Clean out that closet! Prioritize the desires of your heart! And organize your life accordingly!

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