As life progresses, we tend to accumulate things. Every once in a while, it is wise to take inventory of what we have and begin the process of clearing the clutter. We have to look around and see what we have. Then, we have to get rid of things that no longer serve a purpose. Our spiritual life is the same way. We need to remain transparent and be vigilant in self-reflection. We have to look at our lives and see if there are things that no longer useful. We must ask ourselves if there is anything in our lives that we have outgrown or preventing us from moving to the next level of spiritual maturity. As instructed in Hebrews 12:1, we must lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us.
There must be an evaluation of the evident and the invisible. The invisible would be those things that we have pushed into the corner and covered up. Those things that we have decided to not address or get to later. The problem with not addressing the hidden sin in our lives, the iniquities, is that they create crevices for the enemy to plant seeds of more sin. Before we know it, we can easily find ourselves repeating old sinful practices and experiencing spiritual regression. Failing to confront our sin in any capacity only pushes us further away from Father and leads to spiritual death. Proverbs 28:13 tells us that, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” To continue to grow spiritually, we must confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. Then, we can progress towards spiritual maturity.
What’s in your spiritual house that needs to be cleaned out? What skeletons are in your closet? Skeletons don’t belong in closets. They belong buried in a grave. Life doesn’t come from anything dead. Death only begets death. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin are death. When we fail to expose and give a proper burial to dead things, they can continue to resurrect themselves in different ways in our lives because the enemy can use them to slowly contaminate the purest parts of us. Like an infection, sin spreads to the healthy surrounding areas of our being and saps the life out of them. In the natural, the infected areas have to be cut off to save the viable parts. We have to do the same spiritually. We have to cut off anything that threatens us spiritually.
So, I ask. What needs to be cleaned out of your house? Check those areas that are less obvious and less frequently visited. Look under and behind things. Don’t just dust them off and put them back on the shelf. Get rid of them so the Father can fill that space with everything you need mature spiritually. Remember, God already knows. We can’t hide anything from Him. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. He is faithful to forgive us and help us conquer sin in any area of life that we’ve felt defeated. He wants us to clean our houses so He can fill it with the fruit of His spirit.
Let’s clean our houses so the Holy Spirit can dwell and reign in them!
© 2019 NiaCara Lawrence