"And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 11
Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for
they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and
they have put it even among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not
stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were
accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you."
In the scripture above, Achan had fallen into the trap of covetousness. God had forbidden the
Israelites to take anything from Jericho but Achan saw some stuff he felt like he
just had to have! This lust for stuff caused Israel to lose a battle with their
enemies and cost Achan his life.
MATTHEW 12:43 "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first."
Do you have resentments against others that you have built up over the years? I think we probably all do. We need to let these go...sweep them out of our lives. They only grow larger as they sit in the closets of our minds and take up more space and use up more energy! Don't let resentment, hate, envy and strife clutter up your mind and spirit. Free yourself from the unneeded stuff in your life! Take all that unneeded stuff and give it to Jesus. He knows just what to do with it! But, be sure to put something else back in place of all the stuff you sweep out! Now that my closets are cleaned out, I have room for more stuff! But I don't want to go out and spend money on more junk to replace the junk I just threw out! When we clean out the junk of the world from our minds, we need to replace it with prayer, devotions and praise of God. When we break away from our old friends, we need to replace them with new Christian friends. When we throw out our old books and tapes, we need to replace them with Christian literature and music. If we don't develop new, improved habits to take the place of the old ways we will fall into the trap of going back to our old ways again. (Just like I'm tempted to buy more stuff to fill my closets and shelves back up!)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Maybe you need to reevaluate your life. Where have you been, where are you headed and where are you now? What kind of unnecessary hostilities and feelings are you hanging on to that are hindering your progress? With so much junk stuffed into your closet it is hard to store anything new there!
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