Daily Devotional – 11/19/14 “Clean it up!”

Doesn’t it feel good when you have cleaned up the area you’re in? Doesn’t it feel good to ride in a clean car, to sleep on clean sheets, to have a clean home? Then why don’t you clean up your spiritual life? I told you yesterday to watch the company you keep because keeping bad company messes with your spirituality. Yes it does! You don’t have to admit it but ok, think about it like this … every time you cook spaghetti sauce don’t you end up getting some on your clothes? No matter how you try to avoid it, that red sauce always end up getting somewhere on you. Either it’s on the sleeve of your shirt, the front of it, your pants; somewhere because it’s spaghetti sauce. Well, a spirit is the same way; especially a bad one, its job is to invade your space because once it’s in your spirit, its main job is to infect your good spirit. And guess what? All it takes is a spot on your spirit because then it grows.

Yea, anger begins small and then it increases because we allow it to fester. Worry starts off small and then it grows because we add stuff to it. Gossip starts off as a whisper but then it grows because folk add stuff to it. Lies start off small but then they grow because we add stuff to it. You get mad at somebody for one thing and before long you’ve bought up stuff from 19 years ago because you keep adding stuff to it making it grow. Why? Why not leave stuff alone? Why not bury stuff and allow it to stay buried? Why not kill stuff and allow it to stay dead? Why are you resurrecting past hurt? Aren’t you tired of being hurt? Aren’t you spiritually tired? Aren’t you tired of carrying baggage that isn’t even yours to carry? Aren’t you tired of all the excess stuff being attached to your spirit? Clean it up! Clean up your spiritual life in order for you to grow. It isn’t for anybody else but clean up your spirit for you and then you’ll be able to be a blessing to others. For Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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