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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Daily Devotional – 11/22/13 “Clean it up!”

One of my fellow bloggers recently re-blogged one of my devotionals from a few years ago entitled, “Why are you crying over spilled milk?” and I just thought I’d share a portion of it today for someone who is crying over the mess you should have cleaned up a long time ago. After hearing, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” for as long as I can remember, I now know that it’s not actually referring to milk but it’s the things that have happened or happening that you have no control over.

Let me explain. You’ve been married for ten (10) years to your high school sweetheart. You have the house, cars, 2 kids, a dog and all seems to be right in your world. Your husband is the provider, you all attend church every Sunday as a family and he is a deacon while you sing in the choir. You know that God has ordained your household, so you aren’t worried. Then one day your husband comes home early from work and he wants to talk because he’s leaving you for somebody else that makes him happier. He doesn’t want to discuss it because his mind is made up, so he packs his bags and leave. He leaves you at the table devastated because your world has been turned upside down. So, what now? Do you retreat to your bed to cry for 2 weeks straight or do you fall down on your knees asking God to strengthen you, keep your mind, wipe your tears and show you the way? Yea, you are probably wondering what you could have done to make him stay but I’m here to tell you that no matter what you did or didn’t do, this was a circumstance you had no control over, so why are you crying over the spilled milk? Please note, this may not be your situation but you get what I’m saying. Stop crying over things you can’t control. Whatever happened has happened so what you need to do is, pick up the empty carton (you), wipe up the spilled milk (tears) and refill your carton (with God’s word) and move on! If they can walk away from you so easily without a second look, they weren’t yours to begin with and maybe, just maybe, they were standing in the way of the real blessing God has for you! Be thankful for what you do have and not miserable over what is gone and watch God enlarge your territory. And I know without a shadow of a doubt that God won’t bring you to anything that he won’t see you through.

If you are questioning God, your milk is spilled. Wipe it up and refill your carton with Ecclesiastes 3:1 that says “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” And if you think that you are the only one facing problems, your milk is spilled. Wipe it up and refill your carton with 2 Corinthians 4:17 that say “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”