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Cleaning Out My Closet

My in-laws are coming into town this weekend.

Which naturally means today will be spent creating the fake house.

You know, because I never ever have dishes in the sink or delicates drying all over the bathroom.

Only… Houston, we have a problem.

See, the house is still in disarray.

Remember how I told you we’ve been doing some work? Yeah, we’re still doing it. The plan was to have it completely done by this weekend, which is straight laughable because I don’t see us being completely done for a while longer.

As much as I would like to try, I can’t hide the clutter. The stuff is everywhere, it can’t be hidden.

Their trip has been on our calendar for weeks now, so as much as I would love to postpone, it’s not an option. So, I’m just going to have to face the clutter, try and somewhat de-clutter the clutter, and have my in-laws at the house amidst the clutter I’m trying to de-clutter.

Awesome.

I find today’s situation very pertinent to my spiritual life.

Because I have my own internal clutter to deal with, too.

Have you ever been there?

Much like my house, things can get a little crazy and uncontainable.

The closer I draw to God, the messier things seem to get.

There’s no backroom closet that He can’t see, and even if I try to hide stuff, He continues to find it and place it before me.

“What are you going to do with this?” I feel like he asks.

My first thought is to put it back in the closet where it belongs, and deal with it later.

Duh.

Only I can’t.

I have to deal with it now.

Jesus tells us that he is the vine, and we are fruitful when we live in him.

How do we bear fruit and live in him?

-We read his word. We read it again and again and soak up the words on each page. We don’t just read and walk away, we read to understand and apply the principles to our life.

-We talk to God every day.
We ask him to make us fruitful, to change and shape our hearts and to make us look more like Him.


Reading the Bible and openly talking to God has helped me deal with my clutter.

In fact, today’s verse is in 2nd Timothy and speaks to this truth.

It says, “ All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17).

The Bible illuminates the junk and clutter in our lives and helps us to see it.

Figuratively, it helps us identify and deal with that big pile of papers you’ve been meaning to shred for two years and haven’t, or that closet full of clothes you never wear and mean to comb through one day.

Not that any of those things apply to me...(insert nervous laughter)

It’s much easier to talk figuratively, but the truth is, the God is able to deal with the messiest of messes, and so much healing can be found in Him and his Word.

He helps us forgive others,

He helps us forgive ourselves,

He reassures us of the promises we don’t deserve,

He helps us to love others,

He convicts us when we’re wrong,

He helps us overcome addictions,

He breaks the chains of spiritual bondage, and grants new life.

The Bible helps us deal with the clutter that for so long we were comfortable having around. In illuminating this junk in our lives, God can help us deal with it. He can “prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

It’s hard to have a wholehearted devotion to good work when you’re dealing with a heart full of junk. The beautiful thing is that Jesus takes us as we are, junk and all, and helps us sort through everything. He has given me love, patience, grace, and forgiveness for so many things I never thought possible.

That is one of the biggest ways I know I am His child. I could have never done those things on my own. Only through Him were they made possible.

In allowing Him to correct me when I’m wrong, and in teaching me to do what is right, I certainly feel more empowered and equipped to do “every good work” he has set before me.

And I guess now is the time I should clarify, I still have junk I’m sorting through.

Girls, I have some serious junk that I have to daily surrender. Some of it is giant, some of it is small. Nonetheless, it’s junk. Junk is junk, and has to be surrendered to be our best.

We all have it.

Just last night I felt convicted about a series I watch on TV and “can’t miss.” It’s on the dark side, and quite honestly sometimes the show creeps me out!

Anyway, while covering my eyes in fear, like the child I apparently am, I asked myself why I was even watching it. I couldn’t help but hear God whispering the same thing. “Yeah- why are you watching it?” Not only that, but sometimes I feel like sacrificing an hour for things like mindless TV watching is so much easier than “sacrificing” an hour at church.

Ugh.

Junk.in.closet.

Illuminated by God’s precious word and communication with Him.

It would be easier to keep these things on the closet shelf and not deal with them, but that’s what makes me ineffective. That’s exactly how the enemy wants it. Only in dealing with this junk am I able to be made whole.

Thankfully now instead of hiding it, I desire to bring these things to Jesus so he can deal with them and change me. So he can make me fruitful.

It’s in the hidden corners of our heart where things fester. Remember last week? If we look to the Lord we are radiant, and our faces are never covered in shame.

Let Him clean out your closet, friends. It’s not always fun, but it is fruitful. I want to have eyes to see the works and opportunities He’s placed before me, and that can be hard when I’m paralyzed in my own internal mess.

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17


Give it to him, and allow the Word to speak to you. Correct, guide, and prepare, His word will do it.

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More to come. ❤️

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