[CF Devotionals] 2018-04-11 - Purge and Sacrifice

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The past few weeks, I have been cleaning out my desk and some other items around the house that should be reorganized, given away, sold, or in some cases thrown away. In order to make way for new things and routines, we often need to purge the old ones. An entire section of one of my desk drawers contained report cards, certificates, and notes to our kids from their high school teachers. They are all now in a couple folders with other items of theirs, in a filing cabinet. I also had prior years of Christmas cards in that drawer as well. As much as I love cards with family pictures at the holidays, I’ve noticed that it makes it very hard for me to get rid any of them at the end of the season. They are now all in a shoe box stored in my closet. I know what you’re thinking: “You didn’t purge anything, just moved it,” and you’re right. But they are special ones, and I occasionally read through them to remind me what matters most - people not stuff (yes, I'm aware of the irony). I’m down to clearing off a small area on a table and putting a few things away, which has me prepared for a new routine and a new start.

I figured a new look, along with some spring cleaning, were a good approach to the next phase of life, which for me includes more writing, drawing, painting and photography. If I want to see change, then I need to make changes. For awhile, I kept thinking about some items around here I need to find a home for, and would talk myself out of doing anything about it. We have to take action, very often, to see results. Who knows, if I sell a couple things, I may be able to get others I need to further what I now feel led to pursue. When we are willing and obedient to follow through and sacrifice, the results can be exhilarating. Now my filing cabinet is purged of old documents and reorganized, the desk drawers have writing materials art supplies in better working order, a few things are listed online for sale, and my work space is now fully ready to use. God provides for us, and very often his answer has just been waiting for our discovery.

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16 NIV)

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight….” (Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV)

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:14-17 NIV)

“”Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and actions were working together, and his faith was made complete in what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed god, and it was credited to him righteousness” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not faith alone.” (James 2:21-24 NIV)

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:10-12 NIV)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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