[CF Devotionals] 2019-07-31 - Decluttering

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The other day, my husband and I made a trip to the Tinker Creek Transfer Station. One of the benefits of paying our county taxes is having ten trips a year there to drop off recyclables, such as the typical ones of paper, plastic, and glass - as well as empty aerosol and latex paint cans, furniture not suitable for donation, old broken stereos and other electronics, old used tires, shredded paper etc. Those items can be dropped off with no extra fee, and we use it mainly for larger drop-offs of items not typically taken away by bulk curbside pickup. When things need to be cleared out of the house and recycled, and we get it done, it brings a sense of relief and accomplishment. Many of the items can be processed and can be given another use, and that would never happen, if we left them lying around the basement or garage. It also better prepares us better for what’s next, when we properly remove unnecessary possessions.

Removing obstacles that can come between us and God, interfering with spiritual growth and strength, can also be a big relief. Like the fourteen lawn and leaf bags of paperwork shredded from our old business, the faults we have not let go of and asked forgiveness for can keep us from what God has next for us, and they can weigh us down. They can clutter our minds, as those giant bags filled a small room downstairs. And hanging onto things can also influence our physical well-being; therefore, cleansing our souls also helps our bodies on this journey. Does your house have need of decluttering? Literally or figuratively?

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians  7:1)

“Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:” (Psalm 10:17)

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Corinthians 1:9)

“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” (Ephesians 5:26)

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