How clean is your house?

I am constantly amazed at what a mess six people living in one household can make.

Besides our daily chores, occasionally we all do some extra hard work and we whip this house into tip-top shape.  Then usually only a few days later I look around and wonder when the tornado went through unnoticed. And just in case you’re wondering, no this picture is not my house, teehee.

Sometimes when my kids murmur and complain about all the cleaning, I remind them that maintaining a “clean house” is like maintaining our spiritual house (life) with God.

Chores are like daily spiritual disciplines. They help to keep our spiritual house in order. And in order to keep our life orderly, we need a bit of cleaning everyday and we do this through confession in our alone time with God (1 John 1:9).

We all know what it’s like at times when our lives are a bit overloaded with activities and we are constantly on the go.  If the house gets neglected for a few days, it doesn’t take long for it to look like hurricane central.

When messes accumulate over a period of time they quickly turn into disasters and disasters can be avoided by daily maintenance.

Sin works in the same way. If it isn’t dealt with daily it can soon become an ugly mess.

God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit and reveals truth to us through our conscience. We can either choose to confess the sin and walk in obedience or we can make excuses for the sin and continue on.

Over time our consciences can become hardened to sin because we choose to deliberately walk in disobedience and then our perception of right and wrong can become seared.  Satan blinds us to the truth because we have chosen to rather believe the lies of the enemy versus God’s revealed truth.

We are told in scripture that we are to examine ourselves (1 Cor.11:31) so that we don’t come under God’s judgement. We do this by daily asking God to show us our sin and then to confess and renounce it.

I always confess known sins that I struggle with and then I pray something similar to what is in Psalm 139:23 . . . Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me . . .

With this I pray God would reveal areas that I am either not confessing (that I am clinging to) or that there are sins that I am not seeing that are offensive to God.

In my daily reading this morning I read the following from 1 John 1:5-7 which reads as follows:

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

God wants us to walk as children of the light.  We do this by shining the light of God’s word (His truth) into the corners of our hearts to show us the junk that shouldn’t be there. Then ask God by the power of the Holy Spirit to help us do some house cleaning.

God wants us to be thorough in our house cleaning. He doesn’t want us hording junk that makes us less than what he created us to be. When we hold to tightly to the things of this earth, we sap the power of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as God intends, and our lives will soon accumulate heaps of worthless stuff.

So in striving to keep a clean “spiritual house,” God wants us to hold nothing back from Him.  We need to learn to give him access to our stuff so that he can do the sorting and cleaning and he can show us what needs to go and what (of Him) can remain.  God wants us to let go of everything so that in turn He can be our everything! Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can he help us remove the junk so that we may have a clean house fit for Him!

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