Picture this: You get a call that a friend or family member is coming over to visit. Maybe they are just stopping by, or maybe they are staying a while. In preparation, you make sure your floors are mopped, furniture dusted, and not a dish is in the sink. Don’t let it be your mother; you are going to make sure not a thing is out-of-place to make sure she doesn’t criticize how you are living. You are sure to get the good towels out, put an extra spray of fragrance on your guest room sheets, all to ensure your guests are comfortable.
Now, picture this: You profess to love God, and claim His son Christ as your Risen savior. You go to church every Sunday, bible study every Wednesday. Yet, you still hold on to unforgiveness, a bad attitude, bitterness, hatred, low self-esteem, doubt and fear. Whenever you are made aware of behaviors you may want to change, you use the excuse that “God knows my heart,” or “Only God can judge me” to keep a hold of the mess. You invite God to dwell within you, yet refuse to clean up the mess.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Have you ever been to someone’s house, and it was so nasty that you didn’t want to sit down? You know, the house with the roaches crawling up the walls that no one else seems to notice but you? How uncomfortable did you feel being there? In order for God to fully move in your life, He has to be comfortable in the temple that you invited Him into. If you refuse to clean the mess, better yet, refuse to allow Him to use his power and get rid of it, this is exactly how it feels for Him to dwell inside of you. When we refuse to let go and let God do his work within us, we create an environment that hinders our prayers, and the power that his salvation offers us. We allow the mess to prevent us from hearing his instruction and follow his provision for our lives. Then we have the nerve to wonder why nothing is going right in our lives.
Letting go and allowing him to work is one of the hardest things for our fleshly beings to do, yet it is so simple. It is a choice of changing how you think about things in your life, or what has happened to you. However, the enemy will make it a battle that will be consistent but with God, he will not win. You have to make a conscious effort to stay in communication with God, and surrender yourself to Him daily. You have to tell yourself “I forgive those who hurt me” daily. You have to remind yourself “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” daily. Then you will notice, that it gets easier. You finally become victorious by surrendering to God, and allowing him to clear the clutter in your spirit, allowing your life to bear the fruit and promises he made to you.
I encourage you to clear the clutter in your spirits today. Make room in your temple for God to do his work in your life. Just as you make your earthly guests comfortable, do the same for your God. The best thing about God is, you don’t even have to do the cleaning. All you have to do is say, “Here God, come in and do what you do best” and he will take care of it. Doing so will provide you with more strength, peace, joy, and fullness than you can ever imagine. God bless.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10