Let Jesus Do Some Spring Cleaning
Tonight I want us to look and see what the Bible tells us about regarding how to get the most out of our lives. Unfortunately, almost all the time that involves taking some painful looks at several areas in our lives. Things like looking and seeing if we've being controlled by some bad things in our past, things that have happened to us, that wreak total havoc in our lives, things we've done, or even things that others may have done to us, or sometimes even things that we've failed to do.
But, we've also got to take a real honest look to see if we're trying to live in some of the good things of our past. Trying to maybe live out what we may think were the good old days or the glory days.
All this stuff, or kind of thinking, does something - it steals our focus off Jesus.
And when that happens, we can miss out on living the abundant life the Lord wants us to live. So all this stuff, both the bad and the good stuff, that tends to get in our way... keeps our walk with the Lord from being what should be, if - IF - we let it.
If Jesus is truly going to be allowed to work in our lives, then, He must be given full access to every area of our lives, not just some of them.
Jesus has to be allowed to rule COMPLETELY in our hearts so He can do the work that ONLY He alone can do. That's why every once in a while, we have all got to do some serious "heart-room" cleaning, if you will. And again, what better time than right now, as we move into the new millennium? Instead of making resolutions that few of us keep, why not do as the Psalmist David says, when he writes in Psalm 139: v. 23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Folks, David is really laying it out here. I wonder how many of us would dare pray such a prayer? How many of you have ever done so? You see, ...
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