Cleaning Up

It’s been several weeks, and I am slowly tackling the mess that is my closet. Now, when you walk inside, you can actually see the floor below—A huge development!

Since my last post, I’ve been thinking a lot about our sinful messes and how we even begin to start cleaning them up. When dealing with a growing, habitual sin, as much as we would like, it doesn’t always disappear in a day. Sometimes combating our sins is a process, a weekly/daily/hourly/minutely process.

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself immediately discouraged after the first time you ask for forgiveness, and immediately find yourself falling right back into it. I feel weak and inadequate. The longer the cycle goes on, I begin to lose faith that God is able to redeem me and free me from the bondage of my sin.

The process might be discouraging at times, but rest assured, God has the power to free us from bondage and make us whole. He can equip us to walk in victory knowing that we are fully redeemed and completely loved.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17

“…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6

Just like I can’t clean my house without a microfiber dusting cloth, Mrs. Meyers All-Purpose Cleaner, and a miracle broom, we can’t tackle those sins that keep creeping up without prayer, scripture, and friends.

Prayer—We are called to confess our sins through prayer. Rather than hiding, we need to be real with the Lord and let Him see our hearts. Spend time in prayer and allow Him to flood your heart with His love and mercy. Our God is a God of forgiveness.

“Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 62:8

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will
forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I John 1:9

Scripture—Scripture is full of God’s truth, love, and promises. There is such power in the word of God and when we equip ourselves with God’s word, it strengthens us to fight battles that are too big for us to fight alone.

Take some time to look up several verses that relate to what you’re struggling with. Write them each on index cards and then carry them with you throughout the day. When you feel that sin begin creeping back, whip out your index cards and meditate on God’s truth. Over time, that truth seeps into your heart and helps focus your mind on the things of Christ as opposed to the things of the world. A great place to get started is Bible Gateway. It’s an online site that lets you search the Bible by keyword, compare different versions, or look up key passages—it’s amazing!

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword…” Hebrews 4:12

Friends—We aren’t called to walk alone. We need to be open and share our struggles with our friends and ask for their prayers. This is so hard for me because I have such a hard time being real, but when I confess my sins to my friends, rather than judging me, they love and encourage me.

If you feel like you don’t have friends to fill this role, consider joining a small group or Bible study with women who can support you. If you feel completely alone, e-mail me. I’d love to pray for you!

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
James 5:16

“Encourage one another and build each other up.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

There is nothing too big for God to handle. Whatever you’re struggling with today, I pray that God will be so near to you and remind you again and again that He is faithful, loving, and merciful. May we each rest in the promise that we are fully forgiven and incredibly loved!