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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Taking out the garbage

2 Corinthians 7:1 (ESV)
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Thursday night is the night we take out garbage down to the street for the pick up on Friday.  Well, I don’t know about you-- but this is not one of my favorite tasks. Every Thursday as I collect the garbage from around the house I think to myself “didn’t I just empty these garbage cans?  It’s like I turn around and they are full again!

It amazes me how much garbage we make. It got me to thinking about spiritual garbage. Let’s face it. We live in a world running rampant with spiritual trash. It’s everywhere -- and though we as believers try and avoid it, we step out our front doors and there it is to greet us. We don’t even have to step out our doors anymore! The trash has inundated our television, our music, our computers. It’s in our schools and even in our congregations! We’re probably so chock full of trash by now, we’re overflowing! I think it’s time we empty our spiritual trash cans.

We have a responsibility to make sure we empty our spiritual trash – and empty it often. Let’s ask the Lord to help us take out the mess and clean us up from head to toe -- that we might be able to do greater things for Him!

Dear Lord, we pray that You would take the mess out of our life so that we can be clean from head to toe. Help us to not let the trash of our life built up and destroy our witness for You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen. 

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