40 Days of Prayer - Day 15 - West Ridge Church

Friday, March 22nd
Author: Tadd Grandstaff
Church: Hope Church


Isaiah 43:18-19 – This time of year is notorious for spring cleaning. Everyone can relate because everyone has some clutter lying around. I have 4 kids that are all 10 years and under. So, you can imagine the clutter that collects in the garage, the laundry room, and in the corner of just about every room within our home. Me and my wife Becki start to get a little claustrophobic after a while and we go into spring cleaning mode. We just start throwing stuff away. You start asking yourself, “Where did this stuff come from?” Or maybe you ask, “How do we manage to collect this pile of such and such?” Isn’t it true that something feels so freeing about trashing it, letting it go, donating it, or getting it organized? Finally, you can see the floor in your kids’ room again. Now, it may only last for a few days, but it does make you feel better knowing you have dumped some junk, cleared some clutter, and things are finally cleaner.

I think life can often be like that. Clutter easily begins to build up in our lives. Without us even realizing it, we collect things and hold onto things that start to pile up. Whether it be something from our past, a stressful situation, a difficult circumstance, a recent loss, bitterness towards someone, or some emotional pain you have experienced. It’s so easy for those things to begin to build up in our lives. Without knowing it, we begin to carry the clutter into our conversations, it begins to impact our attitudes, and effects our outlook. Whatever it is from our past, if not properly dealt with, will begin to rob us of our future. There is an old saying that says, “Your past is not the past if it is still impacting your present.” I wonder how many of you are like me, and we have some things from our pasts that we have not dealt with, and they keep impacting our present. I wonder how many of us need to do a little spring cleaning in our own lives?

God commands for us to forget the former things; do not dwell on the past, lest we miss the new thing He is doing right now in our lives! I know there have been so many times in my life that I have missed what God desires to presently do in my life because I could not see past my past.

For a lot of us, the past holds a lot of pain. I don’t mean to disqualify what anyone has gone through or the pain that anyone has experienced. But the truth is that no matter how painful your past has been, if you don’t let God heal it, then you will never move forward with God’s best for your life. In order for us to get on with our future, we must choose to do some spring cleaning and clear the clutter of our pasts.

Now, I want you to know, that I don’t believe this is something you can do by yourself. If you could have fixed you, then you would have already done so. God desires to fix you. He knows what you need the most. He answered your greatest need by sending His son Jesus to you. He alone possesses the healing that you are longing for. He has the ability to take the pain of your past and use it for His good and yours. I want to encourage you to be honest with God today. Tell Him what you are holding onto. Ask Him to help you clear the clutter in your life. I’ll be honest with you, it won’t be a one-time prayer. It won’t be a one-time cleaning. You may have to run to Him daily. Give it to Him. He already knows. He most certainly cares. He can and will set you free from it. If

you’ll let Him. He has a new thing He wants to do in and through you. He loves and cares about you more than you will ever know. He doesn’t want your life to be defined by something from the past. God always has something greater in store for your life. You may not believe that, but it’s true. God desires to do something through someone just like you. Regardless of how big your pile of clutter is. God’s plan is even bigger!

What do you need to let go of today to move forward with God’s plan for your future?

 


 

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