It is funny how fast your basement can fill up with junk. Before you know it, you have no place to walk and you ask yourself, “How did I get so much junk?” I think it is easy to throw things down in the basment and say, “I will deal with that later.” Unfortunately, if we are not careful, our lives can become the same way, full of sin! As Christians, we need to walk with a discernment that comes from the Holy Spirit. We need to walk by the Spirit, and live by the Spirit (Gal.5:25-26). We need to hate sin and turn from it. We need to understand that God hates the smallest sin to the largest! And when they creep into our lives and stay there, we become dry spiritually. Before you know it your life is full of sin. That is not the will of God for your life. The Bible says we are to confess our sins. Look at what it says in 1 John.1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God will forgive us; he wants us to walk in right relationship with Him! For His glory! The key is we need to spend time with God, in prayer and in His Word. God will then show us the condition of our heart. It says this in 1 Chr.28:9 “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.” We also need to understand that the heart can be deceitful, and only God can expose it and show us our true intent (Jer.17:9). The danger is sin, and it does effect our relationship with God. We see this in the fall of man in Genesis Chapter 3. That is why we cannot come to God on our own. We needed Jesus to give His life so we could have new life. And when we sin, and do not confess our sin, we put it in the basement. That is not good for the personal relationship we have with Christ. It brings about fake worship, and that is not what God wants for His people. So let us keep our basements clean.
August 15, 2010
Have you cleaned your basement out lately?