Lately I’ve been doing some decluttering around the house. But I have also felt like my Spiritual house needs decluttering too. How about you? Do you have so much stuff in every closet, in every crook and nanny of your heart and you know that you just need to get rid of it? Here are 7 ways that can help us to declutter our hearts.
1) Decide that you want a clean heart and determine by God’s grace that you will get it that way.
We need to start by asking God to cleanse us, to create a clean heart within us. God’s Word tells us that we are clean through His Word. Start each day by spending time in God’s Word allowing it to point out the things in your life that need a good cleansing.
Psalms 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
2) Wash out your mouth
Our words should be pleasing to the Lord. We should honor Him with our lips. What does your voice sound like when speaking to others. I know mine is often at its worse when speaking to someone who is closest to me. Ugh! Sometimes I hate that ugly old tongue. It’s a member of our body which no man can tame. But we can allow God to tame it. Get out the gossip, the complaining, the arguing, the lying, the flattering, the slandering, the boasting – oh how ugly our tongues can be! It surely is a good place to start in decluttering. I’ve been following along this challenge (aff) the past few weeks and it has helped me to focus on what comes out of my mouth.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Psalms 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
3) Take the Garbage out of your mind
We must feed our minds and spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world. Fill your mind with God’s Word. All we have to do is just taste and we will see that the Lord is good. Once you have a taste, you’ll want more.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4) Clean out the closets in your heart
Are you hiding sin in your closets? It will destroy you. It will rob you of your peace with God and can even rob you of your health. It can have devastating effects on the lives of others too.
Instead of hiding sin, confess it and begin to hide God’s Word in the closets of your heart.
Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
5) Organize your heart storage room.
How much excess baggage is in there? Are you storing too much? How about that longtime unforgiveness or that bitterness that you’ve been hanging onto for weeks, months, years? Isn’t it time to let it go? What a heavy weight and hindrance! There are other things that needs to be stored in the storage room of your heart.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
6) Give you heart a daily shine!
There is only one thing that can give you the fullest, brightest shine. The love of Jesus needs to shine forth from your life every day. That can only happen if we are letting Him have first place and spending time in His Word every single day.
Psalms 67:1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7) Don’t stress over cleaning your Spiritual House.
When our physical houses are dirty and we hear that company is coming, it suddenly becomes a stressful issue. We hurry around trying to tidy up and sticking things here and there to make things look as clean as possible. We need to daily clean ourselves through the Word of God , then our hearts will stay clean. We don’t have to worry or be stressed when our neighbors are watching us or when we are suddenly called upon to be a help to someone. Instead we can rest assured that all is well because our hearts are clean.
Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Keeping clutter out of our Spiritual homes is a daily task. Just like housecleaning, if we are going to keep our hearts clean then we need to work on it in a consistent manner from day to day.
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