Clutter, Clutter, Clutter….Why The Clutter????
"At the end of seventy years, the Lord will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the Lord. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the Lord." Isaiah 23:17-18 (NIV)
Have you ever taken the time to consider why you feel the need to keep in your possession all of the items that you are not readily using? Most of us have a collection of some things that we aren’t using…. From clothing that we are “some day” going to wear; to dishes, to magazines to, to jewelry… and the list is endless! The question is, “Why are we still holding on to them?”
There could be many reasons why we feel “comfortable” in keeping all of our possessions. Many times the spirit of fear is the underlying culprit. He has come in and is “holding the door open” for his buddies: doubt, pride, procrastination and everyone else to enter. In other words are you holding on to “your stuff” because you feel as though you might need it one day? (Fear of Lack! .. apply Philippians 4:19) Or because you feel as though you’ve paid too much for it and someone else won’t properly appreciate it as you do? (That’s probably Pride!.. apply Philippians 2:3 ) Or simply because you haven’t taken to time t o get rid of it? (Possibly Procrastination! Proverbs 6:6)
Whatever the reason – the time has come; especially because we are about to enter into a new calendar; for us to get rid of whatever we are not using. God has called us to be a channel and a sower; not a hoarder or a packrat! We are asking God for increase. We are asking God to return ALL that has been loss, taken or stolen. However as we receive – no….let’s make a correction – BEFORE we receive…..we are to begin to sow at an accelerated rate! Listen! If you have an array of items that you aren’t using in the natural – guess what? That’s probably a revelation of what’s going on in your spirit man! Most of us have become comfortable in permitting God to use us in a given area. Yet, we still have other gifts within us that are just not being used. We have permitted spiritual clutter to prevent us from exceling, by allowing that clutter to block the access to many relevant opportunities.
How do I get rid of spiritual clutter? By first repenting. Then, by asking God to identify the clutter and to reveal the areas where I’m bound by clutter. Lastly, by refusing to permit such clutter as, “the opinions of others”, to “lock me in” in a given area. I must remember to maintain a sense of freedom and ask God activate those gifts and callings which are lying dormant with in me.
Once we have become “de-cluttered”, the only way to avoid becoming cluttered again is to change our mindset! Whatever reason you used to justify your clutter in the past is no longer acceptable! Develop strategies that will afford you the opportunity to be more of a giver in both the spiritual and natural realms … and you will be amazed at how the Lord will begin to restore to you ALL that has been stolen….. and clutter will no longer be onboard!