One of the many things I get to do with clients, is help them clean out their closet. You might think that is an easy job but let me tell you, we are very emotionally attached to some of the clothes that don’t serve us well and it is like talking someone “off the ledge” to have them let go.
Deep down, the client knows their closet is full of things that just don’t work for them anymore. They know that but they can’t let go. So, what happens is these clothes create confusion when it is time to get dressed. Letting go of things that don’t serve us well is sometimes hard.
With as hard as it is to purge our wardrobes, I think it is equally as hard to clean out our spiritual closets.
What junk from your thoughts and hearts hide there? Jacket of Jealousy? Blouse of Bitterness? Dress of Doubt & Fear? Shoes of Shame?
What is it you are emotionally attached to. What are you holding onto that does not serve God or you well?
Just like your closet is filled with things you don’t need anymore. Shoes, purses, clothes that don’t fit us anymore, your mind may be filled with things that you don’t need any more either.
Are there things that have been said to you in the past that you believed as the truth? Are you holding onto thoughts about yourself that are just not true? Are these thoughts from the enemy stacking up and taking space in your spiritual closet?
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God lives in us. So how do we keep our spiritual closet worthy of a dwelling place for Him?
Throw Out Anything that is Worthless
Just like you throw away those shoes that have been in your closet so long that they are not even worth giving away, you need to throw out fear, lies, shame, guilt, unbelief, bitterness, unforgiveness, self-hate, unbelief.
Psalm 119:37 says, “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
The Bible is constantly reiterating that we must forsake sin and meaningless things in order to turn to focusing on serving Him. Colossians 3:5-10 tells us: “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.”
Put On God’s Armor
Make sure you have the right things hanging in your spiritual closet. The breastplate of righteousness, the shield of truth and the cloak of salvation. God provides a way for us to live in His truth. You can live in faith, peace and love.
Ephesians 6:13-18 says…“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. “
Keep Only Positive, Lovely Things
After you clean your wardrobe closet, you want to put only those things that really look good on your body shape and work for your personal style. The same goes for your spiritual closet. Keep only positive, lovely things that are pleasing to God in your mind.
Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what will come from having the Lord in our life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Just like you need to work daily to keep your closet clean and organized, you need to work on your spiritual closet daily if not hourly. Choose to read God’s Word and pray every day so you are equipped to throw out anything worthless thoughts and story only positive, lovely thoughts in your mind so you become a Confident Content Woman.
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