Summary: In order to move into the next it's important that you deal with the current mess you living in

Spiritual Housekeeping Series

“Get Rid of the Clutter”

Luke 12:2 (NIV) ; Eccl 3:1,6

There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

We are 15 days away from the top of the new year. I heard the Lord say that we need to do a spiritual check and take a good look at ourselves and do some cleaning. So housekeeping is needed

Housekeeping- the management of household affairs. the work or activity of cleaning and preparing

In my early 20’s I had a job as a housekeeper at Hampton Inn on Haywood Rd. Me and my former best friend worked their together. We would start early in the morning and our boss would give us a list of what rooms we had to clean for the day.

We had a strategy on how to get all this work done in a timely fashion, so we could leave at a certain time of the day. So because my former best was good at making the beds and I was best at the bathroom, we would combine our work and do our rooms together.

Know your strength!

When entering a room you never knew what to expect! Some room people would leave them clean and would put all the dirty lien in one spot. Where some would leave the room completely dirty and trash everywhere.

But no matter the condition of the room, our job was to clean up that which was dirty and make it suitable and ready for the next guest to reside in.

Housekeeping can be a difficult task based upon who all lives in that home with you. When you have the responsibility of keeping the house in order it can become overwhelming.

• You have the bills to pay

• Rooms to clean

• Food to prepare

• Kids to get dressed

• A job to get to get to

With all of this you find yourself exhausted and stressed from having so much on your plate that now some things begin to get neglected.

• Not cleaning your house as often as you use to

• Paying your bills later than normal

• Your physical health suffers

• Your mental health suffers

And you find yourself suffering in silence!

Look at this from a spiritual stand point

When you begin to neglect your spirit man

• You don’t read your word like you use to

• You fast less and less

• You eventually can’t find time to fit God in your day

And now because of the neglect your physical home and your spiritual home is filled with clutter.

And all of the clutter has gotten in the way

Clutter: to crowd, to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.

We have become Spiritual Hoarders

When someone gives you something and you love it dearly It is in our nature to cling to what we love. We all have the natural tendency to cling to what is familiar even if it proves to be detrimental for us.

Letting go is one of the most difficult task for humans to do.

We hang on to

• Toxic relationships

• Certificates we earned in school

• Books

• Magazines

• Letters

• Cards

• Shoes,

• Clothes

• VCR tapes

• Cassette tapes

• Hurt and abuse

Why? Because letting go of it feels like we are losing a part of ourselves. And living in it is comfortable

The difficulty we have in freeing ourselves from physical clutter is parallel to our difficulties getting rid of spiritual clutter.

Hebrew 12:1 Lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares you.

Colossians 3:8-9 (AMP) But now rid (depart) yourself completely of all these things anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene abusive filthy vulgar language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another for you have stripped off the old self w/its evil practice.

But we have become Spiritual Hoarders instead of getting rid of these things we hold on to them and continue to add to the mess.

Hoarders are known to keep everything they own until it becomes harmful to their surrounding, but because they have such a connection to these things it becomes almost impossible for them to let go. It now has become a sickness that has overtaken their lives.

Not letting go caused their life to become full of clutter

I ask you? What are you still holding on to?

In the midst of the clutter is some valuable things that is needed for your next level.

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