March 26

TODAY IS…

a superb day to clean out your closets.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”  Romans 3:23 NLT

It does not matter what skeletons we may have in our closets, we are not alone. It is important that we understand this, for that is the first step in cleaning those skeletons out, wiping our spiritual slate clean, and discarding the tremendous emotional, spiritual, and even physical burden of dark sins or behaviors.

In a human sense, it is important to know that we are not alone no matter what secrets we may be hiding or destructive habits we may indulge in. If we live all, or parts, of our lives secretly, we need to clean out our closets.

There is simply nothing more destructive to us as individuals than to have behaviors that we feel must be kept secret from our families, friends, and business associates. The knowledge that our closet is full of skeletons that could come tumbling out at any moment is always there, lurking in the recesses of our minds. This knowledge weighs heavily on our hearts, lowers our ability to be open and honest with others in many ways, diminishes our self-esteem, and impedes our ability to love ourselves which, in turn, impedes our ability to truly love others in a fresh, honest, healthy way.

So what kind of tools are needed for this spiritual closet-cleaning? The Holy Bible is the most effective one. Any spiritual cleansing must begin by asking God to forgive what we have been doing – whether the secrets we are hiding are sexual promiscuity and infidelity, alcohol or drug abuse, or an addiction or obsession with pornography; no matter what the behavior is, the first step is always to turn to the Lord and ask forgiveness.

After that, pray for the courage, wisdom, strength, and desire to do all of the things that must be done to empty out those dark spaces where the secrets have dwelled.

Seek counseling; make apologies to a spouse, friend, or other family members; seek out support groups and draw from the strength and experiences of the many others who are just like you.

Cleaning out our closets can be very difficult. It can take a lot of time, effort, and even some pain. But in the end, the darkness will be replaced with happiness, joy, and God’s grace.

The Bible is your spiritual broom. Pick it up today and use it to clean out your closet.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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