I have longed for Spring this year more than any other time. Winter just keeps hanging on and I am ready for warmth and sunshine. Here in our neck of the woods it is still a bit slow in coming, although things are greening up and flowers are blooming. Spring is absolutely one of my favorite seasons.
Like many others I am beginning to feel energized and find myself in that “spring cleaning mode” and I begin to think too of a “spiritual cleaning of my heart”. We must remove clutter from our hearts, because Satan is waiting to come in and fill our hearts just as he did with Ananias and Sapphira. Acts 5:1-10 It is obvious that this was pretty serious since the penalty was immediate death for both of them. Their hypocrisy of Christianity mocked God and deceived others.
Eph 5:18 tells us we are to be filled with the Spirit and Phil 1:11 says we are to be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ— to the glory and praise of God.
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. Gal 5:16-17
If we let things of the world clutter our hearts we are in danger. God can meet all of our needs, the more we desire him the more our other desires decrease.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph 3:20-21