Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning is just around the corner. Brighter sunnier days always motivate me to spruce things up a bit. In a way it’s like a new beginning for me. I feel a sense of freshness, an energy that motivates me to improve things. It’s always such a great feeling of contentment to have everything spruced up.

I need spiritual cleaning as well. If I don’t read, contemplate and study Gods word regularly I feel like something is out of place. We are given instructions on living to please God. Spiritual wisdom and understanding brings about change.

Paul prays in Philippians 1:9-11 that our love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.

Consider for spiritual renewal…… Col 3:5-11
Putting to death, ridding yourself of whatever belongs to your earthly nature:
1. Sexual immorality
2. Impurity
3. Lust
4. Evil desires
5. Greed, which is idolatry
6. Anger
7. Rage
8. Malice
9. Slander
10. Filthy language
11. Lying

Sweeping out the old and bringing in the new…which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Devote yourselves to prayer, be watchful, and be thankful. Col 4:2-3

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Col 3:15

Bring in the fruits of the Spirit…Gal 5:22-26
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self-Control
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

If spiritual cleansing is ignored, sin will creep in, darkness will take over.

Finally, encourage others!!

And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thess 5:14-18