Word 4U Today

MESSED UP

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 ‘Let the Spirit renew your … attitudes’ Ephesians 4:23 NLT

Cleaning your room or your place: it would be nice, just once, to have everything in its right place, not just stuffed under your bed, or piled high on the shelf, or in the corner with your uh…clothes.

If having a tidy room sounds like work, think of this: Cleaning up your mind takes more effort than spending an hour cleaning your room.

Paul writes, ‘throw off your … former way of life … let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes’ (vv. 22–23 NLT). We need to give it to God.

What kind of stuff are we talking about? Well, as you’re probably aware, certain things clog your relationship with God.

For example:

trying to please everybody

feeling insecure  

needing everybody to like you

jumping to wrong conclusions

always needing to be ‘right’

recording all the times you messed up

wanting to know how it all turns out

needing to have all the answers…

sound familiar?

They’re a result of not being honest with God (and not seeing who He is, over your situation). If you need help with these things, you should probably let Him know.

Being honest with yourself can be difficult, especially if you’re not so comfortable with opening up. But it’s extremely useful to move on with God and clean up. Like it? Go look at the ‘What now’ section. Now.

WHAT NOW?

Take a few minutes to type list of things you know that are impure in you, in your phone. Then set a reminder at around lunchtime to look back over them. Then, in the midst of your day, ask God to give you an opportunity that will stretch you to your “cleaning-up limits.”

SOULFOOD1 Chronicles 7:20 – 9:44  Luke 12:13-21 Psalms 119:17-24 Proverbs 20:22-24

Jolleese Plaire Dzadzovsky

August 9th, 2013

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