Vacuum Cleaning…. Is there something about your life bothering you? Is your life at a ‘stand-still?’ Maybe your career is becoming stale, or stymied. Or, worse… you marriage is falling apart. And for others… your income may have dropped steadily for the last several years. Other may be going through an emotional breakdown… along with… low self-esteem.
From a family perspective… children might be rebelling, lacking appropriate discipline, peer pressure… everything seems out of control. Emotionally broken? Low self-esteem?
Any of these issues could cause some serious …Sleepless nights. Any two or three of them, could cause your health to take a dive. If one’s health becomes an issue on top of all the other serious, life threatening issues, then be aware… bad health can suddenly bring ‘everything’ to a head… real quick. All the other problems ‘become pale’… compared to ‘bad health.’
Sounds like a ‘change’ may be way ‘overdue.’ If you need a ‘real change in your life’… then change your habits. Each of us… are the only one who can affect that CHANGE. We are the primary executors of any effective change. Others play minor roles, compared to our own role. We need to examine our functional habits…. And, replace those habits that have negative impacts… for those that have a positive impact. We might find solace in …2 Corinthians 12:9 – My Grace is enough for you, for in weakness – power reaches perfection…
One issue, often overlooked, which may have a definite impact on ‘the other issues’ is the ‘spiritual aspect’ in our life. God is taken too much for granted these day…being pushed back… seemingly… no longer consequential. Too often, He is thought of as just… ‘The man upstairs.’
Have we become spiritually stale… no longer feeling stimulated, or moved…by the ‘word of God?’ I would bet that many of the problems that are causing the ‘downward spiral’ can be attributed to a ‘poor relationship’ with God. We can ‘clean-up,’ or vacuum out… the evil aspects of our life…by replacing them with ‘good’ aspects.
We can remove ‘bad associates’ from our life, by replacing them with those who are ‘spiritually strong.’ We can replace ‘bad places’ in our life (bars, X-rated movies, poker games, etc.) with good places (church, bible-study, couple’s bridge, Church suppers; your child’s ballgame). We can replace the ‘bad things’ things in our life (drugs, alcohol, gambling, and illicit sex) with good things… (Exercise at the gym, healthy eating habits, family events, church socials). I know… this may sound a bit like “Mr Goody-two-shoes”…but so what? It takes DRASTIC CHANGES to correct or eliminate DRASTIC PROBLEMS.
Remember… what we are told in… James 1:13-15 – “No one undergoing a trial should say, ‘I am being tempted by God.’ For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death”
If we were to go backwards through the progressive steps – from death to sin, from sin to the birth of sin, from the birth of sin to the desire to sin… then, we would come to the point of our own evil desires. When reaching that point… we can take hold of the mind of Christ… we can, then, break the progressive chain of “the bad issues” in our life… and stop its destructive cycle. It is then, that we can become FREE… free of likes of satan.
There is ‘no-problem’ that God cannot ‘vacuum clean.’ ….Blessings…cjlb…4/11/2017