Start in the closet (Part 2/3 : Spiritual Cleaning)
I stopped talking about my need to purge and actually began the process. I started in my closet and I kept thinking, “didn’t I just do some purging last season? Why is it that I have to purge again?!” But truth is, purging should never be looked at as a one-time event, naturally or spiritually. It is so easy to accumulate STUFF in the process of doing life, stuff that can weigh us down. Stuff that serve no real purpose, only creating clutter in our spirit. Purging always begins in the closet…that secret place, that place no one else sees. Anyone’s house can appear in order from the outside, but the closet, well that may be another story.
The first thing that I did to begin the decluttering process was to take inventory of what I had in my closet. Then I asked, “What is worth keeping?” Some of the things that we insist on holding on to are connected to when we were in slavery, the old us. These things though they are no good to us, provide an odd sense of comfort. Even if they are not useful, we insist on holding on. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to throw things away because it is time to make room for something new. You have to be willing to let go of the past.
Begin the decluttering process by answering the following questions.
- List the things that are just taking up space and serve no beneficial purpose in your life (relationships, music, habit, clothing, old mindsets, etc.)? They are just creating clutter causing you to trip and stumble in your walk with Christ.
- Do you really want to let them go? If not, why do you think you insist on holding on?
Scripture for meditation
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.