Cleaning House

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I power-cleaned my house today because I have a few guests coming next week. Unfortunately, I struggle with discipline, a large house and a 6-month-old. The last two items in that list are wonderful gifts from God, but they both require a lot of maintenance, and without discipline, it's a bit of a challenge.

I love having my house freshly cleaned, the stairs thoroughly vacuumed, floors picked up and counters bare. It feels peaceful and fresh. However, due to my undisciplined nature, it doesn't take long for those counters to collect mail and dishes and groceries and all sorts of things and the floors to be spread with baby toys and empty Amazon boxes. My house needs regular cleaning and daily tidying to maintain its status as a haven of rest, but it rarely gets such routine attention.

Jesus talks about the importance of "cleaning house" in Luke 11:24-26:

"When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first."

This is a sobering illustration. I don't feel like I'm equipped to talk about demons tonight, but these truths apply to habitual sin, as well. When we recognize our sin for what it is and sweep it from our hearts and minds but don't take measures to avoid temptation or develop systems to deal with future sin (confess and repent immediately, for example), we are guaranteed to fall right back into those old patterns. We may have a "clean house," but it won't last unless we develop a "cleaning routine" and stick to it.

Perhaps this analogy seems weak to some of you; I bet you don't have much cleaning to do on the regular. ;) However, this is very real to me now, both the cleaning of the house and the cleaning of the heart, and I hope many of you can identify with these words and be urged to develop some systems, hard as they be, to ensure consistency in both areas of your life.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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