The Pile

17 08 2012

I stood by the closet door shaking my head. The pile of laundry in the closet stared back at me. Pants, socks, and shirts lay wadded together in a mess. I went to go find my son.

Earlier in the day, I asked my son to bring his laundry downstairs. I waited, and no dirty clothes appeared. Meager piles of darks and lights lay on the floor. I was sure there were companions hiding upstairs in the closet.

My son assured me that he had no laundry. Not one dirty sock? No stained shirt, slept-in pajamas, or stinky shorts? No, he assured me. It was all clean.

I rolled my eyes, knowing better. I had actually seen him wear clothes over the last three days, so I knew that some things had to be less than pristine. That is when I opened the closet door, and found myself staring at a picture of my heart.

The pile of laundry reminded me of the heap of sin I let accumulate in my soul. How many times do I try to convince God that I have no messes? I try to shove it behind the door, and pretend it doesn’t exist. Maybe I acknowledge a little bit of the dirt, but minimize its significance or the extent of the stain. I attempt to organize the mess, make the guilt and shame look presentable, and let the pile grow in the background.

Jesus knows better. He invites us to bring Him our deep stains and sinful stench. He is willing to make everything new, clean, whole, and fresh. His blood is the cleansing agent that has the power to remove every trace of sin.

My Jesus Resolution today is to bring Jesus my dirty laundry – all of it. Jesus wants to wash every part of me in His blood. He longs to replace my soiled, stained clothing with garments of grace. He wants to trade the stink of sin for the aroma of His presence. But I have to bring it to Him. I have to put it in His hands. When I do, He will go to work, transforming my pile of stains into opportunities for praise and thanksgiving.



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19 08 2012

Philippians 2:12
” Wherefore, my beloved, so ye have always obeyed, not as in My Presence only, but now much more in My absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
     In the Old Testament it is used as a designation of true piety. (Proverbs 1:7;  Job 28:28; Psalm 19:9).
     It is a fear conjoined with love and hope and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather filial reverence. (Comp. Duet. 32:6; Hos.11:1; Isaiah 1:2; 63:8).
     A Holy fear enjoined also in the New Testament as a preventive of carelessness in religion and as an incentive to penitence. Matthew 10:28; 2Cor. 5:11; 7:1; Phil. 2:12; Eph. 5:21; Heb. 12:28,29.
     Holiness in the highest sense belongs to God (Isaiah 63:3, Rev. 15:4), and to Christians as consecrated to God’s service and in so far as they are conformed in all things to the will of God (Romans 6:19,22; Ephesians 1:4; Titus 1:8; 1Peter 1:15).
     Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hinderance, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer and perseverance. (1Cor. 1:30, 2 Cor. 7:1, Ephesians 4:23,24).
     Sanctification involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth, it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influence of the new gracious principles implants in the soul in regeneration.
     On other words sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration and extends to the whole person ( Ronan’s 6:13, 2Cor. 4:6; Col. 3:10; 1 John 4:7; 1 Cor. 6:19).
     It is the specific office of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work. (1Cor.6:11; 2Thess. 2:13). Faith is instrumental in securing sanctification in as much as it (1) secures union to Christ (2) brings believers into living contact with the truth, whereby one is led to yield.
     Someone told me you don’t depend on feelings in the process of a deeper understanding it has been in feeling something wasn’t right, something was wrong I go to God for help and He helps me because I am not depending on what I am feeling to know whether He is or not but because the pain I began to experience I didn’t have until then. And I had a freedom that seemed to be slipping away and understanding of Him that through circumstances and situations was becoming unclear. And now in going to Him the same way He frees me and renews my mind, heart, body and soul in His understanding and love and in that confirms He doesn’t change but remains the same and His healing in areas of my needs cause me to see and experience the truth of His word the power of His Spirit to transform my mind, heart, body and soul inwardly that allows me to stand in Him in His strength and understanding.
    When I realize He continues to complete me in my relationship with Him and understanding and revelations of Him and in Him are in those times I don’t   understand and go to Him to understand and clarify Himself for me, His will, way and desire not just for me but for all.
     Like I said I sought in regards to others first and then came a time I needed healing a deeper understanding and revelation for myself in going to Him I receive and as He continues to free me and teach me by His Spirit it builds my faith, trust and love in Him.
     I can thank God in His great love and compassion He Himself came to my rescue and as He heals over areas of my life that shattered me and tire me apart He in His strength and grace gently leads my steps and oath. And I still marvel at His handy work and patience and unfailing love and He continues to build in me He not only knows me He knows people, so I trust people to Him and His Spirit to pray for myself and others because the Holy Spirit is the heart of Gid full of love, understanding and compassion. To the one who in the greatest live ever known gave Himself completely so through accepting the sacrifice He made for me personally gave His Spirit to led, guide, direct and pray so not only I could experience what He accomplished on the cross but so others could as well. As He teaches me how to go to Him I experience the freedom He desired all along I ask He by His Spirit give me the words so others may know how to go to Him as well and experience all He has for them and desires for them.
     So in this I will close asking my ( our ) Heavenly Father to continue to grant more wisdom, revelation and understanding of who He is for myself personally and for those He places in my path who are seeking more understanding and clarification knowing He knows His people and their need and as they continue to seek Him He is able to show more than I could ever hope for or imagine. I ask His Spirit to continue to intercede on my behalf and on behalf of His people so they may come to rest in His arms of live, peace and grace in Him in the name of Jesus my Savior and Lord, my Redeemer, Counselor, Almighty God, Prince of Peace who gave up His home in glory and became the sacrifice for all in His live and understanding of His Fathers’ true desire and will for His people may all honor and glory be proclaimed here on earth and in Heaven I ask. Amen!

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