House Cleaning

It had been way too long and things had begun to get out of hand. Nothing was working the way it was supposed to work. Every effort I undertook turned into a major production, as I had to deal with peripheral problems.
The culprit was my laptop computer and it needed cleaning up. It had been months since the hard drive was last defragmented and it was overrun with programs I no longer use. Since it was just as likely to seize as it was to save, I decided it was time to do a little “house cleaning.”
Our lives also need some cleaning up. We need to get rid of all those things that hinder us from living a successful Christian life. If we are not diligent, our daily walk can turn into a sleep walk. Paul writes the following concerning the urgency and necessity of cleaning up our lives.

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts (Romans 13:11-14).

Today, just as in Paul’s day, people are still missing the point. When we see someone today whose life is out of control, we like to put a positive spin on it by saying, “their priorities are out of order.” Paul says there are some things that should never make the priority list.
Jesus is coming soon, if you believe that, then you better get prepared! When you clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), there is no room in your life to satisfy the carnal desires of your flesh. As Lord he is your supreme authority, as Jesus he is your brother, as Christ he is your Savior, put on that “armor of light” and you will never be in darkness.

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