“For I will look on you favourably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.
You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.
I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.
[Leviticus 26:9-11 NKJV]
With all our here and there activity recently, it might have been easy to put the things of the Spirit on the back-burner, so to speak. We can all get so busy at times that we can readily forget that The Lord is always guiding, illuminating and making the paths straight.
So much stuff (no other word will do) has been thrown away in our mad decluttering of, not only my late mother’s home, but our own as well. 80+ black bin bags sent to the skip from Mum’s house; and today, we began to clear out excess books from Dove Cottage.
Excess books? No such thing I hear you cry, particularly if you are a bibliophile like me, but we feel that The Lord is asking us to de-clutter. He says, in every season, clear out the old because of the new. Our treasures are really ties that bind us, and we need to be free of such encumbrances.
The real danger in holding on to the old is that the old becomes an idol and clouds our relationship with the Almighty. Not in every case of course, but if your possessions take precedence over your life in Christ, you need a fresh infilling from the Holy Spirit to revitalise your faith - and we all need that from time to time.
All of our clearing out work has and continues to be tough, but it is no more than The Lord asks of us. At all times, no matter what the circumstances, we must look to Jesus Christ, first and foremost. Sometimes the choice He asks will be difficult, but His reasoning is always sure and Given in love. Trust in His judgement, for our own is shaky at best. Clear out the old stuff today, so that He can set His tabernacle amongst us.
“Fresh Outpouring” — Kim Walker-Smith and Jesus Culture
OSWALD CHAMBERS — RUN TODAYS RACE
Sunday 23rd August 2020
The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else. “Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD.”
GEORGE and GILL STEWART