Posted by: Kris Lindsey | January 16, 2014

Day 11 – Time to Clean House

I think my house is pretty clean—until I invite company over. Then I look around with fresh eyes and see the odds and ends sitting in corners and in piles on tables. They are there for a reason: either they need to be cleaned before I put them away, or I haven’t figured out where to put them.

But when company is coming, it’s time to quit procrastinating and deal with the mess. I dig in and do the work, and then feel so much better.

This is how my Connection Challenge exercise felt today. It wasn’t until I gave an open invitation to Jesus to search my heart that I noticed the stuff that shouldn’t be there.

“Jesus, please forgive me for this.”

I knew the Bible says, if we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us and wipe the slate clean (1 John 1:9). Done.

“Oh yeah, Jesus, I still need to mop up my mess there, too. I guess now is a good time?”

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I made a phone call and gave a long-overdue apology. With God’s help, it not only went well, I was blessed by the conversation.

“But God, about that other thing, I don’t know how to deal with it, or how to change.”

I got out my Bible and looked again at the verses for today, Psalm 139:23-24. I remembered the first part about God searching my heart, but I hadn’t noticed the ending. God doesn’t just help us see the things we’re doing wrong. Verse 24 says he also helps us do things the right way—his way.

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“Dear Lord, please help me clean up this area of my life. Teach and help me do things your way instead.”

This afternoon, I feel lighter than I did this morning. It feels good to have a clean house, and even better to have a clean heart. And now my connection with Jesus feels stronger than ever.

Below is tomorrow’s “Connection Challenge” exercise:

Premise: To receive God’s power and peace in my life, I need to be connected to Jesus (John 15:4-5).

Guidelines: For 21 days, my only goal will be to connect with Jesus throughout each day. I can also do any other activity if I can do it with Jesus.

Connection Aid: Day 12, Friday January 17: Listen to Christian Music

Psalm 69:30 says to sing praises to God. Sometimes I get a song stuck in my head, especially after leaving a store that played a familiar song. To help me connect with Jesus today, I will make a point to keep a Christian song playing in my head, and  listen to Christian radio or CDs whenever possible.

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