Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Spot Cleaning My Soul

white cabinets
My kitchen cabinets are white. Do they look like they need cleaning in the photo? Not really, but, YES, yes they need cleaning badly! I'm ashamed to say I spot clean my cabinets. Dirt is easy to see on white. Every time I look at them, I spot clean a bit, make myself feel better and move on. I hope my family or anyone else doesn't look close enough to see my cabinets need a deep smack-down with a wet cloth and a bottle of Clorox spray. A good cleaning takes time and energy that I'm not willing to dedicate to my cabinets. They look good enough to me.

I have a fun little segment called "Monday Moment of Truth" on my Tammy365 facebook page. Yesterday's Moment of Truth question was "How often do you clean your kitchen cabinets?" Several ladies confessed, like me, they don't clean their cabinets enough. They spot clean! As I was reading the comments, God spoke to my heart, not about my kitchen cabinets, but about spot cleaning my heart. Ouch! Here are some similarities he showed me:
  • My heart has spots (sin) that I have not repented. I know they are there but I hope everyone else can't see them.
  • Spots can't be seen on black, unsaved hearts. My white, redeemed heart shows spots so clearly.
  • Clean my heart? Shew! It just takes too much time and energy to get down on my knees to do some old-fashioned repenting. 
  • Oh wait, I know what I'll do. I will repent half-heartedly, feel a little better and move on...
Do I have enough time to dedicate to cleaning my heart? For the slightest second, God allowed me to feel the pleasure of clean cabinets, to step back and look at my pleasing work. I know the feeling. The elation inside of me when I finish a project with my own hands. The freedom I feel knowing that doesn't have to be done again for at least two years! I can't wait to show someone what I accomplished. Say Amen if you know what I'm talking about. God reminded me repentance and a good confession of sin brings about that same great feeling of forgiveness and freedom AND it lasts longer than two years!

I'd had a rough morning struggling with devious thoughts and hurt feelings. Asking the age-old proverbial question, "WHY?". I praise Jesus for showing me my flaws. I'm amazed he can use things I understand, cleaning kitchen cabinets, to speak to my soul.  I allow my heart to get spots when I hold on to sin.  I justify my sin because I've been hurt or wronged. I'm like a miserable kid. It's my sin Jesus and you can't have it! 
scripture
I repented to Jesus. I asked forgiveness of my spots. I allowed him to deep clean my heart. I feel so free. I love this old hymn Search Me, O God. The hymn speaks for my heart completely! Will my heart get spotted again? Probably. But, I hope it takes two years!

Forgiven365,

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

I'm so thankful I have the power of Jesus in my life! Are you?

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