Spring Cleaning Weekly Message by Crossing Barriers Ministry

The wife says to me that she is going to have a yard sale. She wants to get rid of all the extra clutter around the house.  I am all for that as most of it is hers from over shopping but that’s a message another day.  She is spring cleaning.  There is even a bible verse to that effect Luke 12:15.So, all this spring cleaning got me to thinking about other cleaning that could be done. The yard will need to be cleaned from the winter and she will want me to clean out the storage shed, and she is always on me about getting rid of sporting equipment that I haven’t used in the past say four five years.  There is still a chance that I might still use them, right?

Then I came across this article that got me thinking. If we are spring cleaning our possessions which all belong to God anyway, how about cleaning something else that belongs to God.  We need to get rid of all that sin that has collected dust in our heart.  Remember Romans 3:23.

Don’t you just hate it when you are with a group of people and there is always one that thinks he knows everything. He knows the rules of baseball and hockey as well as the correct bible verse and history and science facts.

Being right is ok so long as you are right and not just hoping you are right. However, it’s wrong when you are using to boast (Proverbs 11:12) In addition, there will be times when not everyone will agree with you.  Instead of spending the time and energy proving you are right, take a step back and realize you might be wrong. (Proverbs 29:23) You might also consider asking God to reveal what is true to the ones that disagree with you.

How many times have you been told something good about someone else and the first thing you think or say is something negative? I am just as guilty as the next person when this happens, and my wife will agree with me on this.

This seems to be a natural phenomenon and has become an obsession on different platforms of social media such as Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Just recently someone wanted to do something different to assist the homeless and took to Facebook to tell us all about it.  Within an hour there were many comments finding fault about the idea and the person.  (Matthew 7:3-5) instructs us that before criticizing others we are to look at ourselves. As well we are to make sure we are in the faith before we become a hypocrite. (Proverb 11:9)

Ever have one of those days where you know in your heart that God has put the opportunity in front of you to assist but you just totally ignore the opportunity and hope someone else will help. Or have you been known to suddenly become shy instead of complimenting someone?  These are considered sins. (Proverbs 3:27, Psalms 84:11)

How many times have you been in a situation where you are dividing teams or forming groups or committees, and someone will say not in my group or on my team. This mainly because the person is different from the rest of us.

How many times have you met someone that has nothing to offer you back. Do you continue networking with that person or do you move on?

Playing partiality is a sin. (Proverbs 28:21).  God doesn’t show partiality so if we are to be more like him then we need not to show partiality. (Romans 2:11, James 3:17).

Do you like to be the best no matter what it may be? Do you need to have the most likes or shares on social media?  When we do this, those that we are trying to beat becomes our competitors and this is a sin. (Mark 9:35)

Jesus never competed with anyone and stated that those that want to be first must be last. You don’t have to compete to be better than everyone because with God you have the best trophy – Eternal Life. (Romans 12:10, Colossians 1:22)

My wife and I have an argument once a week whether we want to or not. It is not planned but it happens, and we are both not only stubborn but argumentative. Look at lawyers – they have perfected the craft but that is their living while for most of us being argumentative is a sin. (1 Timothy 6:4)

We all need to look for ways to put out the fires instead of fueling it. Leave the foul tongue in its cage and close the door. (2 Timothy 2:14, 1 Peter 3:9)

Look at me – I won again. Vince McMahon made millions by developing over steroid muscle men that would self promote every chance they got.  On our level, having all the attention on yourself because of self-promotion is wrong. (Jude 1:16)

With everything that God did, He never self-promoted himself. (Jeremiah 9:23)

We all have goals. We all have dreams?  We all have plans?  These are normal and encouraged. It is also encouraged to follow your goals, dreams and plans. However, if to reach your accomplishments you need to use deceit, or selfish ambition you are sinning. (Philippians 2:3)

Jesus had a goal but at no point did he use any sinful tactics to reach His goal which was the cross for which he paid for all our sins. If He can do it, so can we.  (James 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11)

What things do you participate in? Are they questionable activities?  Do you justify it by declaring “its just for fun”, or “Nobody will get hurt”?  If you answered yes, then you are committing a sin. (Ephesians 5:15)

Jesus completed his ministry here on earth with out resorting to any sinful deeds. (Isaiah 5:20, Romans 12:2)

Do you remember hearing your parents say, “you are not wearing that – now go and change”. Or maybe as a parent you might have expressed these sentiments. Well dressing to look sexy or provocative is sinful.  (1 Timothy 2:9)

Have you ever thought of instead of wearing the latest fashion worn by some celebrity to asking God what He would like you to wear? (Romans 14:13, Philippians 2:3)

When you have completed your spring cleaning, may I suggest you ask God for assistance to correct these sins that you have found.

I found four I need to work on. How many did you find?

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