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Packing and purging: preparing for your new spiritual season

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A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, May 29, 2014

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

You may be perfectly fine calling “Two Men and a Truck®” for your natural move; but who are you going to call for your spiritual move? It better not be Ghost Busters! A bit of humor for today, family; although my younger readers may not get the reference :-).

On a more serious note, many of us are preparing to move into a new spiritual season. The Lord has been impressing upon me that, as I ready myself for my new-fangled transition, that it is more critical than ever to sit at the feet of Jesus. During these times of shifting, while many are tempted to go into “Martha” mode, we must, in truth, adopt Mary’s attitude. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating shirking responsibilities, forsaking wisdom, throwing common sense out of the window, giving in to laziness, or anything of the sort; but then again, neither was Mary.

Let us look on with Saint Luke, as he recounts this scene: “Now it happened as they went that He [Jesus] entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:38-42).

When you are in a season of transition, “that good part” is sitting at the Savior’s Feet, and focusing on hearing His Living Word. We cannot even trust ourselves to determine which items to pack and what items to purge. The packing and the purging needed in a spiritual move takes place in the heart. The prophet Jeremiah warns that “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Rather, we must trust the Word of God which “is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

There is a saying “same garbage, different box.” When someone comes to me lamenting about their situation, and falsely believes that changing jobs or moving away will solve their dilemma, I tell them “same garbage, different box.” They look at me strange until I explain that they have a “heart” problem, and not a “head” or location problem. The same garbage in their heart will simply be transported over to their new situation and season, their “box.” Issues of the head are an easy fix compared to issues of the heart, which are an entirely different matter, and require the Sacred Surgery with the precision that only the Master Physician can perform.

What about you, my brother? Do you have some matters of the heart that need to be purged and not packed? And my sister, who have you hired to coordinate your move? Flesh doesn’t pack well. Purpose in your heart that you will not take anything unresolved or unhealed into your new season of life. Need some help? Just put your heart in the hands of the One Who gave His heart for you.

Father, as we prepare to enter into our new season, we ask You to perform spring cleaning in our hearts. Help us to adopt the mindset of Mary, where we learn to sit at the feet of Jesus and lay our hearts on Your altar. We call upon Your Holy Spirit to burn everything out of us that is not like You. In Jesus Name, we thank You that our hearts are made right because we humble ourselves under Your Mighty Hand, and allow You to transfuse us with His Blood. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to allow God to put you on His operating table and perform the necessary heart surgery. Choose to dwell daily in the Secret Place of the Most High God, by spending time in His Word and allowing Holy Spirit to speak and minister to you. And continue to fight the good fight of turning every matter of the heart over to the Great Physician; for God, your Divine Heartbeat, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,


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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.

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