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Harvest Daily with Greg Laurie - Aug. 21, 2006

  • 2006 Aug 21
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Housecleaning

 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

—1 John 1:9

 

Spring means many things to us. But one of the most notable things that comes with spring is spring cleaning, when we go through our houses and take care of all the messes that have built up over the months.

 

I heard about an interesting custom in Italy for New Year’s Eve. At midnight, the windows of every house open and everyone pitches out whatever they absolutely hate—furniture, clothes, dishes—they all come crashing to the ground. Now I would call that serious housecleaning.

 

I don’t know about you, but I am not the tidiest person on the face of the earth. Ironically, I like to be in tidy surroundings. But in contrast, my wife Cathe is Mrs. Clean. She just loves to clean. And she does it all the time.

 

Now I would like to apply this to our spiritual lives. There are some of us who allow problems to develop. We allow things to get really out of control. And when we reap the inevitable results of sin or when some crisis hits, we turn to God and say, “Lord, I need Your help to get me out of this mess.”

 

And then there are others who live their spiritual lives the same way that my wife cleans house. They are always maintaining their relationship with the Lord, always cultivating it, and constantly confessing their sins before God. That is the way to live.

 

You need to be cleansed from your sin on a daily basis. How much better it is to ask for that on a regular basis than to allow a major problem to develop in your life.

 

We need a professional. Essentially, we need God himself to come and clean house.

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