Striving to keep a clean house can be a battle for many individuals. We think we have control of the matter, yet, many older things have memories attached to them. Before we realize it, our homes are cluttered, or we have storage totes packed with so many things we cannot even remember what is in them.
Spiritual Clutter: The Christian life can also have too much clutter. We accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior but embrace old worldly habits. Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit who alerts us through our conscience that we are outside God’s will.
One of the things that I have always loved watching is documentaries. Yes, I am a virtual world traveler. I have subscribed to several channels focusing on the diversity of global humanity. But then I began to notice a trend on my favorite channel, beliefs in the spirit world and pagan worship ceremonies were incorporated in the middle of the documentary. Yes, the good part!
The beginning pulls us in, and our interest is piqued. So we compromise [unwillingly or make a conscious decision] because, after all, it’s just a cultural overview and their beliefs are not yours.
Clutter is not only tangible items, our greatest enemy desires that our minds are in conflict by presenting activities that reinforce our old, carnal habits. We begin to compromise by watching programs with sexual immorality or filthy language [soft or hard profanity] or reading books with worldviews. Note that the introduction of sin is very subtle. Satan would never present abject wickedness that would be repulsive, causing us to immediately turn away from it.
The evil one observes our behaviors and hears our spoken words. Because of our battle against carnality, we are naturally drawn to people, places, and things that are enmity against God. The compromises of sin produce clutter that is in a spiritual realm. We become attracted to the things that are pleasing and interesting to our senses. In fact, we justify it by saying, “Oh, they are a good person, everyone has faults,” or “It’s a great movie, just a few soft curse words.”
The Apostle Paul had to deal with converts who enjoyed idol worship. Hence, his letters to the churches. Although their gods were actual wood or stone images, today’s Christians have many idols cluttering their lives. The prosperity messages twist the Scriptures. We embrace individuals who say they believe in God, yet, their lives reflect worldly behaviors, and we listen to music created by individuals who are unbelievers.
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds… (Colossians 3:5, 8-9 NKJV).
King David asked God, “Search me, God, and know my heart; Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
He knew that the influence of worldly evil disguised as pleasing to the eyes and ears would create spiritual compromise leading one to desire sin, leading us to disobey God. We are living in the last days! And Satan is working overtime to skillfully develop subtle temptations which cause spiritual conflict and clutter.
14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:14-17).
Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:10-18, The Whole Armor of God
Prayer: God, we ask for forgiveness for compromising our relationship with You. Because of the things we watch or listen to, we have a situation of spiritual clutter in our lives. Lord, we ask You to “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.