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Spring Cleaning: What’s in your house?

From a spiritual perspective, we must realize that God knew what He was doing when He made you.

How do you become aware of the sounds within your house? Because you’ve spent time in the house - you know the little nooks and crannies and idiosyncrasies. When we spend time with God, Holy Spirit will reveal when something is not right even though it may look, sound, or feel right. Just give it time; like a new house settling, the cracks in the ceiling or nails will eventually protrude through and become exposed.

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When we spend time with God, Holy Spirit will reveal when something is not right even though it may look, sound, or feel right.

In 2018, I moved into a home that I wasn’t necessarily comfortable with, but I knew that it was the place that we needed to be in for that time. I can recall walking in to view it and walking right back out. As I stood by the car door waiting for my husband to return, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “take another look”. I slowly walked to the door and the landlord said, “Oh, she’s taking another look. That’s a good sign.” I felt like turning around and punching him in the face! My return had nothing to do with how I felt, but it was out of the obedience of my heart. As we settled into that place there were some lessons that the Holy Spirit began to teach me about my spiritual house as well as the physical house.

4 Keys To Settling In

  1. Accept the house you’ve been given. I had to accept that this was the house that I was given. I didn’t have the time nor energy to complain about where we were now living. I had to make the most of it and keep moving. See, the enemy loves for you to have pity parties while focusing on what’s not right. Meanwhile, you’re losing out on what’s available for you in that season. From a spiritual perspective, we must realize that God knew what He was doing when He made you. We must accept that our lives don’t belong to ourselves. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. (I Corinthians 6:19-20 MSG)

  2. The house was so small! The house was smaller than the first townhome I built when I was unmarried. Of course, the layout was much different, but I was now living in less than 1,300 square feet with 5 people! There was indeed a size restriction but as I continued to move forward, I learned that the overall size was only as restrictive as I allowed it to be. Often, we focus on what we can’t do or have because of our current circumstances instead of looking to see how the situation can work to our advantage. We must learn to use what we have by stewarding the ground of our hearts. Luke 6:45 tells us that what’s in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth and begin to create your reality.

  3. Every room has a purpose. When I moved into the empty space, I had an idea of how each area might be used but a definition for each area was assigned once I fully moved in. You see, until we really accept and embrace who and where we are, we’ll never fully understand our purpose and where we fit. As I became more familiar with the space; I began to see how certain areas could be used because my perspective had shifted. Comparison breeds contentment. In the natural, we compare our lives and what we possess to a standard that’s defined by the world. When we fully receive Jesus Christ as our Lord, He becomes the standard by which everything is measured against. You’re wondering why you don’t fit in and why you’re unhappy with the way things are - it’s because you’re living outside of the purpose for which you were created. I’m constantly learning that I’ll never be content until I fully surrender my will and obey God.

  4. Perspective is everything! In everything give thanks – be grateful! When you understand that your circumstance is not permanent, that ‘knowing’ serves as fuel for your journey. Your situation could change at any moment for the better! We need to count every situation as joy according to James 1:2-4. I had to learn how to be content in uncomfortable situations as God was changing the contents of my heart and building character within me. My appreciation, creativity, and patience increased during that time and I’m still growing. As I squeezed through certain areas, I would have to verbalize my thanks to God for every square foot of that space when my mind was telling me otherwise. Consider your viewpoint. How can your lenses be readjusted? Look through every window of your house as an opportunity! (Ephesians 5:15-17 AMPC)

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