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It’s almost the time of year for Spring Cleaning. I live in Texas where there are still cool days, but they will soon be replaced by beautiful, warm spring days. And for some reason, spring is the time when we all begin purging and cleaning. I guess we all tend to accumulate more than we realize during the winter months, and with the beautiful spring days we want to be “lighter”.
Lightness, allows us the freedom to do what our heart really desires. It allows for a new pep in our step. The air seems fresher. The sun seems brighter. And we’re just able to move better.
After you ever considered doing some Spiritual Spring Cleaning?
Neither had I, until recently.
This is the kind of cleaning that is done in partnership with the Holy Spirit as you submit to the process. It can rid your life of bitterness, shame over past sin, a constant feeling of guilt, the need to be perfect, the inability to feel valuable and loved, fear, addiction, and many other seemingly unrelated struggles.
It can leave you lighter, more joyful, and able to make greater progress towards the dreams that God has placed in your heart.
This is something that I’ve recently experienced and I want to share this with you because I know somebody, if not every single one of us needs to do this. I found myself needing forgive people for things I had forgotten about that still affect me. As I forgave one thing, I realized there was another thing, and another thing, and another. It was like some inner room of my heart was finally unlocked, and Jesus did some serious “spring cleaning”.
Here’s what I did:
1. Say,“I forgive _________(person or group), for making me feel _________________.(Go on to explain your hurt, your pain, and your feelings in as much detail as you can. Don’t hold anything back.” Honestly recognize whether this was something done maliciously or not. If it was something genuinely malicious, recognize that the other person is a weak, sinful human who is struggling with their own pain, and insecurity. As Jesus said, “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing.”
2. Say aloud, “I release___________(person or group) for _____________________(state the offense). Jesus you took the punishment that they deserve.”
3. Say aloud, “I bless_______________________(person).” Then pray specific blessings over them. DO NOT SKIP THIS!
Do this aloud or on paper. You can do this alone or with a trusted friend, this is between you and God. As you get these thoughts out of your head, and onto paper or as you speak them aloud, you gain greater clarity. The Holy Spirit is able to shine the light of truth over these circumstances. You’re able to mourn the pain, instead of “stuffing it”. If you write it down, tear up the paper and burn it. As you do this, complete steps 2 and 3. This is where you may experience a “release”, as supernatural healing takes place.
Personally, I experienced a physical release. I felt my muscles relax, and greater sense of peace and joy.
I’m making this apart of my daily “soul cleaning” program. Forgiveness shouldn’t be something done every once and a while. This should be done every time there is any offense against us. Instead of grumbling,complaining, gossiping, or getting angry, acknowledge the offense, and CHOOSE TO FORGIVE right on the spot! The other person doesn’t need to know anything about it. I also plan to use this process anytime an old memory triggers those old feelings of anger, helplessness, fear or any other associated feeling.
I’m praying that the Holy Spirit walks with you through this process giving you the desire and the ability to forgive, release and bless those who have hurt you. Don’t forget to add in a dose of gratitude as well!
There is another part to this “Spring Cleaning”. It’s experiencing forgiveness for yourself. I’ll talk about that in another post.
How have you benefited from your Spiritual Spring Cleaning”?
I recently went to prison.
Did that get your attention?
I was among a team of people who spent a Saturday in the prisons in order to serve the inmates. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to be an instrument of God’s love and grace to the women there. I knew the prison would be filled with broken, battered, messy women who are in desperate need of God’s love. (Btw, we all are. Some of us just hide it better than others.) And I was right. The facility that we visited housed female substance abuse offenders.
These offenders are beautiful women created in the image of God.
Women created for a wonderful purpose.
Gifted women who have beautiful gifts to share with this world.Continue Reading