“God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Hoarding: to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc. in a hidden or carefully guarded place. (www.dictionary.com)
Years ago, the TV show, Hoarders, showcased people or families who had serious cases of hoarding. Some kept massive amounts of things, sometimes in hopes of using them again. Others kept them because of sentimental value. Over time, they’d collected so much stuff that their living conditions became unlivable. Despite the horror of these conditions, some of these people had an extremely hard time getting rid of their junk.
Just like the people showcased on the show, the children of God sometimes have a terrible habit of hoarding. We hoard things like worries, hurts, pains, past events, and anxieties. We keep them in a carefully guarded place in our minds and hearts; some in hopes of using them again (we like to dredge up old stuff), some for sentimental reasons (we don’t want to forget what’s happened), and others for comfort (sometimes, it’s easier to hold on to things because it’s familiar).
Hoarding all of these non-necessities can and will make our life conditions unlivable. Our focus is pulled away from God and put on our stash. We find it hard to concentrate. We get bogged down, depressed, weary, etc. We are exactly where the enemy wants us to be. He roams the earth in search of some unsuspecting hoarders he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). As soon as Satan finds a way, he wiggles his way into our hearts and minds, making it hard for us to go through life; making us feel defeated. This is why it is so important for us to keep our minds free and clear of these things.
So, how do we free our minds of the “clutter”? Today’s Bible verse tells us how: give it all to God. Everything. Your cares, anxieties…Give it to the One who can handle any and everything. Once you’ve given it all to Him, let Him take care of it. Don’t try taking it back. When you’ve given it up, God will replace it with extraordinary things. I’m talking about peace, joy, true happiness, etc. Allow His Holy Spirit to fill you up and remove your anxieties. Then, and only then, can we live the life of freedom and abundance God has purposed for us to live. Once you’re filled with His Spirit, it’s like hanging a “no vacancy” sign in your heart and mind. Satan sees that sign and begrudgingly moves on. He knows that where the Holy Trinity (God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit) reigns, he cannot be. He has no other choice but to leave you alone. Isn’t that awesome?
Let God come and clear your “junk” now and watch Him do marvelous things in your life.
Hugs and Love,