11/01/2017: Hidden Junk & Sinking Garbage

Hidden Junk & Sinking Garbage
Be honest with yourself! How many of us just have this one pile of junk in our rooms, house, somewhere in a corner just waiting to be cleaned up? Remember when you were told to clean your room as a child and you would hide all the junk you could under the bed and saying to yourself, “Please don’t stink, please don’t stink!”? What about as you grew older and a date was coming over. You hide all your dirty laundry in the closet, under the bed, in the dresser. You run around frantically wasting an entire bottle of air freshener saying, “Please don’t stink, please don’t stink!” Remember as time passed and you were so worried about where to hide all the junk and spraying the entire with air freshener to cover it up that you forgot where you hid it all? As time passes, you run across hidden things that you thought were gone forever just to remember that YOU originally hid it there in the first place! You covered up the smell so good that you didn’t think there was any problem and that it was not a big deal.
My friends, that used to be me. Recently, I have had to grow-up a little bit more and realize that you cannot find all the personal ‘Junk & Garbage’ that I have hidden, collected and covered up over the years. Believe you me, no matter how much you try and cover up the smell, it will rise to the surface and it will be found. People in your life WILL start to notice a difference.
It becomes just like telling a lie to cover-up another lie and the only one that knows the truth is God. You start out lying to yourself. Then, you have to lie to others to cover up the lie you have convinced yourself of in the first place in a futile attempt to cover-up the stench. You start getting out of character, but you still believe that it is no big deal and all is well – by the way, which is another lie! Once you fall into this trap and you do not come to reality soon and get off of, ‘Fantasy Island’, and stop hiding, you have believed a lie that you will take to your own grave. In the end, while you lied to yourself and lied to everyone else…as your body is lying in your grave, your soul will be burning in the fires of Hell for eternity.
An example of this can be found in Genesis 3:8-9 that says, ‘And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?’ In that statement, “Where art thou?”, I do believe God was calling out to the spiritual location of Adam. God already knew exactly what had happened and where they were physically. God wanted to know where Adam was spiritually!
You just cannot do it on your own, cause believe me, you will go crazy trying. I had to wholeheartedly and honestly ask Jesus Christ, the ultimate ‘Cleaner & Finder’ to forgive me! To help me find and clean up all the personal ‘Junk’ that I have hidden in my heart. To help me clear out all the personal ‘Garbage’ that was weighing my heart down and causing it to sink lower and lower, away from God. My heart was turning into a garbage & junk truck and it was dropping pieces, affecting those around me. It was starting to crowd out the Holy Spirit’s presence! Where am I now? I still have a mess to clean to clean up as God shows me more and more cracks and crevasses that I have to clean and sanitize. In reflection, God brought is bringing it to the surface and God is telling me that I have the power to clean it up myself. And still now, I am beginning to clear out more space for more of God to dwell inside my heart!
Jesus said it best in Luke 10:19 when he said, “Behold, I give you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” So the best advice right now I can give anyone at all is, repent, be humble and willing to obey, let Jesus truly come into your heart and do not be afraid to let the presence the Holy Spirit dwell within you. Be ready with a lot of spiritual garbage bags to place all the garbage and junk into that is pointed out to you. Tie them up and cast them right back down into the incinerator, the fires of Hell, from which they came!
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Many Blessing  Richard Hagemaster