“Also get rid of your anger, hot tempers, hatred, cursing, obscene language, and all similar sins. Don't lie to each other. You've gotten rid of the person you used to be and the life you used to live, and you've become a new person. This new person is continually renewed in knowledge to be like its Creator.” – Colossians 3:8-10 (Gods Word Version)
Father God, in Jesus Name I ask that You fill me with the Holy Spirit. Illuminate my eyes and heart to see what You are desiring for me to do and then help me to do it. I pray that You give me the will, desire and power to fulfill Your will. Father, teach me what You want me to see, even if it’s a glimpse through this. I thank You because ability is what You have, and anticipation is what I hold on to in Jesus Name. Amen.
Have you noticed an increase in storage units? In the United States there is a drastic rise of storage units. People have an abundance of things, but no place to put them. There is stuff, just stuff. Stuff can become a God, but stuff can be given by God. However, the truth is if you have ever moved, you realize all the trash, stuff you never saw, clothes and shoes you never wore, and the list goes on.
From there we see the rise of storage units, but have we ever taken notice to what is in us that we need to rid ourselves of? The Word of God says, “get rid.” The world says, “storage unit.” The truth of the matter is we need to get rid of some things in our hearts. Sure, we need to get rid of some materialistic goods however, we need to rid ourselves of some things that have cluttered our heart and drowned out the power, voice, love and faith of and in Jesus.
Someone moving immediately thinks “I need some boxes” and boxes often get taped and sometimes the tape is hard to peel off, but to unbox things, they have to be. Sometimes it’s a struggle to remove the tape, but it’s necessary to rid whatever is in the box, good or bad.
What do we need to get rid of apart from the above scripture? Plenty of things, but we often don’t want to deal with it, so we go to the “storage unit of our heart.” Sometimes we get hurt, some people have had divorces, childhood abuse, traumas of all forms, loss of all forms, hurts and crevice’s in our heart that we box up, tape and place in our storage unit. It’s crammed up with things we don’t want to address because it can hurt to unpackage abuse, neglect, rejection, a lack of being a good father, a lack of being treated nicely at your job. It gets deeper, some have faced abusive and manipulative relationships and some stay in them, because they have placed their heart, feelings, and self-worth in their storage unit.
God knows the tendency to do this. What do we have to do to face our storage unit? We must walk up to it, grab a trash can, grab the boxes, face the pain and struggle of taking the tape off and then “ridding ourselves” of the waste?
1) Courage – In order to face our future, we must confront our past. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s a necessary thing to do. It can hurt, we may need a bit more than prayer and scripture. We may need a psychologist or even medication and that doesn’t mean you don’t have faith. Luke, the Author of Acts and the Book of Luke was a physician. It’s ok to admit you have problems to a Doctor. “Luke, the beloved physician.” (Colossians 4:14) Your breakthrough may be in an office. Are you delaying Gods open door to ridding your storage unit in your heart that is cluttered with hurt, disappointment and despair? Try it.
2) Faith – You have to have faith, even if it’s the smallest “I doubt it will work, but I will try to confront these things.” It’s ok to ask for faith. A father needed his child to be helped. He said “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24) Guess what Jesus did? He helped, He didn’t condemn or berate him. Jesus will help. God knows some stuff has actually placed our faith in a storage unit. It’s hidden, it’s there but life’s trouble has compounded our faith and the tape Satan wrapped around it is tight. However, just because the tape is wrapped tight doesn’t mean it can’t be undone. Sometimes unwrapping just requires a phone call and an apology.
3) Wisdom – A storage unit comes with a price. We pay a price of peace, joy, wisdom, ministry and accepting Gods love, removing false and manipulative “love” from our lives while potentially finding true love from a person. When you rent a space in your heart to store up hurts, you sometimes grab ahold of a mentality that “I have to find something to hide it,” because God often tries to bring it to our remembrance, because the price we pay isn’t worth it. We can fall into worse things, addictions, bad relationships, walking away from The LORD and even grabbing ahold to the very same situations that caused the pain in the first place. When you are paying a price for the storage unit, you live in a cycle. You get monthly bills in the natural and the same happens spiritually, you wander without direction. God will open doors for you, but there is more for you, but it’s time to “unpack.”
Final thoughts: You can rid yourself, clean yourself, and help yourself. You need God, but you also need confronting the past hurts. God has your back. People can pray for you. You can go on this website and ask for prayer and be discreet. God will help, but you have to unlock it. Why pay the price for something that you don’t need to have?
Father God in Jesus Name, I thank You that through You I can overcome my past hurts. I can rid myself of sins of the flesh and spirit through You. Lord Jesus, I surrender my heart to You I ask for Your Spirit to reveal to me the boxes I have hidden deep in my heart. I ask that You help me face them, overcome them and see the blessings of letting You work inside of me. Holy Spirit reproduce in my heart the good things of God as You rid me of the bad things in our heart. I ask this for the entire Body of Christ, Your Bride and Church. I thank You knowing that even in my storage unit wisdom is found, show me what it is in Jesus Name. Amen.
“Leave your troubles with the LORD, and he will defend you; he never lets honest people be defeated.” – Psalm 55:22 (Good News Bible)
Be honest in your prayers, He already promised to help. “The Lord is my helper.” – Hebrews 13:6 (King James Version)