Sunday Inspiration: Cleaning House

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Cleaning House

In My Soul and Spirit

by J.M. Troppello

I cleaned the house today. I love a clean house, but I dislike cleaning. Yet, someone must do it. Otherwise, our house would be a mess and we’d end up living in a pigsty before we know it.

After I ate lunch and then sat down to write some articles, I looked out across the living room and saw the vacuumed carpet and cleaned floors in the kitchen, and I felt refreshed. It made me think about how our lives are busy.

That can lead to times when we don’t “have the time to read God’s Word.” We don’t have the time to spend in prayer. We’re too busy to take time for reflection. We’d rather veg out in front of the TV after a long day of work instead of spending time in praise and worship.

I have been guilty of those things too.

Yet, during those times, the tanks of my soul and spirit were not getting filled. My flesh was getting more filled up. That meant, my flesh was leading me, and I was not being led by the Holy Spirit.

Cleaning house in my soul and spirit

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 2, NKJV)

This book is a short passage of Scripture. It begins with a greeting to Gaius, the Elder. Verse 2 shows us that John prayed Gaius would prosper in all things and be in health, just as his soul prospers.

There is a link between our three-part being (body, soul, and spirit). It’s important to feed each of them—especially our spirits. When we don’t feed our spirits, we run the risk of being led by our flesh.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thess. 5:23, NKJV)

Allowing our flesh to lead us will lead to sin.

When our spirits are leading us, we are more likely to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit. That will lead to a life of victory. It will be easier to avoid temptation. We will be able to turn to God in all circumstances, good, bad, and in between.

The Takeaway

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt. 10:28, NKJV)

For the Christian, the most important thing in life is living for eternity. We are all works in progress, taking one day at a time. I’m thankful for God’s grace that is new each morning. When I fail, He is still faithful. That is what keeps me going each day.


About the Author

J.M. Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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