It's time to purge! Read on as Christine Caine helps us sort through what to keep and what to purge in order to move into the best God has to offer us this year.
Letting Go of the Past
By Christine Caine
At my house, I firmly believe in having a place for everything and everything in its place.
I love to purge my house, office, car, and any other space of needless junk and clutter. If something has not been used recently or is simply taking up too much space, out it goes! (Nick and the girls often leave notes on their possessions, begging me to not give them away or throw them away.)
A harder assignment, though, is to purge our minds from past events. If we spend time replaying every scene when we failed or when someone hurt us, abused us, or disappointed us, then we will struggle to move forward.
If you hang on tightly to past memories, you might miss out on the life God wants you living today! Yes, it takes courage to let go of the weights you have carried around for years - whether those are actual, physical things (such as clothes, cars, jewelry, or houses) or intangible weights (relationships, bad habits, wrong thinking, or emotional baggage). It's time to clean out your mind. Then your hands will be free to hold the good things God has for you. The new things he wants to give you!
Lord God, I want to pursue the adventure you have for my life. Please help me see and release the things I don't need.
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19
Excerpted from Unshakeable (Thomas Nelson, 2017)
Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, author and international speaker. Powered by hot, extra-dry, skinny, cappuccinos, Christine is a lover of words who speaks too fast, talks too much, and also writes them down. Her most recent books are Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God's Word and Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny. She and her husband founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. They also founded Propel Women to equip women for their God-given purpose.