January 17

Genesis 35:1-36:43; Matthew 12:1-21; Psalm 15:1-5; Proverbs 3:21-26

Have you ever done spring cleaning where you opened up every closet and cleaned your house from top to bottom. You would be surprised the things you uncover in that process. God calls us periodically to perform a spiritual cleaning.

What are the things that keep you from clearly hearing Gods voice? What barriers have you erected that block you from pursuing God’s will for your life?

Jacob was settling into his hometown and right in the middle of his unpacking, God said to “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there.” God took his life full circle; he went back to the place where he made his vow to God.

On the way to Bethel, God prompts Jacob to perform spring cleaning. Jacob tells everyone to get rid of their pagan gods and idols so that they could get ready to meet God. God is asking us to do the same. Are you carrying things that are hindering the full move of God’s Spirit in your life? When you are unsettled about the future and full of worry, it usually means that you are carrying things on our journey that are blocking God’s presence. It’s time for some “spring cleaning.”

You can perform spring cleaning really easily. Read 1 John 1:9. Confess it and forsake it (give it up). Here was David’s prayer. “Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.” Before spring gets here, let’s purpose in our hearts to clean out so we can have more room for God!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 37:1-38:30; Matthew 12:22-45; Psalm 16:1-11; Proverbs 3:27-32

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