Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (NKJV)
Whenever I check my emails, I see numerous messages of indeterminate nature in the Junk Box! It doesn’t matter how often I ‘Sweep’ them away or ‘Block’ them, there are still more to replace them the next time I look. Even the titles of some of these messages make my skin ‘crawl’ and I wish I could completely block them from coming into my ‘box’ – but it is already set on the highest screening available and it is obviously inadequate to deal with the influx of ‘mindless garbage’ that still manages to filter through.
Junk mail reminds me of sin. It is insidious and ever-flowing. It respects no boundaries and can be difficult to eliminate from our lives. It manifests itself in words, actions, deceptions and distractions of all kinds and seeps into our lives, despite our meager efforts to block it.
The best and most effective way to clean it up is to call upon God – give it to Him and trust Him for all we’re worth. When we receive Jesus into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit, who then equips us for the life-long battle of discerning good from bad and right from wrong. Often in ways that we would not have recognized or been willing to utilize before that. God’s intervention is the only way to totally clean up our lives. Giving control of everything to Him on a daily basis causes our words, thoughts, and actions to change – they are cleaned up and made acceptable. The junk will not vanish from our lives but we’ll become better equipped and wiser in our efforts to recognize it and seek God’s forgiveness and power to change will become natural to us.
Isaiah 1:16-17 “Wash yourselves”, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor. (NKJV)
In other words, stop doing wrong, however insignificant it might seem! God sees and knows all our rights and wrongs – and as always, right is right and wrong is always wrong!
Prayer: Father, there are so many lurid distractions around us. So many people spend their lives sending out obnoxious or irrelevant messages, attempting to trap innocent and naïve minds. Help us to be guided in Your Ways by Your Word. Each time sin ‘pops up’, let us be able to block it from our lives, keeping our minds, bodies and spirits pure and unpolluted from the refuse and gossip of the internet and the world! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.