The phrase “To Purge” kept coming up in my spirit this morning during my prayer time. The definition of purge means to physically remove or expel completely, rid (someone or something) of an unwanted quality, condition, or feeling. I began to think about a spiritual purge and how when you first get saved the Holy Spirit purges a lot of sin out of your life. Things you once enjoyed you no longer have a desire to do, because of this purge. Your priorities get rearranged during this purge as well, because God moves into the number one spot in your life. This purge causes you to hunger for the Word of God and thirst for the Holy Spirit. Over time we allow things to build back up in our hearts that need to be purged. Things that fill us and keep us from hungering for God the way we did in the beginning. These may not blatant sins but things like doubt, fear, pain, hurt, and guilt.
When Christians are filled with doubt and fear they get stuck and are no longer following Jesus. They can’t grow or move forward in Christ because they are stuck in the mud and muck of doubt which brings on fear. Once fear moves in we begin to belittle ourselves and the word “can’t” becomes a huge part of our vocabulary. II Samuel 22:30-31 says For by you I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. As I read this I thought there was no fear or doubt in David when he wrote this. David said the Word of the Lord is proven. When something has been proven to us, we no longer doubt it. David goes on to say He is a shield to all who trust in Him. To trust and believe in God leaves no room for fear.
When Christians are filled with pain and hurt emotionally or physically it becomes like quicksand under their feet and they begin to sink. They sink into depression and darkness and if they don’t let go of it, then it will overtake them. Did you know that the first rule if you step in quicksand is to drop everything you are carrying? That’s kind of ironic when you think about it because we carry around the pain and hurt that is causing us to sink, instead of given it Jesus. In Psalms 147:3 it says He heals the brokenhearted and binds their wounds up.
When Christians are filled with guilt over their past it becomes like cement around their feet. Their walk slows to a crawl until it becomes so hard they can’t take another step forward. We all have a past and we have all sinned. Sometimes we are the ones that can’t let it go or maybe it others around us that continue to dredge up our past. We need to avoid this like wet cement. In I John 1:9 it says God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, He forgives them and cleanses us from everything we have done wrong, In Isaiah 43:25 He says I am the one who blots out your transgression for my own sake, and I’ll remember your sins no more. This is the enemies favorite thing to use against us, guilt, but it can only have power over us if we allow it. We cannot serve and give 100 percent to our purpose or calling if we are holding on to guilt. Guilt keeps a lot of Christians permanently stuck where they are because they can’t forget their past. Instead of holding on to your past sins use them as part of your testimony of where God brought you from. Once you turn this around and use it to show God’s greatness and forgiveness, the enemy will stop using it against you. Jesus knew every sin you were going to commit before He ever went to the cross and He still thought you were worth dying for. Jesus saw something far greater in you than your sin and that was your purpose. The purpose He created you for and the purpose he died for, so you could fulfill it.
Let’s pray today for the Holy Spirit to purge each and everyone of us today of the things that are keeping us from hungering for Him. To purge us of the things that may be holding us back in fulfilling our purpose.
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