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20 October - Dealing With Hidden Issues

I am always amazed at how much “stuff” can end up under our lounge or down between the cushions. It’s usually not until I do the cleaning and suck them up with the vacuum cleaner that I realise how much "stuff" has been hiding there.

We can also easily have things collecting or hiding in our lives that we don’t notice or give much thought to because they are not immediately obvious unless we go poking around.

That’s because, in our everyday lives, we don’t generally seek to lift the lid on the more messy or challenging parts of who we are. We like to keep them well hidden, which allows them to build up bit by bit, much like the crumbs and messiness hiding under or within the lounge.

However, when we open our hearts to Jesus and say come and be part of my life, He doesn’t leave these “messy” hiding places alone. That’s because He knows that to be completely free and cleansed, He must “bring to light” all those places in our lives we have been putting to one side or keeping hidden, so as not to have to deal with them.

Things like our fears, worries, past, relationship problems, addictions, or unhealthy attitudes and mindsets. There is no end to the things we can keep hidden away, but these things are what will keep us from becoming all God made us to be.

God loves us just the way we are and invites each one of us to come to Him just as we are. But He also loves us far too much to leave us with the mess we hide away from others and ourselves. He knows it will eventually cause us harm, just as the mess in and under your lounge would eventually turn yucky and destroy your furniture.

Today I encourage you not to waste another day keeping Jesus out of those hidden areas of your life. He moves and touches our hearts, not to harm or make things difficult for us, but to bring freedom and abundant life. When he touches on issues choose to unpack it, face any hurts (get some professional help if you need to) and make some plans to move forward.

When we say yes to Jesus, our life may seem to get messier for a while, but that’s momentary as He does a “vacuum clean”, and the results are far-reaching, life-giving, and joy-filled.

If you allow Him, God will turn your mess into a message of hope and joy for your life and everyone around you.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24)

How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.” (Psalm 31:19)

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust you to reveal and clean up any areas of my life that I’ve been keeping hidden or pushing aside. I invite you to search and cleanse all of my life today so that you can bring any needed change or healing. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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