Romans 8:5-6

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”

A few weeks ago, a good friend gave me a small lamp for our 6-year-old daughter Lyla’s room. I went to plug this lamp into the outlet and noticed her walls – they were disgusting! After turning the lamp on, I noticed that dirt had built up all along the baseboards, and fingerprints were everywhere! Because of this horrible revelation, we started cleaning, scrubbing, emptying, and eventually painting her entire room!

We got on a roll and moved our cleaning to the basement! Every single closet was purged, organized, and painted! All of this because of one small lamp being given to us and turned on!

Here it is! This is what started the whole process!

Now before you start to think I’m slob, I do clean our house on a regular basis! There are just times we need to go a little deeper in the cleaning department! What appeared to be quite clean on the surface in Lyla’s room was actually filthy! Once we turned a light on, and began removing items from the room, is when we truly discovered it’s true condition.

I believe that the same thing can happen for us in our spiritual lives. They may appear to be great on the surface; however, when you start looking with a different perspective, when you turn a light on, or remove objects that take up your time and attention, you may find there is some work to do. As we set aside some of the daily routines or objects, God reveals a greater picture of our lives.

This is why I personally love times of fasting and prayer! It’s a time where we can set our minds on the things of God, and set aside the things of the world. Fasting and prayer is a time to cleanse our minds and realign our heart with what God wants and desires for us. Spending this time with God becomes something we WANT to do rather than something we HAVE to do, and is a time to dive deep into His presence and renew the joy of His Salvation!

I love the way this version (The Voice) interprets Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a clean Heart, O God; restore within me a sense of being brand new. Do not throw me far away from Your presence, and do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me. Give back to me the deep delight of being saved by you; let Your willing Spirit sustain me.”

My prayer for all of us as we journey together for the next 15 days of fasting and prayer is that we will experience a fresh passion for God. I pray that our eyes will be open to the areas in our life that need to be cleaned and purified by Him!

Let the light of His presence be turned on in your life so that it reveals areas that need Him more, and just start cleaning!

Praying with you all, and can’t wait to see you tomorrow in church!

Lindsay Kivell