Cleaning Up The Mess

thCAEQA23W(4)for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. (5)We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, –2 Corinthians 10:4-5  (NASB)

The Lord admonishes us to keep the “slag” cleared out. “Slag” is the trees that have died or been broken off during harvesting and fallen to the forest floor. While over time they will become soil, if too many of them pile up beneath the healthy trees, they become a severe fire hazard. Foresters generally pile the slag separately and burn them to keep the forest clear.

It works the same way in our spiritual lives. Distractions, looking at the wrong things, can keep our focus miles away from where it belongs. Then we miss the excitement and joy of receiving the Father’s blessings.

A dear friend shared with me an experience her husband had one day that further illustrates this point. He was hiking through the woods and looked down a canyon. He saw something flying that was partially black and partially white. Since he was walking somewhere near our local dump, he thought, Oh! That must be a crow flying with a white garbage bag. He looked close and realized it was a bald eagle! The revelation came to him — I’ve been looking at the garbage of life so much, I missed the majestic blessings!

God has many blessings for us–but it’s up to us to keep the brain clear of stuff that gets in the way. Focusing on the problems always blinds us to the solutions. Allowing the “slag” to pile up places us in danger of more problems. May you have a clear pathway, free of slag, free of distractions and things which block us from the blessings of God!

(This information is used with permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)

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