Dear Feelings that cause Sin so very often:
You are ugly and mean and I don’t like you at all. You aren’t the ones who I will pray to do ugly love well with.
You try to wreck my house all the time. But it’s impossible to do, and I’m here to tell you that today. I have run out of patience with you. I do not want you here. Neither does my Savior.
YOU are excluded.
You are trash.
You are being kicked out.
You may think my house has been destroyed – you may be giggling about it too. But you are wrong. You are so very, very wrong.
You may have been around for as long as I can remember, but none of you are have really ever been welcome here. I may have been too nice and accommodating at first, I’ll admit. But I’ve learned after 48 years of insanity (doing the same thing over and over with the same stupid result) that I actually CAN make your stay unpleasant. AND, I have a powerful ally Who CAN make you leave! I’m calling upon Him now. And He’s Here.
Yes. It’s Jesus. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
So I want to address each one of you who has taken over my house recently. You have been nightmare guests. You disrupt my sleep and the way that I move through my day. You’ve done your best to trash the place, emptied the supplies and storage closets, and caused strife in relationships.
I have a message for you: It would be a good thing for you if you’d listen intently. You see ~ the Spirit of the Lord lives here. That’s why there’s just plain no room for you.
He will cast you out if you don’t fall in line soon – very soon.
Dear Hatred and Apathy ~ You reared your ugly (very despicable, actually) head a couple of times last week. You are not pretty to look at and when you come out, others definitely notice it. It brings about condemnation and darkness. Nothing good comes from you. You need to leave now.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy”………
Dear Anxiety ~ I think I dislike you the most. You are the silent instigator in the group. The others follow suit with your actions. You go around stealing and blaming it on others all the time. You rub off on everyone else that has peace around you. You try to take over the heart, the soul AND the mind. You not only need to leave, but need to go back to where you came from and STAY THERE!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace”……
Hello there, impatience. I hate that I must greet you once again, but I am a cordial individual, in spite of the fact that you try to define my actions and reactions so very often. You were mean the other day. You are still being quite rude today. Whether you cause utter discomfort in the hopes to try to get me to make an impulsive decision or not, I WILL fight you. I WILL go to my Savior in prayer about all of these decisions. P.S. Your sick and twisted friendship with Anxiety over there needs to end. It’s not a healthy relationship and I’m ON TO YOU.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience.”
Mr. Mean Temper and Mrs.Do The Wrong Thing~ Your marriage is a match made in hell and I dislike you immensely. I don’t quite know what ever made you think that this is YOUR house, but as for me and mine? We serve THE LORD. No one asked you to decide how to treat the guests in my home who ARE wanted this way. In fact, you have been asked to leave time and time again. There are plenty of places of darkness in which you could rule and reign. This is not one of them. You will continue to be met with fierce opposition if you choose to keep trying to take over. Newsflash: You will lose.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness.”
Dear Fickle One ~ You cause so much doubt and confusion. You also cause me to have to slay idols all day long. You make me rely upon self instead of the One who truly is supposed to be in charge. You may be the master of deceit – I’ll give you that. You may veil all that you do with the idea of self preservation being a good thing. But that makes you nothing but a tempter. That is not from the One who is GOOD. You try to hide a lot. But I have seen you clearly too many times. Sometimes you stare right back at me in the mirror through a disguise. But I have been given new eyes with which to see. There’s no hiding places left for you here. I know that the One in whom I trust and the One to whom I have faith in is unseen, but far more real than you. The truth cannot be hidden any longer. I’m on to you. I will continue to be faithful to HIM.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”….
And You Two: Abrasive tongue and Impulsive Little Wretch: You two are so irritating. You are the epitome of the “guests” who have decided to stay forever, as unwanted as you might be. You’re the ones I would call the cops on if you were actually people. You take what you want when you want it and you rub everyone around you the wrong way. You make people want to run away and take shelter somewhere, which could lead them down the wrong path. This is THEIR home. You do not have control. And as often as you must think you’ve achieved victory – it is temporary only, and it makes me want to work even harder to inflict great pain upon you. Prayer works. So does time in the Word with the Lord. You best leave now before it gets really ugly for you.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
This is what is growing inside of me. This is what is spilling out more and more every day. This is the Spirit of the Lord and He doesn’t have room for you here. It’s time to leave. And every time you try to return, He will cast you out. It will hurt when your bum hits the curb more and more every single time, I can assure you.
He’s cleaning house. And you’re not wanted. You never were.
Oh. And by the way: We’re telling all of our neighbors as well. We hope to spread the word about you across the city, the country, and the world. Soon there will be no where for you to run – no where to hide. You have lost. The battle has already been won.
It won’t be long until the entire world sees that. It’s going to be soon. Soon and very soon.
In the meantime, victory is already mine. Know that. Soak it in. And believe that He will show you time and time again if you ever forget to remember. He does that a lot.
His grace is enough. I’m walking in that.
Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”