Saturday, July 13, 2024

Cleaning out Confusion

by Bob Hooker

A short time ago I was asked to visit a home with a pastor,  where the family said they were being frightened by a an apparition, (of course we knew that if there were something it would be a demonic spirit not a ghost.   Each had a story of hearing or seeing something. The one most bothered was a young teen girl. The first thing to do was check on their salvation. The girl seemed very unsure so I asked the pastor to witness to her while I looked at her room.

The room was one of confusion, fear and despair. The writings, pictures, posters spoke of depression, suicide, anger and as I said confusion. The girl received Christ as her Savior. One thing I then told the mother and daughter that they should do is clean and repaint the girl’s room by clearing out notes, posters and such that spoke confusion and by repainting the room in pleasant, cheerful colors. My hope was that when she entered her room it would be a feeling of peace rather than encouraging the feelings of confusion and depression.

As I walked tonight, traveled a portion of the path I have not walked since before my surgery. It was grown up badly and before I knew it, I was in the middle of thorns and briars that had choked away the path. This is when the Lord spoke to me that each of us must clean out our room (our souls) daily for if we do not, our hearts and minds will begin to overgrow with confusion, depression and fear. It does not take long for the path of our heart to be filled with the thorns and briars of sin and the wisdom of this world. The girl’s room, the path, our hearts must be cleaned and kept clean daily so that we do not become filled with fear and confusion.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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