My wife and I live in a double-wide manufactured home with seven children. It is somewhat crowded. With having that many living there, it is easy to accumulate a lot of things.

We have eight children total, with one now off and married. The youngest is only three years old. With that it means we have a lot of stuff for everyone of all the ages. Over the years we have gained more clothing. We hold onto the clothing to pass down the line of younger siblings.

The number of books seems to be extreme, with several large bookshelves full of books. There are books for schooling, since we homeschool. These cover many different subjects and different types of curriculum. There are also books just for reading. Several whole series of books for younger children and some for older children to read. Along with all those books, I have my own books I have accumulated from bible college and ministry.

Overflow Of Toys

The amount of tows seems to never end. Toys for all the different ages. Many of which were passed down over the years to younger ones. Even many “broken” toys are held on to, because a child does not want to part with them. New toys keep coming in every birthday and Christmas time.

I cannot count the number of movies that we own, both VHS and DVD! It is in the hundreds. This number is very high, because we do not subscribe to any television channels, cable or satellite. Again, these movies cover a broad range from educational, inspirational, and just good family movies or television show series.

With all of this stuff, it can get very cluttered very easy. It is difficult to find the space needed to have a place for everything.

Right now my wife and I are in the process of trying to declutter some of that stuff. It is a difficult process to do. Some of those things hold precious memories. Other things we hold on to because we might need them again someday, this is especially true with clothing and movies. Today the children watch one set of movies, but in a few months, suddenly they “discover” some other set of movies and watch them over and over again for several weeks, before moving on to a new set.

Then the challenge of what to do with all the stuff we decide to get rid of. Do we try to sell it? That is not like us, we would rather give it away. Or do we donate it? Then come the question of where to donate the stuff. Then when and how do we get the stuff to the donation location. It creates a lot of challenges.


Since there are so many challenges to getting rid of the extra stuff, it is easy to just put it aside and try to ignore it. We will do it some day, a day that does not seem to come. Or we will do a little, then get overwhelmed and stop.

As we are in the process of doing this, I have noticed that life is like that in the same way. Our lives can become cluttered with old, no longer useful things. Or our life can be cluttered with things that are no good for us, broken things.

Some things that clutter our lives are sins. We hold onto sins that are “fun” and really do not want to give it up. These can be gossip, drunkenness, theft, lying, cheating, adultery, pornography, abuse, and many more. They may not be real huge sins, but they are sins nonetheless and they will clutter up our lives. Sins will hold us back from being able to do more or to enjoy more the life God has given us.


Other things that can clutter our lives are the things in our lives. Our focus on the things take the place of spending time with God. Even good things in our lives can pull us away from God. Social media can be a good thing, but too much of it can also be a bad thing. Ministry is a good thing to do, but not at the expense of spending time with God. Cleaning the house or working a job, can often clutter our lives, shutting God out of the picture.

Most people have something in their lives that is clutter and not needed. You may be able to identify some things in your own life. Ask yourself, what is holding you back from knowing God more?

2 Timothy 2_15

What is keeping you from reading and studying God’s Word more?

What is keeping you from hearing from God more in your own life?

All these things are clutter and need to be removed. Work on decluttering your life and strive to get closer to God. Get rid of the things that really don’t matter or are hurting your relationship with God.

As you do this, you will know that your relationship with God is the greatest thing you can ever have. It will be the foundation on which the rest of your life will find purpose.


Hosea 14:2 Seek God’s Forgiveness

Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2

Despite Israel prostituting themselves against God, rejecting Him and following false gods and idols, Hosea puts out a plea for them to go before God and ask for forgiveness. As they are to go, they are told to bring words with them to be able to offer the fruit of their lips.

In this world it is easy for a person to fall away from God. For just a few hours, may twice a week, a person is around many other believers. The rest of the time, most people are in this world among many more non-believers, or those who claim to believe, but do not live the life of a believer.

Most believers, do not completely walk away from God and totally reject Him, however, many do step away for a time to follow some sin. There are some that feel once they have done this multiple times, that God will reject them and that there is no longer any hope for them.

People of this world will forgive to a point, but if a person continues to do wrong, most will give up on that person forever. God does not work in the same way. He is waiting there for every person to come and seek forgiveness. God wants to forgive every person. It is what His heart is longing for. He thrives on forgiving and giving live.

No matter what you have done, no matter how bad it is, God is always waiting right there to forgive you. In order for Him to forgive you, you must ask for it. You must go before Him, repent of the sin and ask Him to forgive you.

Once God has forgiven you of any sin, you must offer the fruit of your lips. This is offering Him thanks, praise and worship. Give Him the honor and glory that is due Him. He did not have to forgive you. He had the right to destroy you, but He didn’t. Give Him praise with your lips. Praise Him directly and tell everyone what God has done for you and what He can do for them.

Return to God today.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will return to Jesus; that you will seek forgiveness from God; that you will accept His forgiveness; and that you will give God praise all the time.

Hosea 1:8-9 Called Not His People

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the LORD said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.” Hosea 1:8-9

God had Hosea marry a woman who was a prostitute to point out the sin of Israel. The nation had prostituted themselves against God. Her second child to be born was called L0-Ammi by God. With giving this name God was telling the people that they were not His people anymore and He was no longer their God.

The people of Israel had been chosen by God and were always considered His people, His nation. However, when the people had chosen to follow idols and reject God, He turned His back on them. God rejected them as His people for a time.

Most people would be willing to say that they reject the idea of prostitution and would not have any part of it. Yet, they are doing the very same thing with God on a daily basis. Churches have many people who attend just to look good or to do their weekly duty. They are not there to serve and worship God.

During the week, their hearts and minds are on anything but God. They are running hard after the things of this world. They are serving themselves and the gods of this world, lust, passion, greed, selfishness, pride, fame, fortune, and much more. On Sundays they may claim to be a believer, but their hearts are far from it.

Israel had been living in this same way, and so God had rejected them, for a time. He refused to call them His people because they had turned away from Him.

If you call God your God, then you must serve and worship Him alone. You cannot allow yourself to run after other gods and put God on the side. God will not share Himself with another god of any type.

Be willing to reject the gods of this world so that you may serve the one true God. Do not live your life in a way, in which God will have to say that you are not His child or people. Jesus made a way for you, do not reject Him in your day-to-day living. Worship Him and serve Him seven days a week.

I pray today that you will serve and worship God alone; that God will be able to say you are His child; that you will not be rejected by God; and that you will be His witness in this world. 

Daniel 9:8 Admitting Sin

We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered in shame, LORD, because we have sinned against you. Daniel 9:8

Daniel had just received a very clear vision of how long Israel would be destroyed and under captivity of another nation. He then started reading some of the words of Jeremiah and seeing what God had told him. Once he read those words, he started to pray to God a prayer of repentance for the nation of Israel. Daniel started admitting to breaking God’s commands and sinning against Him.

Daniel did not point fingers at other people and just say that they were the ones to sin. He included himself in the sins against God.

It is very easy, and very common, for people in the church to point fingers at the sins of others. Christians blame those in the world for the corruption and sin that is so rampant in their nation. Blaming politicians and leaders for the sin comes easily for many people. People will say if “they” did not allow something, that sin would not be there or the corruption would not have happened, always talking about someone else and not themselves.

When actions like this are done, one is not showing the love and mercy of God towards others. Nor is the person taking his responsibility in what is being done wrong.

Some may say, “I have never killed anyone (or some other sin), so why am I to repent.” It is true that you may not have done a particular sin, but there is another one that you have done. Regardless of what sin you have committed, you have sinned against God and helped lead your country to where it is today.

Along with that, every believer is supposed to be His loving witness to this world. As you go through your days ask yourself if you are doing everything that you can to be His witness. Ask yourself if you are showing His love and mercy to this dying world in the best way possible and as much as possible.

Since many believers cannot say that they are doing these things to the level God wants them to do, they are helping others continue in sin.

Seek God and ask Him to show you how you can reach the world for Him.

Repent of all sins, both the corporate and the personal. Allow God to change lives.

I pray today that you will seek to be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; that you will do your best to bring all to God; that you will show His great love and mercy to this world; and that you will repent of all sin. 

Daniel 3:17-18 Even If God Does Not Help

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18

King Nebuchadnezzar had set up a large statue of gold of himself and wanted every person in the nation to bow down to it. Three young men, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, known more as Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego, had refused to bow down to the statue. The king gave them several chances to change their minds, warning them that they would be thrown into a hot, fiery furnace if they did not do it. The men stated that God would deliver them, but even if He did not, they still would not bow down to that statue. They would obey and follow God, no matter what happened.

It is common to hear of a person who had believed in God for a time, but chose to walk away from God because God did not deliver them from something. One of the more common reasons is that the person prayed for either healing for a loved one and God did not heal the person. The person prayed for died in without healing. The one praying gives up on God and walks away.

Acting like that does not give God absolute authority or control. God is the one in control and knows what is best for each and every person.

In the Old Testament, God made the rule not to bow down to idols. The young men chose to do that regardless of what God does. They did not set any stipulations on obeying God.

You have to set it in your heart that you will follow God, no matter what the cost is or what He will or will not do. You have to trust that He is doing everything that is the best for you.

Make the choice to not bow down to any idols in this world. Worship God and God alone. In reality, the worst that can happen is death, which then will allow you to step into heaven for eternity.

Who are you going to bow down and worship today?

I pray today that God will reveal His power to you; that God will strengthen you to not bow to sin; that you will turn from all sin to God; and that you will not fear this world or anyone in it. 

Daniel 1:8 Choosing To Not Be Defiled

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8

When King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, had taken over Jerusalem and all Judah, he carried many people into captivity. Out of these people, he chose some who were the best and brightest to work for him. They were brought into the palace courts to work and given the best food and drink, along with all other needed provisions. Daniel was among those given that favor.

The food being provided was food that the Israelites were not supposed to eat according to God’s law. Daniel set it in his heart that he would not defile his body with the food being offered. Regardless of what may happen, he refused to eat that food. He asked the officials to not eat it. He was given favor, because God was on his side.

In this world there are many things that are out there that can defile a believer. No matter what store or location a person walks into things are available to cause one to sin. Pictures, thoughts, and actions are everywhere being done that are filled with sin and can lead a believer down the wrong path. Even other people can lead a person wrong.

As a believer, you must make a commitment to the Lord prior to walking into any place. You must commit to not allowing yourself to be led into sin. You have to choose not to walk down certain paths that the world offers.

In the process of doing this, there will be many times that you will go against the flow of society, even some in the church. Some may be doing it in good will, not meaning to harm you, but still be against God’s ways. It may also be painful. As with Daniel choosing not to eat certain foods, it runs the risk of creating severe pain and suffering. God is with you, and if you choose to follow Him and His ways, He will take care of you.

Before you walk out of your house today, or even your bedroom, resolve in your heart to not allow yourself to be defiled by sin. Refuse to walk down that path as you walk in this world.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will choose to follow God alone; that you will choose to not walk in sin against God; and that you will not allow yourself to be defiled by this world.