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Clear Out the Clutter
By Joel Osteen - Aug 23, 2019
I watched a recent documentary on hoarders, people who are so focused on holding on to things that they don’t throw anything away and for whom living in clutter and trash has become the norm. It made me wonder how many of us are hoarders in our mind? We’re not letting anything go—the worry about our future, the stress over our finances, the frustration with the boss. We carry guilt because of past mistakes, anger over what didn’t work out, bitterness toward someone who did us wrong. We wonder why we can’t sleep at night, why we wake up tired, why we’re not passionate about our dreams. There’s so much clutter in our mind that we can’t enjoy our life. You weren’t created to live weighed down by worry, hurts, guilt, and frustrations. If you’re going to reach your destiny, you have to clear out the clutter. Those things are limiting your life.

When you go through a disappointment, you can hold on to it and live discouraged, or you can let it go and say, “God, I know You have something better. I know Your plans for me are for good. I know You’re directing my steps.” When the medical report is not good, when the contract doesn’t go through, when you’re facing a legal situation, you can stress out, thinking, “What am I going to do?” or you can let it go and say, “God, I know You’re fighting my battles. I know what was meant for my harm, You’re turning to my advantage.” You can clear out the clutter. You can get rid of negative things that are stealing your peace, taking your joy, draining your energy.

All through the day there’s clutter—noise, drama, stress, worry, guilt, jealousy. That’s why the Scripture tells us to guard our minds. You have to be proactive if you’re going to keep your mind in peace. Quit dwelling on thoughts that tell you everything you’re not. Program your mind with what God says about you. You’ve been wonderfully made by God and are exactly how you are supposed to be. Now get in agreement with Him. With a quiet confidence you need to have this recording playing in your mind: “I’m a masterpiece. I’m one of a kind. I’m talented, equipped and empowered. I’m favored and have everything I need to fulfill my destiny.”

When you start dwelling on what God says about you. it will automatically clear out the clutter. Fear can’t stay where faith is. Discouragement can’t stay where hope is. Stress can’t stay where peace is. Guilt can’t stay where forgiveness is. Mediocrity can’t stay where greatness is. An uncluttered mind is a powerful force.
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