Tuesday, Jul 14, 2020

Storage Almost Full: What’s Blocking Your Blessings?

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Manage Your Storage Settings

I use my cell phone a lot, and for many different things, as many of you probably do. Before my current iPhone, I had a 16GB, iPhone 5S. Now, the problem that I frequently had was running out of storage space. What felt like daily, I would delete apps and photos so that I would have space for something more important.

Once, I remember trying to record a video, and my phone giving me that “not enough storage” message. So, I went through my photos and began deleting.

I then attempted to record again and guess what…. I still didn’t have adequate space.

How though? I’d just deleted like twenty pictures from my phone and I really didn’t want to delete more at the moment.

That’s when I realized it… the photos that I’d just disposed of were being held in the “Recently Deleted” folder on my phone. So, in essence, they were still there. I had to delete them again in order for them to be completely erased from my phone and allow sufficient storage space.

A Time to Purge

blocking your blessingsI thought about how this works in comparison to life.

More often than not, we “delete” stuff from our lives and we think, or claim, that we’ve gotten over it, but haven’t. This is evident when we try moving on or allowing someone else into our “space,” those old hurts come up again and again.

How? How can it be that I’m not over it yet?”

Well, maybe it’s because you tucked that old thing in your “recently deleted” folder instead of letting it go altogether. You know how we do, we hold on to things just so we can bring them up at just the right time, or so that we can compare it to current life to be sure it’s not reoccurring.

The truth is that we are causing ourselves more harm than good because we create the problem of “not enough storage.” When we’re blocking our blessings, those fresh, new experiences can’t affect us the way they should and those supportive people can’t make their way into our lives because those “deleted items” are still holding space in our lives hostage.

SO, WHAT’S THE PLAY CALL?

Delete! Delete! Delete! There is not enough “storage space” for you to keep all of those items in your “folder”.

Our Playbook says in Philippians 3:13, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” Let go of those things that are behind you – I mean completely let go. Get rid of them!

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you clean out life’s storage space:

  • Yes, God knows, but He often waits for us to ask for His help. So often we pull the “God knows my heart” card and we never admit that we need Him. Jeremiah 17:14 says, “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” The New Living Translation says, “O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!”
  • Accept your freedom and healing from those things that hurt you. Many times, the problem we face is that we don’t completely walk in our healing. We are so used to the pain that we don’t know how to let go.
  • Be victorious! God has given us the victory, but it is up to us to take it or take an “L”. And, there is no sense in losing a fixed fight. Once you have made up in your mind that you are victorious over your past, it is a lot easier to let go what was. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
  • Be free! Just like those extra Gigs of space are freed up when you delete those recently deleted photos. Jesus died so that we could be free from all things that would bind us. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

So, go ahead and click all those “photos,” and hit “delete all” so that you can move forward, freed up!

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