Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2019/07/a-good-housecleaning.html
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
We may discover a lot of junk in the basements of our inner selves. Old wounds, past losses, and shameful deeds may lie covered, out of sight most of the time but still bothersome. A good housecleaning may be needed — not just the living room but the basement as well; not just tidying up a bit but getting rid of accumulated stuff.
Unrepented-of sin prevents us from welcoming Christ into the center of our being. Harmful attitudes and behaviors can obscure the grace of God for us. “Metanoia” in Greek, “repentance” in English, means a change of mind, a new mental state. We exchange the self-centered mind for the power of the Spirit to free us from harmful practices and attachments.
— J. David Muyskens in “Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer”