Stains & Residue

stain1As I was doing my laundry,  I came across a sports bra that I use and noticed that after I washed it, it still had some residue left.  I thought to myself” I’m going to need a special stain remover to lift those stains.  As I walked away ” I heard the Lord tell me you have some residue still left in your heart.  Some of those have been hard to remove and you are choosing not to deal with those.  It is going to require more than just a wash to remove those.

I am in the business of helping people through different life challenges that they are facing.  I have a way of drawing things out of people and being that my degree is in Psychology it just comes with the territory.  I like to analyze, observe, give life application and get into the hearts of people.  Have you ever asked a question knowing that you don’t really want to know the answer?  Or knowing that the answer will cause a sting or that you are not going to like the response at all.  I am one of those people, especially after receiving the answer and do not like the sting!  So, I was hesitant in asking God, but I did.  God, “Show me the stains.”

I have had stains that left some heavy duty residue behind, that crippled and choked the life out of me, while others were completely lifted.  I started to hone in on the different stains that had been washed time and time again and continued to leave a residue upon my heart.”  Due to my upbringing, those closest to me had violated my trust and used words that stripped my identity, which left different types of residue in my heart, even today.  To name a few, fear of failure, rejection, unworthiness, not pretty enough and not qualified…..

Throughout life,  I fooled myself into thinking I was healed or that I addressed those past residues but the reality was, there was still some that God wanted to address and uproot. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9, English Standard Version).

Are you ready to apply some application on those stains and remove the residue that is surfacing and continues to be a part of you?

Application:

Don’t continue to settle with the stains and residue that are residing upon your heart. Sometimes you have to go back and face the residue before you can move forward.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress (Psalm 107:6).

In my anguish, I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free (Psalm 118:5).

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