A New Resident

On the Big Day, a fountain will be opened for the family of David and all the leaders of Jerusalem for washing away their sins, for scrubbing their stained and soiled lives clean. Zechariah 13:1 MSG

Recovery is a lot like reclaiming a long abandoned house. We have boarded up the doors and windows of our hearts to keep out God and others. We have hidden secrets of our shame in dark closets, hoping they would never see the light of day. We’ve allowed impure thoughts to spin their webs in the corners of our minds. It’s time to throw open the windows of our lives and let the fresh air and light of God’s love in.

The good news is we don’t have to clean and repair our broken down houses all by ourselves. We have a carpenter and plenty of skilled laborers who come alongside us. Little by little our houses begin to look new again. The inside is being completely gutted out and replaced. All the garbage left behind by the old tenant is being thrown out. Our houses are becoming homes.

Here’s where things really began to change for our houses. We each now have a new Resident. Christ is going to take up residence in our new homes. When Christ resides in our refurbished houses, they become new again and we are free to let The Light shine brightly throughout.

Written by James Miller

Jesus, I invite you into my heart to take up residence. Help me to clear our the junk from my past. Make this heart new. Be with me as I go through the process of recovery to make even more room for you in my heart. Amen.

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