Removing the Dead

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for several months. It’s been a whirlwind season of life. When we bought our fixer-upper last Fall, I knew we were in for A LOT of work. My husband and I lived with our only consistent furniture being a mattress and 2 plastic adirondack chairs for weeks. Dust, dirt, and demolition (work and garbage) filled every waking hour at our home (and sometimes a lot of our yard – can we just pause and praise for rollback dumpsters??) We lived inside of the house as we tore it apart and brought it back to life. We renovated every inch of it inside and out with the only exception being the front door, lower bricks, and roof. To add further depth to our determination we still worked our 40+ hour week jobs plus both of us having to slip away for various business travel. We hosted guests despite the chaos and just kept pressing on toward our goal. We didn’t let our surroundings prevent us from moving forward, and living along the way.

We had to go through a great deal of demolition to remove the old and prepare for the new. New beauty, restoration and redemption to old spaces cannot occur without removing what no longer brings life or belongs.

I’ve learned so many lessons in this season and am working on processing them. Some will only be for me, and some I will share with you. For now, I have this burning in my spirit that I’ve got to share and cannot keep waiting. Someone needs to hear this today.

If you are ready and expectant for something new, and you know that there is work to be done to get there – then it’s time to get busy.

It’s time to remove the dead things.

What are the barriers before you? The things that are dead, dying, or pulling the life out of your dreams? What do you need to remove so that you can move?

The winds are blowing. The rain is coming. However if you don’t make room for the good things ahead to come to you and into your life, then you are settling for the dead things.

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Allow me to paint a visual for you. My petunias are thriving because I pause to remove the dead blooms. The prior blooms were absolutely gorgeous and full of life during their time, and now they have withered and are ready to return to dust. Some things are only for a season. We thank God for the fruit of each season, and then we move on.

Let the dead bury the dead. – Jesus (Matthew 8:21-22) What did He mean by that? Well, I’ll tell you they weren’t talking about a funeral. They were talking about a man desiring to choose human tradition over fulfilling his calling to follow Christ. He wanted to have Christ’s blessing to go home and live with his father until he passed (which could’ve been years…) And to him, Jesus replied and essentially said, let the spiritually dead be wrapped up in human traditions, you are called now and your assignment is now, follow Me. You choose.

When I hear that phrase “let the dead bury the dead” I so strongly believe today that means it’s time to get to work! While we are still living, it’s time to remove the dead things, move on from them or reposition them lower on your priority totem pole and be ready for new life. Fresh anointing. New wine cannot survive in old wine skins. If your top priority is tending to the dead things in your life, then you do not have time and space to allow God to pour in new wine. (Matthew 9:17)

You choose.

New blooms cannot come forward while they’re still waiting for the dead ones to fall off.

Sweet friend, think upon this and decide: what are your old blooms? Is it a toxic relationship? Is it a seemingly harmless, yet addictive behavior? Is it a distraction? Is it a toxic environment? Is it negativity? Is it an attitude of defeat?

It’s time to remove the dead things, and make way for new life. (2 Corin. 10:5, Philippians 4:4-8)

Or perhaps for you, it’s not so much a behavior or mindset thing as it is a fixation on a prior ministry “high” or time in life where you felt you thrived (relationally, professionally, personally, or spiritually.) Are too busy looking backward to choose to turn forward and say, I’ll follow you, Jesus, Where to?

Don’t be so busy looking at what is no more, when you could be looking eagerly at what’s ahead. Sometimes we’re so caught up in missing the past that we’ve forgotten to live in the present and hope toward the future.

Today can be the day that your old blooms are removed and the dead things are no longer stealing your story.

You choose.

As Robert Madu said at our church this morning “some things will not get up until some things get out.”

GET UP. Get the dead things off/out. And get going!

There’s so much purpose awaiting you, friends. Let’s go! (Romans 8:28TPT)

Love in Christ,

Amy

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