Saturday, July 12, 2008

Deleted Items

As it currently stands, there are 5868 emails in the 'deleted items' section of my email software. No wonder the program was running a bit slow! Now I'd just like to say, I didn't intend to keep all those files, I just didn't realise they accumulate so fast.

It did get me thinking about how much of life's unwanted or unnecessary information I keep without realising and I wondered how we go about getting rid of those things that pile up, slow us down and hold us up. Apparently there is an option in the program that can prompt me to permanently delete the emails in that folder each time I exit, allowing me to start each day with only the necessary files.

I believe prayer has the same function in our lives. We are bombarded in life by lots of information, opinions, expectations, circumstances, and relationships and we need a place where we can sort through all those. We need to keep the important and uplifting things, attend to issues that need to be dealt with, and let go of those things that do not belong in our life. But just forgetting about those 'deleted items' doesn't get rid of the stress, guilt and pressure.

When God forgives our sin, He removes it as far as the east is from the west, and he remembers it no more. That means he chooses not to recall it. Permanently deleted. (Jer 31:34)

So, if you are holding on to memories of your own sin, believe that God has removed that sin through Jesus Christ so you can let it go too. And if it is from others, recognise when it is slowing you down or holding you back and choose to permanently delete that too.

How do you do that? With the Holy Spirit within you and the Bible before you:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."Philippians 4:6-8

There are two things we need to apply. Prayer is our heavenly filter which shows up things that aren't in their proper place as we submit to Christ Jesus. And then wisdom is our earthly filter which helps us recognise those things as they come across our paths.

Once we use this application, we are able to truly and freely send and receive both with God and with others.

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Unknown said...

Good link, Donna. And a great reminder!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Donna! I just want to tell you, first...that this, THIS is exactly where I find myself presently. I just (yesterday) installed internet explorer 7. Needed to update..I wanted tabs to open in my window, not multiple windows. I felt left, with the help of my brother-in-law, I got it up and running.
Now, this morning...I am having lots of freeze-ups, etc. I've already gone to my internet options to delete all of those temporary files you are referring to.
And let me just say that I totally have been there! I remember the days before I knew this existed. I had no clue. I remember my brother-in-law coming to help "clean-up" my pc. He was blown away at the time with the number of viruses. But those temporary files! WHEW! And here I am this morning still freezing up!

I know this is a long comment and I really plan to email you!

BUt I want to thank you for coming by my blog and for all of those encouraging comments you left! YOu blessed me!

It is such an encouragement for me to hear your words! And you added me to your blogroll!

I KNOW, I've been here before...your blog, that is! OH, I well remember it...I plan to browse some more.

And on this post of yours...I think I'm getting the message....IT's true! Such a great analogy! As my little one is running under foot while I read through comments and blogposts, longing for me to stop a minute-- I hear the message loud and clear! So now...I'm off to let her interrupt my plans/to-do list!

Again, thank you! You are a blessing! And this is truly a profound post!
Next time...I'll try to save the long comments for email.

Brooke said...

i love that idea - that our sin is deleted. :) thanks.

marigold said...

Thank you for a great post!

Audra Krell said...

I laughed out loud at your profile, it is so great!! Thanks for the awesome post. I don't want to accumulate too much junk in my head, especially without even knowing it. It's great to remember how clean He has made us!

Genny said...

Such a great reminder, Donna! Thanks!