Cleanliness

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  • 1. CLEANLINESS & GODLINESS But I hate it cleaning, it sucks... like a vacuum
  • 2. Your Room Think of your room, the space you call your own What does it look like right now? Your room is personal, its intimate Your room is where you hide your secrets Your room is an outward expression of your heart What are some things in your room?
  • 3. Clean Your Room How many times have you heard this one? Who likes to clean their room? Why do you like to clean? Why do you despise cleaning? Well, your heart is like your room It defines who you are, it’s intimate, it where you hide secrets...
  • 4. Activity: Cleaning Relay Which couch zone will win the prize? Sweeping Washing Drying Dusting Picking Up Throwing Away
  • 5. Cleanliness is next to Godliness Have you ever heard this phrase? Seriously, who likes to clean their room? I always have to clean (because my house is always a mess) But my house is never clean! I am always stressed out about my house. What is up with this phrase exactly?
  • 6. Create in me a clean heart Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me Depending on the version you read: steadfast, right or willing Let’s meditate on this verse... who cleans your heart again? What attitude does it take to clean? The spirit of steadfastness and willingness cleans.
  • 7. The lights are on but... Matthew 12:43-45 When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through aird place seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says “I will return to the house I left”. When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked then itself, and they go in and live there. The final condition of the man is worse than the first
  • 8. Not much beats a full house Why would you clean a house if nobody is going to see it? What is the reason the evil spirit showed up with all his buddies? So who are we cleaning for exactly? Moral: Making yourself look holy doesn’t keep the bad out. How do we keep the evil spirits out? Invite the good guys over to party! That keeps the bad out.
  • 9. Home is where the heart is... Do you understand the that the home equals your heart? You are building the house you will live in You are building the foundation right now This lesson has a double meaning, both are important Your room expresses your heart’s desires What you do in daily life affects your spirituality
  • 10. Your body is a temple 1 Corinthians 6:19 Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? Who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. How do you honor God with your body?
  • 11. The command with a promise Hint: How do you honor your parents? Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother,so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. This is the first commandment with a promise. Obedience shows love and respect. Hint: Cleaning your room kills to birds with one stone! It honors your parents and respects your
  • 12. Cleanliness is an attitude! Does Jesus really care if you clean like Martha Stewart? God doesn’t expect a clean house, he expects it to be “lived in”. But it’s all about your attitude! This attitude causes you to want to clean up. When my mom comes over she says... “don’t clean, I just want to be with you”. I clean anyway! Why? What is this attitude?
  • 13. Get with the routine Daily cleaning tips Get rid of the crap! Put old clothes in a bag. Sometimes it hurts to let go of the past. Figure out what’s important to you Give these things their proper place for honor for easy access A place for everything Get some containers to put things in and label them, etc. Get into and stick with the routine Things get messy because you let the busy day push you around
  • 14. Get with the routine Spiritual cleaning tips Get rid of the crap! Kick out the secret sins and the things in your closet Figure out what’s important to you Should be God. But what about friends, college, music? Give them a place of honor by setting aside time for them. A place for everything Find a favorite place to pray. Find a meeting place for friends. Get into and stick with a routine Don’t let the world mess with your clean house. Press in.
  • 15. Set an example... 1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers ...in life ...in love ...in faith ...in purity
  • 16. So why should I clean up? The parable of my ex-girlfriend’s room I was never allowed to see her bedroom, I just figured it was the other reason! One day her brother showed me. It was a disaster!!! It changed my view of her. Does she respect herself, would she respect me?
  • 17. Again, why should I clean up? The parable of the Jehovah Witnesses. I was at home and I heard a knock on the the door. I needed to leave for an appointment. The house was a disaster. I snuck out the back door! What if that had been Jesus?
  • 18. No seriously, I hate cleaning Keeping things neat reduces clutter and confusion Makes it easier to get around, no more tripping Makes it easier to get dressed in the morning Makes it easier to focus It is the same with your heart, a clean heart is a happy heart You can extend yourself to others which is more fulfilling
  • 19. Knock, knock... Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone... ...hears my voice ...and opens the door ...then, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me
  • 20. No RSVP for you 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night Unfortunately you don’t know when your going to have guests. What does that mean? You have to keep things straightened up!
  • 21. The condition of your room What is the condition of your room? Are you proud of your room? Are you afraid of people seeing it? Are you prepared to accept guests into your room? Can your mom or dad feel comfortable in your room? Would God feel comfortable in your room?
  • 22. The position of your heart What is the position of your heart? Do you have a spirit of humility? Are you afraid of people really knowing you? Are you willing to share your heart with others? Are you willing to open your heart to God, to Jesus, to the Holy Spirit? Do you want the good guys to hang out with you?
  • 23. KNOCK, KNOCK...