A DELETE PARTY
It is easy to delete on our phones, on our computers, on an email, or on a text. Many go on Facebook and say, “I am making my friend list smaller if you want to remain on my friend list, please comment.” Saying if you don’t comment, I will hit the delete button. Wow, isn’t that so easy, just hit, and it is gone.
Why can’t we do that with thoughts that rumble in our heads, things that don’t matter, or people that drain us?
Yesterday I was tired. I thought I am not doing coffee with Cupcake. I haven’t written anything, and I am not ready. I had made my decision. I ran to the sonic and then began to make my drive around town, driving by all the steps my mom used to take as a little girl, and thoughts were going off like bombs. I immediately thought, “Misti delete!” The more I told myself to delete, the more my thoughts shifted, and the negative thoughts were deleted.
As I kept driving, I kept thinking about “A DELETE PARTY” and what I have deleted so that life is more peaceful. TV is something that has been deleted. Everything is negative, so I choose not to turn it on. Clutter in my home gives me anxiety, so I have started deleting items that are of no use to me.
Then, of course, where none of us want to go, and many have a hard time with is the deleting of people. I wouldn’t say deleting but not inviting them to go with you. This doesn’t mean that you are rude or wouldn’t help them if they needed you. It means that they don’t give you what you need during this time in your life.
We have to delete and empty for life to become calmer, and we can be filled with God. It is then that we realize this is the only way to find peace.
DIVE INTO SCRIPTURE
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the [a]affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?'”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”
Thoughts– the woman who had been bleeding had the thought before she touched. If she hadn’t thought, He could heal me; she would have never touched. WOW, scripture moment- see what our thoughts can do. Jesus then said to her DAUGHTER, your faith has made you well. Think- the thought and what that did for her? She had been named unclean, can you imagine what her thought of herself was, but Jesus called her daughter. He didn’t call anyone else, daughter. Nowhere else in the bible does he say daughter only to her. Her thought led her to be healed, which led her to a new name and new thoughts that would enable her to heal beyond her original issue. How powerful are our thoughts and what we put in our head? We have no room for negative thoughts, delete!
35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
People- Jesus allowed no one to follow Him. I have no idea why he didn’t let everyone to follow Him. He only allowed Peter, James, and John the brother of James. What this says to me is that at times when Jesus was at work, He didn’t let everyone be with Him. It is ok for whatever season of life you are in to choose who you are with. It is ok to temporarily delete those that bring you down, those that don’t have the same Christian beliefs that you do, those that you don’t need to have following you.
Things- As Jairus was struggling with his daughters’ illness and death, Jesus had stopped in the street and healed a woman with whom he called daughter. Jairus was a synagogue leader. He had things, he had what he needed, but at that point in time, none of that mattered because his 12-year-old daughter was dying. Jesus stopped to talk to the unclean woman while the synagogue leader’s daughter was dying. The point here is this Jesus doesn’t care who you are, what your title is, or if you have things. Things don’t matter; you can’t take them with you.
Colossians 3:2-10 New King James Version
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
We need an antidote for materialism. We need to take God’s view on things. We need to seek what God desires. Love and serve in the world instead of loving what we can have.
We need to delete that which does nothing for us. Fill up with Christ instead of letting thoughts, things, and people drain us. Peace of mind is what we receive when we continue to draw close to God. Take some time in solitude, talk with God, and have him help you with your delete party. Delete, fill your trash, and then empty. The more we delete and empty ourselves of that which doesn’t matter, the more we can be filled with Christ.
CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK
- Keep your daily appointment
- Dive deep into the word
- Have a delete party
- Fill your cup with Christ
Elevation Church, Steven Furtick, Thought Bubbles August 16th, 2020