The more we hide God’s word in our hearts, the less room for dirt piles. I was shocked when my dad and I took up the carpet in our house. The dirt and debris was astounding. It was hidden for years until it was all revealed.
Do you sweep dirt under the carpet of your heart? Do you have sins that keep you ensnared and stuck in a rut? Hebrews 12:1 says, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
I remember in youth camp when we used to do three legged races. It was a lot of fun, but so hard to remain upright because we were encumbered.
Isaiah 40:3-4 says, “…Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.”
I was thinking about this before I went to bed last night. How do we make a highway for our God? We dig into His word in order to dig out of our sin-ruts.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Sin-ruts keep us trapped. They hinder our walk with the Lord. What is our practical application? We take our sin-rut and find a verse that speaks to our heart about it.
I want to use negative dialogue as an example. Psalm 19:14 is a great heart-monitor verse. It says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
We dig into the soil of our heart and plant this verse by memorizing it. Then we meditate or ponder it by rolling it around in our thoughts. It becomes a seed that bears fruit. The next time we start to negative dialogue, it stands up as a testimony to help us course correct.