Spiritual Purging: Preparation for the next Level by Courtnaye Richard

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Spiritual Purging: Preparation for the next Level
Series: The Influence of a Changed Woman
Courtnaye Richard
Hebrews 12:1

This one is a tough one. Anyone who has ever been through a spiritual purging before knows exactly what I'm talking about. However, if you've never experienced it, just hold on, because it's a part of the spiritual growth process in your Christian walk. It's the part where the things that are not like Christ have to be removed from our lives to produce spiritual maturity. It doesn't feel too hot, but the good news is that the Holy Spirit is there to guide us every step of the way. Our job is to allow Him to do His perfect work in us willingly, as He prepares us for the next level.

If you're reading this post today, it's not by chance. God wants to take you higher in Him and in service, but you cannot go higher with dead weights attached to you. For this next level, you will have to get rid of the weights. Hebrews 12:1 says, ''Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.'' (NLT) When God is purging us, it means that He wants to free us from the sin and impurities in our lives. It's hard to go higher in God and do more for the kingdom if sin is weighing us down.

Before I go further, you need to know what the word purge actually means. It means to be free from impurities, purify, to remove by cleansing, to get rid of sin, guilt, defilement, and to empty. It's almost like throwing up or vomiting. I hate to put it that way, but it's the perfect illustration! And just like vomiting, which is an involuntary spasmic movement that is ejected from the mouth; Purging feels like a spasmic movement that is supernaturally ejected from the heart. It's like once sin is revealed, it has to come up and out.

When God wants to purge something out of your life that is not like Jesus, most times it comes without much warning. It's like waking up one day and you just feel yucky inside. You know that there's something going on in your spirit that's not right, but you can't really put your finger on it. Yet, that's also when the Holy Spirit begins to reveal what's happening.

And He wants it out. Sometimes you don't even know that there's a problem. Yet, God knows. But that's when the purging process begins.

It's a pretty emotionally painful process, and sometimes it comes with immense pressure. You see, when God runs you through a cleansing or purging process, things will begin to become illuminated in your life and it will be uncomfortable (maybe even embarrassing). For instance, if it's pride, you'll run into prideful situations, and it should feel yucky. If you've been thinking negative thoughts, He'll remind you of what you've been th ...

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