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Lessons from the Dry Cleaning

Yesterday when I was dropping off my dry cleaning at Apple Cleaners the lady asked me did I get my email stating that I had clothes there that I had not picked up from January. I told her that yes I did see the email but because I picked up a large order in March I just assumed it was in error. I really had not missed any clothes. She said well when you picked up in March this order was here then. There are 10 pieces in the back for you. She went to get them and brought them out front and hung them up. There were some jackets, a couple of dresses, a vest, two tops, and a pair of slacks. In combination there were at least 20 outfits hanging there! I do recall recently looking for a denim jacket. But when I didn’t find it I just assumed it was something I had given away when I purged all of my clothes earlier this year. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like to wear jackets and bulky layers nor do I like closed-toe shoes. No matter the weather I must be free. Lol I digress. I stay hot. But Anyway back to my point.

God has things for us that are in his word that we leave untouched all the time. Daily there are brand new mercies that we don’t even access by simply having a conversation with him in prayer. By simply acknowledging him in all of our ways so he can direct our. We could start off each morning with a fresh set of mercy. But we try to roll on with the existing mercy that we already know and I already used up to its fullest the day before.

Likewise God is trying to do new things in each of us. He has gifts untapped in each of us. He wants us to do some new things but we keep putting old wine in the new skins or just stirring and repeating the things we are familiar with when he is giving us new ideas and new anointing for right now. It’s easier to just do what we know.

Finally we are leaving parts of the whole armor meant to protect us. He sent us an email that the breastplate of righteousness was right here...the shield of faith was right here... the sword of the spirit was right there but we just kept it moving day in and day out with only the helmet of salvation instead of the whole armor. All of it was there all along. It belongs to us. He sent an email to remind us we left it and we ignored it thinking we knew everything and had everything. So when you show up to drop off more things for him to clean up, he reminds gently again...I got new stuff you are not even picking up. Whew!

So what are you leaving behind? What are you continuing to do the same way when there are new things God has already dropped in your spirit? The good news is it’s still there. He never left us. We just need to pick it up and put it on. I’m wearing two pieces today now that I know. What about you? Be blessed today!

Lamentations 3: 22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Isaiah 43:19. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Ephesians 6: 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

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