Message Notes

Clean Out The Closet

WHY AM I STILL HOLDING ON TO THIS?

Cluttered lives will cause you to change your mind about going somewhere.

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Reasons we hold on to our past:

  • It’s comfortable
  • It reminds us of simpler times
  • We wish we were still there
  • We haven’t gotten closure
  • It’s where we lost something important

“It’s ok to move forward even if you never move on.”

Ecclesiastes 3:6

A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.

Matthew 6:19-20

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

  • Holding on to Old Bitterness

Mark 4:15 NLT

The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away 

Ephesians 4:26-27

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

Letting Go: Be connected to God relationally, not just religiously. 

Ezekiel 36:26 GNT

I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart.

  • Holding on to Old Relationships 

Mark 4:16-17 NLT

The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Letting Go: Be connected to life-giving relationships with God’s people in TC Groups!

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. 

  • Holding on to Old Mindsets

Mark 4:18-19 NLT

The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so now their lives are unfruitful. 

Letting Go: Be connected to a purpose that makes an eternal impact on people’s lives.  

Ephesians 4:22-24

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt with deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Mark 4:20 NLT

And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” 

Letting go of the old stuff means we can be prepared for new things.

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