James 1:21 could be interpreted to mean: “You must make the choice to remove those filthy, stinking garments from your life. To permanently lay them down and then deliberately push them out of your range forever…” Are you struggling with a sin today? Does a wrong attitude keep you trying to conquer your life? If so, you must begin to look at that sin or wrong attitude like an old set of filthy clothes that isn’t fit for you to wear anymore. They are tired, worn out, don’t fit right, or just out of style. Someone could look at them and know that they need to be thrown out. Make a decision to step out of every destructive area of your life that has held you captive. Once you make that decision, the Holy Spirit will give you power to carry it out and never look back!
When James says to “lay apart” all filthiness from our lives, he is telling us to first acknowledge what is wrong and then to take appropriate measures to remove those areas from our lives. If you are going to get free and stay free, it won’t happen by accident. You must start taking steps to remove those negative things from your life—to lay then down and push them so far away that you’ll never be able to reach them again!
Begin to confess these words: ‘Every area of my life that needs to change, I want the Word of God to reveal it to me. Rather than act like a victim that cannot do anything about myself or my circumstances I declare that today I will start the process of acknowledging my sin and removing those attitudes, actions, and sins that are unworthy of who God has called me to be. Not only can I be free, I will be free. I will be all that God intended for me to be!’ Keep these thoughts in the forefront of your mind and ask God for the manifestation as throw those filthy things out and walk it out.
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