The Importance of BURNING THE CHAFF
Have you ever wondered why you cannot think as clearly as you would like to? And why you feel burdened down with all the cares (material things) of this life?
"And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need". -- Acts 2: 45
"Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.” -- Luke 18: 22
Does God want you to sell the things that you need? Of course not. He wants you to get rid of the ‘chaff’. Just what does this mean? Let us keep it simple.
The American Heritage Dictionary Of The English Language (New College Edition) defines ‘CHAFF’ as:
"TRIVIAL OR WORTHLESS MATTER".
I can’t help but get a kick out of that definition, but this is really not a laughing matter. You MUST understand that too many material things can weigh you down and make you feel like you have an albatross around your neck. It feels like something is choking you. Do you know the feeling? Many people understand this, but how many DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
Do you have an excess of ‘stuff’ around your house? Such as magazines that you will never read, a car or two up on blocks that you can’t seem to get to? Do you want to feel more free and have the peace of God in your life? Then SELL them or take them to the local junk yard. Clean house. Believe me, I am speaking from experience, YOU WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER.
If there is one thing your personal adversary likes, it is junk! Devil spirits love clutter and filthy areas. That is where they hang out. No matter what stage you are at in your Christian walk and renewed mind, you can apply this principle as soon as possible and see immediate results. God bless you, I know you are going to do it.
"Let all things be done decently and in order." -- I Corinthians 14: 40
That is what the Word says and that is what it means. You will never manifest the more than abundant life when you have ‘chaff’ which is clutter and junk and dirty or even filthy areas in your home or garage.
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus Christ] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." -- John 10: 10
Somewhere along the line, even the secular world has come up with a very familiar saying that I am sure you have heard: "Cleanliness is next to godliness." This is quite true. I believe, once again, that this teaching will have an impact on your life and you WILL apply some of the principles here – at least one. This is referred to as RENEWING THE MIND and it is your key to power. It is not only important to learn the Word of God, but you must APPLY it in your life.
"I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." -- Romans 12: 1, 2
God is saying to prove Him. God’s Word will never let you down.
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." -- Matthew 6: 19 – 21
I would like to give you the literal translation of these three (3) verses according to usage.
"Let not your thoughts be centered in material things where fears and worries breed defeat and frustration, and where the doubts break through and steal your thoughts: But let your thoughts be centered in the Spirit, where neither fear nor worry breeds defeat and frustration, and where doubts do not break through and steal your thoughts.
For where your thoughts are, there will be your heart be also."
You must put your trust in the Lord, that His Word and advice to you is true.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." -- Proverbs 3: 5, 6
And remember if you are just starting out, DO NOT CONDEMN YOURSELF. God understands that we must learn His Word and renew our mind. It is a continuous process.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." [The verse stops here. The scribe’s eyes looked at the end of verse 4 and made this mistake]. -- Romans 8: 1
It is actually sin to condemn yourself.
Now on a completely different aspect of this teaching, let us say that you have a lot of money. God does not want you to get rid of your NEEDS, but excess junk has to go. It is very difficult for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." -- Mark 10: 25
If you feel that you are in this position, you must learn to meditate on (THINK on) God throughout your day.
"Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth." -- Colossians 3: 2
It would be easy for me to go on and on about this subject, but the premise is very clear and simple. BURN THE CHAFF IN YOUR HOME AND IN YOUR LIFE. Live simple and clean and God will surely bless your life in a way that passes all your understanding.
Not too long ago, I had about four cars with only two drivers in our home. I finally sold the muscle car and I felt a great burden lifted from my soul. I felt like I guess it feels like to be released from prison. And the person was blessed with the car and with the price. Many other material things I gave away and some went into the dumpster. I know it sounds difficult and, at times, it is. But the blessing that follows is not understandable. You can only apprehend it, you cannot comprehend it.
I can only believe that you received some type of blessing from this teaching. Surely it makes sense to you to some extent. Remember, God will never overstep your free will. YOU MUST ACT ON THE WORD FIRST, THEN YOU WILL SEE THE RESULT COME INTO MANIFESTATION IN YOUR LIFE.
God bless you. You are God’s best. It’s time you acted like it. As I have said many, many, many times before: "Do your best and God will do the rest."
"I can do all things through Christ which [who] strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4: 13
Literal: I am ready for everything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me.