Lumpy Rug


Picture by the late Ona Blaine Adams, my sister-in-law

Thanks to my niece, Linda Carol, for permission to use this!

Most of our resolutions made at the beginning of the year have probably gone by the wayside and forgotten (or abandoned) by now.  Snow melts (if you live in the snow belt!) and time moves on; other things occupy our minds.  Such things as it being time to clean up the winter’s debris and make ready for approaching Spring.  Repairs to be made, changes to fit the new season that will soon be upon us.


In the same way, relationships require diligence to gain and maintain; personal improvement programs have to be consistent to be effective.  It is difficult to release bad habits to the past and reach forward for a clean start, but a new season is a good time to adjust our system.  It’s a good time to release slights and hurts that we have been holding and nurturing, infecting us with grudges as poisonous as salmonella.


When God redeemed us from our past sins, He didn’t put them in His storehouse to review from time to time.  In fact, He cast them away not to be remembered against us again.  Can you imagine what a gigantic storehouse God would need if He were to keep all our sins!  He might have to create another planet to hold them!  No, no!  He did not retain them; they were dissolved in the blood of Jesus Christ as He hung on the cross dying for them.  Since He forgave us without conditions, He expects the same thing of us in our inter-personal relationships.


We need to look under the rug in the hidden places of our hearts, pull out all the stored hurts, disappointments, grudges, etc. that we have stashed to be wallowed in occasionally.  It’s time to take the rugs up, remove the lumps, stretch the rugs across a Holy Spirit line and beat all the residue of painful memories out of them.  The lumps under them are not really hidden; they come out in our attitudes, our conversations and actions.  The critical results of the lumps in our rugs are not only visible hindrances to us, they can cause others who must walk on our lumpy rug to stumble as well. 

“And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way…” (Hebrews 12:13).


Maybe we could just have a funeral and burial of “every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1).  Perhaps cremation with fire of the Holy Spirit would be the best method, then we could never put the pieces back together from the ashes.  This verse in Hebrews relates the action to running a race.  We can never run successfully to win running over the lumpy rug which not only hinders us but causes other runners to stumble also.


We are the temple of God and are designed in such a way that others walk on our rug.  If we allow a lump in the rug of our temple that causes others who walk on it to stumble—we are responsible!

“What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

It may be a little early to do spring cleaning of our house, but it is never too soon to clean up our lives under the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  We can resist His wooing and slide another piece of our lives over the top of  the lump as if it were a unit of furniture in our house hoping to hide it, but until it is dealt with the lump will only increase in size and pollute and eventually ruin the rug spreading the deadly results.


Ready?  Up comes the rug, remove and burn the lump in the Holy Spirit bonfire, beat the rug until it is free of any residue and restore it to its rightful place.  The essence of God’s presence will purify it, so that its aroma will sweeten the area and it will be safe and pleasant for all who walk upon it.  It is a new rug made pure by the precious blood of Jesus and infiltrated by the Spirit of God.

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new.  And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5).


There.  Doesn’t that look, feel and smell good!  No more lumpy rug!  Fellow runners can safely run with patience the race that is set before them.  We’ve eliminated the hindrances.  As the starting gun fires, we put our best gospel running shoe forward and rush toward the finish line.  “Someone” is waiting there with our reward; and everyone who reaches the finish line wins!  Running an unhindered race:  What a great way to begin any new season!

Have a blessed and fruitful “new” rest-of-the-year!





I originally wrote this for Rev. James Lewis' "Word of Faith" website.  Since that website has been closed, I have added it here.  Hope you enjoy it.

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@ There's Good News February 2015

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