3 Important Reasons to Declutter Your Mind

Due to the vast increase of influence by the media and social media today, it has become more important than ever to take care of what is going into your mind.

Read on to learn 3 reasons why you need to declutter your mind as well as 5 benefits that come from decluttering your environment and how it can help bring clarity to your life.

The negative effects of filling your mind with so much information is seen everywhere in society. So, what can you do about it?

When your mind is cluttered you forget things and tend to procrastinate due to overwhelm and lack of clarity. You need to be choosy about what you allow yourself to see and hear. Your eyes and ears are gateways to your soul.

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  1. To Help You Think and Hear from God More Clearly

Decluttering helps to unblock the pipeline between you and God. It is like giving your mind a deep clean. Remember what you continually focus on you will empower. If your mind is full of worries and your daily agenda, then your problems will tend to grow bigger.

It is so easy to get caught up in the issues of the day in the news and media, especially in this most unusual time or season. But this can only help to create more anxiety and restlessness in your mind. In fact, much of it is designed to put fear of every kind into your heart.

God says to take EVERY wrong thought captive and replace it with the Word of God.

These thoughts are not just from the media but can also be deeply hidden mindsets that have come from negative things that have happened in your past – things that may have caused a root of bitterness. A root of bitterness can entail many unresolved sins such as unforgiveness, jealousy, envy to name a few.

King David said in Psalm 139:23-24 NIV…

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Do a brain dump of all the thoughts that are plaguing your mind so you can see where you may be letting in wrong influences. This will help to clear your mind when you get them out onto paper and make it easier to sort out the thoughts that you need to replace with what God says.

Are you thinking about what you are thinking about?

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are seeds.

You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

JIm Rohn

  1. To Allow You to Focus on Your Priorities

 

Once yu have replaced all those thoughts that you know are not of God, then you can more easily focus on what is truly important to you. Your to-do list will be much shorter and more doable. Writing out your priorities or goals will help you get things in perspective.

Jesus was fully focused on His assignment and doing His Father’s will.

Jesus of course, had a kingdom mindset. He continually spoke about the kingdom of God and how it operates. Focusing on your kingdom assignment will help you to ignore anything that is not in line with what God has for you to do. This alone can bring much clarity and confidence to your mind.

What is God saying to you in this time and season? What is the one thing you know you need to focus on now? Are your thoughts in line with the assignment that God has placed on your heart? Do you have a big dream of success or accomplishment?

You’ll never get organized if you don’t have a vision for your life.

Linda L. Eubanks

God told Joshua to meditate on the Word day and night. Herein lies the secret to your success! Think about the Word day and night! Then you will surely have good success.

Of course, if there is good success, then it stands to reason that there is also bad success. This is where we have gained success through our own efforts and have not partnered with God to do things His way. When we try to do things without God, it ultimately ends in loss or even tragedy.

So be sure to include the Lord in all you do. He is longing to do amazing things through you!

  1. To Relieve Mental and Emotional Stress and Anxiety

You can see how ovrloading your mind with the stresses of this life can hinder you from doing all that God has for you to achieve. But God cares about your health and well-being which is why He wants to partner with you. When you have the Holy Spirit as your partner, you no longer need to strive and wear yourself out.

He is your comforter and helper or enabler and will take a load off your mind when you put your trust in Him. You were not meant to strive until you burn out, but to rest in God’s love and provision for you. When you declutter your mind, you make room for the Holy Spirit to come in and help you with whatever you need. There is such peace in His presence! All anxiety just melts away!

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,

because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

Declutter Your Mind Through Entering God’s Rest

The Hebrew word for rest is nuach-to rest, to be quiet. Sometimes, it is synonymous to shabat- to cease or to rest. The Greek word for rest is anapausis meaning cessation, refreshment.

I believe it is difficult to achieve anything unless you are able to enter God’s rest as your mind will be unstable. You will always feel there is something missing in your life. This comes from trying to accomplish everything in your own strength and not trusting God as your source.  

 

Entering God’s rest doesn’t mean that you don’t do the work, but that you stop striving and rest in God’s provision for you.

 

His grace is sufficient for you. I like the phrase ‘the unforced rhythms of grace’. You are not striving but flowing in the unforced rhythms of God’s grace when you are trusting Him with your life. There should be no more laboring in your work. In fact, the Word says only to ‘labor to enter into the rest of God’.

For me it is just a matter of letting go and knowing that God is in control, and that He always has my best interest at heart. Jesus Himself said that without Him we can do nothing. So why do we even try and do anything on our own?

Don’t let the struggles of life rob you of your peace and rest. When you rest your mind and focus on the Word of God and His love for you, the things of earth grow strangely dim, as the song says.

When your mind is saturated with the Word, all the things that previously cluttered your mind will begin to fade as Christ’s peace will overtake your mind.

 

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. The Hebrew meaning of peace is harmony, tranquility, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and wholeness – nothing missing, nothing broken. 

 

 

Many people are asking the question ‘What is my purpose?’  When you are looking to find your purpose, it doesn’t have to be a great lifelong quest! Your life holds clues to what God has prepared for you.

The word Purpose means ‘original intent for which someone or something was created.’ 

Certainly, in finding your God-given purpose, you must realize you are a divine creation designed for something very specific. Therefore it stands to reason that the first place to go to find your purpose is to the One Who created you – your heavenly Father.

Meditate on the Word and replace all that clutter with the peace that passes all understanding.

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Heb 4:1 KJV

5 Tips to Help Declutter Your Environment

. Have a Morning Routine

Start off your day with a routine that will help you to feel full of inspiration and energy to take on your to-do list. Be sure to include time with God and some sort of exercise such as stretching, to help get those creative juices flowing.

 

  1. Get Rid of Distractions

Choose a time when there are no distractions to do your work. Wait until you have some time alone and turn off your notifications then grab a coffee and just relax and think. Journal your thoughts and you will find that your thoughts and priorities will become much clearer.

 

  1. Tidy Your Workspace

Before you start your work, put anything away that you are not needing right now. Make sure you have plenty of room on your desk to work and collect and throw out any paper rubbish. Amazingly, this will help put your mind at ease as you sit down to begin working.

 

  1. Listen to Worship Music

I always thought that music would be distracting, but when I chose the right type of music, such as peaceful instrumental music, I found that it helped to inspire and energize me to work faster and better.

 

  1. Get Out Into Nature

Walking outside and taking in the beauty of God’s creation is a wonderful way to help clear your mind of any stress from sitting at a computer all day. It is important to take regular breaks and get your mind off your work for a while and listen for God speaking to you.

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.

Rom 12:2 KJV

In Conclusion...

Make sure to make some time this week to sit down and do a brain dump of everything that is going through your mind. Then change any negative thoughts to align with God’s Word.

When you declutter your mind, you will feel a release and be able to think more clearly. You will finally enter God’s rest and not strive in your own strength to achieve your purposes.

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  1. 3 Important Reasons to Declutter Your Mind
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