If you read the title, you might be wondering where I am going with this. Well, read on and you'll find out :). I meet so many people that are afraid to get dirty. Either metaphorically or in real life. In real life, they are afraid to mess up their new running shoes. Newsflash - if you are trying to keep your shoes clean you better just stay sitting on the couch. This life isn't a dance, it's a battlefield and you better be prepared for whatever may come your way. Metaphorically speaking people are afraid to peel back the layers that makes them the person they are. It's much better to just build a bridge over the mud and not get dirty. It's a lot of work to try to live a better life.

I mean, honestly, who wants to face a battlefield of past hurts, hangups, addiction, depression, fear, loneliness, excuses, purity - insert your war here? Facing any or all of these things can be daunting. Overwhelming. Scary. But if we don't go to battle to fight for the freedom you so desperately desire, how will you ever win? The only way to winning the battle is A) with God's grace B) standing up to our deepest fear and dealing with. No war was ever fought ignoring the enemy. 

Don't be afraid to get dirty, be afraid to stay dirty. When we get dirty, we become clean. But when we refuse to get dirty, that's when we will always be filthy. When you choose to work on whatever problem you are struggling with, victory is yours. Half the battle is just acknowledging that you are going to face _______ and get dirty.

Want life? You've got to be brave enough to go to battle and win the fight for your soul, mind and heart. God gives victory to those who long to have a heart after His own heart and work on the things that keep us from truly knowing God. Seek freedom from ___? You've got to get dirty to be clean.

Getting dirty doesn't have to be scary and getting dirty doesn't mean we get dirty alone. We are all in this together and each of us struggle with problems. The key is to reach out and seek the right help in fighting our battle. There is power and strength in numbers. There are support groups, good, godly friends, even the right Christian counselors/therapists

Afraid to get dirty? Afraid to truly live life? If you seek victory over whatever is troubling you, get dirty. Lay it on the line. Wrestle with it. Have a mud fight. Freedom is found when you cry out to God for help. And you can declare peace and victory of mind, heart and soul. 

Food for thought: Will you get dirty by facing your deepest, darkest fears, problems and get dirty by going to battle?

1 Corinthians 15:57  "But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ."

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