It’s time for a purge. The Holy Spirit put it to me this way: purge for the promise.
Before you say “amen,” or “oh my,” understand this: Purging means more than you think it does. I was surprised when I looked up the definition of purge.
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines purge as “to clear of guilt; to free from a moral or ceremonial defilement; to cause evacuation from; to make free of something unwanted; to get rid of.”
The Lord is saying, “purge for promise.” It’s time to undergo a willful purge. It’s time to examine our lives and see what we need to get rid of. It’s time to let go of guilt and shame—and sin. It’s time to stop tolerating the wrong and start embracing the right. It’s time to evacuate dead churches where the Holy Spirit isn’t welcome. It’s time to get free of demons that bind us. It’s time to move out of toxic relationships. It’s time to purge our lives of idols and ideologies that don’t forward the Kingdom of God in our lives. It’s time.
It’s time to purge our lives, our families, our companies, our finances from everything that holds back the manifestation of the promise of God over our lives. God has made us many promises—great and precious promises. Could it be possible that something we’re holding on to, won’t get rid of, or keep tolerating is preventing us from being rightly positioned for the manifestation of the promise? Yes, it’s more than possible.
Purge Me, Lord
David said in Psalm 51:7, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” That needs to be our first cry. Before we seek to purge people and things from our lives, we need to ask God to purge us.
Paul once offered this advice: “Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1, AMPC).
Before Isaiah could step into the fullness of God’s promises to him, he was purged. Isaiah 6:6-8 tells the story. “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.”
(Listen to my prayer broadcast for purging prayers. The entire broadcast is strong, but the purging prayers start at the 30-minute mark if you need to skip ahead. Find the prayer here.”
While God is restoring many relationships in this season, He also wants to purge your life of toxic relationships that lead you into temptations. Paul told the church at Corinth a little leaven leavens the whole lump and wrote:
“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”
Here’s the point: “Don’t be deceived. Evil company corrupts good habits” (see 1 Corinthians 15:33). Some people are drama queens—and drama kings—angry, jealous and otherwise bad influences on your life. You are like the five people you spend the most time with. Purge the evil company.
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Make Room for the Promise
Ask God what He wants you to purge—and what He wants to purge from your life. Once you’ve completed the purge, you’ll make room for the promise.
For example, God knows if you have poor stewardship, you’ll squander the promise. In this case, He wants to purge bad spending habits and poor time management from your life. He knows if your character is not strong, you won’t sustain the promise. So He may want to purge you of pride or jealousy. Ask Him what needs to be purged and let Him purge you.
Let this be part of your prayer: “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name! Deliver us, forgive us, and purge away our sins for Your name’s sake” (Psalm 79:9, AMPC). He will deliver you from toxic relationships, bad habits, wrong mindsets and anything else hindering the promise if you let Him.