Stay Clear of the Trash!
I got a revelation from God recently. I have always struggled with guilt and feelings of inadequacy. I was trying to get closer to God while still dragging this weighty baggage. Each step meant that I was closer to His light which revealed my filth. With guilt piling on top of more guilt, I came to the point of being unable to take another step forward. It was at my breaking point that God imparted His wisdom; "Get out of the way of the trash."
I was floored. It was a clear voice, but it took me a moment to realize what He was saying. God was trying to deep clean my inner being-but I was standing in the way! Instead of allowing God to throw out the bad to sanctify me (help me become more like Christ), I was holding on to it, as if the filth could make me cleaner. It was the equivalent of me standing in the trashcan and crying when I got trash thrown at me! I still struggle with these thoughts, but this imagery is what I have been leaning on to help me walk righteously and away from the path of trash!
I hope this revelation helps you too!