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Robert Hotchkin: "It Is Time to Clear Out the Clutter and the Clatter"


Robert Hotchkin
Jan 22, 2023

From the Desks of Steve Shultz and Julie A. Smith:

Steve ShultzAs we begin this new year, this is an excellent message and reminder from Robert Hotchkin...and what the Lord spoke to him:

"It is time to clear out all the clutter and the clatter."

We can certainly apply that in cleaning out our storage spaces, garages and much more!

The Lord also gave Robert insights about what "clutter" and "clatter" mean in our personal lives as he shares:

He let me know that "clutter" was anything that has been getting in our way. I could feel that this was not even necessarily just sin issues, but anything that has been distracting us or taking up space in our minds and hearts: habits, practices, relationships, false comforts, or anything else that has gotten out of order to the point of distraction.

God is making us ready for what He has in store for us, afresh and anew for 2023...as Robert continues to share: We are on the cusp of something so new, so big, so God...we really have no idea what is coming.

Steve ShultzNow that sure makes us want to clear out the clutter and clatter all around!

Enjoy as you receive practical steps from Robert to clear out anything that stands in your way from moving full speed ahead! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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I tend to keep things fairly organized, but one of my methods of organization is to use stacks and piles; that way everything's not strewn about, and I can look at a pile and know what it is. That stack over there is outlines for livestreams and shows. That one is notes for Sunday messages. That one is bits and pieces for the next book. That stack is paid bills that need to be filed for end-of-year tax reporting. That one is books publishers have sent me to consider interviewing their authors, etc.

One day recently, I looked around my office and suddenly had the sense that the stacks and piles were getting to be a bit much. It wasn't like I was at hoarder-level heaps that were narrowing me out of my workspace, but I knew it was time to deal with them.

Once I got done with the stacks in my office, I started to notice how things had piled up on some of the bookshelves and end tables as well. All of a sudden, I felt a strong desire to go through the entire house and sort out all the places where things had piled up.

What began as a quick project to organize my office a bit, ended up being an entire afternoon and evening of clearing and cleaning.

I filled the back of my Jeep with sacks for our local donation center. There was half a dozen large bags of books to take to church and give away to our members. Plus, I was well on my way to filling both our large recycle and trash bins. It was on the third or fourth trip out to the bins that I asked the Lord why I had felt such a sudden desire to deal with all of this. Immediately, He spoke to me and said, "It is time to clear out all the clutter and the clatter." (Photo via Unsplash)

What Is the "Clutter" and the "Clatter"?

When He spoke, my whole body started to tingle and vibrate. So, when I came back in from the bins I grabbed a notepad and pen, sat down on the couch, and waited for Him to unpack that a bit more – specifically asking what the "clutter" and the "clatter" was.

He let me know that "clutter" was anything that has been getting in our way. I could feel that this was not even necessarily just sin issues, but anything that has been distracting us or taking up space in our minds and hearts: habits, practices, relationships, false comforts, or anything else that has gotten out of order to the point of distraction.

And just like the clutter I was dealing with in the natural, the "clutter" that the Lord was referring to is the stuff that has "piled up" over the years to the point that we barely even notice how it has gotten in the way and, at times, kept us from Him. It could be something as simple as having gotten into the habit of checking emails or headlines first thing in the morning, which can often turn into an hour of dealing with correspondence or scrolling screens, instead of making Him our first focus in our day. Or clutter could be some long-term issue we've been dealing with for so long that it has us more focused on the facts of the situation than His truth that is the solution.

He said that "clatter" was the thoughts, words and emotions we allow that don't sound like Jesus, or that violate the standards of love.

He has made us in His image and after His likeness, and we are here to be His representatives and re-presenters (see Genesis 1:26-28). Offense, bitterness, anger, discouragement, despair, murmuring, complaining and cursing don't do that. They are clatter – like the noisy gong or clanging cymbal in 1 Corinthians 13:1, where the apostle Paul talks about what we sound like when we speak without love.

The loveless clatter that we are being invited to clear out is not only our thoughts and words, however. He let me know that it also refers to other sources, like the murmuring, complaining and haranguing of media, which often gets us stirred up in negative emotions to the point that we are releasing more darkness into the darkness, as opposed to shattering that darkness with His light! (Photo via Pexels)

Making Room for the New

I sat for a bit to let all He had spoken sink in. I asked Holy Spirit for help in being aware of any clutter or clatter that I needed to clear up. It wasn't long after that the Lord spoke to me again: "It will make room for the NEW that you have no idea is coming."

How exciting is that?!

We are on the cusp of something so new, so big, so God...we really have no idea what is coming. And the way we get there is to respond to His invitation to clear out the clutter and the clatter. This is not a stern rebuke from a disappointed deity. This is a tender invitation from an expectant Father who knows what is coming and longs for you (and me) to be a part of it.

It is time to clear out the clutter and the clatter to make room for the new that we have no idea is coming!

Pray this with me: Holy spirit, search my heart, my words, my thoughts and my choices. Help me be aware of any clutter or clatter that needs to be dealt with and cleared out. Help me always and in all things to seek first the Kingdom of God and draw nearer to my Beloved, so that this year I can become an even greater, fuller, more powerful and miraculous representative and re-presenter of my heavenly Father here on Earth. In Jesus' name I pray, amen!

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Robert Hotchkin
Men on the Frontlines | Robert Hotchkin Ministries

Email: robert@menonthefrontlines.com
Website: RobertHotchkin.com

Robert Hotchkin is the founder of Men on the Frontlines and Robert Hotchkin Ministries. He also serves as one of the core leaders of Patricia King Ministries. Robert hosts the weekly Heroes Arise broadcast, co-hosts the show Propel with Patricia King, and is a regular guest and co-host of Supernatural Life on GodTV. Robert fervently believes every Christian is a miracle-working explosion of the Kingdom waiting to happen. His preaching, teaching, and ministry inspire Believers to grab hold of their restored relationship with the Father through the finished work of the Cross, and walk in the fullness of their authority as dominion agents of impact in the earth.

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