Deep Cleaning Your Heart, Soul and Mind
Deep Cleaning Your Heart, Soul, and Mind
We're going to talk about cleansing your heart spiritually, how do you cleanse your heart spiritually, or purifying your heart and having a clean heart in this post. This is absolutely related to How to be Saved through Jesus Christ!
Deep cleaning your heart can be compared to spring cleaning or fall cleaning your house, to make it easy to understand. Twice a year in our great-grandmother’s time, consistently, you would deep clean, if you were a self-respecting wife and homemaker!
We would call it spring cleaning or fall cleaning. Do you prioritize spring cleaning or fall cleaning? Let me ask you, then: When's the last time you looked into the corners of your heart and did a deep clean spiritually?
In the Old Testament the Jews were commanded to deep clean their house of all yeast in preparation for the Passover. Yeast was a symbol of sin. Because women baked their own bread, there were tiny particles of yeast everywhere! It took a major effort of housecleaning to get every tiny bit of yeast cleaned out. This is how we are to look at sin in our lives!
Purifying our hearts requires giving God every corner of our hearts. Allowing God into my heart means He is allowed to cleanse me spiritually in every corner, and rid me of sin, to clean my heart, soul, and mind of sin completely.
Analogies are powerful tools to help us see things we might miss otherwise. Let's look at an analogy between deep cleaning your house and deep cleaning spiritually your heart, soul and mind.
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As you think of this analogy between deep cleaning your house and deep cleaning your heart, realize that you don't do a one-time cleaning and it's all done forever! It's something we have to do over and over, isn't it? We clean and declutter all the time if we're going to have a consistently clean house. We must think about it all year long, and have an intentional plan to prioritize getting it done. We can't ignore the dirt. If we do, it only gets worse. That goes for the heart as well as the home.
Today, related to the heart, we'll talk about two areas to keep clean and some analogies I see, but I’m sure you could come up with many more! Click on the links to read the associated posts: are you a backsliding Christian? Is anxiety eating you up inside?
- Clean out worldliness
- Purge what is destroying you inside
I. Clean out worldliness
It’s amazingly simple for a person's heart to backslide into worldliness. To hear the Lord speaking to you about a sin, and just be too busy, or too tired, or too stressed (translation: anxious) to want to deal with it, and ignore the Holy Spirit's voice.
Let’s call this heart attitude what it is: Sin! Disobedience!
Your Heart and Emotions Should Not Be Trusted
One problem that is common for all is catering to our emotions. You feel lonely, but instead of going to the Lord and His Word and prayer, you sit down and tune into Netflix.
You've had a hard day or week, so instead of telling all your troubles to Jesus, you decide you deserve a bowl of ice cream.
Now, I’m not saying these activities are always wrong. I am saying that you need to train your habits to turn to the Lord, His Word and prayer for real help. And, we need to consistently confess our sins, and be cleansed--daily and deeply.
Here are some of my recommendations for books to read that will help you think more on the subject of cleansing your heart spiritually:
My Heart, Christ's Home by Robert Boyd Munger (This is a must-read, a classic, in Christian literature, and very short, but a powerful read.
What is Repentance by R. C. Sproul (This is an Audible Audio book: If you're not listening to Audio Books with an Audible Membership yet, you should! it has substantially upped my book-reading! While you're cleaning all those cobwebs and decluttering drawers, you could also be working your way through book after book. Every time you're in transit somewhere, you can redeem that time by listening to a book! You and your kids can listen to books while doing chores, cooking, baking, or just relaxing!)
Shall You Be Saved, by J. C. Ryle. If you've read my blog for any time at all, you know I'm a huge fan of J. C. Ryle, and you've probably read one of the Prayer Series posts that are from his book, "Do You Pray?" You know that his writing is powerful and you're in for a convicting read (in a good way).
What Feeds, Fills & Helps Your Heart, is your God
There’s a fine line, and we need wisdom and discernment to know where it is. God doesn't want us going to other things to feed us, fill us, and be our strength and help in times of need. That would be an idol. You have to examine your heart and motives.
If you are tempted to do that sometimes, you need to resist. This is how Satan gets a foot in the door. He wants us to develop an addiction. He wants us to grow distant from, not closer to, the LORD.
This is one of the purposes of the Checklists for Consistent Daily Routines I have created. When you print them, and keep them in front of you to keep you accountable, they help you be consistent in a Morning Routine that includes time in your Bible, and an Evening Routine that includes prayer. They remind you to do what's most important, focus on just a few important things, instead of seeking perfection, they prompt you to be in the Word, pray, and help you turn to Jesus Christ in times of need. Subscribe to get them now.
He reminds us that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. That's why we must fill our hearts and mind with Scripture! Hide it in your heart, that you won't sin--and have your kids memorize it, especially when they're young, and it's easy for them to memorize. Just read one of the Scripture cards each morning in your Morning Time--a few times of hearing it, and your children will memorize the verse. If you do one a week, they'll have memorized 52 Bible verses in a year!
. . .the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
When Your Heart Is Tempted
One practice I’ve learned to use successfully to overcome temptation is to fight those thoughts as soon as they come, by praying, “Lord, keep me from temptation and deliver me from evil.” (Matthew 6:13) Temptation starts in the mind.
That's why I created the Checklists for Consistent Daily Routines. When you print them, and keep them in front of you to keep you accountable, they help you be consistent in a Morning Routine that includes time in your Bible, and an Evening Routine that includes prayer. They remind you to do what's most important, focus on just a few important things, instead of seeking perfection, and prompt you to be in the Word and pray. Having a consistent Morning Routine and Evening Routine helps you cleanse thoughts daily, just like washing your hands and taking a shower keeps germs away. You'll find that, just like washing off the counters becomes a habit to keep things clean, so confessing sin and asking forgiveness will become a habit in your Morning and Evening Routine. Subscribe to get your Checklists now.
I like to frame Scripture verses and put them where I'll see them frequently. By wherever you tend to plop down on the sofa, or on the wall in the hallway--use them as home décor. I put unframed Scripture cards on the fridge, in the bathroom, and in the bedrooms. Keeping your heart clean requires daily attention to thoughts and emotions, and keeping consistency in daily routines of confessing sin, just as your house needs daily decluttering.
God Is Very Faithful To Help Your Heart Resist
His Word says if we resist the devil he will flee from us, and if we draw nigh to God, He will draw nigh to us. (James 4:7-8)
Your Heart Doesn't Have to Be Overcome
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
II. Purge Your Heart of What is Destroying You Inside
You want a strong core in your body and a strong framework or foundation in your home. If your home is not built well, it will collapse. It doesn't matter how well you keep it clean. In your body, the framework would be your bones. You want strong bones.
The Bible says that certain emotions are as rottenness to the bones (envy: Proverbs 14:30) and other heart attitudes are “health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.”
Women are rightfully very concerned about the health of their bones and keeping them strong.
Proverbs 3:4-5: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
What Destroys Your Bones Comes Out of Your Heart
James 3:14-15: “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”
I’ve never had termites, but I’ve heard they can be very destructive. If something is destroying the framework of your home, it's a serious thing! I think envy and bitterness have to be a lot like termites in your heart and life.
Bitterness and envy, just eating away at you, and pretty soon your "house" falls in.
Prevention is Health to your Bones and Your Heart
The process to rid a home of termites is major, I've heard. Don’t let envy or bitterness destroy your "spiritual home" which is your heart and soul--don't let it become major. Immediately forgive everyone of everything.
The way to do that is to remember that God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you, arranging for the payment for your sins in a very costly way--through the suffering, shedding of blood, and death of His Son, Jesus--and God loved you before you loved Him.
“If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
You need to just forgive. This is by the power of the Holy Spirit, and with your will. You cannot wait for your emotions to come around before you forgive. The person that bitterness hurts isn’t the other person, it’s you. And, it will have physical repercussions, as well as spiritual and emotional. It will hurt your heart, your body and your soul.
You don’t want the framework of your body and life to be rotten to the core. But, that's what will happen if you harbor bitterness and envy in your heart.
Deep Cleaning Your Heart: Questions To Ask
You need to go to the Lord, ask Him to search your heart, and confess the sin He shows you. Then, you need the Holy Spirit's power to change.
Just as I do a weekly general cleaning of my home, I need to, at least weekly, apply Matthew 5:23-24, "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift."
There is a Place For Deeper Cleaning Of Your Heart
There is a need for deeper cleaning of your heart, soul and mind. Just as spring and fall cleaning have their place and are needed.
Just as you might get down on your hands and knees and dig into the corners and under the bed, when you do a deeper cleaning...
Even as you climb up on a chair or ladder to reach the corners of the ceiling to dust the cobwebs and clean the ceiling fans...
So you need to be willing to do whatever is necessary to dig into the deepest recesses of your heart, soul, and mind, and let Christ cleanse you thoroughly through the Spirit and the Word. Through confession and forgiveness.
So we've answered the question How to Cleanse Your Heart Spiritually, and what it means to purify your heart. We've said that you must
- Be saved by Jesus first.
- Then confess your sins as soon as you know of them, and ask God to forgive any unknown sin.
- Regularly and consistently evaluate your heart to see if there is sin, bringing it into the light of God's Word and comparing it.
- Then changing/repenting of sin and turning back to God.
Prioritizing deep cleaning is necessary, to look into the deepest corners of your life and heart, and ask God to cleanse you, studying the Word more deeply, memorizing it, fasting and praying.
Comparing spiritual heart cleansing with fall cleaning in your house, we can see that it takes work, but in the spiritual realm, it is actually giving our heart to God, and He does the work of cleansing us. Get your heart right with God.
Get thoroughly cleansed, spiritually. It takes but one step back to God. Return with a repentant heart. Otherwise, Satan will have a foothold in your life.
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