Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can befall our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete Holiness because we fear God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT
Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Psalm 34:12-13 NLT
Maintaining Physical Cleanliness
The number one defense against disease transmission is proper handwashing. Now that is the key; proper handwashing as defined by the Centers for Disease Control involves five steps along with water, soap, friction, and time. It is not merely a coincidence that improper handwashing has led to the increase of transmission-based diseases in the United States.
An ever increasing knowledge base enables us to maintain the homeostasis of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of our bodies.
Are you completely aware of your thoughts throughout the day? It is a smooth and easy transition for bad thoughts to present themselves through our spoken words and behaviors. In fact, misaligned thought processes act as a catalyst for destruction; evil thoughts cause havoc in relationships with others; hurtful and inappropriate words flow easily in our homes, on our jobs, in social settings, and even when we attend church.
Achieving Spiritual Cleanliness
We can change the ill-formed habit of evil, negative thinking through an immediate cease and desist strategy.
1. Acknowledge that your thoughts are unholy and that you are committing a sin against God and others.
2. Ask yourself, “Why am I thinking this way?”
3. Admit that you are 100% accountable for your thoughts–refuse to engage in the blame game.
4. Confess to God through prayer that you possess an unholy habit–even if you must pray silently–God is already aware of all of our thoughts even before we act out through words or actions.
Remember Satan is not a god, he is a fallen being with limited power. God has not given Satan the ability to read your mind. It is when your thoughts come into fruition by the change in your temperament that you willingly fall into his well-devised plan.
We are creatures of habit; if we have the ability to learn the behaviors of others, then Satan can easily devise a custom-made and dirty scheme for each of us to fall into, based on our bad habits.
Do you believe that God desires for us to have peace and a joyful life?
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Memorize this bible verse and repeat it everytime that misaligned-dirty thoughts begin to permeate your mind.
We are responsible for initiating the spiritual cleansing of unholy thoughts through repentance (having godly sorrow); God has given us the Holy Spirit who will assist us in the spiritual cleansing process of changing into Overcomers.
I can and I will change through the power of Jesus Christ.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for the ability to be an active participant in the process of spiritual cleansing. As each of our needs differ, so do our spiritual journeys differ. We acknowledge and confess that we possess wayward thoughts. As we become more aware of our sinful thoughts, we pray for a cease and desist mindset. Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit to help us with abolishing the habit of evil and negative thinking. We love you, we worship you, and we praise your holy name. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Achieving Peace: Part 2 of 2
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
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