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3 Dirty Areas to Cleanup for Christ || Overindulgence creates a spiritual mess within us, and so it becomes necessary to not only clean up our surroundings, but also our internal selves. So here are 3 dirty areas to clean up for Christ!

We all struggle to remain balanced throughout the year.

Especially after three major holidays in the past two months, it is a battle to keep excess from piling up in our homes and work areas. But the bigger problem, I believe, is that overindulgence has created a spiritual mess within us, and so it becomes necessary to not only clean up our surroundings, but also our internal selves.

clean: woman sitting and thinking

Because when we do too much in our physical lives, we often have difficulty connecting with God. So to start, here are 3 dirty areas to clean up for Christ in order to better follow Him!

1. Heart

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

What do you treasure? I’d like to think that I only treasure things of great importance such as family, community, and giving.

But truthfully, I also treasure security, convenience, and success. And these are perishables, which we cannot store up and take with us to heaven.

clean: baggage

So how do we make these decaying treasures less treasurable? By asking God to give us wealth in heart treasures like love, understanding, and wisdom.

[…] that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3)

2. Mind

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

This is not just a Scripture on positive thinking. It is instruction on how to make ourselves like Christ, where we can produce fruitfulness from our thoughts.

Because if we dwell on negativity and unholy desires, they will be the seeds for negative and unholy actions. By meditating on anger, I will become outwardly angry; if I meditate on sad experiences, I will express sadness.

clean: negative mind

The appearance may not be immediate, but eventually we will see the fruits (or bad fruits) of our labor. So we should ask God for help in submitting our thoughts to Him, allowing goodness instead of rottenness to flow through us.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

3. Body

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)

When I wanted to buy a new house, I constantly searched for one. There wasn’t a day that went by where I didn’t go online to look, even just to see the houses I didn’t like again.

But in today’s world, we not only face our personal longings, but also ones forced upon us by society. When we see food commercials throughout our day, we begin to crave those foods; when we see red tags at the store, we are tempted by reduced prices.

clean: vision

The same with seeing vile things, we become influenced by them if we aren’t cautious. So turn to God for aid, asking Him to point out those unclean influences in order to fill you with light instead of darkness.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8).

Becoming Clean

It takes active participation for us to clean anything in our lives. For we cannot throw away what we hoard unless we are willing to.

But we are not without help and encouragement. God is the other part of the equation that will help us to be successful in our efforts.

clean: God's help

And so our job is to be willing to remove the junk in our hearts, minds, and bodies. And God’s job is to provide us with the support, guidance, and encouragement in order to get us there!

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  1. I was praying this morning about my heart and asking for guidance to ensure that my desires are pure and focused on glorifying Him not on selfish desires. This was a great post to go along with today’s prayers. Thank you!

    • I love it when God provides immediate inspiration like this! And you have also given us something to pray on when focusing on these Scriptures, which is pure, focused, and selfless glorification of Him in our daily lives!

  2. This post is exactly why I am so fond of repentance. I want to to a 180 from what my natural motives and desires are. Thank goodness for our Savior who is faithful to cleanse us from our son!

  3. I have seen over and over and over again the benefits of counting my blessings to transform my thoughts from anger. It definitely works, and it changes everything. It makes life so much sweeter, even in the midst of hardship.

    • We definitely need to count our blessings, especially during hardships. It’s what God wants us to focus on, helping to strengthen our faith and confidence in the fact that He is always working for us, even if we do not see it. Thanks for sharing, Heather!

  4. At the start of this new year, it’s important to get all 3 working right. I’m glad that I’m not doing this alone, but I have God’s power within me.

    • A new year seems to bring about a desire for change, and I think we could all use a little cleansing to start off on the right foot! I hope these Scriptures help to facilitate that for you, Julie:)

  5. What a great word for any time of year, but especially those trying to start out on the right foot! I can say that I need to clean up all three areas (don’t we all). Thank you for allowing all these beautiful scriptures to validate your message! They are great to meditate on as we all try our best to cleanse! <3


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