Recently my husband had surgery. During
the time of his surgery I had
some time on my hand so I was reading through the magazines that they
have on the tables in the waiting areas. I ran across this ad for some
type of slim product which you take to help jumpstart your diet by
cleansing your body. The product helps by reducing fluid retention,
moving out toxins and excess waste, and by relieving occasional gas and
bloating, naturally. This morning I was thinking about this and what
came to mind was Spiritual Cleansing. Sometimes we need to cleanse our
spirits. So I did some research and this is what I found on that
Spiritual Spring Cleaning
Cleansing Brings Us Salvation
By Angie Lewis
Most people know
that when you cleanse the body of toxins it is called
physical cleansing. More and more people are cleansing the body
regularly because they are knowledgeable about nutrition and natural
ways of healing the body. What about spiritual health? Are we as
spiritually in shape as we would like to be? Do we ever silently tell
God we are sorry for a particular sin we can’t seem to get rid of? Are
we happy with our lives? Do we ever wonder about our salvation?
The best way to find out if our body needs cleansing is in the way we
feel. When we feel tired, sluggish, constipated, bloated, and often
hungry, it usually means we are in need of a colon cleanse. We feel
hungry because we are nutritionally deficient – our bodies are
literally crying out for vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals
cannot pass through a sluggish colon. We must cleanse to feel better
Ironically the best way to find out if we need a spiritual cleanse is
in the way we feel. When we are feeling lousy about our lives,
depressed, unhappy, anxious, and we carry around negative feelings
about others then that means we are ready for a spiritual cleanse. We
feel lousy about ourselves because we aren’t happy – our heart is
literally crying out for love and completion of self. We must cleanse
to feel better spiritually.
I believe the first way to begin cleansing ourselves of unwanted
emotions, depression, anxiety, addictions, and sins is by talking to
God and letting Him know how we feel. Even though God already knows how
we feel, we have to go to Him and let Him know we trust Him. Too many
times when we are feeling bad about our lives we involve ourselves in
something sinful just so we can “feel” better. And usually that
something sinful enslaves us, which is not conducive to the Christian
Why do we feel unhappy, anxious, and depressed? Why are we getting
physically sick? Why do we feel anxious about our life, job, marriage,
and family? We feel this way because we have slowly taken God and
everything we have been blessed with in our life out of our life! Where
is God in our job? Where is God in our marriage? Where is God in our
family? Where is He!
We need to let God know that we are READY for Him to go to work in our
lives because we TRUST in Him now! There can be no spiritual
transformation until we are ready to be cleansed. In the same way until
we actually rid the body of its toxins we will remain feeling sick and
ailing in physical health. Are you ready for a spiritual cleansing?
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off
your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires. To be
made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self,
created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
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How to Spring Clean Your Spirit
While you're cleaning out closets and sweeping under the
furniture, think about this: Spring cleaning, while worth the effort,
will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have an
eternal influence. So don't just dust behind those book shelves, dust
off that favorite Bible and get ready for a spiritual spring cleaning.
1) Cleanse Your Heart - Get Spiritually Healthy: The Bible encourages
us to draw close to God and allow our hearts and bodies to be cleansed.
This is the first step in our spring cleaning project. We can't clean
ourselves. Instead we must draw near to God and ask Him to do the
- Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit
- Hebrews 10:22
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance
faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty
conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.(NIV)
2) Clean Out Your Mouth - Deep Clean Inside and Out: Spiritual
cleansing requires deep cleaning -- it is housekeeping that goes beyond
what others see and hear. It's a cleansing from within -- inside and
out. As your heart gets clean, your language should follow. This is not
just talking about bad language, but also negative talk and pessimistic
thoughts that contradict the Word of God and faith. This includes the
challenge to stop complaining.
- Luke 6:45
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his
heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in
his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.(NIV)
- Philippians 2:14
Do everything without complaining or arguing...(NIV)
3) Renew Your Mind - Take Out the Garbage: This is one of the biggest
areas of struggle for most of us -- removing the garbage from our
minds. Garbage in equals garbage out. We must feed our minds and
spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world.
- Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.(NIV)
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
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.(NIV)
4) Repent from Hidden Sin - Clean Out Your Spiritual Closets: Hidden
sin will destroy your life, your peace, and even your health. The Bible
says to confess your sin - tell someone, and reach out for help. When
your spiritual closets are clean, the heaviness from hidden sin will
- Psalm 32:3-5
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all
long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was
sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and
did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions
to the LORD"—and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (NIV)
5) Release Unforgiveness and Bitterness - Get Rid of Old Baggage: Any
sin will weigh you down, but long kept unforgiveness and bitterness is
like old baggage in the attic you just can't seem to part with. You are
so familiar with it, you don't even realize how it is hindering your
- Hebrews 12:1
Therefore ... let us strip off every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress...(NLT)
- Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander,
along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one
another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.(NIV)
6) Involve Jesus in Your Daily Life - Let the Son Shine In: What God
wants most from you is relationship - friendship. He wants to be
involved in the big and small moments of your life. Open your life, let
the light of God's presence shine into every part, and you'll have no
need for a yearly spiritual cleaning. Instead experience daily, moment
to moment refreshing of your spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 1:9
God ... is the one who invited you into this wonderful
friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.(NLT)
- Psalm 56:13
For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from
slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your
7) Learn to Laugh at Yourself and at Life: Some of us take life too
seriously, or we take ourselves too seriously. Jesus wants you to enjoy
yourself, and learn to have some fun. God made you for His pleasure!
- Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him,
am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.(NIV)
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- Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of
Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for
Spending Time With God
Spiritual Cleanse For the Heart, Mind and Soul
Often times when we don’t feel well, we cleanse the body for physical
health to prevent surgery, feel good, look younger, and live longer.
What about our spiritual health? Did you know that if we cleanse the
mind of unwanted toxins our physical health would also improve?
Spiritual cleansing is excellent therapy for negative and destructive
emotions, depression, sadness, drug and alcohol addiction, and all
other addictions that have to do with the mind and attitude.
Rejuvenate the mind everyday with the positive affirmations of prayer.
How can prayer help? The influence of prayer actually gives us the
hope, faith, and encouragement that our negative feelings have taken
from our heart and mind.
Every day we are literally plagued with negative garbage, listening to
and looking at it, to behaving in destructive ways that upset the
equilibrium of our minds.
Have you ever thought that maybe it is all the harmful garbage in the
world that brings on depression, addiction, and bad feelings? If we are
under control of addiction or depression how can we ever recognize the
spiritual person within us? I know first hand that addiction keeps us
far from God. So then how do we not know that all we need is a
spiritual cleanse to free us from the grips of what is controlling us?
In other words, is it really a chemical imbalance in the brain, like
doctors want us to believe that makes some people depressed or addicted
to a substance? And if it is a chemical imbalance, could it have
something to do with lifestyle/environment -- whether it’s through what
a person eats and drinks or other contaminates that are entering their
CEO’s and business owners use affirmations in their corporations to
keep the salesmen positive and optimistic. It is a well-known fact that
positive minds sell more products. So then why couldn’t a positive mind
learn to forgive and love completely too?
Every day prayer not only lets God know that we are genuinely seeking
his spiritual counsel but also makes us feel better about who we are,
even when we are battling with an addiction or just plain old negative
Applying prayer into our life is the first step to overcoming the
negative aspects of our character and supercharging the positive
aspects within us.
The first thing we need to do is to humble our selves to prayer. We
need to remember that we are praying for a reason; a purpose, and not
necessarily to get what we want but to get closer to God and become
more spiritually aware. How should we pray?
We can pray anytime of the day and anywhere. We do not have to be in
Church and we do not have to let others hear our personal prayers to
God. We are in control of how, when and what we pray. Prayer begins in
the mind and ends in the heart. We can pray silently and God hears us.
Prayer involves humbleness and humility. It entails that we trust that
God is listening to us as we pray and that our prayers we’ll get
answered. Your prayers may not get answered the way you want. Many
times prayers are answered in the way that God knows is best for you,
not what you think is best for you. Prayer involves talking to God
through our prayers, bible study, and recognizing God as your source.
I have put together a one month spiritual cleanse that will help bring
you closer to God, your loved ones, and your self using the power of
affirmations, and prayer for more positive and spiritual way of
thinking for your life.
Focus on love. Loving God, being more loving to others, giving of ones
self, loving neighbor and self. Be Love!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it
is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always preserves.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
God help me to be more loving, humble, forgiving, giving, kind and
patient with others and myself. I will strive to Love God with all of
my heart, mind and soul.
God is love, and love is God!
To love God FIRST, over others and myself. To realize that loving God
above other things in my life frees me to love others with more of who
I am and can become.
Focus on wisdom, knowledge, truth and understanding from God. Do NOT
seek out wisdom, knowledge, truth, or understanding from culture or
society, or from anyone in the world. The bible should be your only
source for all understanding and truth.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good
life, by his deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if
you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not
boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from
heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have
envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil
practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure;
then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, and good
fruit… James 3:13-17
God help me to NOT find fault with others, or to be argumentative or
judgmental with my spouse, friends, and associates. I will seek your
wisdom daily. I will look up the “True” purpose of my situation in the
concordance/dictionary of my bible, and allow your wisdom to give me
the understanding I need to handle the situation with your divine truth.
To gain the understanding that God is your “ONLY” source for everything
under the sun for your life.
Focus on Spiritual self by thinking positive and doing constructive
things. Take walks outdoors among nature. Try yoga, meditation, or
other relaxation techniques to relieve your mind of stress and worry.
Take up Pilates or other non-strenuous exercise to help relieve tension
and stress. Doing these things will reflect back onto your spiritual
We need to keep our minds free of clutter and junk. It is an attitude
thing. What we allow into our heart and mind reflects back out in our
…to be made NEW in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the New
self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
God give me the encouragement and strength I need to exist with a
renewed attitude of love, giving and forgiving. Help me to put on the
new aspects of my personality that I have been hiding within the depths
of my soul. Help me to see the good in people even though they are
different from me.
To recognize the potential within me and to be a new creative, positive
person in Jesus Christ, displaying my full potential in everything that
I do. To be renewed in mind and spirit. To not focus on my negative
feelings of others but to focus more on the positive attributes of my
self so I can be more loving and kind to others.
Focus on applying God’s counsel, love, and wisdom on a daily basis
through continual prayer and bible study. Learn to make God a priority
in your life. Make God a habit! Change of heart, change of attitude.
To the man who pleases him, god gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness.
God help me to apply your spiritual counsel and wisdom into my daily
life to bring me purpose in all that do. Help me to make your wisdom a
part of my life in everything that I do.
To be free from negative and destructive junk, to be the whole and
complete spiritual person that I was meant to be. To live life in peace
Forgive someone today.
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