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Deep Cleaning your Soul

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

 
 
 

Done by: Authoress Adriana Brunga

Re: Spiritual Biblical Teaching - Recording in progress

Date: 2/21/2023

Published :11/4/2023

Topic: Deep Cleaning your Soul


 

Open prayer:


Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus I invite you to be part of this Bible study, I ask you to take control of my mouth, my mind and my speech so that I can teach others your word efficiently and clearly, help us to understand your message and that your word falls as fresh seed on fruitful ground so that it can produce fruit. Thank you Holy Spirit for all your help and guidance. In the name of Jesus. Amen.


Deep Cleaning your Soul


Think about the feeling you get after you deep clean your space. The clutter goes away, the surfaces get that gleaming, shiny look, and everything smells fresh and new. As you look around, you feel accomplished—like you can breathe again.


We now have entire shows about people tidying up their homes, color-coding their pantries, and minimizing their stuff. But while we may be quick to get on board with getting rid of our junk,


What about the internal work of deep cleaning our souls?

Do you feel satisfied with your inner being? Or

Do you feel any emotional discomfort?


Many of us are carrying around emotional baggage, and our mental clutter can be overwhelming. But instead of addressing it, we often ignore it. It’s easier to keep moving, stay busy, and distract ourselves with activity than to address the very real mental load we’re carrying.


But just as we can’t clean our houses by shoving everything into a closet, we can’t shove our emotional junk into a filing cabinet in our brains. If we do, it eventually spills out, often leading to the relational conflict physical side effects, and resentment.


We don’t have to wait until we’re at our breaking point to evaluate what’s broken. In fact, it’s a really healthy practice to regularly invite the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and clean our hearts.


We see this practice modeled for us in Psalm 51. David—known as a man after God’s own heart—has messed up. Big time. He’s just committed adultery with Bathsheba, then he tries to cover it up by allowing her husband to get killed.


He writes a plea for forgiveness, then he prays this prayer:


Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10 NLT


David turns his remorse into genuine repentance. He doesn’t just shove his emotions down or hide in his shame. He turns to God. He invites the Holy Spirit to do a cleansing work in his heart.


Every day, we have the opportunity to do the same thing.


When we are overcome by guilt, shame, bitterness, rage, or unforgiveness, we can ask God to give us a clean heart. When we’re faced with temptation, we can ask God to purify us. Even on a normal day, we can ask God to cleanse our hearts and fix our thoughts on Him.


It’s time to invest in our souls like we invest in our space.


It’s important to note that deep cleaning our souls doesn’t just mean fixing our behavior. It’s deeper than that. Deep cleaning our souls starts by evaluating the state of our hearts.


** The Heart according to the bible


Proverbs 4:37 “Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it"


DEFINITION OF THE HEART Contemporary society generally considers the head with its brain as the center and ruler of human activity. However, the bible refers to the heart as the center: "from it takes life" (Pr 4:23; cf. Lc 6:45). From the biblical point of view, the heart could be seen as encompassing the totality of the intellect, of the emotion and one's will (see Mr 7:20-23, note),


(1) The heart is the center of the intellect. People recognize things in their hearts(Dt 8:5), they meditate in their hearts (Ps 19:14: Ps 77:60), they speak in their hearts (1S 1:13), they keep the sayings of God in their hearts (Ps 119:11; Pr 4:21), they devise evil in their hearts (Sal 140.2), they ponder in their hearts (Mr 2:8), they doubt in their hearts (Mr 11:23), they keep things in their hearts (Lc 2:19), they believe in their hearts (Pr 10:9) they sing in their hearts (Eph 5:19).

In conclusion- All those actions of the heart are primarily matters that involve the mind.


(2) The heart is the center of emotions. That is why the Scriptures speak of the joyful heart (Ex 4:14; Jer 15-16), the loving heart (Dt 6:5), the faint heart (Jos 5:1), the encouraged heart (Ps 27:14), the contrite heart (Ps 51:17), the grieved heart (Pr 12:25; Ro 9.2), the irritated heart (Pr 19:3), the quickened heart ( Is 57:15), the aching heart (Jer 4:19) , the afflicted heart (Lc 2:18), the humble heart (Mt 11:29), the burning heart (Lc 24:32) and the troubled heart (Jn 14:1).

In conclusion- All these actions of the heart are primarily emotional in nature.


(3) Finally, the heart is the center of the human will. That is why we read in the Scriptures about the hardened heart that refuses to do what God commands (Ex 4:21), the heart that is inclined to cling to God (Jos 24:23) and to obey his testimonies (Sal 119: 36), the heart that seeks to do the will of God (1S 2:35), the heart that seeks the Lord (1Cr 22:19), the heart that decides (2Cr 6:7), the heart that desires to receive of the Lord (Ps 21:1-2) and the heart that longs to do something (Ro 10:1).

In conclusion- All these activities take place in the human will.


THE NATURE OF THE HEART SEPARATED FROM GOD


When Adam and Eve chose to follow the temptation of the serpent so that they would eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their decision drastically affected the human heart and was filled with evil. Now, therefore, according to the testimony of Jeremiah: "Deceitful is the heart above all things, and wicked; who can know it?" (Jer 17:9), Jesus confirmed Jeremiah's diagnosis when he said that what contaminates a person before God is not the failure to observe some ceremonial law, but the disposition to pay attention to the impious inclinations harbored in the heart such such as "evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness" (Mark 7:21-22), Jesus taught about the seriousness of sin in the heart when he said that the sin of anger and hate is tantamount to murder (Mt 5:21-22) and the sin of covetousness is just as sinful as true adultery (Mt 5:27-28 ; see Ex 20:14, note; Mt 5:28, note).


Hearts that are prone to do wrong are in grave danger of becoming hardened. Those who persistently refuse to listen to God's Word and obey His commands, and instead follow the ungodly desires of their hearts, will find that God will eventually harden their hearts so that they lose all sensitivity to God's Word and desires.


ARTICLE THE HEART

(see Ex 7:3,13,22-23; 8:15,32; 9:12, 10:1; 11:10, 14:17). Paul saw a general principle operating in the Roman Empire (et. Re 1:24,26,28) and predicted that this would occur during the time of the antichrist. The writer of the Epistle to Hebrew filled his letter with warnings to believers not to harden their hearts (e.g., Heb 3:8-12; see the article PERSONAL APOSTASY, p 1774, for a description of the steps that lead to hardening ). Anyone who continues to do the word of God will eventually have a hardened heart.


REGENERATED HEART.

God's solution to the sinful character of the human heart is regeneration, which comes to all who repent of their sins, turn to God, and place their personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saved


(1) Regeneration is a matter from the heart. The person who repents of all sin in his heart and confesses in his heart that Jesus is Lord (Rom 109) receives a new heart from God (Eph. Ps 51:10, Ez 11:19)


(2) Within the heart of those who experience spiritual birth. God creates a desire to love and obey Him (see REGENERATION article 145). Repeatedly God stressed to His people the need for a love that feasts from the heart (see Dt 4:29, note; 6:6, note). Such love and devotion to God cannot be separated from obedience to His law (cf. Ps 119:34,69,112), Jesus taught that loving God with all one's heart and loving one's neighbor sum up all of God's law (Mt 22.37-40)


(3) Love that comes from the heart is the essential ingredient in obedience to God. Too often God's people tried to substitute obedience to mere outward religious forms (such as festivals, offerings, and sacrifices) for genuine love of the heart (see Is 1:10-17; Am 5:21-26; Mi 6:6-8; and De 10:12,) such Outward observance without a deep desire to serve God is hypocrisy and he severely condemns that (cf. Mt 23:13-28; Lc 21:1-4, note).


(4) Many other spiritual activities take place in the hearts of regenerated believers. They praise God with all their hearts (Ps 9:1), their hearts constantly meditate on the word of God (Ps 19:14), their hearts sing to God (Ps 54 Eph 6:19; Col 3:16), they seek to God with all their hearts (Ps 119.2,10), they keep the spade of God in their hearts (Ps 119:11; see Dt 6:6, note), they trust in the Seine with all their hearts (Pr 3:5) and they feel the love of God poured out in their hearts (Ro. 5.5)


In Matthew 23, Jesus is talking to Pharisees who are careful to do the right thing on tiny details but missing the right motivations in their hearts. His words capture why it’s important not only to clean the surface of our lives, but to allow the Spirit to transform our hearts:


“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.” Matthew 23:25-26 NLT 25


Today, take some time to pause and reflect:


What areas of your soul might need a deep clean?


Closing Prayer:


Lord, create in me a clean heart. Reveal to me anything in me that is displeasing to You. Show me any areas where I might need to allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse me, and help me honor You with the way I live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



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