I am currently mentally preparing to complete a 28 day nutritional cleanse. I was watching an informational slide show with graphics showing how toxins multiply within our bodies. Basically it showed how when we pour junk in, over a period of time, junk comes out. Unfortunately when I haven’t been eating very healthy foods, my bad habits start to show in the form of fat among other things. It is almost like wearing a coat of shame. You begin to feel disgusted with yourself. Ironically, when I start to feel frustrated with weight gain, I eat more to pacify my anxieties. In this way, I compound the problem by getting discouraged and increasing the toxins in my body. I am embarking on this challenge of a nutritional cleanse to try to rid my body of toxins in order to feel happier, healthier, and to lose some unwanted weight.
The thought occurred to me that this really mirrors what we can do spiritually speaking. Sin is something that creeps into our lives one bite at a time. We look the other way at first and plan to do extra spiritual exercises to make up for it, but it doesn’t work. Sin is like a bad habit that gains more and more control over us each time we make allowance for it. Then over time it produces soul toxins that multiply until we feel a coat of shame surrounding us that starts to become more and more evident to people who cross our path. More importantly, sin begins gradually building a wall between us and God until we feel lonely and ashamed.
But that is not God’s plan at all, in fact, He wants to destroy the coat of shame, tear down the wall of sin and reconcile us to Him. I believe he wants to give us a soul cleanse! The good part about it is we don’t need to go through a grueling process of self-denial to feel free. We become free the moment we invite Him into our lives and ask for His cleansing power to do its work. After that, we just need to live out what He commands us to do, and ask His forgiveness when we miss the mark.
His Word Tells Us…
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.- 1 John 1:9
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. –Hebrews 12:1-2
Keep your servant also from willful sins, may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. –Psalm 19:13
The truth is if you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, He is willing and able to free you from your sin and shame. He longs for you to confess your sin to Him so he can begin a soul cleansing work in your heart. I pray you will begin a soul cleanse with me today.
We long to have our soul cleansed of the toxins of sin. We want to be free of the sin, shame and frustration that has become a part of us because of our selfish choices. Please heal us in the broken places in our heart that drove us to be distracted and entangled by sin. Help us to live in such a way that pleases you.
We come in repentance of our waywardness and ask your forgiveness from the sinful choices we have made that are not pleasing to you. We thank you that your death on the cross has paid the price for our sin. Strengthen us and empower us to walk in the freedom you desire for us today. May you smile over us and bless us with your favor as we attempt to live a life worthy of your calling for us.
In Jesus’ Name,
*If you are someone reading this today who has never taken the step of making Jesus Lord of your life and you would like to do that or have questions about how to do it, I would love it if you would contact me to answer your questions and to help you find people who can walk alongside you and help you to live out this life-changing decision. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch. May God pour out His blessing on you as you seek to find Him.