We talked yesterday about spring cleaning and I want to talk a little more about that today.
We talked about the word of God and how it tells you to draw near to God and allow our hearts to be cleansed, that is the first step. But what comes after that?
Once our heart is clean, our mouth should follow. Spiritual spring cleaning goes deep, deeper than most people can see, it is inside and out, as our heart gets clean, our language should follow. It is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. I am not just talking about bad language; I am also talking about negative talk, about pessimistic attitudes and saying things that contradict the word of God and the promises of God.
Luke 6:45 says; A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Phil. 2:14-15 says; Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.
To spring clean your mouth begins with the heart and then the words you use should follow, good words, without complaining and disputing or arguing.
Additionally, to spring clean ourselves spiritually we need to renew our minds to the word of God. We must feed our spirits and mind the word of God and get rid of the garbage and debris in our thought life and in our mindsets.
Romans 12:2 says; And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says; For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Ephesians 4:30-31 says; and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Friends, I know if you are reading this, you have a heart to please God. You have a heart that wants to glorify God in all you do. You want to please God in your heart, in your mind and in your life – if you didn’t you wouldn’t waste your time reading things like this – and if you are one of those, it’s time to spring clean. It’s time to clean our heart, our minds, our thoughts, our words and our lives, don’t you agree?
Let’s ask God to cleanse our hearts and cause us to walk in a way that is pleasing to him, day after day. And let’s begin this day.