Main Truth: “So this is why we abandon everything morally impure and all forms of wicked conduct. Instead, with a sensitive spirit we absorb God’s Word, which has been implanted within our nature, for the Word of Life has power to continually deliver us.”James 1:21 TPT
Have you ever done a cleanse? I did a while ago for the first time because my favorite jeans were just getting a little too snug. This cleanse was so uncomfortable! It took my whole being not to cave into the cravings of foods and drinks around me. And, of course, they've never looked so good.
I originally started the cleanse as a fast diet and I failed miserably. Let’s just say, I was hangry ALL THE TIME, no bueno when you have kids to care for.
I decided to try again, but instead of a Pinterest-fad diet, I decided to change the motivation to do it. As I read more about eating healthy, I learned healthy needs to be a change of lifestyle. My motivation was no longer just to fit my favorite pair of jeans, but to be healthy inside and out.
According to what I've researched, the bad cravings will go away and I will start craving the good food. I just need to stick with it. The more I discipline myself, the easier it will get.
A healthy lifestyle change is a great analogy on how Jesus works. He wants to help cleanse your heart. He has the healthy living instructions, you just need to dig into His word to find them. He has it written all out for us.
When we’ve craved the bad for so long, the good doesn’t taste good. And when we’ve been hiding in the dark away from the light (Jesus), it hurts to see.
And when we pursue religion to look good on the outside, to fit into our “moral jeans”, our motivation becomes legalism and does nothing to cleanse the heart. But when we pursue a relationship with Jesus and the more we discipline ourselves to crave Him, the more enlightened we become. That’s how Jesus will cleanse your soul, rid the toxins and thoughts that are weighing you down to strengthen your mind, heart and soul.
Post written by: Samantha DeLeon
Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, married to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 school-aged children.