When we think about cleaning up our lives, we tend to focus on changing our outside behavior in some particular area. Maybe we haven’t been taking care of our outward appearance like we know we should or keeping our homes as spotless as we would like. The changes we attempt to make oftentimes reflect our motive to appear like we have it all together to the outside world.
Did you know there are Bible Verses about cleaning up our lives? But these verses are not concerned with how we appear to other people. They speak more to the genuine transformation of our minds, our hearts and our mouths from the inside out. In Matthew 23:25-27, Jesus addressed a religious group of Pharisees who worked hard to ‘appear’ godly to onlookers. But Jesus could see what was in their hearts and He told them to “clean the inside of the cup so the outside would be clean as well.”
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Bible Verses About Cleaning Up Our Lives
When God talks to us about cleaning up our lives, He wants us to experience a real transforming change on the inside. This transformation will, in turn, lead to us experiencing a new life. Our souls need to prosper on the inside before we can hope to produce good and lasting fruit on the outside. This genuine transformation isn’t about following a religious checklist or behavior modification. Nor can we accomplish it without God’s help
Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers. 3 John 1:2
Cleaning up our lives begins when we surrender our lives to our Creator and receive His Holy Spirit. Our spirits instantly come alive in Him but it takes a process for our souls to be renewed. Day by day, as we dig into His Word and yield to His Holy Spirit, we will begin to experience a transformation in three key areas, which will lead to a genuine cleaning up of our lives.
- Our Minds
- Our Hearts
- Our Mouths
What Does the Bible Say About Guarding Our Minds
As Christians, it’s vital we have our minds transformed and renewed. Our minds are literally the battlefield where Satan wages war with us. If we don’t give up our old way of thinking and let God transform our minds, we will live a very defeated Christian life. Therefore, it’s important to spend time in God’s presence and in His Word.
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The Bible is filled with life-changing truth. Jesus tells us in Matthew 4:4 that we cannot live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Just like we need physical food every single day to sustain our bodies, we need God’s truth daily to nourish and protect our minds. When we feed on the Word of God, He begins the process of transforming our minds so we can live healthier lives. Knowing God’s truth about Who He is and who we are to Him equips us to recognize and cast down the lies of the enemy.
As someone thinks within himself, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
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. 2 Corinthians 10:5
What Does the Bible Say About Guarding Our Heart
Guarding our hearts begins with winning the battle in our minds, which I mentioned above. If we don’t learn to take bad thoughts captive, but instead we entertain them, they begin to drop like seeds down into our hearts. Bad seeds such as anger, unforgiveness, and bitterness take root and become a lot harder to purge and recover from.
God is a God of the heart. He desires us to be women after His very heart just as He is always after ours. At any given time, He will always be first and foremost interested in cleansing and sanctifying our hearts on the inside before He works to change our circumstances on the outside. Scriptures tell us that our very lives reflect the state of our hearts and that EVERYTHING we do flows from our hearts. Pause and think on that.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
What Does the Bible Say About Guarding Our Mouth
Our words have the creative power to either build or tear down. That's a sobering thought, isn't it? If you want to know what is in a person’s heart, listen to the words that come out of their mouths. Someone who has the root of bitterness in their heart will spend a lot of time trying to tear others down with their words. Make no mistake, their words are also tearing down their own lives.
We can literally speak life or death over our present and our future. God has shown me through the years that what is in my heart will ALWAYS come up into my mouth, no matter my efforts to stop it. That is why cleansing and guarding our hearts will help change the words we speak. Which in turn will literally alter the course of our lives. Ask yourself where you want to be in five or ten years. Then listen to the words you are speaking today.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
For whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 1 Peter 3:10
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
Dear friend, my prayers for us today is we would take to heart these Bible Verses about cleaning up our lives. Let God transform us from the inside out by first changing our thought life which in turn helps to clean up our hearts. Then the words which come up from our hearts and out of our mouths will be faith-filled and life building.
This isn’t going to happen overnight so don’t be discouraged when you make a mistake. With God’s grace, we have the freedom to keep growing in our faith each day and watch our lives begin to come into alignment with God’s perfect will for us. Which is so much more than we can ever imagine.
Much love, Donna