Updated: Aug 7
“Therefore, since we have these [great and wonderful] promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, completing holiness [living a consecrated life—a life set apart for God’s purpose] in the fear of God.”
— 2 Corinthians 7:1 AMP
In our Biblical context, uncleanness is pretty much the absence of spiritual purity and holiness.
We can be, and probably are, unclean in many ways such as through our thoughts, actions, behaviour, language and desires.
Profanity isn’t pure or holy, lovelies, so even if it sounds cool or people don’t get offended by it, cut it out from your system and watch out for what you say.
Impure thoughts are the ones that frequently disturb me a lot.
They sometimes just come out of nowhere and piss me off when I entertain them, most of the times, unwillingly.
That's why when 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, "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.", I take it to heart.
With around 48 thoughts per minute and 50k per day, it is pretty much impossible or a new level of terribly difficult for us to recognise every single one of them and to decipher what they all mean.
You see, just as much as we might find it difficult to control them, the enemy might find it easier to infiltrate his lies, his false promises, his shenanigans and, if we are not careful, we will end up mistaking those for the truth.
That's why it is important to ground ourselves in the Word of God, in His truth, so that we may not be tricked by the enemy.
When those toxic thoughts come to visit, it's important that we hold them captive and show them to Jesus so that He may help us deal with them.
Also, we should mind what we watch and hear for the enemy is quite creative when it comes to getting his lies and ideas in our heads.
He may use music - he did that with me - or TV series and/or movies - it happened with me as well - and even books.
The devil will use just about anything he can to fool us and sometimes, many of the times actually, those are some of the things we watch and hear, some of the books we read, the conversations we engage in and shows we watch.
This world of ours has normalised a lot of wrong things. A lot of them!
Sometimes, we fall victims to their normalcy and believe it to be right when, in reality, is not.
Knowing just how much the devil uses the instruments of this world for evil, I had to clean my Netflix list, say goodbye to shows that I really wanted to watch and even took a step further into googling every show to check on the parent advisory and see if the shows presented any type of content that could trigger uncleanliness in me.
I had to give up on books and in engaging in certain conversations. All of that, to keep me clean from the many impurities of this world.
I won't lie, it hurt to say goodbye to shows that presented a strong and different plot but were so infested with sexual immorality, lies and obscene scenes that I could no longer take it.
I had to say goodbye and you probably will have to do the same.
How to watch out for it?
Here are a few tips, some that I have embraced, to keep me clean of the impurities of this world:
Limit or get rid of the things that corrupt your heart, mind and soul.
Habitually think about things that are right, true, noble, lovely, pure, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8)
PRAY! We can't hold captive every single thought we have but God can surely help to think about the right things and to manage those bad thoughts better. Run to Him and He will help you and give you comfort.
Additional content to help you out
Reset Your Mind: Overhauling Toxic Thoughts (Reading Plan)
When Your Thoughts Attack (IGTV) - this video by Steven Furtick thought me a thing or two on what to do when I have toxic and destructive thoughts.
One more thing:
Listen to God, not the world. He surely knows what's best for every single one of us.
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