Detox. Letting go. Cleaning up. Pruning. Purging. Getting rid of dead weight. Cleansing. Whatever you may call it, there comes a season in life where we all have to cleanse. Living in this natural world we see that things get dirty, worn down, and old, and it takes effort to maintain and keep our environments and our belongings up. We take a lot of effort in keeping things clean. Springtime is near and most people traditionally take time out after the long cold winter to do Spring Cleaning. Spring Cleaning usually encompasses a thorough cleansing of the home from the top to the bottom. Usually nothing is left unturned. Old things are cleaned up, repaired, discarded, put away till the fall or winter or given away. After cleaning is done, we are ready for a fresh start.
Physical cleansing of our bodies is another type of cleansing that we do. We cleanse our external bodies daily. Sometimes two and three times a day. There also gets a point in time where we have to clean our bodies internally. We have to remove toxins from our bodies because they are making us feel sluggish, tired, constipated, or bloated. How do we remedy this? We eat more healthy foods, drink more water, or even take laxatives, so that we can remove toxins and waste from our bodies. Once they are removed, we usually feel much better, have more energy, have an improved physical appearance and sometimes loose some weight in the process. The health benefits of physical cleansing are numerous.
Just as the physical needs to be cleansed, the spiritual needs to be cleansed as well. We need to be cleansed mentally and spiritually. There are times when we feel stressed out, depressed or hopeless. We get anxious or we carry grudges or emotional distress around with us, which pollute our spirit and can have adverse physical effects as well such as high blood pressure and headaches. Therefore, we have to allow ourselves a spiritual cleansing. Many times we get so caught up with life that we loose touch with God and neglect to allow him to cleanse us spiritually. Cleansing our spirit man begins with renewing our minds. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
Renewing our minds requires us to read God’s word, even if it’s just a scripture a day. Reading God’s word is essential to spiritual renewal. We have to remove those spiritual toxins from out lives. Just as we rest our physical bodies we have to make sure we rest our spirit man in God. Problems, issues, burdens, and concerns that we have we have to give it over to God. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Once we cast our burdens on God and communicate with him and connect our minds and our spirits with him.
In Psalm 51, King David pleads with God for a cleansing a spiritual renewal. Just as David pleaded with God, we all come to a point in our lives where it is essential to our spiritual health. We get burned out, tired, fed up with the worries of the world and our hearts our broken and hurting or we have no vision, guidance or wisdom. We need to be renewed. We seek guidance and cry out for help, restoration and renewal and then we realize that that the only place where we can find that renewal, restoration and cleansing is in God. Psalm 51: 17 states that “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” If you have a broken, contrite or guilty heart, don’t be ashamed. The scripture says that God will not despise you for it. He wants you to pray to him, to seek him, to read his word, to give over your worries and issues to him. In return he will cleanse you and renew your spirit. He will restore your joy, which is your strength.
Cleansing is necessary. When we detox we cleanse our bodies of addictive habits. Changing our routines, improving our attitudes and removing negative influences is imperative for us to stay strong and keep our minds, hearts, and spirits clear and open for God to use us for his ultimate purpose. We are not perfect we make mistakes, but recognizing our mistakes and understanding how we can renew our minds and repair our broken hearts and spirits is a beautiful thing.
Including God in our daily walk, our families, our relationships, and our business matters, makes all the difference. Cleansing and renewal is dependent on our continual connection with our life source, which is GOD, who ultimately cleans, restores, and sustains us. Is it time for a cleaning?
Kaize Adams, Ph.D. is a singer/songwriter from Columbia, SC, who now resides in Greensboro, NC. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and is also a recording artist on Durney Boy Records. His current project is entitled "Testimony" and he recently released a new single entitled "Glory." For more information on Dr. Adams, please visit www.kaizeadams.com.