I will be the first to tell you that I am passionate about making good choices concerning what I eat and the various toxins I put in my body. Ever since my good friend introduced me to the author Kevin Trudeau, I am constantly looking for ways to improve the overall wellness of my life. I have tried various body detoxes, I have placed a water filter in my shower, I don’t drink tab water, I eat organic foods when I can, and I try to get 8 hours of sleep a night. What happens when we need a detox for more than just our physical body. What if we need a cleansing of our mind, soul, and heart? Sure you can find a pill for that, but that just seems to mask the issue and does not reveal the true problem.
Today’s sermon was based on Ezekiel 36. Verse 9 says, “Behold, I am for you. I will turn to you and you will be cultivated and sown.” Merriam Webster breaks down the word cultivate to mean loosen or break up the soil; to prepare the crops for a harvest. God is going to bust up your life, remove the bad, and replace it with good. Detoxes are partially this way. They remove the body of impurities, but we are responsible for replacing those with better things. That is usually where the process is ruined or does not go to plan.
The beauty of a spiritual cleansing initiated by God is that we know the end result will bring a mighty harvest. Ezekiel 36:25 says, “I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart and spirit.” Let’s face it…life is hard. It hardens us and taints us in negative ways. Sin, things unseen, and unbelief also add to the hardening of our hearts and souls. Verse 26 goes on to say, “I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God willed, not self willed.” If we allow God to take us through this spiritual cleansing, the outer part of our lives will multiply.
I no longer want to live with a fortress around my heart. I want to forgo a heart transplant that gets me closer to experience true love. A love that I can walk in, breathe in, and give back to God’s hurting people.
Love in Christ,