This title may seem a little awkward, but it holds so much truth. When we get up in the morning, we all have our different routines before we get dressed. Once we are clothed, we head to work, school, or to run errands. Despite what we may have done, at the end of the day, we take off the clothes that we had on all day long and put them in the dirty clothes hamper. Why? Because they need to be washed. Why do they need to be washed? When we put them on that morning, they were clean, but they became dirty as we went through the day. We went to different places and encountered other germs. We may have walked past someone who could have been cutting grass, and dirt particles got on us. What if we stayed at home all day? Our bodies sweat, they shed skin, and perspiration sets into our clothing. However, this blog is not about ensuring clean hygiene in the natural, but rather the spiritual.
Just like our clothing is exposed to external factors, so are we. We go throughout the day, and we are exposed to external factors such as negativity, demonic activity, and just everyday world issues. Therefore, we must wash daily but wash daily with the Word of God! Everyone is different when it comes to doing laundry. There is a designated day to do laundry in my house, but I have a coworker who completes laundry more than once a week due to the types of jobs the men in her family perform. When it comes to washing ourselves with the Word of God, this is an act that must be completed daily throughout the day. The Bible warns in IPeter 5:8 (Amplified) Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. We must be on guard at all times. How do I do that, you may ask? We meditate on the Word of God throughout the day, an example of washing ourselves with the Word. Psalms 119:11 TLB (The Living Bible) says, “I have thought much about your words and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin.”
People make this more complicated than it is. Webster defines meditation as engaging in contemplation or reflection. When a relationship is established between a man and a woman, they get to know each other. They talk and spend time together. In love stories on television, you may see a scene where the woman reflects on the words a man has told her, and she smiles. She takes to heart every conversation held, and she trusts that he is devoted to her. No one else can capture her attention. It is the same with Father God but even better. We can take God at his Word. Just like the woman, throughout the day, we think on the promises of God that we find in His Word. When situations get complicated, we find ourselves saying I can do all things through Christ instead of cursing people out. We all have battles, and cursing was one of mine. I come to learn on this journey with Christ that what you feed yourself is what will come out. Not to be graphic, but when someone gets nauseated and throws up, whatever they put in is coming up and out. So it is important to build yourself up in the Word of God, and when you go out, there is a shield of protection that surrounds you.
That brings me to Ephesians 6:11-18. In your spare time, read this passage. Regardless of whether you want to admit it or not, there are demonic forces in operation. When this subject is spoken on, it brings uneasiness to people because there is a lack of understanding. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. But it also teaches us how to stand in victory against such forces, with one of them being the Word of God. Don’t underestimate the power that the Word of God holds. The Bible is not a book that is full of just mere words. The times that we are living in were already foretold. What we see happening now in not just our local communities, but the world is no surprise to God because He already warned us in His Word that these times would come. The safest place that you can be in is the will of God. So I encourage you to wash daily, throughout the day, in the Word of God so that you will be able to stand despite what obstacles come your way.