There are two completely different types of houses people dwell in, both are considered a home. The first is the roof over our head, where we find comfort and safety. Generally, we aim to keep the house clean, well organized, and free from insects. We also take steps to prevent dangers, such as intruders, fire, or storm damage.
The other house is our biological body, which is home for the soul during our physical lives. We utilize the brain for the workings of the mind, which is always busy with thoughts of some sort. Our mind can either adorn our house with good and lovely thoughts, or fill it with filth.
The mind is a huge database of experiences, and a vast roaming ground for interests. We contemplate numerous decisions on a daily basis, and imagination can take us anywhere, which can be disciplined or not. A disciplined mind endeavors to assert wisdom, which leads to wise choices, charity, and faithfulness. But, an unrestrained mind carelessly pursues lusts of the heart, which leads to lasciviousness, greed, and criminality.
The mind is generally swayed by the heart, but ironically, the mind can also mold the heart, which is why it’s paramount to seek understanding and wisdom. Utilizing these invaluable qualities to prudently guide our thoughts, molds the heart toward good. This is how we keep our house clean, which can be accomplished by guidance of the Holy Spirit.
If the mind is used in an undisciplined manner, it can cause the house to be unruly and filthy, allowing evil to thrive. Thoughts we pursue, allow, or entertain, reveal the contents of the heart, and the heart defines who we are.
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body."
1 Cor 6:18 NLT
There is a battle within the mind, between good and evil, love and selfishness. If we direct our thoughts toward what is good and lovely, then the heart is swayed toward holiness. But, allowing our thoughts to savor evil or indulge in lust, then it becomes prevalent.
You can experiment with swaying your own heart, but do it in a good way. By frequently repeating the following verse in your thoughts for a whole day, knowing it is truth, it’ll likely become real within your heart by day's end, giving your faith a refreshing boost.
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Phi 4:13 NLT
We are held responsible for what is allowed in our house, so it’s prudent to stand strong and faithful against temptation, fear, and discouragement. If the enemy successfully entices with evil disguised as lovely, we will be giving him access to our house, and his main attack point is our thoughts. After getting his foot in the door, he will seek deeper infiltration by dropping seeds of filth here and there, swaying the heart toward his interests.
A filthy mind is a dichotomy to the holiness of God. In order for the Holy Spirit to fill and empower you, a clean house is paramount. We were meant to have a close fellowship with the Spirit, so it's best to roll out the welcome mat by having a clean house. The key to being filled with the Spirit isn't how much of him we have, but rather depends on how closely our heart is aligned with God's heart.
If a child of God has a filthy house, he/she is dangerously walking in Satan's world, which can lead to relentless struggles, overwhelming depression, and heavy burdens. Even though the Spirit may not completely leave the filthy house of a Christian, his presence is distant.
Part of having a clean house is being careful of what we say, even laughing at a lewd joke will grieve the Spirit. If he is going to be an honored guest in our house, we can't be agreeing with or espousing evil. That was fruit of our old nature, but maintaining a clean house requires our new nature to become prevalent.
Christians, who walk with a clean house, naturally savor the Word of God, meditating and digesting divine wisdom as though it's delicious food, providing nourishment for spiritual growth. Dwelling on the good and pure, helps keep the house tidy and clean. Having a clean house enables a person to sleep in peace and generally have better dreams.
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Phi 4:8 NLT
As we draw nearer to Jesus, iniquities surface, and we gain motivation to forsake evil. Repenting of sinful thoughts, allows his blood to purify our house. Then he will lead us to the path of faith and love, but we must be willing to forsake fruit of the old nature. By maintaining a clean house, we are honoring God, and will be empowered by the Spirit.
“Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.”
John 14:23 NLT