A Cleansed Heart
“Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it
are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
“You therefore, endure hardness, as a good
soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3
A recent ministry trip brought with it a challenge to keep
my heart cleansed. A situation happened before ministry began,
which left me with a contaminated heart. I felt disappointed,
hurt, betrayed, and resentful, and in the natural I had a
right to feel this way.
However, I knew that I must at all cost keep my heart cleansed.
heart was affecting my ability to hear from God, and even
my desire and ability to minister.
Whenever we face a situation like this, we should look into
our spiritual arsenal and pull out the appropriate weapon
for the battle we face. The weapon I needed for a “contaminated
heart” was the cleansing power of the blood of the Lamb.
One of Satan’s major weapons is to tempt us to harden
our heart in the day of adversity, or to allow a root of bitterness
to form within us.
Proverbs 4:23 warns us to “Keep (guard) our heart with
all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.”
In regard to our hearts, we must have a soldier’s mentality
and say, “I will let nothing that happens - not any
hurt, wound, or disappointment, contaminate my heart. I will
guard my heart with all diligence. I will keep watch over
Why is it so important that we guard our heart? The second
part of the verse in Proverbs gives us the reason, “For
out of the heart springs all the issues of life.” Satan
is constantly looking for ways to shut down the life of God
in us, by seeking to cause our heart to become hardened and
contaminated, so we cannot hear from God.
Our reaction to an unfair, painful, or disappointing situation,
if we hold onto it, will result in sin. In this way, the enemy
can activate “the law of sin and death” in our
members through unforgiveness and bitterness, thereby keeping
“the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus”
(the river) from flowing out of us.
But there is a way that will lead to a cleansed and pure
heart. As soon as I could get alone, I came before the Lord
and asked Him to apply the blood of Jesus to my heart. I was
very specific in naming the reactions that I felt, and in
asking for His cleansing. This was not easy, and I had to
do some warfare. Hebrews 9:14 speaks of the ability of the
blood of Jesus to purge our conscience (heart) and I John
1:7 tells us that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all
Sometimes, we must continue to come back to the “fountain”
to get our heart cleansed, until we have the victory. The
temptation is to focus on those who inflicted the pain and
not realize that our war is not against flesh and blood. I
had to remind myself that this was an attack to keep me out
of the spirit, so I would not be able to minister from the
During the past decade, there has been great emphasis on
spiritual warfare, with confrontations with principalities
and powers. If Satan can keep our hearts contaminated, he
can keep us from hearing from God, so we will have no weapons
to fight with, and we are rendered powerless to make known
to Principalities and Powers, the manifold wisdom of God.
As long as we live in this earth realm, we will find ourselves
in situations that are painful, where we are disappointed,
misunderstood, or persecuted. And, we will have reactions
to these situations. This is natural. What we do with these
reactions is the difference between life and death.
If we allow these reactions to stay within our heart, then
the enemy can build strongholds and gain entrance. However,
if we appropriate the blood of Jesus, we can experience the
cleansing and liberating power that Jesus bought for us at
In the past, I had trouble forgiving. I knew I should and
I wanted to, but I had
difficulty letting go of wounds and hurts. However, when I
learned to apply the precious blood of Jesus to my attitudes
and reactions, I found that forgiving was much easier. I also
learned the wisdom of dealing with these reactions quickly,
nipping them in the bud. As a soldier of the Lord, I cannot
afford to let reactions to situations set up camp in my heart.
I “war” with the blood of Jesus to have a cleansed
and pure heart, so that I may have fellowship with my Father
in heaven. Let us fight the good fight of faith and use the
“weapons of our warfare” to overcome the attempts
of the enemy to shut us down, in order to keep us out of the
presence of our heavenly Father.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony; and they loved
not their lives unto death.”
Loving “not our lives unto death” means that
we will allow death to work in us that life might work in
others. We will not major on what others have done to us,
no matter what injustice has come our way. Rather, we will
put our responses under the blood and we will stand in His