2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV) Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Lucy was going through a season in her life when she was not certain of the future, and she was becoming very depressed and fearful for the future. She knew she could not allow herself to remain fearful and depressed because she knew depression and fear are faith killers and door openers to other forms of spiritual defilements. She tried fighting the fear with her will, but she failed each and every time. She asked the Holy Spirit to help, and immediately she remembered that the way to resist evil thoughts is by confessing the word of God and replacing each of those thoughts with what God has said concerning her. That was what she did and gained her freedom, grew in grace, and walked in her glorious destiny.
Pride, fear, malice, hatred, heaviness, and lust are the things that defile the spirit. They also lead to the defilement of the flesh, even though the flesh can be defiled without the spirit being defiled (we shall see this tomorrow).
Many times, evil and unclean thoughts are sent from the realm of darkness against saints because the enemy knows that if saints do not resist such thoughts, they will be defiled by them. This is the reason why we have been instructed by the Lord to guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it proceeds the issues of life (see Proverbs 4:23). One effective way to guard your heart is by guarding your thoughts, and resisting evil, unclean, and negative thoughts (see Phil 4:8).
Go into today dispelling every thought of fear and anxiety with the word of God. Do not just think the word, confess it until it changes what you believe.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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