A Five Day Cleanse

“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 NLT




Photo: Renae Bowman



Have you heard of these body cleanses that are all the rage? The premise is you drink particular juices to purge the impurities from within, so your body will become more efficient and can start anew—healthier.


I quite frankly haven’t done any of that yet. The closest I got was when I ate at the corner taco shop, which pretty much vacated EVERY thing in my body. Darn near killed me! I can honestly say though, I began anew when the trauma was over.


With all the hype, it made me think of our spiritual cleansing. Should it be any different—any less important—to rid ourselves of what keeps us from a pure relationship with our Lord?


This one I can do.


Want to join me on a five day cleanse? How about sharing and bringing a friend along too?


I’ve given us one verse for each day that we can read, meditate on, and then pray about. Keep this post in your inbox and make it your morning devotional—stopping and focusing solely on that day’s writings.  Give yourself time to reflect and settle in with the words. It’s not a one-and-done this week, ok? (And along the way, reach out and leave comments–I’d love to hear from you!)


How about one week to become a more healthier, vibrant, purer YOU?


Let the cleansing begin!




 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1John 1:9


Meditate on, ask yourself:

  • What do I need to confess to God?
  • What sin is holding me back from knowing His love and grace and forgiveness?
  • Is it simply a denial of calling him Lord?
  • Can I let go and let God?



Lord, my Lord, have mercy on me! Reveal in my heart sins that keep me from you. Reveal in me those actions that separate me from happiness. Give me an open heart to receive your cleansing from wickedness and replace it with the Joy found in knowing your grace. Forgive me of my daily sins and release me from their grip so I will sin no more. Purge my heart so it becomes yours.






“Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” 2Corinthians 7:1


Meditate on, ask yourself:

  • What defiles my body? What changes it from the temple of the Lord to a temple of troubles?
  • What defiles my spirit? What do I fill my mind with that separates me from God?
  • What keeps me from complete holiness?



My precious Saviour, I seek your guidance to understand those areas that defile my physical and mental being. Please make them clear and obvious so I know what to change. And when you bring them forward, help me to rid them of myself so I can purify my heart only for you. Bring fear of You upon me—fear in the sense of your Mightiness so I will remain humble in order to seek You for every answer.






“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.” Psalm 19:12


Meditate on, ask yourself:

  • Where is my heart—of God or of the world?
  • Is there a deep hurt, a deep fault, a deep pain, or a deep anger that needs to be brought to the surface?
  • What are my spiritual faults seen clearly in the heavenly realm?




Almighty God, I humbly come before you asking for a great revelation. Pull out all the yucky, hidden faults and sins buried deep in my heart, which unknowingly wreaks havoc on my spiritual pureness. I am human, I know they exist, but I have stubbornly pushed them aside hoping they’d go away. They haven’t. Reveal them so they will be removed. Cleanse me of them. Renew my soul.






“Wash away all my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:2


Meditate on, ask yourself:

  • Where am I the most unjust? Where does my wickedness lie?
  • What keeps me from being pure in heart?
  • Am I willing to be washed by the spirit—continuously?




Oh great Redeemer! Here I am, waiting for your Holy Spirit to wash me anew. My sin is wicked in your eyes Lord, take it from me so I may shine gloriously as your namesake. Rein me in so blessings surround me instead of troubles.






“He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Titus 2:14


Meditate on, ask yourself:

  • What was the price of my sin?
  • What can I do to honor that sacrifice?
  • What does freedom from sin mean to me?




Yeshua. Lord. The Great I Am. You died on a cross so I may be cleansed; yet more often I live my life forgetting so. Help me to remember your sacrifice. Not in guilt, but in great reverence that YOU would do that for ME! You have promised I will be cleansed of every sin as long as I keep running to you, asking for forgiveness, and repenting of my ways. Oh Lord help me! I need your help. I cannot do this on my own. Your blood is the only thing that will wash me as white as snow. May it forever be!



5 days of cleansing.


How’d it go?


Do you feel healthier in spirit?


Were you able to let go of some of the bad and replace with some of the good?


Jesus Christ is the ultimate replacement.


Everyday He is what is needed to become a healthier you.


“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8


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