Defilement happens daily as your walk the earth.
Music videos, the words from the music, the dance steps can defile you.
It happens subtly. Then followed by guilt in your conscience.
Indulging in obscene words and movie scenes makes you feel separated from God.
The Lord knew you would ask question about how to deal with defilement…
…hence, He sent Jesus Christ to solve the problem.
Jesus made a provision to deal with defilement in His redemption work on the cross.
John 13 is a proof and guide on how you can handle defilements.
Before we discuss that in detail, you have to take note of the following points.
- Defilement does not cause a separation between you and God.
- As long as you keep your eye on Jesus, you are clean.
- The word of the Lord is the best way to wash defilement away from your body.
Christ’s sacrifice on the cross makes you appreciate what the Lord said in John 13.
Nothing can separate you from God.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers,
nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39.
Bad thought makes you feel separated from God.
Defilement comes from bad thought because if you fix your heart on a wrong thought it affects your body.
God is not in the business of finding fault with you.
If you understand that the Lord Jesus is looking out for your interest it will help you to deal with defilement.
One reason the enemy makes you aware of your errors in thoughts is to make you feel separated from God.
If you separated from God, you make wrong decisions that will continue to defile you.
Consider a branch and the tree.
It does not matter how improvised the branch looks…
If the branch remains attached to the vine, it will continue to receive nutrients from the tree.
This example is akin to your being conscious of no separation with God.
Do not let anyone talk you down when you make mistakes.
God is not surprised when you make mistakes.
Instead, He is more interested in what you do after you make a mistake.
Take your time to assure yourself that God is not far from you.
As the enemy tries to defile you, continue to fix your eyes on the promise of separation from God…
…this will help you deal with defilement as it comes.
Sanctification by Faith in Christ.
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 1 Corinthians 1:30
Sanctification means to be set apart.
It is another word for holiness.
Thus when you say Christ is my sanctification…
You are saying Christ is your holiness.
That shifts the weight of being right with God from your shoulder to Christ.
This claim happens by faith.
The reason this claim comes by faith is that the Lord knows the limitation of your thoughts and actions…
Thus for you to have an unshakeable ground to stand…
You have to receive the sanctification that comes by faith in Jesus Christ.
We both know that if our holiness depended on us we will fail in the next hour.
This is the reason it must be by the faith in Christ Jesus.
Through this faith, you have the assurance that you cannot be offensive to God.
Do you have bad imaginations when you worship God?
Sometimes you remember some defiling incidence when you are worshiping the Lord.
At those times, does it mean the Lord cuts you off?
No, because in the first place your holiness is not based on you but on Christ.
Ignoring defiling suggestions during worship is the key to dealing with defilement.
Your part is fix your heart on Jesus Christ and His finished work. He is your sanctification.
If you keep your heart fixed on him defiling thoughts have no choice but to leave.
As the priest so are the people.
On what ground can you claim that God judges you by the thoughts of your high priest instead of yours?
In Exodus when Moses received instructions on what will make up the high priest garment, the Lord mentioned a golden crown.
Moses engraved – Holiness to the Lord – on the crown.
Each time Aaron wore the crown he bore the iniquities of the people.
Anytime he appeared before the Lord for the people the Lord judged the people based on the thoughts and conducts of their high priest.
Hence, it did not matter what was going on in the people’s mind as long as the high priest is in line with the will and purpose of God.
Jesus Christ is your high priest. He represents you in the presence of the Father.
What do you think his thoughts are? Do you consider Him perfect in the presence of the Father?
The answer is yes. As Jesus is so are you in this world.
Jesus took care of all the bad thoughts you will have until the day you die.
God no longer looks at your thoughts to judge or deal with you.
The Father looks at the thoughts of His Son and reckons it to you.
This is the main reason you can claim Jesus’ sanctification as yours.
You need not struggle to win over negative thoughts.
Deal with defilement in your thoughts by focusing on your Lord and saviors thoughts – His word.
Have a bathe in the word.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
The word Jesus used for a bathe and wash in the verses are different in the Greek.
Bathe is louó in Greek, which means having an entire bath.
Jesus portrayed eternal salvation here showing that once you receive salvation in His name…
…you only need to wash your legs because of defilement that happen on the journey.
While the word wash, is niptó in the Greek. It means to cleanse.
You need to bathe once and to wash daily with the word.
Salvation happens once and cleansing happens daily.
Thus, as long as you spend time reading and meditating on the word…
…the word purifies you from the stains that come to you as you go about your business.
The assurance of righteousness.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. John 13:3-4
The word towel in the scripture above is “Lention” in the Greek.
Strong Exhaustive Concordance describes it as… Of Latin origin; a “linen” cloth, i.e. Apron — towel.
The linen cloth is the righteousness of Christ Jesus.
How do I know this…
Isaiah 11:5 – And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Revelation 19:8 – …for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
These scriptures show that linen girdle symbolizes the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
It does not matter the filth you have stumbled upon during the day…
After washing with the water of the word…
You must have the assurance of your righteous stand with the Lord.
Your righteousness is in heaven.
His name is Jesus Christ.
Don’t be deceived into believing that the defilement that happens during your daily activity will take away your righteous stand from God.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. And You have an everlasting righteousness through Christ.
Defilement is a daily phenomenon. You need constant bathe in the word for cleansing.
You have to make conscious efforts to know that nothing can separate you from God.
You have Jesus Christ as your high priest as God’s right hand.
The old covenant believers depended on the performance of their high priest.
If their high priest performed to the standards of God, blessings followed.
However, if he performed below expectation, punishment followed.
Jesus is your high priest. He is perfect and spotless at the Fathers right hand. Everything he has is yours. As He is, so are you in this world.
You have an everlasting righteousness with the Father.
Jesus Christ is your sanctification.
When you feel as if there is a separation between you and the Lord because of the wrong thoughts or actions that happen during a day…
Remind yourself that Christ remains your sanctification.
You are blameless in the sight of the Father because of your Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
What is your take on the subject of dealing with defilement?