Cleansing the heart…
My old nature can keep me from feeling fully assured in God.
My old nature is my mindsets, stronghold, behaviors, and character that were not touched in my born again nature at salvation can and have at times prevented me from feeling secure in my faith in God.
The old nature resides in my soul(mind, will, and emotions). These components of by being have to go through a transformation to have better more active faith on God. Whereas, at salvation my spirit man was reborn and changed instantly, my soul and body went untouched.
You are a spiritual being that possess a soul that lives in a body.
-Juanita Gibbs, Pastor
Reformation Developmental Center
So, one third of my being was cleansed from old ways. The other two thirds have to be worked on to change. Faith without works is dead.
I have to take to heart that by faith I was saved by the finished works of Jesus on the cross, and thus begin to work on changing me at my soul (mind, will and emotions) and then it will reflect in the body the faith God had set out for humanity to have in Him.
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22 NASB
Drawing near to God is the premise for cleansing my soul. By getting to know Him by His word on a deep level, worshipping God and expressing love for who He is in communion in prayer, thanksgiving, supplication to know whom I belong.
This opens me up to having the full assurance of faith in God. Getting to know Him and His character and love that He has for me and the world. To fully trust that He knows what He is doing in my life and His plans and purposes for me are good.
Its a journey to cleanse the soul and a worthwhile one at that. It has begun to change me on levels that is reflective in my body and character and more to come as I continue in it.
God set before me a wonderful leader of whom I quoted above that He uses to help cultivate and shape my life to be what He said in His word it should be. Without His using of her in my life my old nature would be continuing to run the day and my faith be small.