Cleansing The Mind: How To Erase Impure Images

This message is meant to help believers deal with the problem of impure images evolving or reoccurring in the realm of the mind. In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that 'faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.'

It is also possible to translate this sentence as follows: 'Faith is a concrete reality of the things that one dreams (enthuses/wishes and/or imagines) which are just in a visual form.'
Faith And The Word of God
God seeks to see what captures our hearts, because we (progressively) begin to believe the things that bind our hearts, so that in the end we have developed enough faith for it to happen in our lives. For this reason it is important to allow the Word of God to capture our hearts with its truth.
The only way we can 'dream' about the things of the Word of God in our lives, is to have an anchor for this reality in our hearts, and to position ourselves in the place of truth so that in the end these things come into the visible. Faith, therefore, is a tangible 'matter' and not something unreal. It is a tangible substance that is present in the realm of the mind.
The Gate Of Faith
Faith acts like a gate and it is therefore important that it functions properly in our life. This happens when we are at this place in the Spirit and begin to work with it, which means, we have the Word of God and believe it. In doing so, we allow the Word of God to capture our mind, so that we begin to think about it and learn or rather internalize the 'information' contained therein.
The things that capture our heart will begin to take shape in our lives, because that which binds our inner man begins to become real for us. Thus, faith is the reality of heaven, as well as the sphere that surrounds our life.
Romans 11:17 says that 'faith comes from what is heard and what is heard by the word of Christ.'
This means, it is the Word of God which speaks, and it is the Spirit of the Lord who gives the Word of God voice when we begin to speak the Word. This leads to wisdom unfolding in our lives.
God's Desire For Us
God, the LORD, wants us, His people, to have faith. It is faith that is linked to 'dreaming' about things in the Word of God or to ponder about them, until they become reality in our lives. This pondering taking place in our imagination is the essential key point for the presence of God and the realm of Heaven.
The Pictographic Language of God
God always speaks in pictures, which is why the Hebrew letters (note: the alphabet of God's chosen people), among other things, have a pictographic meaning.
When the Word of God speaks of a supernatural visitation of God, it more frequently means, the Word of the Lord which came to persons, whereupon they began to see so that they might hear (see Genesis 15:1; Job 13:1; Ezekiel 1:3-4; Matthew 13:17; Revelation 14:1-2).
Genesis 15:1:
1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
Job 13:1:
1 “My eyes have seen all this, my ears have heard and understood it. …”
Ezekiel 1:3-4:
… 3 the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.1 There the hand of the Lord was on him.
4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north – an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, …
Matthew 13:17:
17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
Revelation 14:1-2:
1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
Seeing The Lord
It is important to note that it is not a question of merely hearing the voice of God [alone] but of seeing the Lord (see Job 42:5, Revelation 1:10.12).
Job 42:5:
5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
Revelation 1:10.12:
10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, …
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, …
With God, all the things He speaks into existence are first visible before Him in order to be transferred into the natural world (see Romans 4:17).
Romans 4:17:
17 As it is written (see Genesis 17:5): “I have made you (note: Abraham) a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
For this reason Jesus, while living on earth as a human being, did what He saw the Father doing (John 5:19.43a.47; John 12:49; John 14:10).
John 5:19.43a.47:
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. …
43 I have come in my Father’s name, …
47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
John 12:49:
49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.
John 14:10:
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
This divine principle is unchangeable, and this is also the reason why the enemy is attacking people in the realm of the mind in order to induce them to take his evil impulses and to implement them in the visible realm.
The Cleansing Of The Conscience
With this understanding it is so important that we, as people of God, apply the blood of Jesus Christ by purifying our conscience in order to stand in the ministry of the living God (see Hebrews 9:14 i.c.w. Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23-24).
Hebrews 9:14:
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
Romans 12:2:
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:23-24:
… 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
The Submission Of The Soul
At the point, where we as believers do not have faith for what the word of God says, it becomes necessary that our soul is submitted to the order of the spirit which is within us. As a result we begin to linger and ponder about the divine truth of God, so that the thoughts we have in accordance to the will of God, come into the visible by our inner attitude (we consider it to be true), our words and acts.
God requires our submission and surrender. When we are submitted in surrender to Him, then we have the resurrection power of surrender.
The Fight Against Iniquity And The Power Of The Glory Of God
The greatest struggle we face as human beings is the struggle with sin/iniquity. We are struggling with sin, because we usually try to discipline it from the outside to the inside, rather than transforming it from the inside out.
If one stumbles in certain areas of sin, it is important to receive the flow of the glory of God which flows from the spirit man into these realms and eliminates the darkness. This changes the whole life and nature of the procedure. This change takes place only at the point, where the fire of God is allowed to move so that everything that rises up against the knowledge of God is consumed (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
2 Corinthians 10:3-5:
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The Knowledge Of God And The Pretension Against It
The problems we are struggling with in our thoughts are things that are in the high places and rise against (pretension) the knowledge of God. The knowledge of God is based on faith and revelation. It is based on the reality of the Word of God; not merely on the written knowledge, but on revelatory knowledge.
The false arising or pretension of things may be noticed, among other things, by the fact that one is in a time of worship, where God's presence is present, and suddenly impure thoughts arise which one doesn't rule over by taking them captive to make them obedient to Christ.
This leads to the sudden disappearance of the Lord's atmosphere.
It is important to deal with the things or impure images that prevent someone from receiving divine revelation by placing them under the influence of the glory of God which the person carries through Jesus Christ in him-/herself.
The images are not under submission by controlling them, but by giving them to the process of the holy consummation of God (note: With this, the process is effected by the power of God, not by one's own.).
How Can Someone Remove Impure Imaginations From The Mind?
As already mentioned above, according to Hebrews 9:14, one needs to apply the blood of Jesus. This application requires unrestrained faith or trust.
Hebrews 9:14:
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
For the blood of Jesus to become active, it needs the confession of false images, which one has and by which one is captured. This is achieved by recognizing its presence in ones life and the decision that the respective person doesn't want them any longer or wants to get rid of them (see 1 John 1:7.9).
1 John 1:7.9:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. …
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The Confession And Cleansing Of The Three Inner Levels
The process of confession touches the mind (note: intellect), the emotions and the will of a person. All three areas must be delivered from the 'waste'.
If an area in the soul is not purified, these impure images still have influence.
If someone, for example, is only delivered in the intellect but not in the realm of the emotions, then an external control by own power is gained of the unclean images; this produces a discipline by ones own strength which can't endure long enough to keep the life in victory, because the realm of the emotions in the respective person isn't cleansed, so that the person is subtly seduced.
Our impressions as well as imaginations which don't coincide with the Word of God, correspond to the powers of conviction that are strengthened or 'nourished' by our emotions (note: the area of feelings and needs). Hence, the change of the realm of the emotions/feelings is also necessary (see Philippians 3:8).
Philippians 3:8:
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ …
It is important that the person, who wants to be delivered from unclean images, intentionally removes these images from his/her life through the power of confession by cleansing these images through the blood of Jesus and thus enters the process of divine restoration.
Each unclean picture (note: imagination) should be completely filled with the blood of Jesus, so that there is only a red surface on the picture. As a result the evil is destroyed by the power of the blood of Jesus and replaced with the presence of His life.
In this way one forgets the past and moves forward confidently with Jesus Christ (see Philippians 3:13-14). The obligation here is, accordingly, the agreement with, as well as the submission to the truth which is the Word of God.
Philippians 3:13-14:
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Each individual believer must carry out this process for him-/herself, even if he/she is accompanied or advised by competent believers. This will result in the delivered believer developing a personal and powerful testimony (see Revelation 12:11).
Revelation 12:11:
11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Approach For Deliverance
If a believer is troubled by unclean or evil thoughts and really wants to get delivered from them, then I would like to encourage the respective believer to place his/her hands on their own belly because there is the seat of the Spirit (see John 7:38).
John 7:38:
38 Whoever believes in me (note. Jesus Christ), as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
Now the believer should be aware that he/she is before the throne of grace in Jesus Christ in order to receive the power of the blood of Jesus in his/her life, so that he/she can serve the living God in a new way (see Hebrews 4:16 i.c.w. Isaiah 1:18; Hebrews 9:14).
Hebrews 4:16:
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Isaiah 1:18:
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Hebrews 9:14:
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
When the believer is aware that he/she is in front of the throne of grace through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, I would like to ask every person concerned (note: anybody, who feels that this is directed/aimed at them), who is struggling with an unclean picture or pictures in their thoughts, to reflect it in the truth of God in their mind in front of the throne of grace.
Now you should be aware of the picture as well as of the perception of God according to your absolute consent to His point of view and confess it.
Sin not afterwards, have no desire for it, and be not thereby controlled. Just recognize it as sin before God in your life because if you possess something, you can also get rid of it (as in 'becoming free of it').
It can also help, if you realize that you cover the unclean picture in your thoughts, as if painting it with a brush and red color. Now take the image that got painted over with the blood of Jesus and hang it up in the spirit realm while you look at it. Now claim the forgiveness of the blood of Jesus, which is equivalent to a whole new unpainted white picture (see Isaiah 1:18).
At this point, thank your Heavenly Father for placing you as a spiritual being in a human body and who justified you through Jesus Christ to be in His holy presence, as well as carrying the presence of Heaven in you. Thank your Heavenly Father that His authority and dominion, as well as the sphere of Heaven are living in your spirit.
You can say the prayer as follows (note: in the presence of a mature, trustworthy believer):
'Father, today, in the name of Jesus Christ, I apply the blood that redeems and purifies.
Father, there is strength in this blood to restore my soul. There is the power in the blood of Jesus to cleanse me of the pollution of the control of my soul.
Father, today I take the unclean picture in Jesus' name and take the blood and begin to paint it completely. Thank you Holy Spirit!
Jesus, I destroy the image with your blood, and speak today to the image that you are redeemed from the power of the enemy. I am redeemed from the unclean influence!
I decree that I am redeemed by the power of the blood from the evil influence of the unclean picture! I am redeemed from its influence! I am free from this impure power over my life in the name of Jesus Christ!'
You can repeat this procedure with any image (or 'object of false worship') that oppresses you.
Be sure to celebrate the victory of Jesus in your life by glorifying Him with your body (see Romans 6:13), and invite some friends for a meal to share your testimony with them, if you like.
Romans 6:13:
13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
(Note: This message is based on a revelatory teaching from the book 'Realms of the Kingdom Volume I', ISBN: 978-1-911251-01-9 by Ian Clayton)
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm
In link with this message I want to suggest the prophetic teaching 'The trap of 'Pornography' and the key to be delivered from it!' which also is published on CRAZYCHRISTIANS.