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Wash Those Clothes

wash clothes cartoonIt has been really funny lately in just about every dream I have had for the last few weeks, either someone else or I am washing clothes.  My friends have also dreamed of washing clothes.  Here are some interpretations I got:

Washing may represent inner cleansing. It is getting rid of old attitudes, habits and emotional reactions. It also may symbolize an improvement in the way you present yourself to the world. Having a dream about washing clothes is a sign of a change for the better in life, but at the same time, it is a warning, which tells you to live up to look alive.  To dream that your clothes are soiled and you are trying to clean them signifies your attempts to change something about your character. You may need to change your old habits and old ways of thinking.

So, I feel as though we all need to do laundry on a daily basis.  The Word of God tells us to be renewed in our mind. 

Romans 12:1-2 Dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God.  Let them be a living sacrifice, holy, the kind He can accept.  When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.  Be renewed in your mind daily.

washing tub

 

Once we have professed Jesus Christ and are born again, it doesn’t stop there.  Our flesh is always being controlled by our mind.  Your body does what your mind tells it to do. You mind controls your thoughts. It tells your mouth what words to speak. It tells your eyes what to look at. It tells your ears what things to pay attention to and what things to tune out. It tells your brain what to think about. To renew your mind is letting that born again believer work at getting new holy attitudes, ideals, opinions, desires, and goals.  What happens in most people’s life, they come to church, get saved but stop growing or renewing their mind.  Their mind only gets nourished on church days and the rest of the week it is check out time and back to the old way of stinking thinking.  

Some people believe once they are saved, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are going to keep them out of sin.  But the truth is, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are both there to help but they will only help and assist if your mind will let them. God doesn’t force Himself on anyone.  He lets you choose. This is why so many believers continue to commit the same old sins and have the same old shortcomings that they had before they were saved, not because they really didn’t repent but because their mindset is still the same. God isn’t suddenly going to show up and magically change a person into a non-sinning happy and contented believer. People are still going to have a temper problem and still get angry.  They will continue to succumb to the lure of alcohol, drugs or sex.  Temptations do not cease just because a person goes to church.  It is also hard to renew the mind if sinful activities continue to be a part of the environment or lifestyle.  The Holy Spirit is there to give you a way out, but you must choose that way out.  The sad truth is that many people who are born again still live in misery. Still are depressed. Still have thoughts of suicide. Still curse people out. Still beat up the kids. Still drink too much. So many born again Christians have to put on fake identities so that it appears to the world that they are happy sinless Christian followers of Jesus Christ all because they do not “wash clothes on a daily basis”.When a person repents it is telling God that you really and truly want to change your life around and that you are going to do everything in your power to change. It is here that God gives you a new heart, but that new heart is not enough. It is still vitally important for you to change the way you think about your inner man.   When you combine the new heart with a new mindset that is when the change takes place.  It is when you make up your mind to fully surrender to Jesus Christ, giving your all.  It is not an easy task at first and it takes work and effort but God will help you through.  Washing your clothes puts you on the path to spiritual growth and spiritual maturity. Remember that your mind is the thing that has control over every single one of your actions. If you don’t renew your mind, your flesh is still going to control you because your mind is influenced by worldly things and not of holiness.  Until you are willing to put your born again experience into daily, minute by minute practice by changing the way your mind looks at everything, you will see little if any improvement in your physical or spiritual lives. It takes a daily commitment to turn your back on sin,  you have to keep on doing this until your mind no longer wants your body to commit that sin. And you do the same thing not only with each sin, but you must do it with each bad memory, each depressing feeling, each and every thing that takes your focus off of God and places it on you and your problems. See what I mean about the hard work and all the effort that it takes to renew your mind? It is certainly not easy to renew one’s mind. As you can easily see, renewing your mind is not a one-time event but rather it is a life long process. It’s a lifestyle. Just like washing clothes, we can’t continue to wear the same outfit day after day without washing it.  We would be not only an unattractive sight but also stink in ways unimaginable.  That is why the renewing of a person’s mind, is only possible for a believer who sincerely wants to live a Godly life. Renewing of the mind is only for the believer who truly wants to surrender their life completely and fully over to Jesus Christ. Renewing of the mind is only for that believer who truly loves change, but only if it is in harmony with the Word.  Renewing of the mind is not for the part time Christian or for the Christian who obeys God only when it suits him.

So the important thing when it comes to renewing your mind or to “wash your clothes” is to stay in a constant state of prayerful communication with Jesus Christ.  It is being consistant in keeping your focus on Jesus.  Don’t you think it is about time you wash your clothes?

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17 thoughts on “Wash Those Clothes”

  1. This is awesome. I’m gonna post this on my blog…this is good stuff! – U rock Pastor Melissa Phillips.

  2. I had a dream last night about washing clothes and some of the clothes were not mine, but it was in my responsibilty, (right now I am helping my niece to learn to renew her mind and gt through the most difficult situation she has gone through… I get a real witness to this blog, thank you for posting this and i am saving this link.

  3. Thank you so much for putting this in Biblical terms. It actually lines up with the season Im in right now.

  4. May the God of peace bless you.Last night i dream of pure white washing in a bath with clean water it looks like the washing was washed in jik or bleach i was very excited to saw the washing in my dream, in my dream i remember i tought to myself that i’m going to took my girls white socks and wash them in jik or bleach, so that it can became white like this washing that i saw.

  5. God bless you pastor Melissa, while I was looking up for my dream interpretation of “washing clothes” I stumbled on your blog. It has really helped me and explained in details what it really meant to wash clothes in the dream. I also love the way you backed it up with scriptural passages. God will continue to anoint you and your family and ministry in Jesus Name.Amen

  6. Thank you so much. I also have dreams about washing my clothes. But mostly I have dreams about having to use the bathroom, but I could never find one. Or the bathrooms that I find are filthy or very very tiny that I could not use them. There are always something wrong with the bathrooms. Sometimes I have people that are blocking my way to them. What do you think that means? I know that God will show me. I was just wondering if you have some verses for me to look at.

  7. Thank you for your comment Karen. Going to the bathroom means you have a great desire to “cleanse” yourself, Bathrooms always represents cleansing. It could be something you are unhappy about with yourself and want to change or have a desire to “get rid of” such as bad habits etc. Something wrong with the bathrooms could be a critical attitude about finding the right one (much like trying to find a church because they would be all hypocrites or people who are not what they seem to be) but also may seem there is not a right answer for your issues or concerns and that frustrates you to believe why change. If people are blocking your way, there could be people in your way to prevent you from changing for the better. Continue to pray about asking God to show you your answer you are seeking. You can hear God’s voice thru spoken Word/Bible, intuitions, thoughts, natural manifestations, circumstances, other people, wisdom etc… so pay attention to what God could be trying to show you. Most of the time we always know we should change, however may not know how, why to do it and then we create excuses that prevents the when to change.

    You are on the right track, remember to “seek His ways, and His Kingdom and all things will be added …. ” God does want to show you, and He has in parts, but left up to us to search out the matter because its what kings do. (Proverbs)

    Hope that helps, just be a doer and not a hearer only. (James.) Prayers sent to you!

  8. I dream about my kids that I went to their school and I saw their uniforms is dirty, I took them to a room and I started washing their uniform in the bathroom and the water of the cloth is so dirty, what is the meaning.

  9. Thank you for your comment. The meaning of school usually means you are learning something new…. since it was about your children, pray for wisdom for God to show you how to help your children in some area of their lives… If they are grown children, they may need help coming clean in some areas of their own life and you will be a big help in the process. Hope that helps!

  10. I had a dream yesterday I went to my mother’s building with my son and opened her mailbox. It was full if my washed clothes that were wet, and needed to be dried. The mailbox was so full if my belongings, and felt overwhelmed. I asked my son with autism to help me carry it and he didn’t want to or didn’t understand. The following day I have another dream I am carrying my clothes to the laundromat to wash, and I see lot of available machines. Can you please interpret these two dreams? Thank you in advance.

  11. Thank you for asking! Going to your mother’s building and having your son is a generational thing. Since you opened her mailbox (a place where something you receive or give = mail) you have received some character traits from her (since they were your clothes) since they were wet, they were not wearable just yet and there is something you must do before you can put on the character you wish to have. These traits/character/attitudes or change of heart is only for you to carry and prepare, no one else can do it for you. My solution is to pray about what God is trying to show you on how to change and your mother may be already telling you how but you are trying to receive it but just not ready to change.

    The next dream, you are also ready to change (going to laundromat to wash) God has give you many options (many washers) and times to make that change but it is up to you now.

    So this is my final thoughts: You are ready for not only an inner change, but an outward change (others will notice). Your mother has a big input and maybe has given her input on how to or direction of wisdom. She has already prepared you but you must make the final change because no one can actually change you – only you can. God is there for you as you prepare and make that change!

    Hope that helps!
    Melissa

  12. I am so impressed with your article on dreams about washing clothes, I stumbled on it cos I have been searching for the meaning of my constantly dreaming of washing clothes and dishes. Even this morning I still dreamt of washing my clothes. I also wash other poeple’s clothes, sweep the environment. In-fact,my dreams for the past days has been on constant cleaning of clothes, dishes, environment. I wonder what God is trying to teach me, am not yet getting it clearly, can you be of a help please?

  13. Thank you for your comment. Pray about what you are to learn in this situation, even if you feel good and know your heart is clean, could there be an underlying issue that you are not coming clean with? Or it could be you are trying to control others? The dreamer is always the best interpreter…. just pray and ask God to show you. 🙂 Hope that helps!

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