Genesis 3:14 (AMP) And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all [domestic] animals and above every [wild] living thing of the field; upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust [and what it contains] all the days of your life.
We live in a dirty world. Whether we listen to the news, watch a movie, or even take a drive through town, we are likely going to be exposed to something foul. Something that can upset us or trigger our emotions to do something we do not want to do. Whether it is being rude to a worker or even something lustful, we are going to get dirty once in a while.
The devil eats dirt. Dirty people attract the devil. He will use the dirt to torment you with accusations. At one time I would fall for his tricks. I thought I had to avoid God until I dealt with the sin on my own. I would not even pray until I confessed it and repented. This could take minutes---or even hours. In any case, it was a time of separation from God and that defeats the purpose of the cross.
Fortunately for us, God has given us an anti-bacterial cleanser. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:26 (AMP), "So that He [Jesus] might sanctify her [the church], having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word." So how does the Word wash the filth off?
The Bible tells us in John 1:14
And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us." Therefore, Jesus is the Word. He does the cleaning. When we turn to Him, He washes the dirt away.
When we spend time with Jesus through prayer or devotions, He is taking away unclean habits and desires. Like regular bathing keeps us clean on the outside, regular devotions will keep you clean on the inside. Most of the time, a quick rinse is all we need. Over time, the devil loses his appetite for us because we do not have enough dirt for him to feed on.
Keep yourself clean with Jesus.