February 28, 2021
Cleansing is important. But workers of iniquity stay filthy. If you don’t keep the filth out then stopping spiritual infection will fail. God’s word is daily source for the “washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5). Jesus stated that his disciples would be “clean through the word (John 15:3).” Paul instructed the Corinthians that their past lives of sin and seduction should remind of the power of the Gospel because they were “washed”, made clean from their past. (I Corinthians 6:11) Paul also informed the disciples at Ephesus that Jesus gave himself for the church that he might “cleanse it with the washing of the water by the Word.” (Ephesians 5:26)
If you keep rubbing dirt in the wound how can it heal? If you keep giving your ear to gossip how your trust repair from past betrayal? If you let the mud of accusation be smeared on your injured faith how can it recover? Stay clean through the preaching of the Word. Stay disinfected from doubts and lingering failures by applying the ointment of truth, the balm of Gilead. You need some salve, not fifteen more minutes of the latest headline news that confuses and angers you. Take a break from social networks and the grime of gossip contaminating your spirit. Listen to His Word. Let the counsel of Scripture wash your mind from strife and needless stress.
I see bandaged people looking for complete healing, but their bandages are being removed by dirty hands, hateful people, and apostate teachers. They are not helping the wound. They are worsening the wound, infecting it with the touch of unclean doctrines. And you wonder why you become more suspicious of the church? And you question things that used to convict you. And you open channels of thought you would never have allowed yourself to tune into when you were clean through His Word. Listen now…