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Dirty Jobs

April 23, 2018

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Dirty Jobs

Many of us have had the privilege  of doing dirty jobs.     It could be anything  from changing diapers;  cleaning the barn  or chicken coop;  cleaning the bathroom;  cleaning up after the puppy  that made a mess;  doing greasy,  mechanical work;  working in the sewer department;  being a garbage collector,  or anything else along those lines.

When we are done  with each dirty job,  we are most glad  to get cleaned up again,  and have that wonderful feeling  of being clean.     It is so good  to be freshly scrubbed  from head to toe  after doing a dirty job.     And,  so much better and more purifying is  to become spiritually clean  when Jesus washes away  all our filthy sins.     1 John 1:7-10 states,

The blood  of Jesus His Son  cleanses us  from all sin.

If we say  that we have no sin,  we are deceiving ourselves,  and the truth is not  in us.     If we confess our sins,  He is faithful and righteous  to forgive us  our sins  and to cleanse us  from all unrighteousness.

If we say  that we have not sinned,  we make Him  a liar,  and His word  is not in us.

The bottom line is:   the blood of Jesus cleanses us  from every single sin  we have committed.     There is no room  for doubt.     When we confess our sins  to the Lord  and repent,  Jesus is so glad  to wash all our sins away.     That’s the whole reason why He suffered  and died  for us.    He wants us  to come to Him  and get our lives turned around.

What’s the sense of claiming  that we have no sin.     That’s either a sneering,  outright lie  or it comes  from a person  who is “blind in one eye  and can’t see out the other”.     It’s foolish  to be so arrogant.     Such arrogance only condemns us  all the more  because we would be calling God Almighty  a liar.     When you think about it,  liars like to call everyone else  a liar  in order to hide  their own lies.

Jesus said something very important  about becoming spiritually clean.     In John 15:3,  He told all His followers,

You are already clean  because of the word  which I have spoken  to you.

It is the power  of God’s word  that cleanses us.     In other words,  God’s word is faithful  and totally true.     When God makes a promise,  we can count on Him  to keep His word.     So,  when all of the Old Testament points  to a coming Savior,  and all those prophecies come true  in the one man,  Jesus Christ  —  and,  we are told  from the beginning  that the suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Jesus will cleanse us  of all our sins  —  believing all of that word  of God  cleanses us spiritually.

We simply have no reason  to doubt God’s promise  of forgiveness.     Think of the accounts  where prostitutes were forgiven,  and people with demons  were healed,  the thief on the cross  was taken to heaven,  tax collectors were forgiven,  etc.     When God says “all” sins are forgiven  to everyone  who repents,  that word is powerful.     It includes everyone.

God wants us  to be free  from the burden  of our sins.     So,  He promises  in Jeremiah 33:8,

I will cleanse them  from all their iniquity  by which they have sinned  against Me,   and I will pardon  all their iniquities  by which they have sinned  against Me,  and by which they have transgressed  against Me.

God is the almighty cleanser.     Trust Him  to do the job for you,  so that you may be free  to live in peace  and a close relationship  with our Redeemer.     Being freshly cleansed,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You are almighty  and faithful  to save.”

Love,
Margaret

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Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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