“Use soap and water!” Momma said. It is the same with spiritual cleansing. This is how you begin to cleanse yourself to prepare to meet God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
The promises Paul speaks of are:
- He will dwell among us and walk among us;
- He will be our God and we will be His people;
- Separate yourselves from [the godless] and do not touch any unclean thing and He will welcome us;
- He will be a Father to us and we will be sons and daughters to Him (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
Because of these promises, we must cleanse and purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit.
Everything is made clean by water or by fire (Numbers 31:23).
The water is the Word applied to our lives. It washes and cleanses us. We are clean through the Word spoken to us by God (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26).
Fire represents judgment or zeal. Zeal is a necessary element for judging ourselves. Apart from zeal we will not change. Jesus commanded the Lukewarm Church to be zealous and repent (Revelation 3:19).
We must judge by rewarding the good and punishing the bad (John 7:24, Psalm 37:27-29, Micah 6:8). We must judge ourselves as well (Lamentations 3:40, 2 Corinthians 13:5, 1 Corinthians 11:31).
Those things that stubbornly refuse to be cleansed by water must be cleansed by fire—zeal and justice.
Perfecting holiness out of reverence for God
Holiness is the state of being set apart and belong to God. Anything committed, dedicated, and exclusively set apart for God becomes holy. We are called upon to perfect our devotion and dedication to God out of reverence for Him.
He is worthy of our all. We are called to perfect our devotion to God by choosing God always.
God is hidden from the sinner and the carnal believer (Isaiah 45:15, 59:2). Our sins blind us and leave us staggering in the dark (Isaiah 42:18-20, John 9: 39-41, 1 John 1:5, Ephesians 4:18).
If we want God to be in our midst and to be welcomed into His presence, then we must cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit by washing morning and evening in the water of the Word and applying the Word to our lives by DOING what He says.
Everything that does not cleanse easily must be dealt with harshly—judge your sin, punish it, reward what is good.
Only zeal can accomplish this. Therefore, be zealous and repent. Make your commitment to God total and complete.
Lord God, Father, I choose the path of zeal and repentance. I will follow You. I will apply the water and the fire to my life until I am completely Yours.
Help me! Transform me by revealing Yourself to me! Purify me and I will be clean, wash me and I will be whiter than snow! Grant me the joy and gladness of Your presence that I may rejoice fully in You! Teach me to turn away from all sin and uncleanness and to always seek Your face.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
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