Thursday, September 26, 2013

SELF-CLEANSING

TEXT: Hebrew 10:19-23

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" 2 Corinthians 7:1.

God's desire is that His people will be clean outwardly and inwardly, Zechariah 3:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:23. He loves those whose hearts and lives are perfect towards Him and have made adequate provision for their all round cleansing, Heb 10:22. In Psalm 51:7, David prayed for God's cleansing. We also have a crucial role to play in this matter. It is our prayer that we will be blessed as we examine the issue of self-cleansing today, in Jesus name, Amen!!

WHAT IS SELF-CLEANSING?

Self-cleansing is a conscious and decisive effort put in by man to purge himself of all filthiness, 2 Corinthians 1:7, in order to become whole and acceptable to God, through the help of the Holy Spirit. In involves a thorough sanitation of a life whose filth has been revealed through the mirror of God's word. It is a renewal of ones mind Romans 12:2. 
It is putting away evil deeds, Isaiah 1:16, wickedness of the heart and impure thoughts, Jeremiah 4:14. It is giving no room for sin n one's life, Rom 6:12.

HOW CAN A MAN CLEANSE HIMSELF?

It is absolutely true that we are purged and cleansed through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Heb 9:14 and 22.
However, the Bible raises a fundamental question in Psalm 119:9, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?" The Bible also provides the answers, "...by taking heed thereto according to thy word." Having identified the grey areas in your life, take necessary steps to adjust and make changes. This will show that you fear God. 
Lay aside weights and besetting sins, Heb 12:1. 
Steer clear of the appearances of evil , 1 Thess 5:22.
Wash thoroughly in the water of God's word, Eph 5:26; Ezek 36:25; Heb 10:22.
Mortify the deeds of the flesh, Rom 8:13; Col. 3:5 and draw near to God James 4:8.

Self -Cleansing makes us honorable and useful vessels, 2 Timothy 2:21. It is essential for those that have the hope of eternal life with Jesus, 1 John 3:3. It provides a platform to appear before God blameless and to obtain answers to prayers, Heb 10:22; 4:6.

God bless you.

Pastor Edith