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Some Light On Laundry Day??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #89
Yes, it’s laundry day at our house–and I just thought that we might consider what else needs to be “laundered” in my life and yours! Sometimes as we do the laundry, it’s relatively normal, and then there are those times that those little stains have become giant problems, and we have to soak, and scrub, and sometimes even wash them multiple times. We don’t usually like to wear stained clothing. But what are we doing with our spiritual garments? Are we walking in spotty clothing, or filthy garments? What does God see in our lives–is HE convicting us to “do the laundry”, or maybe some scrubbing, or soaking, or repentance!
“If we confess our sins,
he is faithful
to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
The word ‘confess’ is a word that means to “agree with God” about our sin. So often we compare ourselves to others–those who have “real issues”! But we are called to line our lives up with The Word of God, to walk and live by God’s standard not our own, or the world’s! Where have we been walking? Have we been rolling in the mud of sin? Have we gotten stained with the dirt of the world we are walking through. Jesus had something to say about that when he was with the disciples on that last night before His death.
“Jesus answered and said unto him,
What I do thou knowest not now;
but thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith unto him,
Thou shalt never wash my feet.
Jesus answered him,
If I wash thee not,
thou hast no part with me.
9 Simon Peter saith unto him,
Lord, not my feet only,
but also my hands and my head.
10 Jesus saith to him,
He that is washed
needeth not save to wash his feet,
but is clean every whit:
and ye are clean,
but not all.
11 For he knew who should betray him;
therefore said he,
Ye are not all clean.” John 13:7-11
When we come to Jesus in repentance of ‘my’ sin, and faith in HIS substitutionary (in our place), atoning (made right with God) sacrifice (the payment due for my sin), we are cleansed by HIS blood–the sacrifice for our sin that Jesus made at Calvary. But we are still in the body of flesh and walking around in a world of sin, with an enemy “seeking whom he may devour” at every turn. So, the main question is, “Am I washed in the blood of The Lamb?”; and if I am then I am to be continually washing of my feet that are on this worldly road. But even as Jesus said of Judas Iscariot, there are many (See Matthew 7:11-29) who claim His name without His cleansing blood, and without HIS blood there is “no remission of sin”! Paul makes it clear that SIN IS the issue.
“For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin
but the gift of God
is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
The Apostle John gives us a message straight from heaven!
“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me,
What are these which are arrayed in white robes?
and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him,
Sir, thou knowest.
And he said to me,
These are they
which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes,
and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:13-14
The Apostle John had more to say about the “blood of The Lamb” and the work of the Holy Spirit in giving “new birth” to those who respond to the call of God on their hearts in repentance and faith! And remember, Jesus IS truth (see John 15:6)!
“If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness,
and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:6-8
“But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them
that believe on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.” John 1:12-13
In conclusion, if you have been ‘born again’ (See John 3:1-19) by the blood of the Lamb, and have washed your garments clean, you have only to walk in THE LIGHT and wash your feet–staying away from the ‘pig pen’, for we have been saved, cleansed, and kept by the One whose blood paid for our sin and gives us eternal life.
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
If you haven’t been ‘born again’, I invite you to listen to the voice of Jesus calling to your heart by the power of HIS Holy Spirit. If HE is knocking at your door, please open to HIM today, and we can walk together in light, and keep our garments clean! Here is some food for thought–see you next time.
I stand at the door,
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,
let us cleanse ourselves
from all filthiness
of the flesh
in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
“Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands,
and purify your hearts,
ye double minded.” James 4:8
“And to her was granted
that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white:
for the fine linen
is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:8
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God,
who hath reconciled us to himself
by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us
the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us
the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God did beseech you by us:
we pray you in Christ’s stead,
be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness
of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.