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Clean Versus Unclean

 When as human beings try to define the word clean we consider the exterior of things because of what we see with our eyes. We spend a lot of time removing dust and polishing our possessions to make them both usable and attractive. On the other hand, machines need to be disassembled periodically to repair and in the process we clean and oil the interior parts. This is when we truly discover that a dirty machine will wear out much faster than a clean one and something must be done to keep the machine into working order.  

The person with a mechanical aptitude understands that dirty machinery wears out faster than those cleaned and oiled frequently do.  Somehow tiny specks of grit work their way through seals to critical joints between working parts and grind and destroy some of the parts during normal use.  Eventually these parts break under normal conditions and damage other parts of the machine.

Americans are taught a wide range of personal hygiene, which promotes good health. They are taught the negative side of bacteria and what germs can cause. When it involves the food we eat we wash the food, the dishes and our hands to remain healthy. Even as we grow up, we are given baths by mom or dad and later in life we are expected to bathe daily as a normal part of life.  Mom thinks itís important enough to tell her children, donít forget to wash behind the ears and brush your teeth.

Letís not forget that mom washes the dishes and clothes, mops the floors, and demands that you clean your room.  The windows are cleaned once a year, and if someone is invited over there is a mad rush to pick up the newspapers put the pillows back in place and throw the trash away.  The housekeeper makes a good impression, but this makes the house look like a showcase, as if no one lived there.  Still this practice is an attempt to hide the poor living habits of those living in your home.

The bible tells us that the Pharisees went overboard to make public displays of being religious in everything they did. Jesus said even though they appeared to be religious they neglected the more important matters of the law regarding justice, mercy and faithfulness. Jesus said that men saw them as saints of the most high God, but what was treasured in the heart made them wicked men. They harbored greed, self-indulgence, hypocrisy and covered it with acts people thought was righteous before God.  

Jesus spoke of a different kind of cleanliness, a cleanliness of the heart. God sees our life from a different perspective, not so much as a physical being, but as a spiritual being. The bible tells us that God doesnít look at man in the same way men do.

God is concerned with the condition of the heart that guides our spiritual life. It is easier to take a bath, scent our bodies with perfume and cologne, comb our hair and dress in the finest apparel than to rid our minds of the filth of this world. Men are experts at making a good impression until they speak. When they speak they display the treasures that is eating away at their heart.

Thoughts harbored in our hearts are the steering mechanism that motivates our decisions and the deeds that follow. When men allow evil thoughts to guide their life, their friends and relatives will see their faults. No matter how good you are at covering your sins, God will know about them. Your words and deeds that you display testify to the nature of your being.

The Pharisees trusted in the relation of being Abraham children who were Godís chosen people. Jesus said,

The Pharisees knew the law of God and yet served God their own way and often nullified Godís word by the way they lived. Hundreds of prophecies were fulfilled before their eyes yet in their eyes it was impossible for Jesus to be God in the Pharisees eyes. The words Jesus spoke at his trial were words the Pharisees refused to believe and condemned Jesus to death.  As far as they were concerned Jesus was just another man claiming to be Godís son.

Paul wrote that it was a spiritual act of worship to renew our minds to know Godís good, pleasing and complete will. He wrote that we should think about things that are noble, true, admirable and praiseworthy, (Philippians 4:8). He said that Jesus gave his life for the church cleansing the church with water of the word, (Ephesians 5:25-27). John writes that the blood of Jesus Christ purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7). To summarize these thoughts spending sufficient time in Godís word an cleanse you of evil thoughts. Remember what Jesus said to his disciples,

In Godís sight, sin is the moral corruption of our spirit that separates him from us. The contamination from sin corrupts the qualities of good in men and women and must be removed. It is written that sin cannot be atoned for without the shedding of blood. In addition we must confess our sin and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior..

Maintaining our cleanliness before God requires every Christian to bathe our spirits in Godís word by the washing with water through the word. This takes your time and effort on your part. At the same time take his words of instruction to heart.

To God uncleanness is likening to the speck of dirt in a precious gem, but it is the one part that completely ruins the value of the stone. God has a collection of precious stones surrounding his throne known as the crystal sea. Every stone in his collection was hand picked for their purity. They sparkle with clarity reflecting the glorious light of their God and Savior. Therefore do not expect God to choose a defective stone corrupted with evil to be in his collection? In Godís sight, sin is the corrupted morals of our spirit that separates us from God. The contamination from sin corrupts the qualities of good in men and women and must be removed. It is written that sin cannot be atoned for without the shedding of blood. In addition we must confess our sin and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

Maintaining our cleanliness before God requires every Christian to bathe our spirits in Godís word by the washing with water through the word. This takes your time and effort on your part. At the same time take his words of instruction to heart.

To God uncleanness is likening to the speck of dirt in a precious gem, but it is the substance that completely ruins the value of a diamond. God has a collection of precious stones surrounding his throne known as the crystal sea. Every stone in his collection was handpicked for their purity. They sparkle with clarity reflecting the glorious light of their God and Savior. Therefore do not expect God to choose a blemished stone corrupted with evil to be in his collection?

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