Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Only the Lord Can Make Us Clean

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

If you know this old hymn, sing it with me:

What can wash away my sins?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus! 

Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow. 
No other fount I know;
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

When we first become Christ followers, there seems to be a heightened awareness of sin. There is a purpose for that, I think, even though it can weigh heavily on our minds. That heightened awareness of sin is to teach us a great truth: We are incapable of removing the stain of our sin. Only God can do that! It’s also true that we cannot heal ourselves of the shame of our sin. 

Sin is a grave ordeal, whether it is the sins we have committed or the ones committed against us. Sin is treacherous because it can leave you under a heavy weight of filth and shame. You want to be clean inside and out, but you just can’t do it. Hallelujah, God can! 

Here’s how the Lord’s half brother put it, Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen! [Jude 24-25]

That’s how powerful God is. He can joyfully present you and me blameless before Himself because of what Christ has done for us at Calvary’s cross. 

Incredible? Yes. So what do we do about that? I suggest you bow your knee humbly before the Lord. Or try this: Raise your hearts and hands toward heaven in worship and thanksgiving!

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3.4-7

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