Sunday, July 26, 2009

Keep it Clean

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord." 1 Chronicles 22:19

Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Proverbs 20:9

Our heart belongs to the one who made it. We need to try to keep it spotless by devoting our all to the Lord. Everything we have, junk or not, should be given up to our Heavenly Father.

The sanctuary is a holy place, a sacred place to worship God. It is to be clean and pure. Our heart is this sanctuary where we are to be spotless to before God. He wants us to rise up and build this sanctuary, to make it holy and clean for Him. We can bring in vessels filled with His love when our stuff is removed. God wants us to bring His sacred containers into the deep chambers of our heart.

Our lives should be filled with nothing but God’s love. Our bodies are His temple.

You yourselves know that you are God's temple sanctuary. Don't you know that the Spirit of God lives in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

Since we are God’s temple and His Spirit lives in us, shouldn’t we give everything up that isn't His? If it isn’t from God, it doesn’t need to be there and it isn’t even good for us.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:6-7

Our Father wants a clean house. Nobody likes a mess. He desires nothing but His love and truth in us. Shouldn’t we keep God’s temple clean and free of dis-eases? Clean out your closets for the One who loves you. He can take it all away.

“Lord, I thank You for sending Your Son to die for my sins. I accept Jesus into My life. Fill every chamber of my heart with Your love. I need Your Holy Spirit to teach me and guide my every step. Show me Your wisdom and knowledge. Reveal what is hidden in my life, cleanse my heart, heal my hurts, take my guilt and anger away. I want to live in Your freedom. Make me an image of You. I give you my all. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.”

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Please read the other studies with the series A New Heart, Keep it Clean, Secret Chambers, and It Hurts! Click on the labels below.