Sunday

Scripture Reading:
Eph. 5:26; 2 Tim. 2:21

“If therefore anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared unto every good work.”(2 Timothy 2:21)
fellowship with god results in cleansing

All of the foregoing shows us how much we need to have fellowship with God. To deal with sins is not an order; rather it is a consequence of having fellowship with God. If we love the Lord and seek to have more fellowship with Him, we will spontaneously be enlightened. If we read His word more, we will see what our real situation is. Many have been delivered from doing rash or shameful things simply because they decided to go to a church meeting first. After they heard the word of God they were greatly enlightened and decided, "Oh, I should not do that. I won't do it. Thank the Lord." The more fellowship we have with God and seek His word, the more we will be purified from our faults and become more useful in God's hands.

God knows what our condition is, therefore He provides us with all that we need to live a life that is not separated from Him: we have His divine life within us; we have fellowship with Him; we have His word and the precious blood of Christ. The only thing we need to do is to turn to Him, come to His word and know what is on His heart. If we allow His light and His word to infuse us, discerning the thoughts and intentions of our heart, we will confess all the shameful and negative things that are within us and the Lord will eliminate them. If we do this every day, our life will truly be recovered.

Ephesians 5:26 says that Christ is preparing His bride by washing her with the water in the word to take away her oldness, death and spots. This is the recovery that the Lord is working out within us. Every day we can be washed and softened by the "living water" in the word of God. This shows us that to deal with sins is not a matter of doing penance or making promises: "From now on I will not do that." God knows our weaknesses. What we should do is repent and confess what He shows to us. God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

As far as we are concerned, all we have to do is to prepare ourselves: "If anyone therefore cleanses himself from these" (2 Tim. 2:21). God wants to use us but He depends on us wanting to be cleansed. Hallelujah! This way is open for all of us. We should not think that we are the worst and there is no hope for us. Will those who think they are "good" and think they do not need to be purified of anything allow their thoughts to be exposed before others? If we had a machine that could read and express all our thoughts, would those who are "good" submit to its use? Who is not ashamed of having made mistakes? We should not be deceived; no one is "good."

God does not want us to hide the shameful things, but He also does not want to expose them before others. God wants to cleanse us. Today there are devices that erase what is recorded on a tape, but for our "tape" to be erased, we need to want it and be willing to put our "tape into the machine." Saints, let us erase the mistakes we have committed. Let us get rid of them while there is time. The Lord needs a "machine" that can erase all the records of our sins. If we place ourselves before Him and allow Him to purify us, we will be free to serve Him.

We have received mercy and now we want to go on. There is a way! Let us seek the Lord, turn to Him and have fellowship with Him daily. Let us also confess to Him everything His light shows us. Let us intensify this fellowship with Bible reading. Through the word we will receive more discernment of what pleases God and what offends Him. Our hard heart will become submissive and God will be able to work on us more easily. In this way we will have a recovery in our life every day. Then, "if anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared unto every good work" (2 Tim. 2:21). Hallelujah! We can be vessels unto honor in God's house.

Key Point:
Cleansing
Question:
What has God provided for us to go on with Him?