Coming Up Clean

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There I stood waist deep, hands lifted, heart stilled in the ebb and flow of the water. Beside me stood Jesus, arm around my waist, speaking so quietly I had to strain to hear over the music. “What, Lord?” I asked. “The music is loud and I can’t hear you!” He replied, “Focus on my voice, my still small voice.” Suddenly his voice was so clear even though I could hear the music the same, as though he was speaking directly in my ear.

Relief washed over me. I love to hear his voice, my best friend, my confidant and love. Then he lowered me into the water as if baptizing me again. When I came out of the water, he began pulling off what remained on me. I felt so free, so focused, so complete. It reminded me of Psalm 51:10-13 “Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me. Do not force me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience. Then I will teach your ways to those who are rebellious, and sinners will return to you.”

I wanted to share this, simply so that you can understand something. No matter who you are or what you do, when you live in the world, the world gets on you. You don’t even realize it. You’re not doing it intentionally. But everything you watch on t.v., everything you surround yourself with, people who throw their cares on you instead of the Lord, it all leaves a residue on you.

When we learn to tune other noises out and focus on Him, we allow His voice to speak louder into us then the rest of what screams for our attention. Oh the sweetness of His voice. The indescribeable combination of joy, peace and love that floods your soul reminds me of how Moses must have looked and felt when He was in the presence of God.

Thats why it’s so important to stand close to Jesus, allowing him to wash you daily of the stuff thats come on you. To constantly be ‘baptized’ by the Word (Eph. 5:26), and by the Spirit (Acts 11:16) so that you can present your self holy to the Lord (Romans 12:1). We were not made to be part of the world, but to be separate. If we look like the world, talk like the world and act like the world, we are not doing what he asked us to do. Time to examine ourselves and ask God to wash us and make us totally his.

Father, I come into Your presence this morning knowing that You have washed me, so I am clean. I am redeemed by the blood of Your spotless Lamb. I love You, Lord. You quiet my spirit as I partake of Your Word and You give me understanding, helping me to apply it to every area of my life today. You change my goals to Your goals. You put things into perspective. You lead and direct my steps. You never leave me, I only need to close my eyes and refocus to see You clearly. Thank You for Your still small voice. Thank You for Your deep abiding love. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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