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Cleanse Me From The Inside

I surrender. With lavender. I will write to you. I will build you up and you shall be rebuilt.

One of the obvious struggles in the modern age is with our idea of cleanliness. How clean should we get? Should we, and do we, feel dirty even when we have had a bath today? Society would like to disinfect, and to an extreme, sterilize people, and places, objects, and food. They would like it to be 99.9% free of germs and bacteria. The danger is that when you try to cleanse a society from the outside in, you risk spiritual defilement. Can you really truly clean a people group up from the outside? And now this mentality has spread to all people groups. Sterilize disease, and it will stop.

We know from God's word that the disease we contend with is sin. We should not be content to have any sin in our lives. Sin is what corrupts us and makes us vulnerable to evil and harm. Look within today, and contemplate how to have spiritual cleanliness. It is more important to be clean on the inside than on the outside. If you must clean daily externally, make it a symbolic act. Say to the Lord, "I am cleaning my spiritual house today." Make each cleaning ritual a moment to pair with prayer. This is the way of the Mennonites.

Teach others to read the Bible for inspiration when they feel unclean, trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, and ask Jesus to wash us from the inside. This is the way of the modern day Charismatic church.

When we are sick or suffer from pain or disease, we pray for healing and protection. This is the way of the Vineyard Church Movement.

Isaiah had something to say about being clean: "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." (Is. 6:5 NIV)

David had something to say too: "Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart . . ." (Ps. 24:3,4 NIV)

Jesus had something to say about this in the book of Matthew: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence."

". . . First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean." (Matthew 23:25,26 NIV)

Jesus summed it up in his introduction: "So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people's shoulders . . ." (Matthew 23:3,4 NIV)

As in the day of Mary of Bethany, as we pour the spikenard oil over Jesus feet, as we cleanse his feet with our hair, he is cleansed within and without. Let us be reminded that in Jesus day it was essential oils that were antiseptic and anti-bacterial medicines and bathing oils, protecting people from bacteria and viruses, used instead of showers to make them smell good. They were also used to embalm them for burial. Jesus was gifted at birth by the Magi with frankincense and myrrh. These were symbolic gifts. You can buy your own essential oils at your local health food store. Why not choose the Jesus way?

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