The Cleanest Possible Kind of Clean

If my memory is correct, a commercial for a detergent ran with the wording of today's title. The idea conveyed by the title is a good illustration of what God plans and desires for all of us. We are born into this world with a fallen human nature inherited from Adam. We are filled with corruption, degeneration, and impurities. This is what the Bible calls sin. When we come to Christ, and are born again, we discover that we have been forgiven and cleansed with the precious blood of Christ. In this wonderful miracle of regeneration and cleansing is included the removal of all sin, as far as their being charged against us is concerned. It is a judicial dismissal of them, because Someone Else, in our behalf, has met the penalty due us."As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12). However, God doesn't stop here. He wants our record clear and He wants our actual lives and hearts to be pure. How can our lives be made pure? Well, that's tomorrow's subject. Be sure and visit! Selah! God is not 99/44/100ths% pure. He is 100% percent pure! He wants us to be the same in our standing and our state. See how He is able to accomplish this, beginnng tomorrow, Lord willing.    Ron

Powerful Currents

We have been considering the role of water in the Bible. Today, we want to look at rivers. Rivers are often a place of strong currents. Sometimes, rivers go underground. They are active but you can't see all that is going on. Still, they have a purpose. They can wash things clean. They can wear down obstacles. They can give rise to life. They can provide enjoyment and beauty. Is it any wonder that Scripture speaks of rivers of water flowing out of our innermost being? "He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly (heart) shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38). This is a picture of the Holy Spirit and His working. (See Verse 39). The Holy Spirit is active in our age. He sometimes moves quietly. At other times, His flow is powerful, such as during the great revivals. There are times when He is working out of sight. His movements on the hearts of people can bring everlasting life. When people open themselves up to His working and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, He brings beauty and joy into their lives. If we have come to Christ, are we aligned with His flow? He works to remove all obstacles in our lives that would hinder the flow. He works to remove the impurities in our lives. As we align with the flow, He cleanses. (See 1 John 1:9). Selah! If you are truly saved, be a channel and not a dam!    Ron

The Cleansing Power of Water

We, who know Jesus as Savior and Lord, have been cleansed by His blood, once and for all time. "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood." (From Revelation 1:5). This has to do with our legal status, spiritually. God cleared the slate of all that He had against us and forgave us and removed our transgressions from us. Nevertheless, our daily contact with this world and our capacity to cave in to our old Adamic nature brings daily defilement that must be removed. How can we be cleansed and kept clean daily? God has provided abundant water, living water, when we make proper use of the Bible for daily cleansing. Speaking of the church (all those who are truly saved) Jesus takes care of keeping us pure in our daily walk. How? "With the washing of water by the Word." (From Ephesians 5:26). Did you notice that I spoke of being kept clean, as well as being cleansed of daily defilement? What does that mean? When we are immersed in the water of God's Word, when our hearts are saturated with Scripture and we are applying and obeying its principles, we'll have much less defilement from which to be cleansed. Keep under the flow of water from the wells of salvation and you will enjoy spiritual purity! Selah! What wonderful provision God has made for those He loves!!    Ron

Number One Blessing of Living Water

There is one thing, above all others, that is given to us when we drink from the "wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3). Interestingly, we first have to choose to believe and act upon what God says about salvation, before we can drink from the wells. Once we have made a decision to receive God's gracious offer of eternal life and to surrender our lives to Him, we find that our faith is valid and effective. However, we have only begun in faith. Faith for salvation is the starting point for faith for all of our lives. Faith (trust) has to be given daily. Faith has to grow and become stronger. Faith can become weak, if we are not drinking from God's wells. Where does this strength and restoration come from? From the living water! How? "So, then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). When we go to the wells of Scriptuure and drink deeply of living water, our faith is added to, strengthened, and becomes increasingly effective. Have you been drinking enough living water each day? Selah! Why do we wish we had more faith? There is one reason only: We haven't been quenching our thirst with enough living water daily. Ron

More about Water

Being in a desert without water is a horrible experience. Thirst, dryness, dust, heat, declining life, fear, anxiety, characterize the wanderer in the desert. What relief and joy when the wanderer comes to cool, clear, water! Life is revitalized, hope is restored, strength is renewed, and the ability to go on is experienced. This is a rich illustration of  the Christian life. If a genuine believer draws on the water of life, he will survive the desert of this life on earth. If a Christian falls into sin and finds himself in a dry, fruitless, empty life, he has only to return to the wells of salvation and to drink deeply and constantly. By so doing, the joy of his salvation is restored and fresh life is imparted, enabling him to live for God and others. Are you in a desert, spiritually? Has your walk with God become a drag? Are you weak and discouraged, with hope fading? Return to God's Holy Word and drink deeply and very often from these wonderful wells of salvation. Selah! How tragic for anyone to live a useless, barren, and hopeless life, when life giving water is as near as your Bible! Draw the water and drink deeply and constantly! This is how it works: Study your Bible, apply it, and obey it! The results will be nothing short of thrilling! Ron

Drink Deeply-2

"Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3). There is no limit to the living water that can be drawn from these wells. Here are three more examples: Patience with people and circumstances beyond our natural capacity to be patient. A knowledge that God is in control and a realization of how patient He is with us. Gentleness, a genuine courtesy and thoughtful care for people, physically and emotionally. Goodness, a genuine desire for and manifestation in our lives of that which is wholesome and useful. Here are some more examples of living water: How to have a successful family. Financial principles. Healthy living. Encouragement. Comfort. Wisdom. Knowledge. How to have a relationship with God. How to be sure of eternity in Heaven. The list goes on and on, the wells never run dry! I would remind you that this water only comes through the Bible and can only be drawn by those who are born again and those who will open their hearts to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Selah! How deeply are you drinking? Little sips won't cut it!   Ron

Drink Deeply

"Therefore,with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3). What does this verse mean? What are the "wells of salvation?" When anyone enters into a genuine experience of salvation, they find that these wells are deep in God and the water is available to us in the place where He reveals Himself. This place is the Holy Bible, God's Word to man. How do we draw it out? The answer to that is careful study, depending on the Holy Spirit to grant understanding to us. What kind of water? Living water (John 4:10). What is this water like? Since Jesus, through the Word, is the source, there are many "nutrients" in this water. Here are two or three, for openers. Peace, peace with God, inner peace, peace that passeth understanding, peace in trials, etc. Love, love for God, God's love, in and through us, love for others, love for the brethren, etc. Joy, joy that surpasses happiness, joy that is constant, joy in sorrow, joy in God and the things of God, etc. Now, these examples don't even scratch the surface. In fact, we can and should drink of these wells every day of our lives. These wells never run dry. The waters sustain and increase spiritual vitality. They satisfy spiritual thirst. They provide relief from spiritual drought. If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, drink deeply and often. Selah! Water plays a prominent role in Scripture. More on that tomorrow, God willing.   Ron

Doctrine and Experience-Part Two

Sound doctrine touching the heart produces worthwhile experience. Truth made personal is what makes salvation exciting and contagious. Let me illustrate: The fact that Jesus came back to life from being dead is a tremendous and thoroughly defensible truth. However, if we stop at this point, we have only fascinating and interesting information. It is when we realize that He lives in our humanity, our very self, and we draw upon His Life within and yield to His guidance that we have vital and dynamic experience. This kind of experience is reliable because it is grounded in Scripture and makes a profound difference in our lives. "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…." (From Colossians 3:16). Note that it is rich because the Word is dwelling in us. We are experiencing God at work because His Word is at home in our hearts. Selah! A car without gas is a car still but it is only something that we know about. When gas is added, a car can then be used in our experience. Until then, the fact that it is a car is interesting. It is using it that is a good experience.  Ron

Doctrine and Experience

Today and tomorrow we hope to look at these two subjects and their relationship to each other. There is a lot of downplaying of doctrine today and yet Paul, under inspiration, admonished Timothy to "Preach the Word; be diligent in season, out of season;   reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctine" (II Timothy 4:2). In fact, this emphasis comes up several times in the two letters to Timothy and, directly and indirectly, in many other places in Scripture. I submit that failure to teach sound doctrine (i.e; the basic foundational doctrines) is a major cause of defections by professing Christians or lack of stability in genuine Christians. My own personal experience of being taught basic doctrine kept me from becoming a Spiritual casulty. There is another problem. To teach doctrine that only reaches the intellect and not the heart is sure to produce only a sterile brand of Christian theory. Let's seek the Holy Spirit's working in lives to set doctrine "on fire." Truth applied is blessed experience. Selah! Experience without doctrine is useless and harmful.  Ron

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